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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 ...

Measures promoting Illinois and American jobs passes house

Legislation sponsored by state Rep. Larry Walsh, Jr., D-Joliet, to help create local jobs by requiring the state to prioritize the purchase of products made in Illinois and the United States recently passed the House. “Taxpayer dollars should be going ...

Legislation passes protecting nurses, state workers

In response to the proposed layoffs of nurses in Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) facilities, state Rep. Larry Walsh, Jr., D-Elwood, helped pass legislation that would prevent the department from reducing the number of medical and mental health employees they ...

Illinois awarded $16 million grant to fight Opioid crisis

The Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) was awarded a federal grant for over $16 million to fight Illinois’ opioid crisis. The grant is funded through the 21st Century Cures Act, which includes an estimated $1 billion to states over ...

Trump trashes protections for students and taxpayers

Private companies that service college loans will profit at the expense of students because the Trump administration killed commonsense changes to reduce the default rate among college borrowers, Illinois State Treasurer Michael Frerichs said. “Let’s be clear about what President ...

Veterans with PTSD to access better life-saving health services

Veterans will have better access to health services, treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and job training under legislation backed by state Rep. Larry Walsh, Jr., D-Elwood, intended to help returning service members transition into civilian life and prevent veteran ...

Veterans with PTSD to access better life-saving health services

Veterans will have better access to health services, treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and job training under legislation backed by state Rep. Larry Walsh, Jr., D-Elwood, intended to help returning service members transition into civilian life and prevent veteran ...