In an email notification, state retirees were informed that their January pension checks were accidentally increased this month, as the State Employee Retirement System (SERS) failed to withhold the correct amount for federal taxes. Currently, SERS is leaving it to the retirees to correct this mistake […]
The federal Bureau of Labor Statistics released its December unemployment statistics, and Illinois remains among the worst in the nation with an unemployment rate at 4.7%. The only state with a higher rate than Illinois was Nevada. In December, Illinois’ 4.7% unemployment rate meant that at […]
Gov. JB Pritzker announced this week that he will be ending his continued COVID-19 disaster declarations on May 11, 2023. This announcement coincides with the decision by the White House to end the federal emergency declarations on that date. Illinois’ disaster declaration has been in place […]
Under direction from the federal government, the Illinois Department of Human Services (DHS) will be returning SNAP benefits to pre-pandemic levels. Since April 2020, an emergency SNAP allotment was added to the regular monthly benefits to address the worsening food insecurity challenges resulting from the COVID-19 […]
On Jan. 23, the Governor officially announced several selections for his administration’s agency directors. Five appointments will be new to their position. As of now, the only appointment confirmed by the Senate is Natalie Finnie, the new Director of the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). Finnie […]
The Illinois Department on Aging is accepting nominations for 2023 inductees to the Senior Illinoisan Hall of Fame. This honor is open to adults ages 65 or older who excel in the categories of community service, education, performance and/or graphic arts, and the labor force. Each […]
Peru, IL – Illinois State Senator Sue Rezin (R-Morris) released the following statement on the management’s decision at St. Margaret’s Health to temporary close their Peru Hospital:  “I am extremely disappointed with St. Margaret’s Health’s decision and handling of the temporary closure for the Peru Hospital. […]
Calls on Legislature to Heed the Will of Voters Who Already Rejected the Tax Springfield, IL– Today, Illinois Senate Republican Leader John Curran (R-Downers Grove) introduced Senate Resolution 27 that calls on the Illinois Senate to protect the will of Illinois voters and reject any progressive […]
Springfield, IL – Today, Illinois State Senator Terri Bryant (R-Murphysboro) announced that she has been appointed to the bicameral, bipartisan Legislative Ethics Commission by Illinois Senate Minority Leader John Curran (R-Downers Grover). “Unfortunately, the people of Illinois have lost faith in our state government because of […]
On Jan. 23, the Illinois Department of Revenue (IDOR) and the federal Internal Revenue Service (IRS) will both begin accepting 2022 state and federal income tax returns. Last year, IDOR received almost 6.2 million returns, approximately 90 percent of which were filed electronically. A number of […]