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Senate Week in Review: January 15-19, 2018

The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) informed Senate Republicans this week that implementation of the new funding law will occur; a new measure would bring high-speed Internet access to rural school districts; proposal would give Illinois motorists the option to register their vehicles for more than one year; and Chicago makes Amazon’s top 20 list as they look to build a second headquarters.

McConchie, Batinick file legislation allowing for multi-year vehicle registration

Under legislation recently filed by State Senator Dan McConchie (R-Hawthorn Woods) and State Representative Mark Batinick (R-Plainfield), motorists would have the option to register their vehicles for more than one year at a time. Although McConchie’s and Batinick’s bills differ slightly, the underlying concept remains the same....

McCann continues push to bring high-speed internet to rural areas

New legislation sponsored by State Sen. Sam McCann (R-Plainview) would offer significant help to schools struggling with unreliable and slow internet. “Too many of our schools are unable to obtain reliable, high-speed internet access, leaving their schools on the wrong side of a digital education divide,” said Senator McCann. “This legislation is a promise to students that we will do everything in our power to make sure they have access to the tools they need to succeed.”

Righter: Road to reclaiming fiscal sanity will be a multi-year process, and ‘Step Two’ is upon us

Senator Dale Righter offers his thoughts on how Illinois can reclaim “fiscal sanity” in his recent guest editorial in The Effingham Daily News. Follow the jump to check it out...

Schools do better under current school funding formula than SB 444

Illinois school districts do better under the state’s new school funding reform law and implementation will occur, according to ISBE, regardless of SB 444.

Joint House and Senate Hearing Held on Legionnaires’ disease at the Quincy Veterans’ Home

Seeking answers about the cases of Legionnaires’ disease at the Quincy Veterans’ Home, a joint meeting of the Illinois Senate and House was convened in Chicago on Jan. 9. Director of the Illinois Department of Public Health, Dr. Nirav Shah, joined Erica Jeffries, Director of the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, to provide testimony about how the state departments have handled the situation.

Joint House and Senate Hearing Held on Legionnaires’ disease at the Quincy Veterans’ Home

Seeking answers about the cases of Legionnaires’ disease at the Quincy Veterans’ Home, a joint meeting of the Illinois Senate and House was convened in Chicago on Jan. 9. Director of the Illinois Department of Public Health, Dr. Nirav Shah, joined Erica Jeffries, Director of the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, to provide testimony about how the state departments have handled the situation.

Human Trafficking Awareness

If we are truly dedicated to eradicating human trafficking and saving lives, we must work to end this exploitation and abuse 365 days of the year. Raising awareness in our communities and training ourselves to recognize the signs are the first steps to helping end human trafficking in Illinois.

Senators Jil Tracy and Paul Schimpf offer their thoughts following the Veterans Affairs Committee Hearing

Senators Jil Tracy and Paul Schimpf offered their thoughts following today's joint Senate/House Veterans’ Affairs Committee hearing about Legionnaire’s Disease at the Quincy Veterans’ Home...

Sen. Paul Schimpf statement following the Joint Senate/House Veterans’ Affairs Committee hearing

“Today’s testimony by Directors Dr. Nirav Shah and Erica Jeffries demonstrated that both are personally and fully invested in making sure the Quincy Veterans’ Home is safe for residents...

Governor signs Senate Bill 1607 to expand earned prison sentence-credit eligibility

Illinois takes another step toward reducing recidivism with the governor’s signing of Senate Bill 1607, which makes corrections to the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Act.

New laws will focus on improving Illinois’ economic climate

As the holiday season winds down, Illinois residents aren’t the only ones shifting back to a budget-conscious mindset. Several laws that focus on improving Illinois’ economic climate—from consolidation to consumer protections—will go into effect at the start of the New Year.

Illinois began 2018 with more than 200 new laws

By working with the Illinois public, activists, businesses and other community leaders and organizations, the General Assembly passes hundreds of laws each year, many of which take effect on January 1 of the new year. We’ve identified 18 in 2018, which we believe highlight 18 of the more interesting, important and controversial new laws taking effect at the turn of the year.

New laws promote health and well-being

As Illinois residents get ready to ring in a new year, they can also expect to see more than 200 new laws going into effect on Jan. 1. A number of these seek to improve residents' health and well-being.

Governor signs Weaver-sponsored legislation to help grow businesses and jobs

Statewide efforts to grow businesses and create jobs received a major boost this week as Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner has signed legislation co-sponsored by State Sen. Chuck Weaver (R-Peoria)...