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Procurement reform step in right direction

State Senator Pat McGuire (D-Joliet) and State Representative David S. Olsen (R-Downers Grove) issued a joint statement regarding Gov. Rauner's signing Senate Bill 8, the omnibus procurement legislation, into law. This legislation will streamline and reform regulations that govern how ...

Children in early childhood programs protected from expulsion

Gov. Bruce Rauner signed House Bill 2663, bipartisan legislation, which protects preschool-aged children enrolled in early childhood programs and schools that receive state funding from being expelled. The bill also requires the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS), in ...

Residents invited to free community Shred Day

To help residents safely dispose of sensitive paperwork, state Rep. Larry Walsh, Jr., D-Elwood, and the Joliet Moose Lodge are hosting a free Community Shred Day on Saturday, August 12 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Joliet Moose Lodge, ...

Gov. signs bill to expand organ donor registry

Gov. Bruce Rauner signed House Bill 1805, also known as the Drive for Life Act. The bill, which received bipartisan support, allows 16- and 17-year-olds to express their wishes to become organ and tissue donors. Signing the bill into law ...

Gov. Rauner signs bill allowing offenders to receive birth certificates for free

Continuing his push for criminal justice reform, Gov. Bruce Rauner signed Senate Bill 1413, which allows men and women to receive their birth certificate for no fee upon their release from the Department of Corrections. "I am proud to sign ...

Gov. issues amendatory veto to school funding bill

Gov. Bruce Rauner issued an amendatory veto to Senate Bill 1, the school funding bill. The matter now heads to the Illinois General Assembly, where the governor has requested that lawmakers uphold his changes. “It doesn’t matter where you come ...

Bertino-Tarrant disappointed by governor’s veto

Plainfield - State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant issued the following statement in response to the governor’s veto of Senate Bill 1: “After years of work, the children of Illinois are at risk of not seeing any state funding because of the ...

Bill introduced to save taxpayer dollars

Motorists in Illinois would continue to receive vehicle registration reminders in the mail under legislation passed by state Rep. Larry Walsh, Jr., D-Elwood, which allows the secretary of state to offset the cost to taxpayers by printing small advertisements on ...

Know where to go in Illinois

The new Illinois Official Highway Map, featuring Lincoln’s New Salem State Historic Site in Petersburg on the cover, is now available. The 2017-2018 maps have QR (quick response) codes for numerous transportation and travel websites, updated route information and useful ...

Women's Fair

Plainfield - State Sen. Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) and State Rep. Natalie Manley (D-Joliet) will be holding their annual Women's Fair from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, August 12, at C.W. Avery Family YMCA, 15120 Wallin Drive, Plainfield.

All children should be our priority

Plainfield – Families with children dealing with the symptoms of Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcal Infections now have more protections when it comes to insurance coverage thanks to a measure being signed into law. "If we have the ...

Legislation to give students a second chance

Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) reintroduced legislation to change penalties students face when convicted of minor marijuana offenses. The Second Chance for Students Act would allow students convicted of an offense involving the possession of marijuana to retain financial aid eligibility ...

Protecting Workers’ Rights passes House

Legislation sponsored by state Rep. Larry Walsh, Jr., D-Elwood, protecting the rights of working men and women in Illinois by preserving the right for them to collectively bargain recently passed the House of Representatives with bipartisan support. “My measure will ...

Bertino-Tarrant urges governor to sign legislative pay freeze

Plainfield - Members of the Illinois General Assembly would not receive an automatic increase in mileage reimbursements or per diem rates due to a measure that passed the General Assembly during the spring legislative session with bipartisan support. "Legislators should ...

How much will IL tax increase cost you?

Republicans and Democrats in Illinois have united behind a plan to raise the state income tax by $5 billion a year. The Illinois Policy Institute has launched a tax hike calculator where Illinoisans can enter their income and household size ...

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