Illinois Year In Review: Madigan indicted on 23 corruption-related charges in 2022

(The Center Square) – Years of questions about how longtime former Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan ran his political operation came to a head this year when he was indicted on 23 counts of corruption-related charges.

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Battle over omnibus spending continues as Congress faces shutdown Friday

(The Center Square) – Lawmakers have until midnight Friday to pass legislation to fund the government or face a shutdown as a potential vote on the $1.7 trillion, 4,155-page omnibus bill could happen later Wednesday.

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Illinois awaits Census update on whether state continues to shrink

(The Center Square) – Illinois’ population has been shrinking for years as more people leave the state than arrive. Did the trend continue this past year? Residents will learn Thursday when the latest U.S. Census data on population is released.

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Winter storm prep: National Weather Service says ‘once-in-a-generation’ storm approaching Midwest

The National Weather Service is describing the winter storm bearing down on Buffalo and western New York ahead of Christmas as a “once-in-a-generation” event. The declaration comes as much of the Great Lakes region is under winter storm watches and warnings during one of the busiest travel periods of the year.

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Judge to determine what happens next with Illinois’ SAFE-T Act

(The Center Square) – The state’s controversial SAFE-T Act is set to end cash bail for many crimes in Illinois Jan. 1. Tuesday, a Kankakee County judge heard arguments in a lawsuit challenging the measure.

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Abbott demands Biden take action at border with ‘perilous’ weather coming

(The Center Square ) – Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Tuesday warned the Biden administration that without federal action, lives will be lost at the southern border as a polar vortex is expected to bring temperatures down to well below freezing in the state.

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Quiet Tuesday and Wednesday, dangerous cold and winter weather by the end of the week

CARTERVILLE (WSIL) — The next few days will relatively quiet. If you have any last minute errands you need to run ahead of the holiday, the next two days will be your best bet. Tuesday and Wednesday will bring more clouds, with high temperatures in the low 40s.

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Upcoming winter weather dangerous for pets

(WSIL) — We are preparing for some potential snow and bitterly cold temperatures. Those conditions can be life-threatening to both humans and pets.

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Oral arguments presented for challenge of Illinois’ no-cash bail law

(The Center Square) – Opening arguments are set to begin Tuesday in an Illinois courthouse over a lawsuit that calls the criminal justice package known as the SAFE-T Act unconstitutional.

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Chief Justice Roberts suspends Biden plan to end Title 42 immigration rule

(The Center Square) – Chief Justice John Roberts on Monday put a temporary administrative hold on the Biden’s administration’s plans to end Title 42 enforcement this week.

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