Audit: Urgent response lacking in outbreak at LaSalle Veterans Home
Governor Pritzker blamed Republicans who opposed tactics to stop the spread of COVID-19 and suggested LaSalle visitors who refused to comply with safety measures such as face coverings and social distancing unwittingly carried the virus into the LaSalle nursing home.
Woman whose son was killed in Edwardsville tornado criticizes Amazon
Last week, the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration sent a "Hazard Alert Letter” to the Seattle-based e-commerce giant saying that it had met minimal federal safety guidelines for storm sheltering and would not face any fines or penalties.
Pritzker signs state budget and lifts mask mandate for public transit
Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Tuesday signed into law a state budget that aims to soften the blow of inflation with $1.8 billion in tax breaks and direct payments to Illinois consumers, an outline Republicans derided as an election-year ploy.
Illinois natural gas pipeline future in doubt after SCOTUS rejection
The U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear a St. Louis-based natural gas company's appeal of a lower court's decision that could close a pipeline that runs through parts of Illinois and Missouri. The court rejected the appeal without comment.
Fertilizer company complains about railroad shipment limits
CF Industries said the limits will affect fertilizer deliveries to Iowa, Illinois, Kansas, Nebraska, Texas, and California from its plants in Louisiana and Iowa. The company said it believes it is one of just 30 companies Union Pacific imposed restrictions on.
Video shows Illinois trooper's shooting of homicide suspect
An officer repeatedly tells Cobb to “put it down” and “don’t do it” but Cobb makes multiple attempts to aim the gun at officers, prompting the trooper to fire additional gunshots before the video ends with Cobb motionless on the pavement near the truck.
$1.8B state tax-break deal reached, with fund-diversion help
The move recalls a darker fiscal period in the early 2000s when feuding Gov. Rod Blagojevich and House Speaker Michael Madigan cobbled together state spending with “fund sweeps,” taking what appeared to be large unspent balances in special funds to shore up the operating budget.
Illinois House votes unanimously to divest from Russia due to war in Ukraine
The legislation, sponsored by Rep. Lindsey LaPointe (19th District), directs state pension funds to eliminate any investments in Russian-based companies, prepares the state to accept Ukrainian refugees, and sets up a group to study Russian money-laundering in Illinois real estate.
Three officer involved shootings in Illinois over the weekend
One was in response to a man suspected of murdering two sisters, another was in response to a man shooting two other individuals, and another involved a woman believed to have been having a mental health episode who went into a busy grocery store and fired shots at police.