Bertino-Tarrant host driver services mobile unit event

Motorists who have been unable to visit a driver services facility to renew their driver’s licenses and purchase vehicle stickers will be able to attend a free mobile unit event, sponsored by State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-PLAINFIELD) in partnership with ...

Foster introduces bipartisan Payer State Transparency Act

thetimesweekly.com Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) and Congressman Van Taylor (R-TX) introduced the bipartisan Payer State Transparency Act of 2020. The legislation would require the Office of Management and Budget, in conjunction with the Council of Economic Advisors and the Treasury ...

$100 Million Milestone in Cannabis Revenue

Following the legalization of adult-use cannabis on January 1, 2020, the Illinois Department of Revenue (IDOR) has collected over $100 million in tax revenue connected to adult-use cannabis sales. Last week, IDOR finalized its September collections and found the state ...

Female business owners invited to webinars during Women’s Small Business Month

As Women’s Small Business Month kicks off, State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Plainfield) is encouraging female business owners to take advantage of a number of free webinars to help them learn more about Business Interruption Grants.

Much debate over ‘fair tax’ question on ballot in Illinois

Illinois voters on Nov. 3 will be asked whether to give the state authority to impose higher income tax rates on higher income levels. It is something Gov. J.B. Pritzker campaigned on.

Area legislators to lead hearing on schools' COVID response

Senate Education Committee Chair Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant and Senate Higher Education Committee Chair Pat McGuire will lead the third joint Senate committee hearing tomorrow on the topic of COVID-19 response in schools and school funding.

Parents PLUS Loan Fairness and Responsibility Act

Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) introduced the Parents PLUS Loan Fairness and Responsibility Act. This legislation would provide a rational fix for parents experiencing multiple financial burdens and allow students to take responsibility for the student debt that was incurred on ...

Struggling businesses urged to apply for second round of Business Interruption Grants

As businesses continue to struggle financially due to COVID-19, State Representative Mark Batinick (R-Plainfield) is encouraging business owners to take advantage of a new round of Business Interruption Grants. The Business Interruption Grant (BIG) program is a $636 million program ...

Illinois Democrats weigh in on death of Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg

The Supreme Court suffered a huge loss on Friday with the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who lost her battle with cancer.

State economic aid available for area businesses under COVID restrictions

State Senator Pat McGuire urges businesses in Will County affected by the current COVID-19 Resurgence Mitigations to apply for economic assistance announced today by Governor JB Pritzker.

Pritzker announces new jobs program for out of work Illinoisans

Governor J.B. Pritzker on Thursday announced a new $16.6 million investment to expand job opportunities for Illinoisans who have lost their jobs during the COVID-19 pandemic. Through two new grants received from the U.S. Department of Labor, the Illinois Department ...

Residents are reminded of driver’s license extensions

To keep people from crowding at local secretary of state’s offices, State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) is reminding people of the many extensions offered by the office, as well as what services can be completed online.

State reps. host blood drive participants to receive COVID-19 antibody test

As the widespread blood shortage continues in a time of abundant need, State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant, State Senator Pat McGuire, State Representative John Connor, and State Representative Natalie Manley will host a blood drive Tuesday, Sept. 29.

State challenges FDIC rule that allows predatory lenders to bypass interest-rate caps

thetimesweekly.com Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul as part of a coalition of eight attorneys general, filed a lawsuit challenging the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation’s (FDIC) final rule that exempts buyers of high-interest loans from state interest-rate caps. These caps play ...

Small businesses receiving financial assistance

To help business owners who have faced financial uncertainties due to the COVID-19 pandemic, State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) announced more than 25 local business in Will and Kendall Counties will receive assistance through the Business Interruption Grant Program.