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Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker Friday signed into law a long-awaited $45 billion infrastructure plan.

Illinois is investing tens of millions of dollars to make sure no one is missed in the 2020 census.

State lawmakers included $29 million in the budget. The majority of the money will go to community groups to educate the public on how the census works and how the government uses the information it collects, according to Sol Flores, a deputy governor leading the census efforts.

She said about 10 percent will be earmarked for radio, television and online ads encouraging census participation. And a small amount will go to the administration of the grants and ad campaign.

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WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Interim SIUC Chancellor John Dunn.


WSIU's Jennifer Fuller takes a look back at the Spring 2019 Legislative Session with Illinois Lawmakers Host Jak Tichenor.


Carbondale leaders say they hope the state's new capital construction program will mean progress on plans for a new multi-use transportation hub.

The Illinois General Assembly finally finished its annual legislative session this weekend, with lawmakers approving item after item on Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s agenda.

Observers and participants are calling it one of the most significant sessions in living memory.

Illinois lawmakers doubled the gas tax, raised vehicle registration fees and the tax on tobacco – all to gather money for a $45 billion statewide construction program.

Negotiations spilled into the weekend as an agreement on a gambling package – the primary funding mechanism for building improvements throughout the state – fell apart on Friday, the last day of the spring legislative session.

InFocus: Illinois Lawmakers Preview (5/31/2019)

May 31, 2019

The Illinois General Assembly is in the closing hours of the spring legislative session.  Illinois Lawmakers Host Jak Tichenor talks with Kevin boucher about the work to be done and has a preview of tonight's edition of Illinois Lawmakers.

Child welfare workers are calling on Illinois lawmakers to better fund private services.

Illinois Republican on Thursday were trying to elbow their way back into budget negotiations.

The move comes as lawmakers have just two weeks left in their annual legislative session, with a long to-do list that includes passing a state budget.