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Illinois Trial Lawyers to install new president

Larry R. Rogers Jr., equity partner at Power Rogers in Chicago, will be installed as the 67th president of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association on Friday, June 5, during its virtual board meeting. Rogers, 52, received his bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Davis in 1990.  He continued his studies at ITT-Chicago-Kent College of…

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Illinois unemployment rate climbs to record 16.4% in April

New jobless claims in May appear to level out By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – The unemployment rate in Illinois reached a staggering 16.4 percent in April, the highest rate recorded since the modern system of tracking joblessness began in 1976, the Illinois Department of Employment Security said Thursday. The previous record…

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Illinois tops single-day COVID-19 test record with 20K

Continues to increase testing as another 130 deaths reported By BEN ORNER Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Illinois continues to increase its COVID-19 testing capacity, setting a one-day record on Friday with more than 20,000 tests completed in state during the previous 24 hours. The Illinois Department of Public Health reported on Friday that…

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Another test collection site opens in Metro East

In cooperation with state and local elected officials, and Touchette Regional Hospital, SIHF Healthcare are opening their fourth COVID-19 test collection site, this one in Wood River. Screening phone lines are open Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at (618) 646-2596. The screening by a SIHF provider will involve questions about symptoms, possible…

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Libertarian, Green parties sue over Illinois election rules

Petitioning ‘practically impossible’ during COVID-19 stay-at-home orders, they claim By REBECCA ANZEL, Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD — Social distancing and stay-at-home orders, instituted to combat the novel coronavirus pandemic, are in direct conflict with Illinois’ ballot eligibility requirements, the Libertarian and Green parties of Illinois allege in a lawsuit filed Thursday. Both are considered…

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Here are some restaurants with curb service in the Greater Alton area

The RiverBend Growth Association has been continuously updating a list of member restaurants in its service area that have begun offering curb service as part of the restaurant community’s response to the coronavirus outbreak. Membership is comprised of people and businesses in the  communities in and around Alton. The list can be found here. Editor’s…

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Unemployment in Illinois hits new record low

The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) announced Thursday that the unemployment rate fell -0.2 percentage point to 3.5 percent, a new record low, while nonfarm payrolls added +16,600 jobs in January, based on preliminary data provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and released by IDES. The December monthly change in payrolls…

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Prescription drug prices cap bill stalls in committee

Lead sponsor says he’ll continue working to control spiraling costs By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – A bill that would allow the state to cap the prices of certain high-cost prescription drugs stalled in a House committee Wednesday amid stiff opposition from the pharmaceutical and insurance industries. It was the second straight…

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Air Force to sample local wells for contaminants near Scott AFB

SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE – The Air Force Civil Engineer Center and Scott Air Force Base are working together to sample identified wells that are used for a water source within one mile southeast of the base for potential contamination from past fire-fighting activities on the installation. In a statement released Tuesday amid concerns expressed…

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Simmons Hanly Conroy elevates two attorneys to shareholder

ALTON – Simmons Hanly Conroy, one of the nation’s largest product liability and mass tort firms, announced two attorneys have been promoted to shareholder, effective Jan. 1. The new shareholders are Michael K. Hibey and Laura S. Fitzpatrick. Hibey, right, is based in the firm’s office in Alton, Illinois and Fitzpatrick operates out of the…

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