IDNR and Department of Ag to offer free camping at select state parks during 2024 Illinois State Fair

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) and the Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA) are teaming up to offer two nights of free camping at select state parks for anyone who purchases a 2024 Illinois State Fair admission book online between June 26 and July 3.

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Illinois Payroll Jobs Up, Minimum Increase to Unemployment Rate in May

The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) announced that the unemployment rate increased +0.1 percentage point to 4.9 percent, while nonfarm payrolls increased +12,700 in May, based on preliminary data provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), and released by IDES. The April revised unemployment rate was 4.8 percent, unchanged from the preliminary April unemployment rate. The April monthly change in payrolls was revised from the preliminary report, from +7,300 to +1,900 jobs. The May unemployment rate and payroll jobs estimate reflect activity for the week including the 12th.

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The Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs Announces Third Quarter, Fiscal Year 2024, Illinois Lottery Veterans’ Cash Grants

The Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs (IDVA) announces nearly $700,000 in Veterans’ Cash Grant Program awards to Illinois organizations that provide vital services to veterans and their families across Illinois. Awardees will receive funding to address veteran homelessness, post-traumatic stress treatment, workforce development, education, transportation training, and community development programs. The recipients are:

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West Nile Virus Found in Mosquitos and Birds in 13 Illinois Counties; IDPH Warns Public to "Fight the Bite"

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is reminding the public that along with the start of summer, mosquito season is underway in Illinois and with that comes the risk of West Nile virus (WNV), which has been reported in 13 counties around the state so far. The reminder comes as public health officials around the country are highlighting the importance of taking action to "Fight the Bite" during National Mosquito Control Awareness Week, June 16-22.

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The Illinois African Descent-Citizens Reparations Will Begin a Series of Public Hearings on July 13th

As we celebrate Juneteenth, the State of Illinois African Descent-Citizens Reparations Commission (ADCRC) announces the first of a series of public hearings it will host to discuss reparatory actions for Black Americans in Illinois who are descendants of American Chattel Slavery. This initial hearing will take place in Chicago on Saturday July 13th at Kennedy-King College and will feature expert speakers who will present the intergenerational impact of enslavement, racial terror, political disenfranchisement, and ongoing racial discrimination. Subsequent hearings will occur throughout Illinois.

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State of Illinois Celebrates Record-Breaking Export Sales for 2023 and Launches Governor's Export Awards Application

Governor JB Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) announced another record-breaking year with export sales over $78.7 billion in 2023. According to rankings by the U.S. Department of Commerce, Illinois continues to lead the Midwest as the top exporting state and fifth in the nation.

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Community Foundation for the Land of Lincoln and Illinois Department of Agriculture Release Illinois State Fairgrounds Master Plan

The Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA), in partnership with the Community Foundation for the Land of Lincoln, has released a new master plan for the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield aimed at maintaining the core functions of the Fairgrounds while increasing its year-round events, attendance, and revenue generation.

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Illinois families to see new child tax credit

Illinois parents struggling to make ends meet could be getting some help as the state’s fiscal year 2025 budget includes a new child tax credit. “The Illinois child tax credit is based off of what the federal government did during the pandemic to institute their own child tax credit to kind of give families that little extra boost,” said state Sen. Mike Halpin, D-Rock Island. The credit is open to families with kids ages 12 and younger who qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). It’s a federal and state credit for low- and middle-income earners. Families who qualify will add an additional 20% to their state EITC refund next year. That number jumps to 40% in subsequent years. Erion Malasi with Economic Security for Illinois, an organization supporting the credit, said it could mean an extra $150-$600 for some Illinois families.

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lllinois Recognizes World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

Ahead of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day on June 15, Illinois Department on Aging (IDoA) Acting Director Mary Killough is reminding Illinoisans of when and how to report suspected cases of abuse. "Elder abuse is a devastating and often hidden reality that affects thousands of older Illinoisans," said IDoA Acting Director Mary Killough. "But none of us are powerless in the fight against abuse. The first step toward prevention is to educate ourselves and others about what elder abuse is, where it happens, and how to recognize and report it."

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Illinois Housing Development Authority Celebrates National Homeownership Month In June

The Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA), the state's leading financier of affordable housing developments and homebuyer down payment assistance, joins its partners in the housing community to celebrate National Homeownership Month. For the past 40 years, IHDA has been committed to providing safe and reliable financial options and educational resources to help individuals and families achieve the American Dream of homeownership and economic growth in Illinois.

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HFS and IDOI Announce $6.5 Million Grant Funding for Statewide Get Covered Illinois Navigator Program

The Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS) and the Department of Insurance (IDOI) are announcing a Notice of Funding Opportunity for the Get Covered Illinois Navigator Grant Program Plan Year 2025. This $6.5 million initiative will create a statewide Illinois Navigator program as Illinois transitions to a state-based marketplace for health insurance. Get Covered Illinois, the official Illinois Marketplace, will oversee and train Illinois Navigators.

