Stories by Alex Abbeduto — Capitol News Illinois

Members of the Teamsters Local 916 union rally Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2024, outside of the Illinois Department of Transportation building in Springfield. (Alex Abbeduto / Capitol News Illinois)

IDOT Workers Rally for New Contract Amid Negotiations With State

Last week, eight local Teamsters unions representing about 3,800 transportation-related employees authorized strikes amid the ongoing negotiations. A strike can still be avoided despite the authorization votes.

State Sen. Steve Stadelman, D-Rockford, introduces the final report of the state’s Local Journalism Task Force. It details a decline of local news coverage throughout the state but proposes ways the legislature can support newsrooms. (Alex Abbeduto / Capitol News Illinois)

State Task Force Suggests Policies to Reverse Journalism Decline in Illinois

The Local Journalism Task Force found that about one-third of Illinois counties have either no source of local news or a single source.

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Back Wages Totaling More Than $5M Owed to Thousands of Illinois Workers

The new Workers Owed Wages website attempts to connect workers with potential unclaimed back pay.

Julie Sampson, co-director of Citizen Action Illinois, speaks at a news conference introducing a bill intended to make certain medications less expensive in Illinois. (Alex Abbeduto / Capitol News Illinois)

Lawmakers Introduce Bill to Create Prescription Drug Price Oversight Board in Illinois

The board would be tasked with assessing high-cost drugs, like ones used to treat cancer, auto-immune disease and diabetes, as well as other drugs that might impact the state health care system.

Illinois State Capitol. (WTTW News)

New State Task Force Aims to Promote Illinois’ Underground Railroad History

The Illinois Underground Railroad Task Force met for the first time this week to begin devising a strategy for sharing, growing and celebrating the history of the Underground Railroad in Illinois.