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Tax on plastic bags proposed as part of Illinois budget fix

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WEEK) — Gov. JB Pritzker is looking to tax plastic bags as a way to generate new revenue for the state and protect the environment. The governor’s budget transition committee proposed a five-cent per plastic bag tax in check-out lanes to generate more revenue and reduce the risk t


Cars broken into in downtown parking ramps in Springfield

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) - Crime Stoppers are working to solve a series of vehicle burglaries in downtown parking ramps in Springfield. Several cars have been broke into within the last month.


Gov. Pritzker to appoint new manager to oversee Du Quoin, Springfield state fairs

DU QUOIN — The two state fairs in Illinois will get yet another a new manager. State Fair Manager Luke Sailer was relieved of his duties in mid-January, according to Denise Albert, communications director for Illinois Department of Agriculture.


Y-block to host 10 weeks of free concerts

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WICS/WRSP) -- We have new details on the free concert series coming to Springfield. There will be 10 weeks of free concerts every Thursday from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on the Y-Block.


Pritzker wants 32-cents cigarette tax hike

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- Gov. J.B. Pritzker is proposing a 32-cents-per-pack hike in the state's cigarette tax. The proposal is part of the Democrat's $39 billion budget unveiled Wednesday.


Illinois inmates would no longer receive bill for prison stays, under new proposal

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WEEK) — An Illinois state senator wants to end of practice of requiring inmates to repay the costs of their incarcerations. State Sen. Robert Peters (D-Chicago) introduced Senate Bill 1158, which would strike the requirement for recently released inmates to reimburse the Illinois


Illinois small business cuts 6 jobs immediately after $15 minimum wage hike

A vinyl graphics business in southwestern Illinois wasn’t planning to downsize. But the state’s $15 minimum wage hike has forced the owners to cut six jobs. Shane Moore and Tracy Ross tripled their business after buying a local vinyl wrap and graphics shop and rebranding it Fenix 5ive in Wood River,


Raoul sues Springfield-based demolition company

A Springfield-based demolition company is being sued for allegedly demolishing homes without submitting an Asbestos Notification Form to the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency.


Governor Pritzker presents first budget

Springfield, IL - Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker wants to get the state out of its mult-billion-dollar deficit and take care of unpaid bills. He made the comments during his first budget address. But some members of the general assembly are skeptical.


“It was within seconds”; Illinois State Trooper survives near death crash on I-39

STERLING, Illinois – An Illinois State Trooper is recovering after being struck by a vehicle on I-39. The trooper was stopping another vehicle on the shoulder of the road the night of February 18th when a semi-truck hit his squad car – the trooper right inside.


Scratch off winners won’t get paid in Illinois, for now

Due to equipment upgrades, winners of scratch off Illinois lottery tickets will have to wait a bit. Because they won’t get paid immediately, as is typical for that style of ticket.


Pritzker: legalize marijuana, sports betting

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - The Latest on Gov. J.B. Pritzker's state budget proposal (all times local):. Gov. J.B. Pritzker is proposing raising more than $1 billion in state revenue by legalizing recreational marijuana and sports betting.


Springfield City Council approves city budget for 2020

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WICS/WRSP) -- The Springfield City Council passed a new budget for the 2020 fiscal year and the changes will help keep more money in your pocket. The biggest change from last year to this year is there will be no new taxes.


Almost 100 children died last year in cases involving DCFS

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WICS/WRSP) -- A total of 98 children died last year in cases involving the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, according to the Office of the Inspector General.


Bill could lift a decade-old rent control ban in Illinois

ROCKFORD, Ill (WIFR) - A bill moving through the Illinois legislature could get rid of a decade-old rent control ban. 23 News looks into the impact this legislation could have on the Stateline.


The Latest: Cap on retailers' reimbursement $1,000 a month

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Latest on Gov. J.B. Pritzker's state budget proposal (all times local):. Gov. J.B. Pritzker plans to raise $75 million for his proposed budget by capping the amount of money retailers can keep for collecting sales tax for the state.


Woman, 70, reported missing from Illinois Medical District found safe

A 70-year-old woman who went missing Monday from the Illinois Medical District on the Near West Side has been “safely located.” Gwendolyn Pippens was last seen near University of Illinois Hospital, which is located at 1740 W. Taylor St., according to Chicago police. She may need medical attention.


Pritzker progressive income tax model would hike taxes on typical Illinois family

Gov. J.B. Pritzker has pointed admiringly to other Midwestern states’ progressive income tax structures, but taxes on the median Illinois family would go up under all of them.


"ShotSpotter" device could save your life, combat gun violence

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WICS/WRSP) -- Springfield City Council just approved the Springfield Police Department's proposal to purchase a new technology that could save your life - it’s called the “ShotSpotter."


Man accused of hitting 12-year-old bicyclist in Pontiac, abandoning van, fleeing to Illinois

PONTIAC, Mich. - A suspected hit-and-run driver is accused of crashing into a 12-year-old boy who was riding a bicycle in Pontiac, abandoning his van and fleeing the state. Authorities said Dominique Antonio Amos struck a 12-year-old bicyclist while driving a 1996 Ford Econoline van on Baldwin Road