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Governor Pritzker Awards $5 Million in B2B Grants for Local Chambers

Governor JB Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) awarded $5 million in grant funding to 151 recipients through the Back to Business (B2B) Local Chambers program. B2B Chambers provides additional support for local chambers of commerce that experienced negative economic impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic. A list of B2B Local Chambers grantees can be found here.

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HFS and IDOI Announce $6.5 Million Grant Funding for Statewide Get Covered Illinois Navigator Program

The Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS) and the Department of Insurance (IDOI) are announcing a Notice of Funding Opportunity? for the Get Covered Illinois Navigator Grant Program Plan Year 2025. This $6.5 million initiative will create a statewide Illinois Navigator program as Illinois transitions to a state-based marketplace for health insurance. Get Covered Illinois, the official Illinois Marketplace, will oversee and train Illinois Navigators.

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Announcing 2024 NACo Achievement Award Winners for Illinois Counties

Since 1970, the NACo Achievement Awards have recognized outstanding county government programs and services. Through a non-competitive application process, noteworthy programs receive awards in 18 categories that cover a vast range of county responsibilities. NACo is pleased to announce the winners for the 2024 Achievement Awards. Explore the Best in Category winners, as well as the full list of winners below. Illinois counties can be filtered on the left side of the page under "Filter by State".

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Illinois Housing Development Authority Warns of Housing Scam

The Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA) is alerting vulnerable households of an online scam pretending to be IHDA or a similar housing entity. The scam is presented as a flyer posted on Facebook announcing the opening of a waitlist for specific properties as part of the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program (Section 8). The scam encourages residents to provide their information through a fraudulent link or to visit the IHDA office in person. This is not an IHDA program. IHDA has not created an advertisement for Section 8 housing, and it does not endorse any such solicitation.

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Governor Pritzker Announces $41 Million in Grant Funding for Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Public Infrastructure Recipients Across Illinois

Governor JB Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity (DCEO) today announced the recipients for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) for Public Infrastructure. A total of $41 million has been awarded to 32 communities, which will support critical repairs to water, sewer, and drainage infrastructure to enhance safety and quality of life for 52,000 Illinois residents.

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D-Day anniversary 2024: World leaders, veterans, commemorate Normandy landings

U.S. President Joe Biden made an impassioned call for the defence of freedom and democracy at the 80th anniversary of the D-Day landings in Normandy on Thursday, urging Western powers to stay the course with Ukraine and not surrender to Russian tyranny. At a joint ceremony with French President Emmanuel Macron and U.S. veterans at the Normandy American Cemetery, Biden said it was "simply unthinkable" to surrender to Russian aggression and he promised no let-up in support for Ukraine.

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Illinois legislators approve law against landfill’s airborne waste

Flying trash has been a problem for decades, with garbage being dumped in Illinois landfills near St. Louis, much of it being hauled in from Missouri. Lawmakers in Illinois are now cracking down. People who live near Roxanna Landfill, Inc., or drive nearby say on a bad day, a windy day, you’ll see trash flying through the air. Residents say they’ve been startled by plastic bags seemingly appearing out of nowhere and hitting their windshields.

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Pritzker Administration Announces Federal Funding for Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics

Illinois has been selected as one of ten states to participate in the Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC) Medicaid Demonstration Program designed to expand and improve access to coordinated mental health care and substance use services, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced this week. “This announcement builds on the substantial progress my administration has made to ensure that mental and behavioral health services are available statewide,” said Governor JB Pritzker. “And now, thanks to our partners at the federal level, 19 organizations will be able to treat people in crisis, regardless of their ability to pay.”

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Gov. Pritzker Signs Sixth Balanced Budget

Today, Governor JB Pritzker and Lieutenant Governor Juliana Stratton joined Senate President Don Harmon, House Speaker Emanuel “Chris” Welch and budget leaders from each chamber to sign the FY25 state budget package. The $53.1 billion budget builds on the Pritzker administration’s initiatives to invest in early childhood, accelerate business development, and support working families. “The FY25 budget is another demonstration of the fiscal responsibility that has guided me from Day One of my administration,” said Governor JB Pritzker. “This budget is balanced, pro-family, cuts taxes on workers, and opens up doors of opportunity for employers and employees alike. I’m proud to sign it today and look forward to working together to bring these investments to life in a healthier, more prosperous Illinois.”

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From Gun Control to Public Transit Rescue, A Look at What Didn’t Pass the Illinois General Assembly This Spring

Illinois legislators passed 469 measures this year. The bulk of those items will likely become law, pending action from Gov. J.B. Pritzker. “There were lots of things that didn’t make it to the finish line,” Pritzker said at a Springfield news conference last week, hours after the Illinois House adjourned for the summer. “As far as I’m concerned, everything that was a priority for me, if you look back at the things I talked about putting in my budget — my budget address — all of the priorities that I put in got passed.” But in some cases, what lawmakers left on the table — whether due to ongoing negotiations, political sensitivities or unsatisfied concerns — is equally significant as what passed. Here’s a list of notable measures that aren’t on their way to Pritzker’s desk.

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