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Illinois quick hits: Ozinga resigns from Illinois House; Rivian shuts down temporarily

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Ozinga resigns from Illinois House

Illinois State Rep. Tim Ozinga has resigned, leaving the post that he has held for three years.

According to the Chicago Tribune, Ozinga’s office released a statement announcing his resignation but did not give a reason for stepping down. Republican committeemen in the 37th District are required to select a replacement for Ozinga within 30 days.

Ozinga ran unopposed for reelection in last month’s Republican primary.

Rivian shuts down temporarily

Assembly lines have shut down at Rivian Automotive in Normal. The planned shutdown began on Saturday with production scheduled to start up again April 28.

Rivian officials said the shut down will allow the company to make technological upgrades to the plant. When production resumes, only two shifts of workers will be making electric vehicles after the third shift was eliminated.

Pessimism among investors after the company’s flat production forecast led to a sharp selloff in the value of Rivian’s stock. Rivian shares have lost almost 92% since its highly publicized initial public offering in November 2021.

Measure would require cancer genetic testing

An Illinois lawmaker has introduced legislation that would require insurance companies to cover preventive cancer screenings and genetic testing for individuals with a family history of cancer.

State Sen. Julie Morrison’s bill would expand coverage to include prevention and screenings for all types of cancer for people who have a family member affected by the disease.