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 ...

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 ...

Lawmakers move to legalize recreational marijuana

A pair of bills in the Illinois Senate and House could legalize the use of recreational marijuana around the state and perhaps generate more revenue for the beleaguered budget.

Concerned Will County residents march in Joliet ‘Day of Action’ rally

On Saturday, April 1, a group of about 50 Will County residents gathered at Mt. Carmel Church for a Will County Day of Action.

State senator calls foul on ‘out-of-balance budget’

State Sen. Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (Shorewood) joined fellow chairs of senate committees at a recently to discuss that Governor Rauner’s agency directors have offered no new cuts to close out the $5 billion out-of-balance budget he proposed. “What’s frustrating is that ...

Directors unprepared to deal with Rauner’s $5 billion out-of-balance budget

State Sen. Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) joined fellow chairs of Senate Committees recently discuss that Governor Rauner’s agency directors have offered no new cuts to close out the $5 billion out-of-balance budget he proposed. “What’s frustrating is that we have a ...

Walsh backs American made car requirement

State Rep. Larry Walsh Jr., D-Elwood, is demanding the state put American jobs first by backing a measure that would require Illinois to only purchase vehicles made in North America. “Taxpayers in my district are fed up with foreign businesses ...

State Rep. Guzzardi talks tuition-free public college at University of St. Francis

State Rep. Will Guzzardi spoke to college students in Joliet about making in-state tuition free in Illinois.

Senator works to update Illinois’ criminal justice system

Illinois has not updated credit for incarceration laws since the 1960s. Illinois’ criminal justice system may soon receive a modernization from Senator Michael E. Hastings (D-Tinley Park). Hastings advanced Senate Bill 903 to increase the credit given to a defendant ...

Rep. Batinick seminar on identity theft

State Representative Mark Batinick (R-Plainfield) will host an Identity Theft Prevention Seminar on Tuesday, March 21, at the Troy Township Center from 10:00 A.M. to Noon. The community center is located at 25448 Seil Road in Shorewood. A liaison from ...

Bertino-Tarrant town hall meeting Thursday

State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) will be holding a town hall meeting to discuss state legislative issues on Thursday, February 23. The meeting will be held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Joliet Library, 3395 W. Black Road. “Meeting with ...

Governor announces new efforts to expand diversity programs at Tollway

Governor Bruce Rauner joined Tollway Chairman Bob Schillerstrom, Board Directors Corey Brooks and Joe Gomez, and Executive Director Greg Bedalov to highlight the Tollway's efforts in strengthening diversity programs to build new opportunities and assistance for minorities, women and veterans. ...

Foster Introduces Legislation to Protect Immigrants’ Rights

Congressman Foster (IL-11) and Congressman Ted Deutch (FL-22) introduced two bills to protect the rights of immigrants. The legislation would protect immigrants’ legal rights and right to an attorney. The Protecting Immigrants from Legal Exploitation Act (H.R. 912) would impose ...

Foster introduces immigrants’ rights legislation

Congressman Bill Foster introduced legislation this week that will protect the rights of immigrants in the wake of executive actions from the White House.

Bertino-Tarrant calls for legislative leader term limits

State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant is calling for limits on legislative leadership posts to "allow for new ideas and a different vision."