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Illinois House extends special session, will meet Saturday

By Jim Hagerty Reporter SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois House of  Representatives will take at least another day to finish its spring session, Speaker Michael Madigan, D-Chicago, said Friday. Madigan said representatives need extra time for what was scheduled to be a three-day session to resolve coronavirus-related budget issues. "We have continued our work toward a state budget and voted to secure funding that will ensure vital services like health care, education, and resources for those…

Rep. Darren Bailey tossed from session for not wearing mask, Pritzker not impressed

By Jim Hagerty Reporter ROCKFORD - A state lawmaker who filed a lawsuit against the governor over the constitutionality of the coronavirus stay-at-home order was escorted out of a legislative session Wednesday for not wearing a face covering. After the House voted 97-12 for legislators to wear masks and Speaker Michael Madigan warned that anyone who does not comply could be removed, Rep. Darren Bailey said he was not going to follow the rule. The process to remove the Xenia Republican then…

Outdoor seating allowed May 29 at Illinois bars, restaurants

By Jim Hagerty Reporter SPRINGFIELD - Illinois bars and restaurants will be permitted to offer outdoor seating at the end of the month, Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced Wednesday. The announcement moves the provisions for eateries and saloons from Phase 4 to Phase 3 of the governor's five-phase Restore Illinois plan to restart an economy that's been nearly decimated under what's now been a nine-week stay-at-home order. Beginning May 29, outdoor dining will be permitted with tables 6 feet apart,…

Winnebago County leaders aim to open restaurants, churches June 1

By Jim Hagerty Reporter ROCKFORD - Rockford Mayor Tom McNamara, Winnebago County Board Chairman Frank Haney and Public Health Administrator Dr. Sandra Martell announced Monday that leaders are working on a plan that would allow some businesses to open early with social distancing restrictions. The plan is for Winnebago County restaurants, day cares and churches to open by June 1, in Phase 3 of the five-phase Restore Illinois plan. As-is, however, the state plan does not permit those…

GOP: ‘Bloated’ $3T coronavirus package will be DOA in Senate

By Andrew Taylor and Alan Fram Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats have powered a massive $3 trillion coronavirus relief bill through the House, an election-year measure designed to brace a U.S. economy in free fall and a health care system struggling to contain a pandemic still pummeling the country.  Friday's 208-199 vote, with all but one Republican opposed, advances what boils down to a campaign-season display of Democratic economic and health-care priorities. It has no…

State Sen. Dave Syverson weighs in on governor’s COVID-19 plan: ‘Open businesses’

By Jim Hagerty Reporter ROCKFORD - Illinois Sen. Dave Syverson (R-Rockford), has weighed in the impact COVID-19 restrictions are having on the economy. "We are just now starting to see the warned about social impacts as a result of these leader’s decisions to shut the state down as they did," Syverson said in his May 12 E-Newsletter. "Disturbing data is emerging that, during the lock-down, we are seeing increases in depression, domestic violence, drug and alcohol use, suicide, and child…

Pelosi, Democrats tee up $3T state, essential workers stimulus package

By Lisa Macsaro and Andrew Taylor Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi unveiled a more than $3 trillion coronavirus aid package Tuesday, providing nearly $1 trillion for states and cities, "hazard pay" for essential workers and a new round of cash payments to individuals. The House is expected to vote on the package as soon as Friday, but Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said there is no "urgency." The Senate will wait until after Memorial Day to act.…

Neiman Marcus files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy

By Anne D'Innocenzio AP Retail Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Neiman Marcus has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, the first department store chain and second major retailer to be toppled by the coronavirus pandemic.  The move by the 112-year-old storied luxury department store chain was announced Thursday and follows the bankruptcy filing by J.Crew on Monday. Experts believe there will be more to come even as businesses start to reopen in parts of the country like Texas and Florida.…

J.B. Pritzker: Prolonged pandemic restrictions not about federal bailouts

By Jim Hagerty Reporter CHICAGO - Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker reiterated Wednesday that his gradual, five-phase plan to re-open the economy is driven by science and data, and chose not to discuss political boons that could potentially stem from the COVID-19 crisis. When asked about what he would say to those who believe Democratic governors are trying to keep their states closed for as long as possible to make a better case for federal bailouts, Pritzker said he could only speak for himself…

Belvidere Assembly Plant re-opening June 1

Staff Report BELVIDERE, Ill. - The Belvidere Assembly Plant will re-open June 1, a FCA Group spokesman said Wednesday, May 6. "This plan has been developed following continuous discussions with the unions – the UAW, Unifor and Section 23 CTM – as well as local governments," Jodi Tinson, of FCA said. The status of production at FCA’s Mexico plants will be the subject of a separate announcement." The Belvidere Chrysler assembly facility has been closed for several week, in part because of…

Adam Kinzinger calls on Pritzker re-open state by region

Staff Report WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger (Illinois-16), along with four other Illinois Republicans, has sent a letter to Gov. J.B. Pritzker, urging a him to consider a regional, phased re-opening of the economy. The letter, also written by Rodney Davis (13), John Shimkus (15), Darin LaHood (18), and Mike Bost (12), claims the coronavirus pandemic has impacted different parts of the state in different ways and that any re-opening plan must reflect those differences. The…

Demolition of former Magna grocery store begins Thursday

Staff Report ROCKFORD - Demolition of the former Magna grocery store, 3915 E. State St., will begin at 7 a.m., Thursday, April 30, the city announced Wednesday. The building has been vacant for more than 20 years. The city recently took ownership of the property after negotiating a payment from the former owner in the amount of $120,000. "Removal of this building is part of the City’s larger strategy to eliminate blight and strengthen neighborhoods, while saving the taxpayer’s…

White House aiming to turn president from COVID-19 to economy

By Zeke Miller Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — After two months of frantic response to the coronavirus, the White House is planning to shift President Donald Trump's public focus to the burgeoning efforts aimed at easing the economic devastation caused by the pandemic. Days after he publicly mused that scientists should explore the injection of toxic disinfectants as a potential virus cure, Trump has now rejected the utility of his daily task force briefings, where he has time and…

COVID-19: Is the US headed toward a new New Deal?

By Michael Tackett and Josh Boak Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The New Deal was really a series of new deals, spread out over more than six years during the Great Depression — a menu of nationally scaled projects that were one part make-work and many parts lasting impact. They delivered a broad-shouldered expression of presidential authority whose overall benefits were both economic and psychological. Not all of them worked. Some failed badly. But it was a try-anything moment by…

Loves Park suspends road projects amid COVID-19 uncertainty

By Jim Hagerty Reporter LOVES PARK- The City of Loves Park is halting a project to reconstruct a portion of River Lane and suspending its annual residential road resurfacing plan because of coronavirus shutdowns. "The pandemic has put many of our friends, businesses and residents in financial distress," Community Development & Public Works Director Steve Thompson said in an email. "The City is no different. The ordered closure of many of our retail tax generating business partners is…