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Governor J.B. Pritzker

NORMAL, Ill. – The state of Illinois officially ended cash bail on September 18, implementing the most controversial section of Governor J.B. Pritzker’s SAFE-T Act. The Illinois Safety, Accountability, Fairness and Equity-Today (SAFE-T) Act was signed in 2021 but its biggest change to the criminal justice system did not go into effect until this week. […]

NORMAL, Ill. – Governor Pritzker visited Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE) on April 6 to continue to highlight his higher education plans. In attendance of the event were the Chancellor of SIUE, James Miner, the Mayor of Edwardsville, Art Risavy, attended along with representatives of the State government. Representatives in attendance were Amy Alec from […]

NORMAL, Ill. – Illinois has struggled with a teacher shortage that has impacted the community for years. Beyond educators no longer wanting to enter the profession for various reasons, current teachers are also stepping away from the classrooms. In the college of education at Illinois State University, Kelli Appel explained why this is an ongoing […]

NORMAL, Ill. – Earlier this week, Governor J.B. Pritzker signed HB4664, a sweeping reproductive rights and gender affirming care omnibus bill that protects health care providers and their patients from legal attacks by neighboring states and expands health care access and options across the state. The act takes major steps to expand access by guaranteeing […]

Photo provided by Illinois State University  SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – The office of Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker stated in a press release on December 6th that the governor has signed HB1095, a series of amendments and clarifications to the SAFE-T Act. The Illinois Safety, Accountability, Fairness, and Equity-Today (SAFE-T) Act was signed in 2021 and was […]

Photo Courtesy from Unit 5 NORMAL, Ill. – Unit 5 schools in Normal have undergone many changes related to how they handle COVID-19 restrictions as of late. A recent lawsuit in the state of Illinois has made schools in other areas shift their COVID-19 guidelines to a ‘mask recommended’ rule. Since this lawsuit has came […]

Photo courtesy to IDJJ Facebook page LINCOLN, Ill.- The Governor’s administration has announced a new center for incarcerated youth is coming to central Illinois. The Youth Center will now be located in the old, abandoned Lincoln Development Center. About 40% of Illinois’ juveniles are from Central Illinois and until now they’ve been located in northern […]

Photo courtesy to BloNo DSA Facebook page BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – This week, organizers and activists with the Bloomington-Normal Chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America are doubling down on efforts to mobilize the community to call for the end of wealth-based pretrial detention known as “cash bail” or “money bond”. This week BloNo DSA joined […]

NORMAL, Ill.- Gathering outside Hovey Hall this morning, Sept. 9, 2020, were Normal’s most familiar faces.  The 2020 Census was advocated for by State Rep. Dan Brady, Mayor Chris Koos, Illinois State University president Larry Dietz and Governor JB Pritzker. According to Pritzker, just a 1% under-count could result in the state losing over 195 […]

Photo Courtesy to the CDC NORMAL, Ill.- McLean County Health Department is reporting 80 new cases of COVID-19 today, Aug. 28, 2020, bringing the total to 1372 cases. Currently, 526 individuals are isolating at home.  Three individuals are currently hospitalized. There are 827 individuals that have been released from isolation and are considered recovered. There have been 16 COVID-related deaths in McLean County. […]