Illinois News

Vehicles Hit Illinois Covered Bridge Twice After Reopening

LONG GROVE, Ill. — A covered bridge in northern Illinois has been damaged twice by vehicles within days of its reopening after a $1 million rebuild repaired severe damage a delivery truck inflicted in 2018. Less than 24 hours after …

Fire Sweeps Illinois Recycling Center, Forces Evacuations

MADISON, Ill. — A fire swept through a recycling business in southwestern Illinois early Wednesday, forcing the evacuation of nearby homes, officials said. The fire began about 2 a.m. Wednesday at a Madison, Illinois, industrial park in the Metro-East area …

Industrial Loss Consultants, LLC and Lighthouse Consulting & Restoration Services, Inc. Merge as Industrial Loss Consultants, Inc.

Elk Grove Village, IL, January 24, 2017—Lighthouse Consulting & Restoration Services, Inc. (Lighthouse) and Industrial Loss Consultants, LLC, experts who provide assessment and analysis of damaged machinery & equipment, announced that they merged earlier this month and officially changed their …

4 New Workers’ Comp Arbitrators Appointed in Illinois

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn appointed four new arbitrators to the Workers’ Compensation Commission: Maria Bocanegra is an attorney at Katz Friedman, specializing in workers’ compensation. She previously worked as a judicial assistant to the Honorable David Furman and as a …

Illinois, Indiana Counties Declared Disaster Areas After Hail Storm

The U.S. Secretary of Agriculture has declared several counties in Eastern Illinois and Western Indiana a disaster area after a spring hail storm ruined area strawberry crops. Gov. Pat Quinn announced the declaration in a news release. It applies to …

Illinois Governor: No Speed Increase on Interstates

Gov. Pat Quinn has vetoed legislation aimed at increasing the speed limit from 65 to 70 miles per hour on interstate highways around Illinois. The Legislation was sponsored by Republican state Sen. Jim Oberweis. It follows the passage of law …

Illinois Rideshare Bills Vetoed; Insurance Groups Urge Override

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has vetoed legislation that would have imposed statewide regulations on commercial ridesharing companies, also known as transportation network companies (TNCs). Quinn said he vetoed House Bill 4075, also known as the “Uber bill,” because it would …

Northeast Illinois City Receives $1.5M Flood Grant

The northeastern Illinois city of Kankakee is set to receive federal funds to begin flood protection and prevention efforts in its area. U.S. Senator Dick Durbin announced Tuesday that Kankakee will get $1.5 million from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. …

Six Months Since Tornado Devastated Illinois Town

Residents in the central Illinois town of Washington are taking stock of how far they’ve come since a tornado devastated their community six months ago – and of how far they still have to go. The (Bloomington) Pantagraph reports many …

Seatbelt Enforcement Begins on Illinois Highways

Illinois law enforcement officers are beginning a crackdown on unbuckled motorists and impaired drivers as the summer travel season gets underway. The goal is to prevent highway deaths in the state, which now stand at about 245 for the year. …