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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 ...

Lipinski leads house letter to FCC opposing unlimited robocalls to cell phone voicemail

Congressman Dan Lipinski (IL-3) is leading a letter to the Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to oppose the removal of consumer protections against ringless voicemail. Ringless voicemail allows callers to send messages directly to a cell phone voicemail ...

No Illinois legislators’ pay hike

The members of the Illinois General Assembly will not receive a pay increase again this year according to legislation sponsored by State Senator Michael Hastings (D-Tinley Park). Hastings sponsored House Bill 643, which stops automatic increases in mileage reimbursements or ...

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, ...