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Teacher shortage to end

Thetimesweekly.com The United States Department of Education has designated Illinois a teacher shortage area, codifying an ongoing crisis that could cause irreversible damage to Illinois' education ecosystem. State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) is working to combat the crisis by supporting ...

Veterans home plan passes Gen. Assembly

A measure introduced by state Rep. Natalie Manley, D-Joliet, to require the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs to submit a biannual report on the health and of welfare of residents at veterans’ homes has passed both the House and Senate ...

Connor backs resolution to adopt fair tax

Thetimesweekly.com Urging legislators to implement a tax system that is more fair for middle-class and low-income residents, state Rep. John Connor, D-Lockport, voted in support of a resolution encouraging the state to abolish its flat tax and adopt a graduated ...

Bertino-Tarrant supports measure to provide stability to Schools

Will County Schools will receive additional school funding, according to a measure by State Senator Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood). Bertino-Tarrant supported House Bill 109, which will allocate $350 million in additional funding for Illinois schools this year. “This year we move one ...

House passes mental illness, gun ownership bill

Legislation co-sponsored by state Rep. John Connor, D-Lockport, to keep lethal weapons out of the hands of those who suffer from mental illness passed the House and will advance to the Senate for consideration. “I was proud to join a ...

Cutting red tape on businesses, jobs

State Rep. Larry Walsh, Jr., D-Elwood, is sponsoring legislation that will remove unnecessary restrictions on businesses and cut red tape to allow them to create more jobs. “I believe that my job is to support our working families, and part ...

Connor coffee meeting in Bolingbrook

Romeoville - State Rep. John Connor, D-Lockport, hosted a coffee meeting Saturday at the Fountaindale Library to discuss residents’ concerns and answer questions they have about state and local issues. “Making myself available to constituents for face-to-face conversations allows me ...

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 ...