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Republican Steve Kim launches bid for Illinois attorney general, vowing to battle crime, corruption, Pritzker and Madigan

Launching his campaign on the first day candidates can start gathering signatures for nominating petitions, Steve Kim became the third Republican in as many days to announce a run for statewide office in the June primary.

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Illinois comptroller race now Teresi vs. Mendoza — or Rauner & Griffin vs. Madigan?

It’s been nearly a year since Mike Madigan left the Illinois political stage, but the once powerful Southwest Side Democrat remains a major GOP campaign theme. Republican Shannon Teresi launched her bid for comptroller with more mentions of Madigan than Democratic rival Susana Mendoza.

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Republican Demmer launches challenge to Democratic state Treasurer Frerichs — and Springfield

Calling himself a "proven fiscal watchdog," the Republican state legislator slammed his Democratic opponent as a member of the "tax-and-spend Springfield crowd" and part of the "Springfield machine." "Let’s speak plainly. Springfield is broken," Demmer says in his campaign video.

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Weekend COVID-19 testing numbers inflated by reporting problem, state’s hospital beds filled by unvaccinated

The 488,873 COVID-19 tests reported as administered on Saturday were actually from nearly a week’s worth of tests, a public health official said. Other COVID-19 metrics released on Monday suggest the latest astronomical surge of the Omicron variant is far from over.

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Mendoza touts $82 million in savings through early COVID-19 loan payoff

One of two loans from the U.S. Federal Reserve to the state for pandemic expenses, the $2 billion was granted in December of 2020. Roughly $1.8 billion was used on Illinois’ Medicaid bills, and the remaining $200 million was put towards health insurance for state employees.

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Three ICU beds left for 800,000 people? COVID-19 patients swamping Will, Kankakee Co. hospitals

Southern Illinois hospitals — which were overrun late last summer during the initial Delta variant wave — are also approaching capacity once again.