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ILL Commerce Commission approves utilities’ energy efficiency plans

The Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) this week approved energy efficiency plans for Illinois’ largest electric and gas utilities that will help Illinois consumers reduce energy consumption and save money on their electric and gas bills. The Illinois Public Utilities Act ...

State senator and AARP to hold Medicare 101 workshop

Shorewood - State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) and AARP will be holding a Medicare 101 Workshop next week. The event will take place on Wednesday, September 13, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Joliet Public Library, 3395 W. ...

Lipinski: Congress should pass bipartisan BRIDGE Act on DACA

In response to President Trump’s announcement that he will be ending DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) in six months, Congressman Dan Lipinski (IL-3) is renewing his call for Congress to pass H.R. 496, the BRIDGE (Bar Removal of Individuals ...

New unemployment insurance process to streamline tax experience for Illinois employers

Beginning September 11, the Illinois Department of Revenue’s MyTax Illinois will become Illinois employers’ most convenient option for filing unemployment insurance monthly wage reports, quarterly unemployment insurance reports, and for making contribution payments. The transition is a joint effort between ...

Cuts to child care program reversed under new law

Cuts to the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) under Governor Bruce Rauner two years ago decimated the once hailed program that helps low-income families afford the every-increasing cost of child care. While some of the governor’s cuts were restored within ...

Bertino-Tarrant, Connor, McGuire and Manley to hold town hall

Bolingbrook— State Senators Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) and Pat McGuire (D-Joliet), along with Representatives John Connor (D-Bolingbrook) and Natalie Manley (D-Joliet) will be holding their annual joint town hall meeting to discuss legislative issues on Tuesday, September 5. The meeting will ...

New law helps veterans gain employment in trucking industry

Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White is making it easier for military veterans to get jobs in the trucking industry. Senate Bill 822, initiated by White and signed into law by the governor, allows for an exemption from the Commercial ...

Law to streamline credit transfers for veterans signed

One of the biggest challenges returning servicemen and women face is figuring out how military training credits transfer to college credit. To tackle this hurdle, State Senator Michael E. Hastings’ measure House Bill 3701, to direct Illinois higher education institutions ...

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 ...

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