Thursday , February 25 2021

Devon Damm

FEDERAL FUNDS EXPECTED TO FEED ONE MILLION ILLINOIS CHILDREN

Beginning next month, one million Illinois children will receive federally funded food benefits, valued at $110 million per month. In the coming weeks, families will receive one EBT card per eligible child, and the cards can be used to purchase food items at authorized retailers, which includes most major grocery …

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SOUTHERN ILLINOIS HOUSING AUTHORITIES TO RECEIVE HUD FUNDING

Several southern Illinois housing authorities are among 93 housing authorities in Illinois that will be seeing a part of $134 million in funding to make capital investments in their public housing units. That’s according to a statement released Tuesday by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. HUD says this money …

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BILL ON GOV. PRITZKER’S DESK PITS TRIAL LAWYERS AND HEALTH CARE INDUSTRY AGAINST EACH OTHER

Gov. J.B. Pritzker is facing a decision on legislation that will either anger a group of those he’s politically allied with or others who represent the front line in the pandemic response.  Illinois lawmakers sent an amended House Bill 3364 to Pritzker on Feb. 4.  Should he sign it, personal injury lawsuits …

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SEN. DARREN BAILEY ANNOUNCES RUN FOR ILLINOIS GOVERNOR

Saying it is time to revitalize Illinois, state Sen. Darren Bailey has officially announced he is running for governor. Bailey held a kickoff event Monday night in Effingham to make the announcement. The Republican gained statewide and national attention for defying Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s executive orders throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. …

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MAKERS MADNESS TOURNAMENT FOR ILLINOIS COOLEST PRODUCT

The Illinois Manufacturers’ Association just announced the start of the initial round of voting for Makers Madness, a bracket- stye tournament in which voters across the state will decide which product is The Coolest Thing Made in Illinois. While you can find the full list of 311 products nominated at www.makersmadnessil.com, …

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SIU TO RECEIVE A COLLECTION OF R. BUCKMINSTER FULLER’S PERSONAL BOOKS

Southern Illinois University will get a collection of personal books belonging to the late inventor and designer R. Buckminster Fuller, who taught at the school. University officials say the roughly 3,000 volumes are part of a recent donation of artifacts and furniture to a nonprofit dedicated to restoring Fuller’s dome-shaped …

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PRITZKER LABELS PRIVATE SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM ‘CORPORATE LOOPHOLE’

Groups impacted by what the governor calls “corporate loopholes” are speaking out against the proposals to end the programs. To balance his proposed budget, Gov. J.B. Pritzker wants lawmakers to modify several programs. One initiative the governor laid out was to reset the tax credit for private school scholarships at …

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