(SPRINGFIELD) State lawmakers and officials blame Illinois’ population loss on uncertainty, trust in government, and much more. The latest U.S. Census numbers show more than 33,000 people left Illinois from 2016 to 2017, continuing a trend that knocked the state down a notch to the sixth most populated in America. Those leaving the state indicate reasons such as high property taxes, better job opportunities elsewhere, and lower college costs. In fact, one area that Illinois is seeing population loss is college-aged kids, which is evident with most all statewide universities showing declines in freshman enrollment. This will give the Governor and lawmakers plenty to talk about in the coming weeks and months in Springfield.
(CHICAGO) State Attorney General Lisa Madigan has filed comments in opposition to a proposal by the federal government that would rescind a rule protecting hourly workers’ tips. Madigan and the attorneys general from California and Pennsylvania led a coalition of 17 attorneys general in filing the comments with the U.S. Department of Labor against the Department’s proposed rescission of the 2011 rule. The rule had clarified that tips earned are the sole property of employees in all circumstances. However, under the Department of Labor’s proposed rule change, employers would be allowed to keep tips earned by employees who are paid the federal minimum wage, which is currently at $7.25 per hour.
(SPRINGFIELD) Two historic sites in Illinois will be celebrating Abraham Lincoln’s birthday this weekend : The Vandalia Statehouse State Historic Site will celebrate with a free party this Saturday afternoon from 1:00 to 3:00 as the traditional event will feature a special presentation, music, and much more. The Vandalia Statehouse is open to the public every Tuesday through Saturday, from 9:00 to 4:00 : The David Davis Mansion State Historic Site will celebrate with a meet and greet with President Lincoln this Saturday from 9:00 to 4:00 with children and their families invited for birthday cake, pictures, stories, and much more. The Bloomington site is open to the public for tours every Wednesday through Saturday.