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Illinois surpasses 5M COVID-19 tests

SPRINGFIELD -- Illinois has surpassed 5 million COVID-19 tests since the outbreak was deemed a pandemic earlier this year, Gov. J.B. Pritzker and Illinois Public Health Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike announced Monday. “In a pandemic, widely…

US attorney OKs lawmakers to subpoena Madigan in ComEd probe

SPRINGFIELD -- U.S. Attorney John Lausch Jr. has cleared Illinois lawmakers to conduct interviews of key players in an admitted patronage scheme by ComEd to curry favor with House Speaker Michael Madigan, including questioning the speaker…

Rockford among nation’s most affordable cities

ROCKFORD -- A new study found six Illinois cities rank among the top 50 most affordable housing markets in the country, largely as a result of depressed home prices. The website RefiGuide compared income and the cost of a house to…

State Republicans outline allegations against Michael Madigan

SPRINGFIELD – Republicans in the Illinois House on Thursday unveiled a single charge they hope to bring against Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan, accusing him of “conduct unbecoming to a legislator or which constitutes a breach of…

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…