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The Illinois Emergency Management Agency is making a final push for families, schools, businesses and organizations to participate in the "Great Central U.S. Shakeout," an annual drill involving participants in more than 40 states.

A lawsuit seeks to block new Illinois state legislative district maps, saying Black residents of East St. Louis were unconstitutionally split up into multiple House districts to help white Democratic incumbents in neighboring districts win reelection.

As officials in nearby Illinois prepare to shutter the state's two remaining immigration detention centers, Clay County in Indiana is moving forward on a proposal that could more than double the capacity of the jail — paid for in large part by taking in more ICE detainees, local elected officials said.

Gov. J.B. Pritzker has pushed back a deadline for state employees of veterans' homes, prisons and other congregate facilities to be vaccinated against COVID-19 as his office negotiates with labor unions representing some workers.

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