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The Peoria chapter of the International Union of Operating Engineers is expanding its apprenticeship program as the state rolls out its $45 billion capital plan.

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Four Central Illinois coal plants and a southern Illinois coal mine are slated to close by year’s end.

Environmental advocates say the Clean Energy Jobs Act would create new programs to help workers and communities impacted by the coal facility closures. And they say movement on the legislation is needed now. 

Gov. J.B. Pritzker said earlier this month he does not expect action on the legislation during this year’s veto session. 

But State Rep. Rita Mayfield (D-Waukegan) says that is unacceptable. 

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Gov. J.B. Pritzker says the Clean Energy Jobs Act is unlikely to come up for a vote in the fall veto session.


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Peoria, Tazewell and Woodford counties are among 34 included in a second disaster proclamation issued by Gov. J.B. Pritzker.

Predicted severe weather conditions have forced the Illinois House to cancel sessions the rest of the week. 

Illinois legislators are reviving bills that would raise the legal age to purchase tobacco products to 21.

A Manteno veterans' home resident who contracted Legionnaires' disease has died. 

Gov. J.B. Pritzker has authorized state licensing of firearms dealers after his Republican predecessor rejected the idea. 

Gov. J.B. Pritzker used his first full day in office to restore frozen Gov. J.B. Pritzker used his first full day in office to restore frozen wage increases for unionized state employees.