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Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White's Office is again extending expiration dates for state driver's licenses and ID cards

(Springfield-jm) – With nearly $2 billion in total adult-use cannabis sales in the past two years, Illinois has collected $526 million in sales taxes. A quarter of that is set to go to community-based programs in areas of the state negatively impacted by the war on drugs. The Pritzker administration announced $45 million in grant opportunities with details at R3.Illinois.gov.

 

(Springfield-jm) – Illinois’ unemployment rate fell to 5.7 percent last month, but the states’ percentage of eligible workers either working or seeking work remains lower than before the pandemic. The state’s labor force participation rate was 62.8 percent in October. In October 2019, the labor force participation rate was 64.2 percent.

 

(Springfield-jm) – Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White’s Office is again extending expiration dates for state driver’s licenses and ID cards. The additional three month extension is due to continued concerns about the pandemic and not overloading driver’s facilities with lots of people needing to renew. That means there’s no need to rush in, says Secretary of State Spokesperson Beth Kaufman…

 

 

Secretary of State Spokesperson Beth Kaufman. This does not apply to CDL’s and White’s office says this will be the final extension. Some motorists can renew their license online at: il sos dot gov.

 

(Springfield-jm) – The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 10,765 new cases Friday. The state also reported 52 additional deaths The 7 day positivity rate jumped to 6.2 percent. Locally, Champaign County reported 249 new cases. Ford County reported 30 new cases. Vermilion County reported 304 new cases and 1 additional death bringing their total number of deaths to 226.

 

(Buckley-tr) – Wreaths Across America Honored Veterans Saturday with honorary wreaths hung upon each patriot's grave. Buckely Wreaths across America coordinator Wayne Wagner shares the Wreaths across America motto…

 

 

Buckley Wreaths across America coordinator Wayne Wagner.

 

(Washington-jm) – USDA's latest pork production forecast indicates an increase in numbers for both 2021 and 2022, compared to the previous month's report. Rod Bain reports…

 

 

(Springfield-jm) – Thousands of Illinoisans, especially in rural areas, still lack sufficient access to broadband service, but that is about to change. A new report from the Pew Charitable Trust highlights several states that are using American Rescue Plan Act funding for broadband. Illinois is set to receive $100 million from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act to expand rural broadband.

 

 

(Springfield-jm) – The Illinois Republican Party is reacting to reports from the New York Times that Governor J.B. Pritzker is privately discussing running for president in 2024. While Pritzker denies that, the paper says they stand by their reporting. Illinois GOP Chairman Don Tracy said in a statement Pritzker should focus more on fixing the state’s problems “instead of dreaming of the White House.”

 

(Springfield-jm) – The Illinois Department of Transportation is looking for your opinion on traveling in Illinois. IDOT is launching its annual survey, looking for input from the public on a variety of topics, says Spokesperson Paul Wappel…

 

 

IDOT Spokesperson Paul Wappel. You can access the survey online at: idot dot illinois dot gov.

 

(Paxton-tr) – The bids for the streetscape project are now in and being considered by the town board here in Paxton. Engineers have now given their input and Paxton Mayor Bill Ingold has the details…

 

 

Paxton Mayor Bill Ingold.

 

(Washington-jm) – 2022 could bring increased broiler production, but higher prices as well. Rod Bain reports…

 

 

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