Secretary of State Jesse White joined by Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez and Illinois State Police Director Hiram Grau announced the uncovering of an auto theft ring that stole more than 200 vehicles worth $4 million, including Cadillacs, Land Rovers, Mercedes and BMWs. The joint law enforcement effort, headed by the Secretary of State police, was able to disband the operation and arrest and charge 21 individuals.Last Updated on Wednesday, 01 August 2012 19:20
Illinois Department on Aging Director John K. Holton, Ph.D., is reminding Illinois seniors about their last chance to get approved for Circuit Breaker property tax grants before the program ends July 1. The Circuit Breaker program provides grants to eligible seniors and persons with disabilities to help them reduce the costs of property taxes, license plate renewals and rides on public transit.Last Updated on Monday, 25 June 2012 16:18
Joliet, IL – On Tuesday, June 26, Larry Walsh Jr. (D-Elwood) will host his first coffee shop stop at the Silver Spoon Restaurant in Joliet.
“Getting out and interacting with constituents is one of my top priorities,” Walsh said. “I rely on the input I receive to make decisions on issues in Springfield. It also helps me understand the concerns people have with local issues as well.”Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 June 2012 14:05
By Davis Turman
States are spending $52 billion a year on corrections, with one U.S. adult in 31 either incarcerated, on probation, or on parole, according to the Pew Foundation.
The U.S. incarceration rate is by far the highest in the world. Spending on corrections is now the second fastest-growing item in state budgets after Medicaid. It has quadrupled in the past two decades, many say because of a “get tough on crime” approach.Last Updated on Tuesday, 29 May 2012 17:26
“Every dollar saved helps balance the state’s budget. Plenty of families have had to do more with less. Elected officials from the governor on down and need to sacrifice, too.” —Senator Pat McGuireLast Updated on Thursday, 24 May 2012 08:11
Day-care providers threatened by late state payments won support Friday, May 18 when the Illinois Senate voted 46-0 to appropriate $73.6 million to the providers. The Senate vote means monthly payments to the day-care centers, already late, should be paid before the month is out. Without today's action, centers providing day care to low-income working families would have had to wait until July to be paid. Some providers expected to be forced to close their doors.Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 May 2012 09:21
- Written by Angela Smith
- Category: State News
Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka said she supports a proposed cigarette tax increase for Medicaid provided that it is tied to significant spending cuts and approval of a gaming expansion bill that includes a Chicago casino and slot machines at horse racing tracks.
The proposal offered by the state fiscal officer represents a compromise in the ongoing state budget and Medicaid negotiations.Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 May 2012 09:22
The Illinois State Senate approved legislation proposed by Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White to crack down on fraud and abuse of the state’s disability-parking programs. The legislation now moves to the governor’s office for his approval.
House Bill 5056, sponsored by State Representative John D’Amico (D-Chicago) and Senator Martin Sandoval (D-Cicero), will toughen penalties for those who abuse parking privileges designed to assist persons with disabilities.Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 May 2012 09:24
Legislation sponsored by state Rep. Emily McAsey to prevent residents from being unreasonably penalized on their property taxes passed the Illinois House and now awaits the governor’s approval before it can become law.Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 May 2012 08:45
U.S. Senators Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) and Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) announced that the Senate has confirmed John "Jay" Tharp for a federal judgeship in the U.S. District Court in the Northern District of Illinois. The Senate approved Tharp by a vote of 86-1.Last Updated on Thursday, 17 May 2012 13:32
New polling data illustrates community leaders’ positive attitudes toward casinos
Commercial casino gaming revenues rose for the second consecutive year in 2011, continuing the recovery that began in 2010, according to a national economic impact study released by the American Gaming Association (AGA).Last Updated on Thursday, 17 May 2012 12:41