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Pritzker self-funded $303 million

Heading into the November election, campaign finance totals show Republicans trailing Democratic candidates as Gov. JB Pritzker continues his big spending spree.

According to campaign finance figures collected by Illinoissunshine.org, Illinois Democrats are leading the way in funding their candidates with more than $110 million. Since his first campaign, Pritzker has given himself more than $303 million to fund his political ambitions.

Illinois small businesses struggle to pay rent

A new survey shows a record rate of August rent arrears among small business owners, particularly in Illinois.

Alignable, a small business referral network, surveyed more than 7,000 small businesses across the country and 40% said they couldn’t pay their rent. Illinois’ number is even higher at 53%.

Many blamed a combination of negative trends in the economy, including spikes in rents, gasoline prices and the rising cost of supplies and labor.

Illinois 7th for Divorce Claims

A new study shows that the pandemic has been difficult for married couples in Illinois.

According to DivorceAnswers.com, Illinois couples were among the least happy during the lockdown, as they ranked seventh nationally for online divorce filings.

The community with the most searches for “divorce lawyers” relative to population size was McHenry, followed by Hoffman Estates and Schaumburg.

Still no Mega Millions winner

The $1.3 billion Mega Millions jackpot winner has yet to claim his winnings.

The multi-state jackpot ticket was sold at an Illinois convenience store earlier this month, although the winner did not come forward. The Illinois Lottery gives the winner one year to come forward. If no winner emerges, the winnings will be redistributed to participating states.

Cases of monkeypox discovered in central Illinois

A central Illinois county has become a hotbed for the monkeypox virus, or what health officials now call MPV.

Champaign County, home to the University of Illinois, is reporting the highest number of positive cases of any county outside of Chicago and Cook County. Health officials said there are most likely more than 10 cases of MPV in the county, but no U of I students have yet tested positive.

Opening of a loan program for firefighters

The application period is now open for the Fire Truck and Ambulance Revolving Loan Program.

The program is designed to help cities and counties purchase emergency vehicles they may not be able to afford. Local governments and fire departments can apply for low-interest or interest-free loans to purchase a fire truck or ambulance. The money must be repaid within 20 years.

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