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Illinois rail study to wrap up with virtual public hearing

TTW Staff The Illinois Department of Transportation is hosting a virtual public hearing through Jan. 21 as part of an ongoing study assessing the state’s rail system to help identify potential improvements and solutions. The event will provide an update ...

Non-profits encouraged to apply for $200,000 available through Charitable Trust Program

Small non-profits that provide food, housing assistance and workforce and economic development can apply for funding through the Charitable Trust Stabilization Program, Illinois State Treasurer Michael Frerichs said. “The new year brings a fresh start and an opportunity for small ...

Pritzker announces support for legislation to protect social workers

Governor JB Pritzker last week announced his support for SB 3070 in the General Assembly that will increase penalties for individuals who commit crimes against Illinois Department of Childhood and Family Services (DCFS) employees. The legislation, known as the Knight-Silas ...

Senate will vote on changes to filibuster by MLK Day

The U.S. Senate will vote by January 17 on whether the chamber will adopt new rules to circumvent the draconian filibuster to enable voting rights and social justice bills, Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) announced on Monday, January 3. “The ...

State Public Health shortens time for booster shot

TTW News The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is adopting the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendation to shorten the interval from 6 months to 5 months for when people who have received the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine ...

Governor, hospital leaders urge hospitals to postpone non-emergency surgeries during Omicron Surge

To prepare for a likely surge of post-holiday Omicron COVID-19 cases and to prepare for a potential shortage of staffed ICU beds, Gov. JB Pritzker and the Illinois Health and Hospital Association are urging hospitals to take every possible measure ...

Top National News Story in 2021

“We cannot be clearer: you must act now to protect every American’s freedom to vote without interference and with confidence that their ballot will be counted and honored,” the faith leaders wrote in the letter released on Thursday December 23, ...

Northern Illinois Food Bank awards $454,000 in grants to improve access to food

Northern Illinois Food Bank awarded 18 grants totaling $453,864 to local food pantries and food assistance programs to give better access to food and other resources for neighbors in need. For many recipients, the funding will go toward building out ...

Nearly $1.9 billion in new funding for roads and bridges headed to Illinois

TTW Staff Reports Illinois will receive almost $1.9 billion in new federal funding under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to improve roads and bridges across the state. This is the first round of funding under the five years of federal investment ...

Gov Pritzker funds $45 Million in R3 grants

TTW Staff Governor JB Pritzker and Lt. Governor Juliana Stratton release $45 million in Restore, Reinvest, and Renew(R3) program funding to support community organizations that serve neighborhoods most impacted by economic disinvestment, violence, and the war on drugs.

Law signed ends required notification of a minor seeking termination

TTW Newswire Gov. JB Pritzker signed a law on Friday that ends parental notification, a requirement that doctors notify the parents of a minor seeking an abortion.

Law ends utility fees for deceased

Starting Jan. 1, grieving family members will have one less task to worry about, thanks to a new law championed by State Senator Meg Loughran Cappel (D-Shorewood).

Avelar co-host virtual town hall on veto legislation

As the year comes to an end, state Rep. Dagmara "Dee" Avelar, D-Bolingbrook, is co-hosting a virtual town hall with state Sen. Connor to discuss legislative achievements during the fall veto session. The event will be held Wednesday, Dec. 15 ...

Heritage Corridor Convention and Visitors Bureau wins Excellence in Tourism Award from the Illinois Office of Tourism

JOLIET, IL - The Heritage Corridor Convention and Visitors Bureau accepted an Excellence in Tourism Award for Best Niche Targeting at the 2021 Illinois Governor’s Conference on Travel & Tourism this week. The award honored the CVB's work developing and ...

Talk Build Back Better Act with U.S. Rep. Robin Kelly

Rep. Robin L. Kelly (IL-02), will host a Telephone Town Hall at 7:30 pm Tuesday, Dec. 7, to discuss the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and the Build Back Better Act. Constituents will have the opportunity to ask questions and get more ...

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