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Report: Homeownership increasingly difficult for Illinoisans

ROCKFORD -- Despite decades of record-setting home sales, owning a home has become increasingly difficult for the average worker. Mortgage interest rates are historically low, yet hourly earnings have failed to keep pace with rising…

Illinois Senate committee tackles prison reform

SPRINGFIELD — The state Senate Criminal law Committee and Special Committee on Public Safety held a joint hearing Tuesday, calling on experts to provide evidence-based recommendations for enhancing public safety and making prisons more…

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…

Pritzker: Fraudulent unemployment cases top 120K

SPRINGFIELD – The state has identified more than 120,000 instances of fraud in its unemployment system since March, approximately 114,000 of which targeted the federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program that has been ripe for…