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Foster introduces legislation to simplify Tax Filing

Washington - Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) has introduced H.R. 2304, Act of 2019. The legislation would create a voluntary tax filing program to allow individuals to use a secure IRS website to download a tax form automatically populated with information ...

Bill introduced to eliminate township clerks in Will County

Springfield - State Rep. Natalie Manley, D-Joliet, introduced House Bill 3301, which would eliminate the office of township clerk in each Township of Will County that resides within the 98th Illinois House Legislative District, eliminating duplicative services and saving taxpayer ...

Rep. Lipinski votes to restore net neutrality protections

Representative Dan Lipinski (IL-3) voted to pass H.R. 1644, the Save the Internet Act, to restore popular, bipartisan net neutrality protections for consumers and small businesses after the Trump Administration ended the protections last year. The Save the Internet Act ...

Legal cannabis industry to use banking system passed out of IL Senate

State Senator Toi Hutchinson (D-Chicago Heights) passed a plan out of the Senate that would allow legal marijuana businesses in Illinois to use the banking system. Due to federal and state banking regulations, most legal marijuana businesses are operating on ...

Connor backs measure to protect abuse investigators

State Rep. John Connor, D-Lockport, is fighting to ensure the safety of Illinoisans who protect children, families and aging adults by supporting a bill enforcing stricter penalties on people who harass or attack social workers intervening in abusive households. "Social ...

Connor backs bill for stricter law in spread of untraceable, undetectable guns

Lockport - Criminals making, carrying or distributing untraceable or undetectable firearms would face stricter penalties under a bill backed by state Rep. John Connor, D-Lockport. "Guns that can't be detected with a metal detector represent a unique threat to public ...

COWL scholarship, local women encouraged to apply

State Rep. Natalie Manley, D-Joliet, is highlighting the Conference of Women Legislators (COWL) of the Illinois General Assembly's 2019-2020 Scholarship Award Program and is encouraging local women to apply. "I am proud to be a member of the Conference of ...

State Rep. fights to protect child sexual assault survivors

Children who are victims of sexual assault will be spared more hardship under a bill proposed by state Rep. John Connor, D-Lockport, which would allow courts to prevent accused predators from personally questioning their accusers. "As a prosecutor, one of ...

Connor helps students repay college debt

Illinois students would receive much-needed student loan relief under a bill proposed by state Rep. John Connor, D-Lockport, which creates a tax credit to offset a portion of loan payments every year. "We want our children to pursue higher education," ...

Equal pay legislation passes Illinois House

thetimesweekly.com State Rep. Natalie Manley, D-Joliet, is sponsoring House Bill 834, which recently passed out of the Illinois House with overwhelming bipartisan support, and would bar employers from asking job candidates their salary history. "We know that discriminatory hiring practices, ...

Tougher penalties sought on financial abuse of elders, disabled

To protect some of Illinois' most vulnerable citizens, State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Plainfield) is seeking higher criminal penalties for felonious scams that target the elderly and disabled. Bertino-Tarrant advanced Senate Bill 69, which would institute tougher penalties on Class 2 ...

Foster opens new Joliet District office

Congressman Bill Foster (IL-11) issued the following statement announcing the opening of a new district office in Joliet: "I've been proud to serve constituents in Joliet and Will County, so I am excited to announce a new office location in ...

McGuire champions major new mental health facility as IDOC breaks ground

State Senator Pat McGuire spoke before those gathered at a long-awaited groundbreaking of the new In-Patient Treatment Center to be co-located on the grounds of the existing Joliet Treatment Center in a ceremony Monday morning. "My hometown of Joliet has ...

Connor backs Green Energy Jobs Act

Springfield - State Rep. John Connor, D-Lockport, is leading the charge toward a more sustainable future with his support of the Clean Energy Jobs Act (CEJA). "Green technology will drive down the cost of power while lifting up disadvantaged communities ...

Walsh calls for emergency repairs to Des Plaines River Bridge

Responding to reports that the Des Plaines River Bridge has been rated in critical condition, state Rep. Larry Walsh, Jr., D-Elwood, stressed that the state is taking this situation very seriously. "The dangerous situation at the Des Plaines River Valley ...

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