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Quick Hits: Illinois News In Brief For Jan. 14, 2022

Democrats reply on DCFS points

Some statehouse Democrats are responding to Republicans’ requires hearings on issues with the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services.

House GOP members Thursday blasted Democrats for his or her silence on a variety of points.

Democratic state Sen. Julie Morrison mentioned she’s scheduled a Senate Health Committee to get solutions from DCFS Director Marc Smith.

Secretary of State workplaces will stay closed by way of Jan. 24

Driver providers services throughout the state will stay closed by way of Jan. 24.

Before the brand new year, the Secretary of State’s office introduced that due to COVID-19 case charges, they’d shut for 2 weeks, however Thursday they prolonged that.

There are a wide range of providers accessible on-line, however not all. CDL testing will reopen on Jan. 18 in Springfield, Rockford and Marion.

Mancow plans to run for governor as unbiased

He’s working for governor, however as an unbiased. Former radio present host Eric “Mancow” Muller introduced this week, as an unbiased candidate, he will likely be in search of to tackle Gov. J.B. Pritzker and whoever the Republican nominee will likely be.

Republicans and Democrats started circulating nominating petitions for the June main Thursday.

In April, unbiased and different celebration candidates can start circulating petitions to get on the November poll.

Illinois vaccine rule anticipated to be withdrawn

It’s anticipated the Illinois Department of Labor’s COVID-19 vaccine or testing mandate on bigger public employers within the state will likely be withdrawn after the U.S. Supreme Court shot down the Biden administration’s short-term rule.

IDOL mentioned if the excessive court docket struck down the mandate, Illinois’ rule could be withdrawn.

Illinois may nonetheless develop its personal rule, however it could be topic to the state’s regular rule-making course of.

Illinois amongst 39 states concerned in scholar mortgage settlement

Thanks to a settlement with a scholar mortgage supplier over allegations of widespread abuse, about 18,500 Illinois scholar mortgage debtors will obtain almost $5 million in restitution funds from Navient, previously Sallie Mae.

Around 5,200 Illinois debtors will obtain a few of $133.5 million in debt cancellation.

The state will get a direct fee of $7.2 million.

Attorneys basic from Illinois and a number of other different states introduced the settlement Thursday.

Kim announce bid for Illinois Attorney General

International business legal professional Steve Kim introduced he is working for Illinois Attorney General.

His marketing campaign says he’ll work with federal officers to root out corruption and stand with regulation enforcement and crime victims.

If he advances out of the Republican main, he’ll tackle Democratic Attorney General Kwame Raoul.


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