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Gov. signs new law to expand dual credit courses; Takes other actions

Gov. Rauner signed legislation that improves post-secondary education opportunities by allowing high school students to enroll in an unlimited number of dual credit courses in which they can earn both high school and college credits. The courses, whether taken in ...

Law passes to increase college affordability

Bertino-Tarrant championed Senate Bill 2527 to prohibit school boards from limiting the number of dual-credit courses taken by a student. It was signed into law Friday. "Dual-credit courses offer great economic benefits to families," Bertino-Tarrant said. "As the mother of ...

Landmark legislation for child sex abuse victims becomes law

thetimesweekly.com For the first time in Illinois history, victims of sex abuse in Illinois will soon be receiving the better care they deserve under a new law initiated by State Rep. Mike Unes. The measure especially improves treatment for pediatric ...

Foster to host community discussion on immigration

On Saturday, August 4, Congressman Bill Foster (IL-11) will host a public forum to discuss recent immigration policies implemented by the Trump administration. Topics will include the 'zero-tolerance' policy and resulting family separations, recent ICE raids in the Fox Valley ...

New law mandates transparency in governor’s office

Thetimesweekly.com A new law co-sponsored by State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) will put an end to misleading accounting practices in the governor’s office. House Bill 5121, which was signed into law Tuesday, ends the practice of “offshoring” the governor’s payroll ...

New lottery game to benefit families of fallen police officers

Gov. Bruce Rauner signed a bill to create a new Illinois Lottery scratch-off game from which proceeds will fund police memorials, support for the families of officers killed or severely injured in the line of duty, and protective vest replacements ...

Republican nominees call for consolidation of offices

“Illinois is facing a budget shortfall and a politician surplus. We urge the legislature to save taxpayer dollars by consolidating the offices of Treasurer and Comptroller.” – Joint Statement of Jim Dodge, candidate for Treasurer, and Darlene Senger, candidate for ...

Gov. Rauner signs emergency “red flag” gun law

Gov. Bruce Rauner signed two bills into law that could help prevent people who are a threat to themselves or others from possessing or purchasing guns. The bills, which have bipartisan and bicameral support, are part of the comprehensive public ...

Residents invited to speaker series

State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) is continuing her Summer Speaker Series to provide updates on the Illinois Rock and Roll Museum that will soon be located in downtown Joliet. The second speaker series event, Rock & Roll on Route 66, ...

Connor urges Governor to veto private water company Bill

State Rep. John Connor, D-Lockport, is urging Governor Bruce Rauner to veto a bill that consumer advocates say would skyrocket water costs for suburban residents and give private water companies the opportunity to monopolize the resource. “As I said during ...

New law to combat teacher shortage passes

School districts across Illinois will have additional tools to combat the national teacher shortage thanks to a new law championed by State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood). House Bill 5627 is a multi-faceted, bipartisan effort that removes red tape and allows ...

Measure to help connect bone marrow donors

State Rep. John Connor, D-Lockport, recently supported a measure to help raise awareness for the need of lifesaving bone marrow donations and to increase the number of registered bone marrow donors in Illinois. “For people who suffer from diseases like ...

Proposal to protect survivors of abuse sent to Governor

A measure backed by state Rep. Natalie Manley, D-Joliet, that would allow survivors of abuse to change their name without public notice has been sent to the governor for approval following passage by the General Assembly. “Survivors who fear their ...

More Synthetic Cannabinoids cases

Thetimesweekly.com The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has been alerted to additional cases of severe bleeding in individuals who used synthetic cannabinoids, commonly called Spice, K2, and fake pot. The majority of new cases are among Winnebago County residents. ...

Connor and McGuire join volunteers to bring meals to seniors in Lockport

State Rep. John Connor, D-Lockport, and state Sen. Pat McGuire, D-Joliet, joined Will County Meals on Wheels volunteers on Monday to bring food to seniors in the Fairmont area of Lockport. “Meals on Wheels and other services are critical to ...

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