STATE NEWS

Statewide unemployment rate up in December

The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) said Jan. 22 that the unemployment rate increased 0.7 percentage point to 7.6 percent, while nonfarm payrolls were nearly unchanged,…

GOP lawmakers concerned about tax deductions bill

SPRINGFIELD — A bill endorsed by Gov. J.B. Pritzker that would eliminate expanded federal tax deductions for businesses created under the CARES Act, failed to pass in the lame duck…

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