Events at the Sparta World Shooting and Recreation Complex will have new protections to allow them to continue to attract large events and vendors, due to legislation co-sponsored by State Senator Paul Schimpf (R-Waterloo) that was signed into law on July 12th...
Recent strong earthquakes in California are prompting calls for earthquake awareness from the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA), which is also focusing this month on young people learning how to prepare for all emergency situations.
Senator Jil Tracy talked about action taken by the Illinois General Assembly during the Spring session to a crowd of about 40 people at the Carthage Chamber of Commerce Legislative Luncheon July 10.
Route 45 through the town of Ashkum is now officially the Firefighter Dana Schoolman Memorial Highway in honor of the fallen firefighters sacrifice for his community.The highway was formally dedicated as such at a ceremony on June 29that the Ashkum firehouse.
Not only will a new fiscal year begin on July 1, but several new laws will also take effect starting Monday. From increasing the age to purchase tobacco products to changing what is considered a full day of school, these new laws cover a wide range of topics.
Todays ruling by the United States Supreme Court shows the time is now for the Illinois General Assembly to vote upon Senate Joint Resolution Constitutional Amendment 4. This bipartisan measure, which has 37 sponsors (which is enough to pass the measure) would give the people of Illinois the opportunity to amend the Constitution and create a new, non-partisan system for drawing maps. A healthy democracy requires competitive elections and new ideas, which is in the peoples best interest. Our current system, which gives the party in power ultimate authority to redraw legislative maps, inhibits that. As a result, I am calling on the Illinois Senate President to ensure this measure gets called for a vote, and for the Governor to follow through with his pledge to support fair maps in Illinois. We need to take the power of drawing legislative maps away from politicians and put it in the hands of the people.
Senate Republicans are disappointed in a recent United State Supreme Court ruling on political gerrymandering but continue to call on the Illinois Legislature to pass a measure (SJRCA 4) that would give the people of Illinois the opportunity to amend the Illinois Constitution and create a new, non-partisan system for drawing maps.
Illinois is now the 11th state to legalize the recreational use and sale of cannabis. The new law, which was signed by Governor J.B. Pritzker on Tuesday, sets in place regulations for businesses, possession limits for consumers, tax rates, and a process for expungement of records.
With the decennial census just around the corner, action was taken during the week to prepare for the task of counting Illinois’ citizens. On June 20, an Executive Order was signed dedicating $29 million for the 2020 Census and making other preparations for the count. This investment will primarily go to out-reach and education, providing proportional grants to communities, especially hard-to-count populations.
Record floods have led to disaster proclamations being issued in 34 Illinois counties this Spring. On June 18, Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul warned residents not to fall for flood- damage scams and asked them to contact the Attorney General’s office to report fraudulent activitie
On July 1, stiffer penalties will be implemented as Illinois’ law regarding the use of hand-held devices behind the wheel takes effect. Passed by the General Assembly last year, House Bill 4846 will count first-time incidences of driving while operating a handheld mobile device as a “moving violation.”
The State of Illinois and the people of Willowbrook will have new tools in the fight to stop ethylene oxide emissions and keep the seal order in place at Sterigenics, due to legislation sponsored by State Senator John Curran (R-Downers Grove) that was signed into law by Governor Pritzker...
Senator Chuck Weaver is hosting Coffee & Conversation June 19 at The Woodhull Travel Plaza, 536 Oxford Ave. in Woodhull.
Water levels on the Illinois and Mississippi rivers are finally beginning to drop after cresting in the “major flooding” category along much of the Illinois and Mississippi Rivers throughout Illinois.
Also during the week, legislation reinstating a minimum school day length of five hours of class time was signed into law.
On June 12, Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed the “Reproductive Health Act” into law. The law replaces existing statutes and enshrines abortion as a fundamental right in Illinois. All insurance providers will be required to provide abortion coverage without restriction.
For those travelling rural roads, please be careful when driving and keep an eye out for farm machinery as farmers continue to work to get their crops in the ground following a rainy spring.
Huge infrastructure upgrades are on the way thanks to a capital program that will bring vital investment to communities throughout the state of Illinois. The bipartisan plan will provide nearly $45 billion in direct investment in Illinois’ aging transportation infrastructure, as well as include funds for construction projects for schools, public universities, sewer and water systems and state facilities.
Senate Republicans rejected a budget that included a pay hike for legislators in the final days of the spring legislative session. Late on the night of May 31, Senators were surprised to find a $1,600-per-year salary increase in the budget presented to them.
A measure decried by Second Amendment advocates as an unnecessary infringement on privacy rights stalled out during the last week of the spring legislative session. Senate Bill 1966, a so-called “fix the FOID” bill, would have required fingerprinting to apply for a Firearm Owner’s Identification (FOID) card and increased fees.
A sweeping expansion of gaming in Illinois cleared the Illinois General Assembly in the final hours of the spring legislative session. If signed by the Governor, the measure will allow for six new casinos and legal sports wagering in Illinois.
In the final days of the spring legislative session, lawmakers approved controversial legislation legalizing adult use of recreational marijuana, and expanding the state’s medical marijuana program. House Bill 1438 allows for the adult use of recreational marijuana. The bill makes it legal to possess up to 30 gram of cannabis; however, possession above that limit remains a class 4 felony.
A controversial measure to expand legal abortion in Illinois is on its way to the Governor’s desk. Senate Bill 25, which critics say goes much further than simply keeping abortion legal in Illinois, passed the Senate on May 31.
The Senate has approved an omnibus bill addressing sexual harassment and discrimination in the workplace, protecting hotel and casino employees from sexual harassment by guests, and updating government ethics laws.
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.
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