Category Archives: State News

Illinois doesn’t have enough money to pay unemployment benefits

Illinois doesn’t have enough money to pay unemployment benefits

Gov. J.B. Pritzker said the state’s unemployment fund doesn’t have enough money to cover the surge in unemployment benefit claims spurred on by the COVID-19 pandemic, but the governor said he was counting on another loan from the federal government to pay those claims.MORE

Illinois’ lobbying reform task force misses deadline amid pandemic

Illinois’ lobbying reform task force misses deadline amid pandemic

Unable to meet during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Illinois Joint Commission on Ethics and Lobbying Reforms missed its deadline to provide recommendations to clean up some questionable practices in Springfield, but a member of the commission said it will get back to business.MORE

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Everyone counts and you could make the difference

By Mike Matejka How many federal dollars will there be for road repairs?  To feed hungry families?  How many Illinois representatives will there be in Congress?  Are Illinois communities going to get their fair share? There’s only one way to ensure our community gets treated properly – answer the census. The every ten year U.S. census,…

Reactions to the “A Community in Conflict” exhibit

By Mike Matejka Every community has its home-town pride; Bloomington-Normal is proud to claim Steak n’ Shake and MASH TV star McLean Stevenson.  We’ve also had a moment of contention and conflict.  Sometimes these are uplifting stories of human progress. At other times, they cause us to shake our heads and wonder why. The McLean…