Give input on new master plan for Downtown Springfield and the Mid-Illinois Medical District

A group of community partners are collaborating on a new Master Plan for Downtown Springfield and the Mid-Illinois Medical District. The plan is intended to create a set of policies and programs that direct future growth and development. Additionally, the creation of a master plan can lead to strategies that will help guide community leaders as [...]

By |February 22nd, 2023|Categories: Government, News|0 Comments

Bill seeks pay raise for tipped workers

By Beth Hundsdorfer, Capitol News Illinois A bill in the Illinois House would do away with the sub-minimum wage paid to waitresses, bartenders and other tipped service workers. Rep. Camille Lilly, D-Chicago, introduced House Bill 5139 last month. If the bill becomes law, workers who supplement their wages with tips will receive the state’s minimum wage starting [...]

By |February 14th, 2022|Categories: Government, News|0 Comments

House to return to Springfield Thursday for further energy negotiations

By Jerry Nowicki, Capitol News Illinois The Illinois House is scheduled to return to Springfield Thursday to try again at passing an elusive energy regulation overhaul days after the governor’s office announced support for a new proposal. It’s the latest push for a legislative accomplishment that has eluded Gov. JB Pritzker in his three years [...]

By |September 8th, 2021|Categories: Government|0 Comments

Architecture firm selected for renovation of the State Armory Building

The Illinois Capital Development Board (CDB) has selected Tilton, Kelly + Bell, as the preferred architectural design firm for the renovation of the State Armory Building in Springfield. CDB will oversee the project’s design and construction in accordance with the protocol for state-appropriated projects. Through Governor JB Pritzker’s capital plan, Rebuild Illinois, nearly $122 million [...]

By |April 7th, 2021|Categories: Government, News|0 Comments

Restaurant loses appeal over COVID-19 restrictions

FoxFire Restaurant will appeal decision to state Supreme Court. By Sarah Mansur, Capitol News Illinois An appeals court has handed down a favorable ruling to Gov. JB Pritzker in a legal challenge to his administration’s restrictions on bars and restaurants to curb the spread of COVID-19. The 2nd District Appellate Court overruled a Kane County judge’s [...]

By |November 11th, 2020|Categories: Government|0 Comments

State fast-tracking $25 million for local government construction projects

Capital plan money to go to projects that can begin within 90 days By Rebecca Anzel, Capitol News Illinois The Illinois department tasked with the state’s economic development launched a program Tuesday providing grant funding to local governments for capital projects. Its aim, said Michael Negron, assistant director of the Department of Commerce and [...]

By |May 12th, 2020|Categories: Government, News|0 Comments

State of Illinois privatizes real estate services

By David Blanchette The State of Illinois is dipping a toe into the pond of privatizing its real estate management services, and if the initial foray works it could mean an $845 million, 10-year plunge involving 22 million square feet of property and 683 state-owned, leased and surplus facilities. The Illinois Department of Central Management [...]

By |October 8th, 2018|Categories: Government|0 Comments

Rauner vetoes creation of state-run workers’ comp insurer

By Patrick Yeagle Gov. Bruce Rauner on Friday vetoed earlier this month a bill which would have created a state-run insurance provider for workers' compensation. The veto comes amid debate over whether private insurers bilk employers through allegedly outsize premiums. In 2011, Illinois adopted several changes to its workers' compensation system, including lowering reimbursement for [...]

By |August 30th, 2017|Categories: Business News, Government, News|0 Comments