Category Archives: State News

State officials announce $327 million in household assistance for low income families

State officials announce $327 million in household assistance for low income families

By Dave Dahl SPRINGFIELD – “Help is here,” said State Rep. Jehan Gordon-Booth (D-Peoria), hosting the governor’s big announcement in Peoria Monday. A record “$327 million is no small amount of money,” said Gordon-Booth. “And if we just think a few short eighteen months ago, we had no idea what the next eighteen months from…MORE

SOS reminds motorists to report defective license plates

SOS reminds motorists to report defective license plates

By WJBC Staff SPRINGFIELD – Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White is reminding vehicle owners to report license plates to the Secretary of State’s office that are peeling, chipping or rusting in order to receive replacement plates at no charge. Vehicle owners whose license plates are damaged or degraded can notify the Secretary of State’s office…MORE


Labor Day – Expanding voting rights for all

By Mike Matejka Because of COVID, there is no Labor Day Parade this year.  It’s always a great event for our everyday workers to march proudly down the street and enjoys the festive crowd. If there had been a parade, this year’s Labor Day theme was to be “150 years of struggle: your right to vote.” …

Is federal mobilization the answer?

By Mike Matejka As President Donald Trump threatens to send federal marshals into Chicago, over the objections of Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker, recall another Illinois Governor who protested the incursion of armed federal personnel into the city.   Those federal troops, rather than calming, escalated the situation, leading to deaths and violence. Illinois poet Vachel Lindsay…

In these troubled times, to my fellow white Americans

By Mike Matejka Our nation is at a unique watershed in human relations. African-Americans have been killed too many times in the past before George Floyd, but the response to this man’s death is international and all-encompassing. I was a grade-schooler during the Civil Rights 1960s. I watched Birmingham demonstrators hosed and the Selma – Montgomery…

Workers’ Memorial Day – Remember those whose job took their life

Looking around our community, when we say employer, most will respond to State Farm, Country, or Illinois State University.   We too often forget those who are building our roads, serving our food, or our public employees. COVID-19 has made us more aware of the risk.  Going to work every day for some people means…