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Rental assistance program running in Illinois
A government-funded rental assistance program is underway.
After weeks of saying the program was coming, the Illinois Housing Development Authority website states that the program starts today.
Governor JB Pritzker made a stop in Chicago this morning to promote the program.
It’s scheduled for noon in the Metro East St. Louis area and will be in Springfield this afternoon.
The ethics package was about to be finalized in-house
An Illinois Senate ethics package could get a vote soon and be sent to the House for final approval.
One measure that is close to being passed is Senate Bill 4, which addresses issues surrounding lawmakers and lobbyists, including other financial disclosures.
The measure also addresses some aspects of the Inspector General, but some say it doesn’t give the Inspector the independence he needs to investigate claims against the legislature.
Investigators did not speak to Ezike, Flores after the fatal LaSalle outbreak
Further hearings and investigations are expected in the deadly COVID-19 outbreak at LaSalle Veterans’ Home.
Last week’s hearings highlighted a general report from the Pritzker Administrative Inspector that the inspector said it did not include interviews with key Pritzker administrative officials such as the director of the Illinois Department of Public Health, Dr. Ngozi Ezike, or the Deputy Governor Sol Flores.
Pritzker revises COVID-19 guidelines following CDC changes
Governor JB Pritzker said he is revising his COVID-19 executive orders to meet last week’s CDC guidelines.
The requirements for counties and cities are also being relaxed across the state. Some stores remove all signs of mask requirements.
If it’s not lifted, an emergency mask rule filed by the governor earlier this year, which obliges companies to enforce face coverings indoors, will expire early next month.
Davidsmeyer urges ISP to fall behind on FOID
Republican MP CD Davidsmeyer continues to urge the Illinois State Police to cope with the persistent backlog of ID cards for gun owners.
Davidsmeyer said Friday that his voters who want to exercise their rights under the second amendment will be treated as second-class citizens. There are more than a dozen lawsuits in state and federal courts challenging the FOID law.
Cannabis sales are projected to exceed $ 1 billion
The Illinois cannabis industry is growing rapidly, and adult recreational cannabis sales are projected to reach $ 1 billion by the end of the year.
In March alone, Illinois people spent $ 110 million on weeds for fun. Todd Maisch, president and CEO of the Illinois Chamber of Commerce, said one factor contributing to Illinois’ explosive growth is that most of its neighboring states have not yet legalized marijuana.
The state imposes a tax of over 40 percent on adult cannabis sales.