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Friday, September 23, 2022
Pension system underfunding; Another corruption charge

Latest pension report shows continued unfunded balances One of the biggest fiscal challenges Illinois faces is our large unfunded pension liability. The state has five pension funds, and combined they…


Friday, September 16, 2022
Cash bail ending January 1; National Preparedness Month

Illinois to end cash bail, make it harder to keep dangerous criminals off streets January 1 In the closing hours of the 2021 lame duck session of the legislature, Democrats…


Friday, September 9, 2022
Problems at IDES; Looking for answers on retiree health insurance

IDES audit reveals series of deficiencies The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) struggled to keep up with the large number of Illinoisans in need of unemployment assistance during the…


Friday, September 2, 2022
Pre-apprenticeship program; Legislative Inspector General

Pre-apprenticeship program expanded The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity has announced the $15 million expansion of its Illinois Works Pre-Apprenticeship program. The program is aimed at enhancing opportunities…


Friday, August 26, 2022
Unemployment trust fund; Another state trooper injured

Report gives more warnings about Illinois’ unemployment trust fund debt The University of Illinois’ Institute of Government and Public Affairs has released a report examining the debt in the state’s…


Friday, August 19, 2022
Transportation plan released; Improving the energy bill

IDOT releases multi-year transportation improvement plan The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) has released its latest Multi-Year Improvement Program, the plan of all road construction projects to be conducted between…


Friday, August 12, 2022
Watch out for first responders; Sale of the Thompson Center

Please keep our first responders safe on the roadways Last summer I was one of the many Illinoisans who was assisted on the roadside by an Illinois State Trooper after…


Friday, August 5, 2022
Update-DCFS Director questioned, New FOIA guideline, School supply tax break, and more..

Embattled DCFS director grilled by Legislative Audit Commission over massive failures Since December, nine children have died under DCFS’ watch. Meanwhile, DCFS Director Marc Smith has been held in contempt…


Friday, July 29, 2022
County Fair season in our area; Driver’s License deadline extended

Another great County Fair season One of the best parts of summer in east-central Illinois is our county fairs – there is nothing quite like it. The food, the competitions,…


Friday, July 22, 2022
Latest scam warning; New figures on regional unemployment

Secretary of State issues warning on another scam targeting Illinoisans It seems that scammers never stop trying to fraudulently obtain our personal information. The latest warning comes from the Illinois…