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Pritzker signs pension consolidation bill

By Jerry Nowicki Capitol News Illinois SPRINGFIELD — A new law signed by Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker Wednesday will consolidate 649 downstate and suburban police and firefighter pension funds into just two. Pritzker signed…

Illinois approves additional marijuana cultivation centers

By The Associated Press SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois has approved two more marijuana cultivation centers ahead of the start of legal recreational sales next year, officials announced Tuesday. The two sites, located in Albion and…

Illinois deer harvest less than last year

By Jim Moran SPRINGFIELD - The overall deer harvest for this year’s firearm season was slightly less than last, according to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. IDNR spokeswoman Rachael Torbert says there could have been a…

Illinois Lottery: Tickets aren’t for minors

By Jim Moran SPRINGFIELD - Illinois Lottery officials want to keep instant tickets away from minors this holiday season.  Instant lottery tickets are easy and popular holiday gifts. However, officials are reminding consumers that…

140,000 Illinoisans could lose SNAP benefits

By Peter Hancock SPRINGFIELD — The Trump administration is about to impose new regulations that would tighten eligibility rules for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as food stamps, in a way state officials say…

Pritzker, Illinois prepare for legalized marijuana rollout

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois SPRINGFIELD – One month before the scheduled rollout of legalized marijuana in Illinois, Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed a follow-up bill to the initial reform Wednesday and took questions about…

Daylight saving time bill may not stop clock changes

By Cole Lauterbach SPRINGFIELD -Illinois lawmakers are one step closer to approving permanent daylight saving time, but the change would require federal approval, something that’s only been granted twice.  State Sen. Andy Manar’s …