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Louisiana Illuminator

The Louisiana Illuminator is an independent, nonprofit, nonpartisan news organization driven by its mission to cast light on how decisions are made in Baton Rouge and how they affect the lives of everyday Louisianians, particularly those who are poor or otherwise marginalized.

Gov. Edwards to attend White House vaccine summit Tuesday

By: - December 7, 2020

Gov. John Bel Edwards will travel to the White House to participate in Tuesday’s Operation Warp Speed Vaccine Summit, his office announced in a Monday evening press release.  Edwards will attend the summit with other governors and with Alex Azar, the United States Secretary of Health and Human Services. “Gov. Edwards will offer his perspective […]

Early voting for Dec. 5 runoff election ends Saturday

By: - November 27, 2020

Saturday is the last day that Louisiana residents can vote early for the Dec. 5 runoff elections.  The polls open at 8:30 a.m. and close at 6 p.m. State offices and all early voting locations are closed Friday in observance of Acadian Day, which celebrates the arrival in Louisiana of the Acadian people from the […]

Time for Louisianians to vote early is running out

By: - November 25, 2020

Early voting for the Dec. 5 election wraps up Saturday, Nov. 28, at 6 p.m., but state offices will be closed Thursday and Friday in observance of Thanksgiving Day and Acadian Day. No voting will take place on those days.  Louisianians planning to cast an early ballot who haven’t done so by Wednesday at 6 […]

22 Louisiana law enforcement officers known to have died of COVID-19

By: - November 25, 2020

The National Fraternal Order of Police said in a Wednesday press release that 276 law enforcement officers across the country have died of COVID-19 since the novel coronavirus reached the United States. The police organizations lists those fatalities as “line-of duty deaths” and calls the pandemic a “public health crisis” and a “public safety crisis.” […]

New Orleans food banks helping residents after Hurricane Zeta

By: - November 4, 2020

People requiring food assistance after Hurricane Zeta and the days of power outages that followed will be able to visit food banks and pantries throughout New Orleans this week, according to the city government’s website. Hope House Inc. on 916 St. Andrew St. will distribute food Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from […]

Incumbents sweep Louisiana’s congressional races

By: - November 4, 2020

All five U.S. Representatives in Louisiana who were running for re-election breezed to victory Tuesday night.  None of those victories came as a surprise, as each of the incumbents was considered a near lock to win. The Associated Press called the winner in each of those races fairly early Tuesday night. At 11 p.m. numbers […]

Absentee voters urged to check their ballot status

By: - November 2, 2020

Louisiana voters who mailed in their ballots can see if their ballots have been received by visiting voterportal.sos.la.gov, according to Louisiana Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin’s office. In order to be counted for Tuesday’s election, ballots must be received by 4:30 p.m. today, Monday, Nov. 2. An exception is made for military personnel and other […]