“We can thank the many brave Americans who put love of country first and made the ultimate sacrifice for the freedom we enjoy today,” said Brady. “To these men and women, we owe our deepest gratitude and support. I would encourage people throughout Illinois to come, visit our Capitol and pay homage to these heroes.”
State Senator Dale Fowler (R-Harrisburg) was recently appointed to serve on the Midwestern Legislative Conference Economic Development Committee, made up of state and provincial legislators from across the Midwest and Canada.
State Sen. Neil Anderson hosted the winners of his My Inspirational Teacher Essay Contest at the Capitol on Thursday, May 23. Students across the 36th Senate District were asked to write an essay about a teacher who has inspired them in a meaningful way. Five students were chosen as this years winners, and four of them made the trip to the Capitol to be honored along with the teachers they highlighted in their essays.
Drivers who violate right of way rules and injure pedestrians in crosswalks could soon receive a 1 year drivers license suspension, due to legislation co-sponsored by State Senator Jason Barickman (R-Bloomington) in the Senate and filed by Representative Lindsay Parkhurst (R-Kankakee) in the Illinois House.
First and foremost this about creating a deterrent to careless driving and keeping pedestrians safe, especially those in school zones...
Senior citizens will have access to a wide variety of informational resources from local and state groups at a free Senior Health Fair June 6 in West Chicago being hosted by Senator Jim Oberweis.
State Senator Sue Rezin (R-Morris) joined business and labor communities Wednesday, May 22 in Springfield during a press conference to call on the Governor and lawmakers to pass legislation that would create tax incentives for the state's data center industry, bring high-paying trade labor union jobs to Illinois, and create greater economic opportunities and additional revenue streams for Illinois communities.
Legislation seeking to curb the number of jobs being outsourced to other states is now on its way to the Governors desk. House Bill 1554, sponsored by State Senator Neil Anderson, would create the Quad Cities Outsourcing Prevention Task Force.
The Illinois Senate has advanced two proposals sponsored by State Senator Jason Barickman (R-Bloomington) aimed at updating tax regulations.
Both of these bills are common sense measures that help our taxing bodies offer the best results and financial return for the taxpayers, said State Sen. Jason Barickman (R-Bloomington). These are small changes that help improve services for citizens....
Those who do not properly stop for school buses on the roadway will be fined twice as much if Gov. J.B. Pritzker signs legislation sponsored by State Senator Dan McConchie (R-Hawthorn Woods). House Bill 1873 passed the Senate on Thursday, May 16.
$544 per student. Thats how much Illinois school districts spend on administrative costs every year. And that number keeps rising year after year.The national average? $266 per student. That means that Illinois spends more than double what other states pay for administration. In fact, Illinois spends more than any other state in the country on administration annually.
With just two weeks until the General Assembly is supposed to adjourn on May 31, a number of important issues remain unresolved.
On May 15, supporters and opponents packed a Senate Committee hearing room to debate the economic, health and social implications of legalized recreational marijuana, as detailed in Senate Bill 7.
On May 8, Senate Republican lawmakers joined firefighters and their families from around the state who traveled to Springfield to participate in the 26th Annual Fallen Firefighter Memorial and Firefighting Medal of Honor Awards Ceremony.
Legislation sponsored by State Senator Don DeWitte (R-St. Charles), which aims to better protect pets housed at kennels, is one step closer to becoming law. House Bill 3390 passed the Illinois Senate on Friday, May 17 and now heads to the Governor for his consideration.
Springfield, IL. The Illinois Senate gave final legislative approval May 16 to legislation allowing townships in McHenry County to consider dissolution with voter approval, according to State Sen. Craig Wilcox (R-McHenry) ...
Illinois police officers could soon be able to save valuable time apprehending suspects by getting arrest warrants issued electronically, due to legislation sponsored by State Sen. John Curran (R-Downers Grove).
As a former prosecutor I understand how critical time is during a criminal investigation...
A dozen of Southern Illinois budding artists were honored in a ceremony at the Illinois State Capitol on May 15, as part of an art competition held by State Senator Paul Schimpf (R-Waterloo).
Its amazing to me to see the creativity and skill displayed by these students...
A new Monetary Award Program (MAP) grant proposal is stirring up controversy in the General Assembly. House Bill 2691 would expand eligibility for MAP grants to illegal or undocumented immigrants along with those who fail to register for selective service.
Students could soon hit the books to learn about hunting safety, under a measure currently moving through the Senate. House Bill 3462 would give school districts the option to include hunting safety classes in their curriculum as a unit of instruction on hunting education.
Southern Illinois University in Carbondale celebrates its 150th Anniversary this year. The university opened in 1874 with just 54 students, its first graduating class growing to 143 students.
Gov. Pritzker and Democrat sponsors of Senate Bill 7 unveiled their proposal to legalize cannabis for recreational use.
State Sen. Chapin Rose (R-Mahomet) and Representative Dan Caulkins (R-Decatur) announced they have reached an agreement with the University of Illinois to increase access for veterans.
The lawmakers worked with University of Illinois Vice-Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Provost Andreas Cangellaris, reaching an agreement to form a committee to focus on the issue. The group will include Dean Cheryl Hanley-Maxwell and Naval ROTC Commanding Officer Captain Anthony Corapi...
Senator Jim Oberweis says expanding the states Monetary Award Program grants for higher education will mean fewer dollars than ever for families and students looking for help to make college more affordable.
Residents of the 37th District can bring some of their unwanted household items to a free community recycling event being sponsored by Senator Chuck Weaver and Kuusakoski Recycling on May 11 in Peoria.
I would like to congratulate Representative Costello for his years of service in the Illinois House. He has been a strong voice for our region and will be missed in the General Assembly...
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