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Illinois fourth-graders below national average in reading

Staff Report Fourth-graders in Illinois on average scored 218 on a standardized reading test administered last year, which is one point below the 2019 national average calculated by the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP).…

Report: Illinois’ budget not balanced despite claims

By Greg Bishop SPRINGFIELD - An interim annual financial report shows Illinois spent more in the previous fiscal year than it collected in revenue despite claims from elected officials that the state's budget was balanced. A public…

New FEMA deputy takes regional post

Staff Report CHICAGO - Kevin M. Sligh, recently selected as deputy regional administrator of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), began his service on Monday, Feb. Sligh will…

Secretary of State: 16-year-olds are not registered to vote

By Jerry Nowicki Capitol News Illinois SPRINGFIELD – While the information for approximately 4,700 16-year-olds was forwarded from the Illinois Secretary of State’s Office to the Illinois State Board of Elections as part of an automatic…

State economy grew slowly in 3rd quarter 2019

By Peter Hancock Capitol News Illinois SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois economy grew at a slower pace than most neighboring states and the nation as a whole during the third quarter of 2019, according to new figures released last week. The…

Criminal justice reform atop Pritzker’s 2020 plan

By Jerry Nowicki Capitol News Illinois SPRINGFIELD — In year two, Gov. J.B. Pritzker will focus on ending cash bail, reforming low-level drug crime sentencing and reducing mandatory minimum sentences, he announced in Chicago Thursday.…