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State Police crack down on seat belt use, illegal parking

The Thanksgiving Day holiday, Nov. 23, marks the start of the holiday season. Illinois’ two agencies that deal with traffic safety are encouraging and warning motorists to “click it or ticket.” Thousands of additional travelers will be on Illinois roads and highways over the next few weeks.

Illinois Department of Unemployment Security reports slight drop in unemployment rate

A recent report by the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) indicates a slight drop in the state’s unemployment from 5.0% to 4.9%. It’s not a huge change, but does represent an increase of 3,400 nonfarm payroll jobs. IDES adds that September job growth figures were revised upward showing a smaller decline in jobs, -7,900 rather than the -10,800 jobs initially reported.

Illinois rolls out Silver Search program to help find missing persons with Alzheimer’s or dementia

November marked the beginning of a statewide public awareness campaign to help find those with Alzheimer’s or dementia who go missing. The Silver Search program is a new tool that helps train law enforcement agencies across the state on how to react in these unique missing person scenarios.

Brady makes appointments to Senate Task Force on Sexual Discrimination and Harassment Awareness and Prevention

Senate Republican Leader Bill Brady (R-Bloomington) announced the appointment of five Senate Republicans and seven additional members who will serve on the newly created Senate Task Force on Sexual Discrimination and Harassment Awareness and Prevention.

Highway dedicated to honor soldier killed in action

A section of Illinois Highway 16 has been designated as the “Pfc. Gary Wayne Price Memorial Highway,” as a result of legislation sponsored by State Sen. Sam McCann (R-Plainview).

Legislation Addressing Sexual Harassment Signed Into Law

On Nov. 16, the Governor signed legislation introduced in response to recent allegations of sexual harassment in and around the Statehouse.

Students Learn More about Government and Public Policy

Dozens of high school students from Senate Republican districts across the state—from far north Lake County to deep south in Harrisburg—came together to participate in Youth Advisory Councils this week. The Youth Advisory Councils offer students a unique, hands-on opportunity to learn about and experience state government public policy.

McConnaughay discusses the need for change in Springfield

Senator Karen McConnaughay sat down with Jak Tichenor of Illinois Lawmakers to talk about the need for change in the Statehouse.

Syverson speaks about the fall veto session

Senator Dave Syverson sat down with Jak Tichenor with Illinois Lawmakers to talk about the fall veto session.

An open letter from Senator Jason Barickman on state ethics act

Senator Jason Barickman recently issued an open letter on the state ethics act. Click "read more" to see what Senator Barickman had to say.

New law signed to help property owners affected by July floods

Gov. Bruce Rauner signed into law a tax credit bill worth up to $750 for property owners in 18 Illinois counties where flood damages were sustained in July, including the Quad Cities region.

Tracy earns perfect score on Illinois Manufacturing Legislative Scorecard

This week, the Technology and Manufacturing Association (TMA) gave State Senator Jil Tracy a perfect score on her 2017 Illinois Manufacturing Legislative Scorecard.

Sen. McConchie hosts Youth Advisory Council

On November 15, 37 students from the 26th Senate District took part in State Senator Dan McConchie’s first Youth Advisory Council at the Ela Area Public Library, which gave students a hands-on learning experience about public policy and the legislative process.

SBA approves assistance request for Lake, McHenry, Cook flood victims

Gov. Bruce Rauner announced the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) approved the state’s request for assistance to help people and businesses in northeastern Illinois recover from severe storms and floods that occurred July 11-27.

Tracy appointed to Senate Task Force on Sexual Discrimination and Harassment Awareness and Prevention

Senate Republican Leader Bill Brady announced on Monday that he is appointing State Senator Jil Tracy and four other Senate Republican members to serve on the newly created Senate Task Force on Sexual Discrimination and Harassment Awareness and Prevention.