First Latina appointed to represent Madigan’s Chicago district

  By SARAH MANSUR Capitol News Illinois smansur@capitolnewsillinois.com SPRINGFIELD — Former Speaker Michael Madigan chose a second replacement to fill the House seat he vacated last week after he publicly urged his first appointee to step down for “alleged questionable conduct,” the exact details of which remain unclear. Angelica Guerrero-Cuellar was nominated by Madigan on…

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State announces new federal funding to feed low-income students

By SARAH MANSUR Capitol News Illinois smansur@capitolnewsillinois.com SPRINGFIELD — Gov. JB Pritzker on Tuesday, February 23, announced new federal funding to expand the state’s food assistance program for school-age children who would normally receive free or reduced-price meals. Pritzker said the additional funds to the existing Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer Program will help feed 200,000…

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Pritzker calls for $15 million loan program to assist areas hit by record-high gas prices

By GRACE BARBIC Capitol News Illinois gbarbic@capitolnewsillinois.com SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker announced a low-interest loan program Tuesday, February 23, to help alleviate the unprecedented financial burden from soaring utility costs for certain Illinois municipalities and their residents. The extreme weather that devastated Texas’ electrical grid last week has resulted in skyrocketing natural gas prices…

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Madigan’s handpicked successor resigns after serving three days

  By SARAH MANSUR Capitol News Illinois smansur@capitolnewsillinois.com SPRINGFIELD — Edward Guerra Kodatt, who was appointed Sunday, February 21, to replace Former Speaker Michael Madigan, resigned abruptly Wednesday, February 24, after Madigan and Chicago Alderman Marty Quinn issued a statement Tuesday night, February 23, urging Kodatt to step down in light of unspecified “alleged questionable…

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Law enforcement groups respond to landmark criminal justice reform

By RAYMON TRONCOSO Capitol News Illinois rtroncoso@capitolnewsillinois.com SPRINGFIELD — Law enforcement groups have decried the Monday, February 22, signing of a massive criminal justice reform bill into law by Gov. JB Pritzker, referring to the legislation as anti-police with provisions that will lead to unintended consequences. House Bill 3653, referred to as the “Safe-T Act,”…

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Lame Duck Look Back: Education bill to revamp social studies classes

  By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois phancock@capitolnewsillinois.com Editor’s note: This story is part of an ongoing “Lame Duck Look Back” series in which Capitol News Illinois is following up on the major bills that passed both chambers of the General Assembly in the January 8-13 lame duck session. SPRINGFIELD – Social studies classes in…

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Lame Duck Look Back: The end of cash bail in Illinois

By RAYMON TRONCOSO Capitol News Illinois rtroncoso@capitolnewsillinois.com Editor’s note: This story is part of an ongoing “Lame Duck Look Back” series in which Capitol News Illinois is following up on the major bills that passed both chambers of the General Assembly in the January 8-13 lame duck session. This is one of several stories examining…

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Illinois aims to boost flagging tech economy with public-private research network

UI says development key to fighting brain drain, racial disparities in private sector By RAYMON TRONCOSO Capitol News Illinois | Report For America rtroncoso@capitolnewsillinois.com SPRINGFIELD — University of Illinois faculty say an ongoing statewide investment in a public-private research network is key to boosting the state’s economy. The Discovery Partners Institute, a UI-led research and…

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Tammy Carpenter

Tammy Jo Carpenter, 51, of Freeburg, Ill., passed away on Monday, November 9, 2020, in Shiloh, Ill. Mrs. Carpenter was born August 23, 1969, in Belleville, Ill., the daughter of Gary and Margaret, nee Howie, Lopez. She was the office manager for Freeburg Printing and Publishing. She served on the Freeburg Community Consolidated School District…

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