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Illinois Gov. Pritzker Announces $16 Million Investment to Connect Out of Work Illinoisans with 1,300 COVID-19 Response Jobs
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Illinois Gov. Pritzker Announces $16 Million Investment to Connect Out of Work Illinoisans with 1,300 COVID-19 Response Jobs

Funding from the U.S. Department of Labor will Boost Training and Hiring for Roles Created by Ongoing Crisis; Residents Impacted by COVID-19 will be prioritized ROCKFORD  IL (STL.News) Governor Pritzker announced a new $16.6 million investment to expand job opportunities for Illinoisans who have lost their jobs during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Through two new grants received from the U.S. Department of Labor, the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity will distribute funding to place, train and hire nearly 1,300 residents for an array of jobs related to the ongoing pandemic response. The funding includes an $8.3 million grant from the federal Disaster Recovery Grant Program and an $8.3 million grant from the federal Employment Recovery Grant - both part of the National Dis...
Crestwood Mayor, Louis Presta Indicted in Alleged Bribery Scheme Involving Red-Light Camera Services
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Crestwood Mayor, Louis Presta Indicted in Alleged Bribery Scheme Involving Red-Light Camera Services

CHICAGO, IL (STL.News) The mayor of Crestwood has been indicted by a federal grand jury for using an interstate facility in aid of bribery, and lying to federal law enforcement about his request and receipt of benefits from a representative of a red-light camera company that provided services to the southwest suburb. LOUIS PRESTA, 69, of Crestwood, is charged with three counts of using a facility in interstate commerce in aid of bribery and official misconduct, two counts of willfully filing a false income tax return, one count of willfully failing to file an income tax return, and one count of making false statements to the FBI and IRS.  The indictment was returned Thursday in U.S. District Court in Chicago.  Arraignment has not yet been scheduled. The indictment was announced by John R...
CCPD: Thomas Bruefach Charged with Criminal Damage to Property
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CCPD: Thomas Bruefach Charged with Criminal Damage to Property

Carbondale, IL (STL.News) On June 28, 2020 at approximately 6:00 p.m., City of Carbondale Police Officers monitored a group of approximately 30 people demonstrating and marching through the City as a part of a planned protest.  Officers assisted the demonstrators by providing them protection from vehicular traffic as they marched in the downtown streets.  At approximately 7:30 p.m., a witness in the area of the protest reported to an assisting officer that one of the demonstrators had spray painted a private property retaining wall in the 500 block of South University Avenue.  The witness provided a video of the vandalism. Following the protest, at approximately 8:30 p.m., officers located the vandalism suspect in the 400 block of South Washington Street.  The suspect is identified as Tho...
Missing Suicidal Person Rakim J. Verner Investigation by CCPD
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Missing Suicidal Person Rakim J. Verner Investigation by CCPD

Carbondale, IL (STL.News) The City of Carbondale Police Department is requesting the public’s assistance in locating a missing person from Chicago, Il.  Rakim J. Verner, 18 years old.  Rakim left Chicago on an Amtrak train on June 23, 2020 and sent a suicidal text message to his parents.  He arrived in Carbondale on June 23, 2020 and was last seen walking southbound along Rt. 51 past the Southern Illinois University.  Rakim was last seen wearing a green T-Shirt, dark pants, white tennis shoes and eye glasses.  He was carrying sling bag over his back.  If you see Rakim Verner or know of his whereabouts please contact the Carbondale Police Department at 618-457-3200.  The City of Carbondale Police Department is assisting the Chicago Police Department with this active investigation. Anyone w...
Recovered Missing Juvenile, Larry D. Granger in Carbondale
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Recovered Missing Juvenile, Larry D. Granger in Carbondale

Carbondale, IL (STL.News) On 06-15-2020 the City of Carbondale Police Department met with Larryhon (Larry) D. Granger who returned back to his residence and was found to be safe and in good health. Prior Release: The City of Carbondale Police Department is requesting the public’s assistance in locating a missing person, Larryhon (Larry) D. Granger, age 14. Granger  is described as 6’1” tall, weighing 150 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes.  Granger was last seen on 05-24-20 wearing a maroon shirt with, “NeuroRestorative,” written on the front, black shorts and one green sock in the 900 block of East Grand Avenue in Carbondale.  Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Granger should contact the Carbondale Police Department at 618-457-3200.  The investigation into whereabouts Gran...
Champaign, IL: Shamar N. Betts Arrested Charged with promoting Riots
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Champaign, IL: Shamar N. Betts Arrested Charged with promoting Riots

