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Proposed constitutional amendment could help unions at bargaining table

By ANDREW HENSEL, The Center Square A proposed constitutional amendment could give unions more power at the bargaining table. Amendment 1 would establish collective bargaining as a fundamental right in Illinois. The law is backed by money from labor unions across the state. The Illinois Right to Collective Bargaining Amendment would prohibit laws that interfere…

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New energy law will invest billions on renewable, nuclear sectors

Unions, environmentalists call it a win for climate, job creation in state By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois jnowicki@capitolnewsillinois.com SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker was joined by environmental and social justice activists, union representatives, and lawmakers from both parties Wednesday as he signed into law a sweeping energy regulation overhaul that aims to phase out…

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LCCC gets funds to expand Habitat Strike Team

Lewis and Clark Community College and the National Great Rivers Research and Education Center recently received grants and funding totaling $420,000, which will be used to expand full-time staff and expand the capability of the Habitat Strike Team. The Strike Team, whose major funding partners include the Illinois Department of Natural Resources’ Illinois Habitat Fund,…

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State ‘strongly’ urges public, private colleges to require students get vaccine

University of Illinois, other schools have already issued mandates By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois jnowicki@capitolnewsillinois.com SPRINGFIELD – The state’s higher education agencies released updated COVID-19 guidance Monday encouraging all public and private higher education institutions in Illinois to issue mandatory vaccine policies. “Vaccination against COVID-19 is now widely available, and all persons over the…

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State measures address first responders, school restraint, immigrants

By CAPITOL NEWS ILLINOIS news@capitolnewsillinois.com SPRINGFIELD – A bill to phase out the use of isolated timeouts and prone physical restraint in public schools will soon be sent to Gov. JB Pritzker. The Illinois House on Sunday voted unanimously to concur in changes the Senate made to House Bill 219, which include putting a virtual…

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Illinois to receive nearly $20 million in opioid settlement

Raoul, other attorneys general settle with McKinsey for $573 million By RAYMON TRONCOSO Capitol News Illinois | Report For America rtroncoso@capitolnewsillinois.com SPRINGFIELD — The state will receive $19.8 million from a settlement reached Thursday between a coalition of attorneys general, including Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul, and the consulting firm McKinsey. McKInsey has been investigated…

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LCCC’s professor earns outstanding faculty member nomination

Lewis and Clark Community College has named Professor of Philosophy Gerald Mozur as its Spring 2021 Illinois Community College Trustees Association Outstanding Full-Time Faculty Member Award nominee. Mozur has taught every philosophy class at LCCC, including Introduction to Philosophy, Fundamentals of Logical Reasoning, Ethics, Eastern Philosophy and Biomedical Ethics. “I am humbled by this award,”…

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What to know as Illinois receives first COVID-19 vaccines

Amid optimism, Pritzker warns, ‘the road ahead will be long’ By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois jnowicki@capitolnewsillinois.com SPRINGFIELD – The first doses of a COVID-19 vaccine approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration arrived in Illinois Monday, but officials said there’s still a need for social distancing, face coverings and other mitigations as a…

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COVID-19 hospitalizations far higher in most Illinois regions than in first wave

‘Additional statewide action is possible,’ governor says By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois jnowicki@capitolnewsillinois.com SPRINGFIELD – With no signs of slowing, key metrics measuring the spread of COVID-19 – including hospitalizations – continue to push numbers not seen since April and May. The 4,742 people hospitalized in Illinois due to COVID-19 as of Monday night…

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