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Photo contest for 2019 Cream of the Crop

thetimesweekly.com Illinois State Treasurer Michael Frerichs is encouraging young photographers to submit their photos for the 2019 Cream of the Crop Photo Contest before the June 26 deadline. The contest encourages young photographers to share their vision of agriculture in ...

Legislation to combat human trafficking heads to Governor

More will be done to combat human trafficking in Illinois if Gov. J.B. Pritzker signs legislation sponsored by State Sen. Sue Rezin (R-Morris). Senate Bill 1890 would require employee training for law enforcement offices and hotel employees and would increase ...

Crucial I-80 bridge repairs in statewide construction plan

Included in a statewide construction plan that addresses hospitals, schools and roadways will be funding dedicated to repairs ensuring the long-term safety of the I-80 bridge spanning the Des Plaines River. The plan passed with support from State Senators Pat ...

Bill to clear false criminal records for free moves to governor’s desk

Cook County is on its way to making it easier for those wrongly accused of crimes within the county to clear their name. After passing unanimously out of the Illinois House and Senate, Senate Bill 482 now heads to Gov. ...

Rep. Welter statement on passage of Graduated Tax amendment

State Representative David Allen Welter, R-Morris, issued the following statement following the passage of legislation placing a constitutional amendment referendum to enact a graduated tax on the November 2020 General Election ballot today:

Connor backs giving Illinois voters a shot at a Fair Tax Plan

State Rep. John Connor, D-Lockport, issued the following statement regarding the Fair Tax amendment: "Letting Illinois voters choose whether they want to adopt a Fair Tax system in our state in 2020 gives the state options moving forward in how ...

Bertino-Tarrant urges Illinois government agencies to buy American

To help keep jobs in America, State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant is sponsoring House Bill 356, which would require state agencies to purchase goods made in the United States. "State tax dollars should be spent to create jobs in our local ...

Closing loopholes exploited by shooter

State Rep. John Connor, D-Lockport, is supporting legislation to improve background checks through the use of fingerprints and help the Illinois State Police to process and follow up FOID revocations for felons following a tragic mass shooting in Aurora earlier ...

Measure passes to protect privacy of genetic data

Illinois residents' genetic testing results may be protected soon under a proposal advanced by State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant. Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) passed House Bill 2189, which prohibits companies that provide direct-to-consumer commercial genetic testing such as ancestry.com and 23andMe, from sharing ...

Education Committee Chair passes measures addressing teacher shortage

To help alleviate the teacher shortage in Illinois, the Senate's Education Chair, State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant recently passed a series of measures. Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) passed House Bill 423 with bipartisan support, which places a hold on requiring educators to take ...

Illinois Lottery launches new instant ticket for police memorial fund

The Illinois Lottery is celebrating the unveiling of its new police memorial instant ticket, Blue, which benefits police memorials across Illinois and the families of fallen law enforcement officers. "The Illinois Lottery is proud to support such a worthy cause ...

Connor backs plan to protect workers' rights, wages

State Rep. John Connor, D-Lockport, is fighting for stronger enforcement of fair pay laws, employee safety protections and fair hiring practices by backing legislation to create a workplace watchdog unit in the attorney general's office. "Good jobs are the foundation ...

Assault allegations by teachers to be reported immediately

Springfield - In response to alarming findings about sexual assault by faculty and staff in schools, State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) advanced House Bill 3687 on Tuesday, which requires the State's Attorneys across the state to immediately notify school officials ...

Lawmakers vote to implement fair tax, provide relief to majority of Illinoisans

thetimesweekly.com Springfield - After nearly a decade of work to implement a fair tax in Illinois, the Senate today approved a series of proposals that would update the state's tax structure and provide relief to working and middle-class families. Senator ...

Manley sponsors bill for restaurant workers to keep earned tips

State Rep. Natalie Manley, D-Joliet, recently backed legislation that will ensure that restaurant employees and other workers who earn tips will now be able to keep what they've earned without the intervention of their employers. Currently, businesses can withhold some ...

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