Champaign, IL Man, Shamar N. Betts Arrested in Mississippi, Charged in Federal Complaint with Using Internet to Incite Rioting URBANA, IL (STL.News) U.S. Marshals Service deputies arrested a Champaign, Ill., man, Shamar N. Betts, 19, early this morning in Tchula, Miss., on a state burglary warrant issued by Champaign county.  Betts has also been charged in a federal criminal complaint with using the internet to incite rioting in Champaign, Ill., on May 31 to June 1, 2020.  Betts will make his initial appearance in federal court in the Southern District of Mississippi, in Jackson, on a date to be determined by the court. “The defendant, as alleged, used the peaceful demonstrations over the death of George Floyd, as cover to plan and carry out criminal activity,” said U.S. Attorney John Mil...
Chicago, IL News: DUI Saturation Patrol this weekend by CPD
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Chicago, IL News: DUI Saturation Patrol this weekend by CPD

Chicago, IL (STL.News) DUI SATURATION PATROL – Shakespeare (14th) District The Chicago Police Department will be conducting a DUI Saturation Patrol in the 14th (Shakespeare) District this weekend.  The DUI Saturation Patrol will take place Saturday, June 6, 2020 from 7 p.m. to Sunday, June 7, 2020 at 3 a.m.  The purpose of this program is to saturate a pre-designated area with roving police officers that continually monitor vehicular traffic for signs of impaired driving.  Patrols also place emphasis on speed, alcohol-related and safety belt violations.  Police vehicles equipped for speed detection are deployed to apprehend speeding violators. In addition, the Breath Alcohol Testing (BAT) Mobile Unit may also be deployed to allow officers to expedite the process of charging a person with ...
Illinois Gov. Pritzker Activates National Guard at Request of City of Chicago
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Illinois Gov. Pritzker Activates National Guard at Request of City of Chicago

Guard To Help Chicago Police Department Manage Street Closures Chicago, IL (STL.News) In response to a City of Chicago request, Illinois Governor JB Pritzker activated 375 Illinois National Guard soldiers for State Active Duty to assist the Chicago Police Department in protecting the City of Chicago and its residents.  The Guard will carry out a limited mission to help manage street closures and will not interfere with peaceful protestors exercising their first amendment rights. "At the request of Mayor Lori Lightfoot, I am activating the Illinois National Guard to support the City of Chicago in protecting our communities and keeping people safe," said Governor JB Pritzker.  "This is an immensely challenging moment for our city, our state, and our country, one born from decades and centur...
Illinois Governor Pritzker Announces Remote Learning Days Will Continue Through End of School Year
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Illinois Governor Pritzker Announces Remote Learning Days Will Continue Through End of School Year

Illinois State Receives $569 Million to Support Schools, Administration Waives edTPA for Teacher Candidates and Amends Graduation Requirements for High School Seniors Chicago, IL (STL.News) Following careful consideration of the science and close consultation with public health leaders and experts in Illinois and across the nation, Illinois Governor JB Pritzker announced that in-person learning in schools will not resume during the 2019-2020 school year, with remote learning days to continue for all pre-k through 12th grade students. "I've said time and time again, our decisions must follow the science and the science says our students can't go back to their normal routine this school year," said Governor JB Pritzker.  "Over the last month, Illinois' schools have stepped up and faced the ...
Illinois Governor Pritzker Announces Updates on Hospitalizations, Ventilator Capacity
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Illinois Governor Pritzker Announces Updates on Hospitalizations, Ventilator Capacity

State Increases Doubling Rate, Efforts to Flatten the Curve Continue Chicago, IL (STL.News) Building on measures to address the health and safety of residents during the COVID-19 pandemic, Illinois Governor JB Pritzker provided an update on the state's medical capacity to treat residents impacted by COVID-19. "These numbers are indicators of our growing ability to manage capacity within the healthcare systems across Illinois," said Governor JB Pritzker.  "We need to stay the course for our efforts to remain effective. I will do what's best to safeguard the health and safety of Illinois' residents." The doubling rate is the rate of the number of days it takes for COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, or deaths to double, a key metric in determining any flattening in the curve.  The shorter th...
Illinois Attorney General Raoul warns Residents of CARES Act Scams
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Illinois Attorney General Raoul warns Residents of CARES Act Scams

