With about week and a half left in the spring legislative session, Senate Republicans remain hopeful a balanced budget, without a tax increase, will be approved by May 31. Meanwhile, Governor Rauner introduced his public safety initiative and the U.S. Supreme Court announced a major decision on sports gaming.
As an initiative to investigate and prevent elder abuse and exploitation, State Sen. John Curran cosponsored legislation to allow Adult Protective Services (APS) to more fully investigate their claims of abuse. The State Senate passed the proposal unanimously on May 17.
Parents and teachers could soon get help identifying and assisting children with dyslexia, thanks to legislation sponsored by State Sen. Chuck Weaver (R-Peoria) and approved by the Illinois General Assembly.
We need to give all students every chance to succeed, said Weaver. This legislation will give parents and educators tools to identify and help students with dyslexia....
Candidates for certain offices could soon be ditching certain paper filings and moving to modern electronic methods, thanks to legislation sponsored by State Sen. Jason Barickman (R-Bloomington) and approved by the Illinois Senate.
This is about giving our local and state government the ability to modernize part of a candidates filing and reduce clutter...
Underscoring the importance of the tourism industry in Illinois, State Senator Dale Fowler (R-Harrisburg) is bringing attention to recently released numbers which reported an all-time high in visitors from 2017.
As Senator Tracy was working in Legislative Session in Springfield, she released the following statement to commend the City of Quincy's announcement to invest in a new water supply.
The Illinois Senate got an up-close look at the face of teaching excellence, as the chamber welcomed Dwight Township High Schools Lindsey Jensen, the 2018 Illinois Teacher of the Year, according to State Sen. Jason Barickman (R-Bloomington)...
In an effort to reduce gun trafficking stemming from Illinois gun dealers, State Sen. Chris Nybo negotiated several significant revisions to a Gun Dealer Safety measure, which passed the Senate on May 16one day after a bipartisan group of legislators, including Nybo, announced their support.
Senator Dan McConchie (Hawthorn Woods) sat down with Comcast Newsmakers' Paul Lisnek to talk about his proposal to allow certain taxpayers vote to reduce their property taxes.
"I believe that reinstating societys most serious penalty for the most serious of violent crimes, with the proper safeguards, is an appropriate response to the horrific violence we have witnessed far too often in recent times. The Governors action today recognizes the need for a multi-pronged approach to dealing with deadly assaults. As part of that, those who choose to murder innocent victims in mass attacks or kill law enforcement officers should know they face the severest of sentences."
Illinois is one step closer to honoring the dedication and sacrifice of a firefighter who lost his life in the line of duty 30 years ago, thanks to legislation sponsored by State Sen. or Jason Barickman (R-Bloomington) and adopted by the Illinois Senate May 10....
To reform the reporting of sexual offenses for victims unaware of a sexual crimedue to circumstances such as a drug-induced or unconscious encounterslegislation sponsored by State Sen. Jil Tracy extends the statute of limitations to allow for the prosecution of a sexual offense committed against an adult within one year after the victims discovery.
Senator Jim Oberweis talks with students from Parkview Christian Academy in Yorkville about their A Robotic Journey project at TECH 2018, a demonstration of school technology May 10 in the State Capitol.
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, disease cases from mosquito, tick, and flea bites have tripled in the U.S. during the 13 years from 2004 through 2016. Reported cases from mosquito and tick bites in Illinois have increased by more than half (58%) from 2005 to 2016.
State Sen. Dale Righter passed legislation out of the Senate 51-0 that would create the New Harmony Bridge Bi-State Commission with the goal of jointly taking control of the New Harmony Bridge with a similar authority in Indiana. The measure now moves to the Illinois House.
The Illinois Senate unanimously passed legislation filed by State Senator Chuck Weaver (R-Peoria) to honor and remember the lifetime of service of the Rev. Jon Sibley...
Two local projects will be seeing a total of nearly $800,000 in grant money to expand travel options and enhance the quality of life for residents. The projects, approved through the Illinois Department of Transportations Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program, include streetscape improvements along Pearl Street and Lincoln Road in McHenry and sidewalk improvements in downtown Spring Grove.
Senate Republican lawmakers have recently joined Illinois law enforcement officials and firefighters, as well as their families, colleagues, friends and members of the public to honor the sacrifices of the state’s first responders.
Senator Paul Schimpf (Waterloo) announced he is teaming up with Southern Illinois University at Carbondale researchers and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources to carry out a strategic planning study on the future economic vitality of the World Shooting and Recreational Complex in Sparta and Pyramid State Park.
Illinois has received federal approval to launch a sweeping $2 billion behavioral health initiative designed to deliver better outcomes for Medicaid beneficiaries suffering from mental health and substance abuse disorders.
Illinois House Republican Leader Jim Durkin and State Senator John Curran applaud the Illinois Prisoner Review Board's decision to relocate a man convicted of murder out of the western suburban area last week.
Senator Jason Barickman spoke about the state of the State of Illinois with Paul Lisnek's Comcast Newsmakers.
Senator Michael Connelly spoke to Comcast Newsmakers' Paul Lisnek about the proposed graduated income tax that has been floated in Springfield.
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