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John O'connor

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Springfield, IL, United States

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  • Local 22 & Local 44
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  • KSNT News
  • Herald-Whig
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  • FOX 32 News
  • TorontoStar
  • Los Angeles Times
  • NBC Chicago
  • Daily Herald
  • Military.com
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  • KLFY NEWS 10
  • ksdk.com
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Recent articles by John:

Illinois tax rebates are coming — in time for the election

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Democrats who run state government celebrated while announcing that tax-rebate checks — totaling more than $1.2 billion — on Monday began heading to 6 million taxpayers. Rebates on income and property taxes are part of a $1.83 billion inflation-relief package built into this year’s budget. “Everyone knows inflation is a global […] → Read More

Illinois tax rebates are coming — in time for the election

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Democrats who run state government celebrated while announcing that tax-rebate checks — totaling more than $1.2 billion — on Monday began heading to 6 million taxpayers. Rebates on income and property taxes are part of a $1.83 billion inflation-relief package built into this year’s budget. “Everyone knows inflation is a global […] → Read More

Illinois tax rebates are coming — in time for the election

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Democrats who run state government celebrated while announcing that tax-rebate checks — totaling more than $1.2 billion — on Monday began heading to 6 million taxpayers. Rebates on income and property taxes are part of a $1.83 billion inflation-relief package built into this year’s budget. “Everyone knows inflation is a global […] → Read More

Illinois tax rebates are coming

Democrats who run state government are celebrating because tax rebates totaling more than $1.2 billion are heading to 6 million taxpayers. Rebates on income and property taxes are part of → Read More

CTA promises there will be more police on Chicago trains after another deadly shooting

More violent incidents have occurred on trains this year than at any time in the past decade. → Read More

Rule broadens scope of gun-card applicant’s potential threat

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois State Police Department on Monday implemented an emergency rule to allow authorities broader discretion in issui... → Read More

Holder White is state high court’s 1st Black woman justice

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The first Black woman to serve on the Illinois Supreme Court was sworn in Thursday, celebrating the event as recognition of t... → Read More

Illinois governor's race is also battle among billionaires

The race to be Illinois’ next governor involves three billionaires, including two whose names won’t appear on Tuesday's primary ballot. → Read More

Illinois Governor's Race Is Also Battle Among Billionaires

The race to be Illinois’ next governor is also a battle among billionaires, including two whose names won’t appear on Tuesday’s primary ballot. Republican... → Read More

Fuel retailers sue over requirement to post about tax freeze

Illinois fuel retailers argued in a lawsuit filed Thursday that a requirement to post signs alerting consumers about a six-month freeze in the state motor-fuel tax unconstitutionally compels them to promote Gov. J.B. Pritzker's reelection campaign. → Read More

Pritzker Calls for Federal Law, Protests to Protect Abortion

The Illinois governor is urging Congress to legalize abortion in federal law now that a 50-year-old Supreme Court ruling allowing abortions is in jeopardy.... → Read More

Lack of Urgency, Poor Organization Crippled Response to Fatal Outbreak in Veterans Home, Audit Finds

A COVID-19 outbreak at the LaSalle Veterans Home in northern Illinois in November 2020 claimed 36 lives. → Read More

Audit: Urgent response lacking in outbreak at LaSalle veterans home

A state audit finds that lack of preparation and follow-through by the Illinois Departments of Veterans Affairs and Public Health are to blame for a November 2020 COVID-19 outbreak at → Read More

Federal jury convicts 1 Illinois prison guard in death of inmate in 2018

Alex Banta, 30, of Quincy, was convicted after a four-week trial in U.S. District Court in Springfield. → Read More

Jury convicts 1 prison guard in inmate deaths, hung on 2nd

Jurors on Monday convicted an Illinois Department of Corrections officer for violating the civil rights of an inmate brutally beaten at a western Illinois prison in 2018, but could not → Read More

Jury convicts 1 prison guard in inmate deaths, hung on 2nd

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Jurors on Monday convicted an Illinois Department of Corrections officer for violating the civil rights of an inmate brutally... → Read More

Jury deliberates in Illinois guards’ trial in fatal beating

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Federal prosecutors and defense attorneys offered starkly different explanations Friday for the fatal beating of an Illinois prison inmate four years ago in closing arguments before a jury began deliberating in the trial of two former correctional officers. Todd Sheffler, 53, of Mendon, and Alex Banta, 30, of Quincy, are charged […] → Read More

Jury deliberates in Mount Sterling prison guards' trial in fatal beating

Federal prosecutors and defense attorneys offered starkly different explanations Friday for the fatal beating of an Illinois prison inmate four years ago in closing arguments before a jury began deliberating → Read More

Jury deliberates in Illinois guards’ trial in fatal beating

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Federal prosecutors and defense attorneys offered starkly different explanations Friday for the fatal beating of an Illinois ... → Read More

Illinois lawmakers take time on budget with tax relief, smash-and-grab retail crime bill

The Illinois General Assembly was prepared to adopt a state budget of more than $45 billion Friday on lawmakers' last day of a scheduled spring session. But all day and night, the Senate was taking action on other matters and filled time with approving resolutions. → Read More