Chicago, IL (STL.News) Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul urges Illinois residents to be vigilant and watch for scammers trying to take advantage of the upcoming COVID-19 federal economic stimulus payments to individuals. The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act was signed into law March 27 and has been touted as the largest economic aid package in the country’s history.  Under the law, $2.2 trillion will be allocated to individuals and businesses affected by the coronavirus pandemic.  As part of the measure, one-time direct deposit payments will be made to millions of Americans, including up to $1,200 for individuals who pay taxes and $2,400 for married couples, plus an additional $500 per child.  The payments will be available for individuals who earn up to $75,0...
Illinois Governor Pritzker Outlines Efforts to Expand Access, Eligibility to Unemployment Insurance
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Illinois Governor Pritzker Outlines Efforts to Expand Access, Eligibility to Unemployment Insurance

Chicago, IL (STL.News) Building on measures designed to address the unprecedented economic challenges facing Illinois families during the COVID-19 pandemic, Governor JB Pritzker provided an update on the state's efforts to expand access and eligibility to unemployment insurance. The COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound impact on the United States economy, leading to an unprecedented number of unemployment claims.  Through the five weeks from March 1 to April 4, Illinois received 513,173 initial unemployment claims.  That is greater than the total number of initial claims for the entirety of 2019 (489,831) and five times greater than the claims filed in the first five weeks of the 2008 great recession. "The challenges workers and families are facing today is something my whole administrat...
Illinois Governor JB Pritzker Takes Bill Action
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Illinois Governor JB Pritzker Takes Bill Action

Springfield, IL (STL.News) Friday, Illinois Governor JB Pritzker took the following bill action: Bill Number: SB 659 Description: Amends the Fire Sprinkler Contractor Licensing Act by requiring that by January 1, 2022 inspection and testing of fire sprinkler system and controls must be performed by a licensee, or an individual employer, or contracted by a licensee. Action: Signed Effective: June 1, 2020 Bill Number: SB 1670 Description: Allows a police officer who previously participated in the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund as a member of a municipal police department and was transferred to the municipal police pension fund upon its creation after the 2010 Census to carry over their starting service date. Action: Signed Effective: Immediately Bill Number: SB 1881 Description: Creates ...
Illinois Governor JB Pritzker Signs Two New Laws Protecting Immigrant Youth
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Illinois Governor JB Pritzker Signs Two New Laws Protecting Immigrant Youth

New Laws Extend Short-Term Guardianship, Aid Youth Applying for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status Chicago, IL (STL.News) - In the wake of attacks on immigrant families by the Trump administration, Governor JB Pritzker signed two new laws to protect immigrant youth in Illinois, as he was joined by immigrant rights advocates and state lawmakers. "The accomplishments we have secured together have been done in the name of this shared belief: Nobody should ever be treated as less than a person because of where they were born," said Governor JB Pritzker.  "That's not the message coming from Washington.  Just this morning, the Trump administration announced a new class of undocumented immigrants to be subjected to expedited deportation.  Once again, they are demonizing people who don't look and ...
Illinois Governor Pritzker Signs Most Equity-Centric Law in Nation to Legalize Adult-Use Cannabis
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Illinois Governor Pritzker Signs Most Equity-Centric Law in Nation to Legalize Adult-Use Cannabis

Illinois Creates $30 Million Loan Program, Social Equity Applicant Status for Licensing, Expunges Roughly 700,000 Records Chicago, IL (STL.News) - Surrounded by a bipartisan group of lawmakers and criminal justice reform advocates, Governor JB Pritzker signed the most equity-centric law in the nation to legalize adult-use cannabis in Illinois, beginning Jan. 1, 2020. House Bill 1438 promotes equity and invests in the communities that suffered through the war on drugs, serving as a model for the legalization and decriminalization of cannabis. "As the first state in the nation to fully legalize adult-use cannabis through the legislative process, Illinois exemplifies the best of democracy: a bipartisan and deep commitment to better the lives of all of our people," said Gov. JB Pritzker.  "L...
Financial News: Illinois Department of Employment Security reports state’s unemployment rate up slightly in March
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Financial News: Illinois Department of Employment Security reports state’s unemployment rate up slightly in March

Chicago, IL (STL.News) - Illinois' unemployment rate is up slightly.  That's according to the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES), which announced on Thursday that the unemployment rate was 4.4 percent in March, up +0.1 percentage point from the prior month, and non-farm payrolls were down -2,800 jobs over-the-month based on preliminary data provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and released by IDES.  The February jobs loss was revised downward from the preliminary report (from -12,600 to -10,800 jobs). Average payroll employment growth during the January to March three-month period was +4,400 jobs, with the largest gains in Manufacturing (+1,700), Professional and Business Services (+1,300) and Educational and Health Services (+1,100). “This administration ...