Longest-serving Illinois governor, James R. Thompson, dies

Former Illinois Gov. James R. Thompson has died, according to reports. He was 84. Gov. JB Pritzker released the following statement on the passing: “On behalf of the entire state of Illinois, MK and I offer our deepest condolences to the family and friends of former Governor Jim Thompson. As the longest-serving governor in Illinois…

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$1 million Powerball ticket sold in Fairview Heights

If you bought a Powerball ticket in Fairview Heights this weekend, you may want to check your ticket: A $1 million winning Powerball ticket was purchased for the Saturday, Aug. 8, drawing. The winning Powerball ticket was purchased at Circle K, 301 Salem Place, in Fairview Heights and matched five numbers – 02 – 03…

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Metro East COVID-19 numbers continue surge

2,264 new cases, 25 deaths reported Friday; 14 counties at warning level By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] Six new deaths were reported Friday in Metro East as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, and the area’s positivity rate has now reached a benchmark that can trigger new social and economic restrictions. Illinois reported…

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Manar urges nine ethics reforms ahead of commission’s final report

SPRINGFIELD – In response to ongoing federal investigations surrounding Illinois government, state Sen. Andy Manar, D-Bunker Hill, is calling on the Joint Commission on Ethics and Lobbying Reform to consider including in their final report sweeping measures that would overhaul ethics laws in Illinois. Manar sponsored a 2017 piece of legislation that closed loopholes allowing…

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Metro East dentist sentenced to prison for health care fraud

A dentist who practiced in Swansea has been sentenced to prison for defrauding Illinois Medicaid out of hundreds of thousands of dollars over a period of several years. Dr. Yun Sup Kim, 49, of St. Louis, appeared Thursday morning via videoconference at the federal courthouse in Benton and was sentenced to 12 months and one…

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AMC Theatres to return, here’s how the schedule unreels

AMC Theatres, the nation’s largest movie theater chain, will reopen in the U.S. on Aug. 20 with one-day, retro ticket prices of 15 cents per movie, but you’ll have to wait a bit longer for most of the theaters in Illinois. AMC Entertainment, which owns the chain, said Thursday that it expects to open the…

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Illinois Democrats outline ethics proposals

PHOTO: Rep. Kelly Cassidy, a Chicago Democrat, says legislative ethics reform is a “critically important” step necessary to restore Illinoisans’ trust in the General Assembly during a press conference Thursday. A coalition of bicameral Democrats introduced a list of nine proposals to achieve that goal. (Credit: Blueroomstream) Lawmakers insist new push not related to Speaker…

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NorthPoint Development breaks ground on second building in Pontoon Beach

New building is latest addition to 600-acre Gateway TradePort industrial park NorthPoint Development says construction has begun on a second building at the Gateway TradePort industrial park in Pontoon Beach. The new 543,227-square-foot warehouse building will follow on completion of leasing of the first building in the development. Gateway TradePort Building 1, which delivered in…

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