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Illinois unemployment rate falls to 11.3%

SPRINGFIELD -- The unemployment rate in Illinois fell to 11.3% in July as the coronavirus pandemic’s grip on the state’s economy showed signs of easing. The Illinois Department of Employment Security said the number of nonfarm jobs in…

Illinois COVID-19 tests exceed 50K in last 24 hours

SPRINGFIELD -- State laboratories processed more than 50,000 COVID-19 tests over the last 24 hours, resulting in 2,295 new cases of the disease, the Illinois Department of Public Health announced Wednesday. As of this report, there have…

Illinois AG joins lawsuit against United States Postal Service

SPRINGFIELD — Operational shifts undertaken by the United States Postal Service in recent weeks, including spending cuts and equipment removal, are illegal, Illinois’ top lawyer and 13 other attorneys general argued in a federal lawsuit…

Chicago’s Navy Pier closing because of pandemic losses

CHICAGO -- Navy Pier announced Tuesday that after Labor Day, the sprawling attraction will shut down for the remainder of 2020 because of massive losses suffered during the COVID-19 pandemic. Officials say the Pier hopes to reopen in…

Pritzker rolls back COVID-19 restrictions in Metro East

METRO EAST -- Beginning on Tuesday in the Metro East area there won’t be any dancing or standing inside bars and restaurants allowed, and any group meetings or social events must be kept to no more than 25 people. Gov. J.B. Pritzker…

Former Illinois. Gov. Jim Thompson dies at 84

CHICAGO -- Former Illinois Gov. James Thompson died Friday at the age of 84, his family said. Thompson, known as "Big Jim" because of this 6-foot, 6-inch frame, was that state's longest-serving governor, holding the office from 1977 to…