EDGE tax credit overhaul gets Gov. signature

Gov. Bruce Rauner on Monday signed legislation (HB162) that overhauls the EDGE Tax Credit Program and provides much-needed transparency and taxpayer protections.

State action plan addresses opioid crisis

Lt. Gov. Evelyn Sanguinetti, several state agency officials, stakeholders, and advocates recently helped release the State of Illinois Opioid Action Plan. A coalition of state agencies has developed a strategic framework that outlines what Illinois needs to do to address ...

Letter—McGuire invites public to July 25 hearing on Semaj Crosby death

State Senator Pat McGuire invites the public to attend a July 25 hearing with the Illinois Department of Children & Family Services on the topic of the death of Joliet toddler Sema'j Crosby.

Homeowners should know their options after storms

Following severe summer storms, the Illinois Department of Insurance (DOI) wants Illinois families to know the range of options they have when it comes to their homeowners insurance.

IEMA Receives $1.2 Million federal grant for Complex Coordinated Terrorism Attacks

The grant from FEMA will enhance state, local government preparedness, response.

Illinois Senate President says budget deal could be close

The Senates plan is being used as framework.

Lipinski opposes unlimited robocalls to cell phones

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.

Department of Health warns of rabid bats

More than a dozen rabid bats found in Illinois so far this year.

Joliet-area schools would gain under new school funding formula

McGuire: “Finally, our kids’ success would be determined by their effort, not by their zip code.”

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 – ...

Walsh wants to end wage discrimination

State Rep. Larry Walsh, Jr., Joliet, is fighting to end wage discrimination by passing a package of measures requiring employers to pay the same wage to workers who have the same experience and do the same job.

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 ...

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.