• 7/15/2019
    Illinois’ secretary of state is pursuing legislation to codify the office’s long-held policy of not giving federal agencies full access to its database of driver’s license photographs as a means to identify someone’s legal status, a spokesperson said Monday. That initiative is one Jesse White has employed since 2013
  • 7/15/2019
    Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s office is urging Illinoisans to report any damages caused by recent flooding to their county’s emergency management agencies in order to increase the likelihood of the state qualifying for federal aid. A release from Pritzker’s office said Illinois can qualify for federal assistance if the total flood damage in the state meets or exceeds $19 million.
  • 7/12/2019
    In its first two years of existence, the state’s lead technology agency was not equipped to handle technology disasters, maintained servers and computers with inadequate or nonexistent anti-virus protection, failed to implement cybersecurity controls, and did not properly document purchases or property inventory, according to a report from the Illinois Auditor General’s office.
  • 7/12/2019
    Every lawmaker who served in the General Assembly between 2009 and 2018 might be entitled to back pay, a Cook County judge decided. Former governors and other state office holders might also qualify for lost wages. The ruling, which could be an unexpected drag on the state’s finances, is a victory for two former senators who sued the state seeking lost wages.
  • 7/11/2019
    The Illinois Department of Employment Security’s unemployment claim system is back online Thursday after a more than two-day outage rendered the system unable to distribute unemployment checks or accept claims and certifications online. A Department of Information Technology spokeswoman said there were “other systems included” in the outage aside from the Illinois Benefit Information System, although it was unclear which ones.
  • 7/11/2019
    The musical group Confederate Railroad was scheduled to perform Aug. 27. But when Gov. J.B. Pritzker, a Chicago Democrat, learned about it, he ordered the Department of Agriculture, which is in charge of the fair, to cancel the event.
  • 7/10/2019
    Some community colleges and four-year universities in Illinois are exploring the possibility of launching educational programs to train people in the business of growing and marketing marijuana in light of a new state law legalizing adult-use recreational marijuana.