Jerry Nowicki, JG-TC

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  • JG-TC
  • Daily Herald
  • Southern Illinoisan
  • News Democrat
  • The Telegraph
  • Quad-City Times

Recent articles by Jerry:

State’s seven-day COVID-19 positivity rate ticks slightly downward

Illinois remained among the lowest in the Midwest in the positivity rate metric. → Read More

Opposing groups readying for fight over graduated tax

Days after the governor donated $51.5 million of his personal fortune to a committee supporting a graduated income tax constitutional amendment, a new coalition has begun an effort to defeat the measure. → Read More

Judge denies GOP request to allow large political gatherings

A federal judge on Thursday denied a request for a temporary restraining order that would have allowed the Schaumburg Township Republican Organization and other GOP groups to host large fundraising events. → Read More

State's continued unemployment claims still top 700,000

The U.S. Department of Labor released statistics Thursday showing 705,878 Illinoisans received unemployment insurance for the week ending June 20. While that was a decrease of 4,401 continued unemployment claims overall from the previous week, according to the data, the state still saw 46,005 new initial claims for the week ending June 20, an increase of 1,311 new claims from the previous week.… → Read More

Raoul, 17 other attorneys general ask for power to investigate police misconduct

Illinois' attorney general asked Congress in a letter Thursday to grant his office the power to investigate "practices of unconstitutional policing." → Read More

Black legislators say there's 'far too much to accomplish' to let looting take away from message

Members of the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus detailed their ongoing fight for racial equality and made calls for the end of looting at a news conference held at a recently looted strip mall Tuesday on Chicago's South Side. → Read More

Senate Republicans: Stay in session until legislature reaches a bipartisan reopening plan

On just the third day of legislative session since March 5, Senate Republicans called a socially distanced outdoor news conference Friday morning to argue for a more collaborative approach to state government and pandemic response going forward. → Read More

Workers' comp measure headed to Pritzker

A compromise bill between business and labor that deals with COVID-19 and workers' compensation passed the House on Friday with broad bipartisan support and will head to the governor. → Read More

Nearly 73,000 more file for unemployment in Illinois

The U.S. saw nearly 3 million more unemployment claims the week ending May 9, including 72,993 in Illinois, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Gov. J.B. Pritzker said this week more than 50,000 applications had been filed through the state's new pandemic unemployment assistance system since Monday. → Read More

Workers' Compensation Commission repeals emergency COVID-19 rule

A state commission voted to repeal a new rule that would have made workers' compensation benefits available to essential employees who contracted COVID-19 without having to prove the illness was contracted at the workplace. → Read More

How to find a drive-up Wi-Fi hot spot by ZIP code

As students across Illinois get accustomed to remote learning, state agencies have released a new tool aimed at connecting those who need internet to drive-up Wi-Fi hot spots. → Read More

Illinois reports 42 more deaths from COVID-19, 986 new cases

Illinois officials announced 42 more deaths from novel coronavirus disease, or COVID-19, Wednesday, along with 986 new cases. The total known cases in the state grew to 6,980 in 56 → Read More

Illinois attorney general takes action on price gouging, warns of COVID-19 scams

The Illinois attorney general's office has been working with a reduced and mostly remote staff the last 10 days, but it continues to warn against COVID-19-related price gouging, scams and utility shut-offs. → Read More

Illinois Republicans call for suspension, audit of automatic voter registration

A pair of Illinois House Republicans called for suspension and an audit of the state's automatic voter registration program after it was revealed that more than 1,100 REAL ID applicants were "erroneously categorized" as opting out of registering to vote. → Read More

House GOP aims for FOID fixes in light of application backlog

Republican lawmakers are calling to abolish the state's Firearm Owners Identification card requirement -- or at least to install fixes to expedite the Illinois State Police's handling of a backlog of applications that is leaving gun owners in a state of uncertainty. → Read More

What the state is doing about coronavirus

The Illinois state health department says it is taking proactive steps against the spread of novel coronavirus as federal authorities warn that a spread of the virus in the U.S. is imminent. → Read More

State police director supports requiring fingerprints for FOID cards

The Illinois State Police director said this week that his department has stepped up illegal firearm ownership enforcement methods, but it needs greater resources to continue the job -- including fingerprints of Firearm Owner Identification Card applicants. → Read More

State lawmakers renew push to let college athletes profit

One month ahead of the tipoff of March Madness, Illinois lawmakers -- backed by a pair of NBA brothers -- are renewing a push to allow college athletes to profit from the use of their name and likeness. → Read More

State releases $500 million for technology innovation network with 15 hubs

Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Wednesday touted statewide benefits he said will result from a $500 million state capital infrastructure investment in 15 hubs of a University of Illinois-led public-private research institute network. → Read More

Tax amnesty program nets more than $60M more than expected

A tax amnesty program created during the passage of last year's state operating budget has brought in nearly $240 million -- approximately $60 million more than was expected -- the Illinois Department of Revenue announced Tuesday. → Read More