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Without budget, Joliet-area road projects would stall

With a June 30 deadline looming, the Illinois Department of Transportation has stated it will be unable to pay road contractors come July 1 without an approved state budget. State Sen. Pat McGuire said that means it is imperative a ...

Protecting Illinois election data from foreign cyber threats

Russia’s cyberattack on the U.S. election system that impacted over 39 states, including Illinois, during the 2016 general election is more widespread than has been publicly revealed according to Bloomberg. State Senator Michael E. Hastings (D-Tinley Park) and U.S. Senator ...

Board members make trip to Washington

Joliet - Two Will County Board members took a trip to the nation's Capital recently in order to speak with a Congressional Delegation and U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) on behalf of Will County residents. Board ...

State credit rating lowered as budget deadline looms

Members of the state legislature and local agencies are hopeful that Illinois will finally get a full-year budget as the fiscal year deadline looms on June 30.

Push for investigation reckless practices within Department of Children and Family Services

Following the death of 16 month-old Semaj Crosby less than a day and a half after case workers from the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) visited the Joliet home where she lived, state Rep. Larry Walsh, Jr., D-Elwood, ...

Bertino-Tarrant to host first summer speaker series

Shorewood - State Sen. Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) will be hosting a series of policy speakers throughout the summer. The first speaker series event will be in June and will include a fiscal review of Illinois' Budget. The discussion will be ...

Third Annual Wall of Remembrance display in Illinois Capitol

Illinois Senate Republicans officially opened their third annual Memorial Day Wall of Remembrance display in the state Capitol Rotunda on Tuesday. Joining Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno in opening the display was Gov. Bruce Rauner and Illinois Department of Veterans’ ...

New website targets opioid addiction and prevention

Information regarding heroin and prescription opioid abuse could become more readily available due to legislation that passed the Illinois Senate last week. “In every possible way, we need to address the heroin and opioid addiction problems our state is facing,” ...

Fight to protect victims and law enforcement

Illinois could soon put more protections in place for victims and law enforcement officers from someone in a county jail or prison. “We need to take proactive steps to ensure that victims of crimes and law enforcement officers that investigate ...

Paid sick time plan passes out of the Senate

An estimated 1.5 million Illinois workers would benefit from a plan that passed the Senate today guaranteeing paid sick time for every Illinois worker. The plan, contained in House Bill 2771, is sponsored by State Senator Toi Hutchinson (D – ...

Foster reintroduces bipartisan legislation to fix transportation funding

Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) reintroduced legislation that would make sure states, including Illinois, receive a fair share of transportation funding through the Highway Trust Fund. The Fair Allocation of Highway Funds Act would change the way transportation funding is allocated ...

Measures pass to protect local families’ access to Health care

As Washington politicians push for changes to federal Law, which would strip insurance from people with pre-existing conditions and increase premiums, state Rep. Larry Walsh, Jr., D-Joliet, is working to stop massive insurance companies from gouging middle-class families and ensure ...

Bill to boost pre-Apprenticeship programs introduced

Congressman Dan Lipinski (IL-3) has introduced the Apprenticeship Improvement Act of 2017 (H.R. 2377) to help expand the use of pre-apprenticeship programs. This legislation would amend the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act to include pre-apprenticeship programs, which would allow U.S. ...

Automatic voter registration in Illinois

State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) voted in favor of bringing automatic voter registration to Illinois. The legislation, Senate Bill 1933, would automatically register an eligible resident for voting when proper documents have been submitted to a government entity. Currently, the ...

Treasurer Frerichs first quarter investment returns

A shift in investment strategy that embraced longer-term investments and higher yields allowed the state to more than double its investment income to $26 million in the first quarter of this year, Illinois State Treasurer Michael Frerichs said today. The ...

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