Associate judge named to Illinois Supreme Court evaluation committee

Associate Judge Maureen Schuette of the 3rd Judicial Circuit was appointed as a member of the Illinois Supreme Court Judicial Performance Evaluation Committee for a term commencing on Jan. 1, 2020, and expiring on Dec. 31, 2022. “I am honored to be appointed and look forward to serving as an active member of the committee,”…

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Illinois State Police warn public of spoofing call scam

Scammers using local police district telephone numbers Illinois State Police officials have received multiple calls from the public concerning suspected scam calls. Various ISP districts throughout the state have received reports from citizens stating they have received calls from individuals with a foreign accent claiming to be members of the Illinois State Police seeking their…

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Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site receives second federal grant

Funding will support Augmented Realty project to enhance visitor experience at the site The National Endowment for the Humanities has announced that $30.9 million in grants to support 188 humanities projects have been awarded to expand access to the country’s wealth of historical resources. Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site is among the recipients of NEH…

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Law will allow students to vote during school hours

A measure that gives students time off to vote during school hours was signed into law Wednesday with the support of state Sen. Christopher Belt, D-Centreville. “Every vote counts, which is why it is critical to make voting more accessible for students,” Belt said. “I hope this encourages our young people to vote and show…

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Chorus grows to hold hearings into non-citizen voter registration

Officials calling for suspension of automatic registration until problems fixed By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois phancock@capitolnewsillinois.com SPRINGFIELD — Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker and newly-elected Illinois Senate President Don Harmon added their voices Wednesday to a growing chorus of state officials calling for legislative hearings to determine how more than 500 people who identified themselves…

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SIUE alumna Cann to be superintendent of Granite City School District

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville alumna and instructor Stephanie Cann has been appointed to become superintendent of the Granite City School District for the 2020-2021 school year. Cann received her superintendent certification from SIUE in 2017, and is currently working toward earning a Doctor of Education in curriculum and instruction at McKendree University. Cann assumes her…

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Illinois House Republicans seek probe of non-citizen voting

State election officials confirm as many as 16 who identified as not being U.S. citizens voted in 2018-19 By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois phancock@capitolnewsillinois.com SPRINGFIELD — Republican lawmakers in Illinois are demanding answers from Secretary of State Jesse White about how 545 self-identified non-U.S. citizens were mistakenly registered to vote through the state’s new…

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Coalition renews Clean Energy Jobs Act push, could be tough sell

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois Jnowicki@capitolnewsillinois.com SPRINGFIELD – With federal regulatory changes looming and legislators one week away from a return to the Capitol, some clean energy advocates are looking to jumpstart a stalled proposal to bring major reforms to the state’s energy landscape. Members of the Illinois Clean Jobs Coalition, including the legislative…

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Governor releases design funding for $83 million building at SIUC

Surrounded by stakeholders and faculty and students, Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced Tuesday the release of $8.3 million to begin renovation and expansion of the Communications Building at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. The funding will begin the design phase for the estimated $83 million project to build a state-of-the art Communications Building. Funding is included in…

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