State Representative Patrick Windhorst (R-Metropolis) says the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity announced several recipients of Energy Transition Grants in the 117th district. The Energy Transition Community Grants, totaling more than $5.5 million, were made available due to the enactment of the Climate and Equitable Jobs Act (CEJA). The grants provide funding for communities that have been impacted by fossil fuel plant or coal mine closures or significant reductions. [Read more...]
Rep. Severin Announces Energy Transition Grant Award of Over $1 Million to White County
State Representative Dave Severin (R-Benton) announced this week that the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity is awarding an Energy Transition Program Grants to White County, totaling $1,207,426 million.
The grant was made available due to the enactment of the Climate and Equitable Jobs Act (CEJA). Energy Transition Program Grants provide funding for local government entities and communities that have been impacted by fossil fuel plant or coal mine closures or significant reductions. [Read more...]
ILLINOIS SUPREME COURT TO HEAR ORAL ARGUMENTS IN SAFE-T ACT CASE ON MARCH 14
The Supreme Court is set to hear oral arguments in the James R. Rowe, etc., et al. v. Kwame Raoul, (SAFE-T Act case) next week on Tuesday morning, March 14, 2023, at 9 a.m. at the Illinois Supreme Court Building, 200 E. Capitol Ave. in Springfield, IL. The SAFE-T Act came under fire last year with over 64 State's Attorneys filing suit against it. State's Attorney Denton Aud from White County is part of the case. A provision in the Act was set to abolish cash bail on January 1, 2023, but a stay was placed on the implementation of that provision late in December; arrests and bail provisions continue as they were. [Read more...]
Illinois hunters harvest more than 158,000 deer during 2022-2023 seasons
Hunters in Illinois harvested a preliminary total of 158,010 deer during all 2022-2023 archery and firearm seasons that concluded Jan. 15. The total preliminary deer harvest for all seasons compares with a total harvest of 146,438 deer for all seasons in 2021-2022.
During the 2022-2023 deer seasons, hunters took 45.04% females and 54.96% males. [Read more...]
Rich Gurka: K-BAR knives to be outlawed
Attached is a picture of a standard K-BAR knife, a real one made in Olean, N.Y. I have had it for decades.
A fixed blade "weapon" such as this is suspected to be the instrument used in the recent murders of the 4 college students in Idaho. I bet that since time began, a fixed blade "weapon" like this has been used in many thousands of murders. Probably more in total than the number of Japanese killed by the atomic bomb at Hiroshima in 1945. [Read more...]
Gov. Pritzker Invited to World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos
Governor to Speak on Panels Concerning Energy and Climate, Infrastructure and Legislative Achievements
Governor Pritzker will travel to Davos, Switzerland next week to speak at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting and promote Illinois' achievements on the world stage. The meeting brings together world leaders across industries to discuss political and social priorities, this year focusing on the theme “Cooperation in a Fragmented World.” The Governor will also visit Germany for business development purposes. [Read more...]
IDOI Announces January 15th Enrollment Deadline for the ACA Health Insurance Marketplace
The Open Enrollment Period ends Sunday
The last day of the Open Enrollment Period for the ACA Health Insurance Marketplace is Sunday, January 15, 2023. An extra month was added again this year, allowing people more time to purchase health insurance coverage.
Federal CMS enrollment numbers show that 332,460 Illinoisians have selected ACA Marketplace plans since the start of Open Enrollment on November 1, and the total number of Americans who signed up for coverage is nearly 15.9 million. * [Read more...]
Rich Gurka: Illinois, the “Fourth Reich?”
"Nazi Germany invaded France in 1940. In every occupied town, Nazi soldiers put up posters that demanded citizens surrender their firearms within 24 hours or else be shot. Despite the consequences, many French citizens refused to comply with the order. In ‘GUN CONTROL IN NAZI OCCUPIED FRANCE; TYRANNY AND RESISTANCE’, author Stephen P. Halbrook tells this story of Nazi repression and the brave French citizens who refused to surrender to it.” [Read more...]