Senate discusses pandemic protocol in Illinois prisons

thetimesweekly.com Testifying before the Senate State Government Committee recently, Illinois Dept. of Corrections Director Rob Jeffreys said the state’s prison system is working closely with state public health authorities to respond to the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Denise Winfrey sworn in for another term as District 8 Commissioner

Denise Winfrey is sworn in on December 7, for another term as District 8 Commissioner.

Bertino-Tarrant reminds residents to shop local this holiday season

As the holiday season quickly approaches, businesses continue to struggle to stay afloat amidst the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. To help those businesses, State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) is urging Will County residents to shop locally.

State senators call for utility disconnection moratorium

Several Illinois state senators are calling on Gov. JB Pritzker to introduce a new moratorium on utility disconnections, as Illinois enters the dangerously cold part of the winter and the COVID-19 pandemic and its associated economic impact continue.

Information being sought on first responder post-retirement careers

Firefighting and law enforcement professionals typically retire at a younger age than those in other lines of work, and a new survey is attempting to gather more information on the topic to assist future retirees.

Pritzker’s Capital Grant Program awards Forest Preserve $750,000

thetimesweekly.com Gov. JB Pritzker announced 43 Illinois museums that attract more than 16 million visitors annually would receive $22.8 million in state capital investments to improve their facilities and develop new exhibits. The investments are through the Illinois Public Museum ...

Money match program to return $1.2 million to 13,000 Illinois taxpayers

The 'Money Match' program, which automatically returns lost money to Illinois residents without the usual need to gather paperwork or file a claim, is expected to return $1.2 million in unclaimed money to nearly 13,000 residents in the coming weeks, ...

Bertino-Tarrant encourages Will County fire departments to take advantage of state grants

State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) is urging area fire departments to take advantage of the state’s Small Equipment Grant program. “Our firefighters and first responders put their lives on the line to keep our communities safe,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “This grant ...

McGuire: Please think of America’s heroes

State Senator Pat McGuire (D-Joliet) issued the following statement today after Gov. JB Pritzker announced Illinois’ Region 7, which includes the Joliet area, will institute Tier 2 coronavirus mitigations following days of elevated numbers of positive cases.

Illinois Supreme Court Justice Tom Kilbride Statement

Illinois Supreme Court Justice Tom Kilbride released the following statement regarding the results of his retention effort, in which he received support from a majority of voters but did not meet the 60 percent threshold required: “Though votes continue to ...

McGuire urges COVID-19 cooperation

State Senator Pat McGuire (D-Joliet) encourages businesses and nonprofit organizations to utilize state and federal economic assistance as a COVID-19 surge threatens Illinois residents and hospitals.

Foster introduces bipartisan Payer State Transparency Act

thetimesweekly.com Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) and Congressman Van Taylor (R-TX) introduced the bipartisan Payer State Transparency Act of 2020. The legislation would require the Office of Management and Budget, in conjunction with the Council of Economic Advisors and the Treasury ...

$100 Million Milestone in Cannabis Revenue

Following the legalization of adult-use cannabis on January 1, 2020, the Illinois Department of Revenue (IDOR) has collected over $100 million in tax revenue connected to adult-use cannabis sales. Last week, IDOR finalized its September collections and found the state ...

Female business owners invited to webinars during Women’s Small Business Month

As Women’s Small Business Month kicks off, State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Plainfield) is encouraging female business owners to take advantage of a number of free webinars to help them learn more about Business Interruption Grants.

Two very different candidates seek to fill County Executive seat

Voters in Will County will select a new county executive on Nov. 3, and will choose between an ultra conservative former law enforcement official and a Democratic state legislator. The Republican candidate Nick Ficarello, of unincorporated Manhattan, is a former ...