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Connor urges Governor to veto private water company Bill

State Rep. John Connor, D-Lockport, is urging Governor Bruce Rauner to veto a bill that consumer advocates say would skyrocket water costs for suburban residents and give private water companies the opportunity to monopolize the resource. “As I said during ...

New law to combat teacher shortage passes

School districts across Illinois will have additional tools to combat the national teacher shortage thanks to a new law championed by State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood). House Bill 5627 is a multi-faceted, bipartisan effort that removes red tape and allows ...

Measure to help connect bone marrow donors

State Rep. John Connor, D-Lockport, recently supported a measure to help raise awareness for the need of lifesaving bone marrow donations and to increase the number of registered bone marrow donors in Illinois. “For people who suffer from diseases like ...

Proposal to protect survivors of abuse sent to Governor

A measure backed by state Rep. Natalie Manley, D-Joliet, that would allow survivors of abuse to change their name without public notice has been sent to the governor for approval following passage by the General Assembly. “Survivors who fear their ...

More Synthetic Cannabinoids cases

Thetimesweekly.com The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has been alerted to additional cases of severe bleeding in individuals who used synthetic cannabinoids, commonly called Spice, K2, and fake pot. The majority of new cases are among Winnebago County residents. ...

Connor and McGuire join volunteers to bring meals to seniors in Lockport

State Rep. John Connor, D-Lockport, and state Sen. Pat McGuire, D-Joliet, joined Will County Meals on Wheels volunteers on Monday to bring food to seniors in the Fairmont area of Lockport. “Meals on Wheels and other services are critical to ...

Gov. proclaims Juneteenth Day in Illinois

Gov. Rauner proclaimed June 19, 2018 as Juneteenth Day in Illinois to commemorate the emancipation of slaves in the U.S. On this date in 1865, Union soldiers landed at Galveston, Texas, with news that the Civil War had ended and ...

Teacher shortage to end

Thetimesweekly.com The United States Department of Education has designated Illinois a teacher shortage area, codifying an ongoing crisis that could cause irreversible damage to Illinois' education ecosystem. State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) is working to combat the crisis by supporting ...

Veterans home plan passes Gen. Assembly

A measure introduced by state Rep. Natalie Manley, D-Joliet, to require the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs to submit a biannual report on the health and of welfare of residents at veterans’ homes has passed both the House and Senate ...

Bertino-Tarrant supports measure to provide stability to Schools

Will County Schools will receive additional school funding, according to a measure by State Senator Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood). Bertino-Tarrant supported House Bill 109, which will allocate $350 million in additional funding for Illinois schools this year. “This year we move one ...

With no new taxes, Gov. signs FY19 budget into law

Gov. Bruce Rauner signed into law a $38.5 billion bipartisan budget that holds the line on taxes, increases funding for education, curbs spending, and creates a new adoption tax credit that will make it less costly for Illinois parents to ...

Opioids fight continues

The General Assembly may soon have a better idea on how to combat the opioid epidemic sweeping the nation.

Supply Drive for MorningStar Mission

State Rep. John Connor, Lockport, is sponsoring a women’s supply drive throughout the month of May to benefit the women at MorningStar Mission’s Women and Family. Connor’s office will be collecting new, unopened boxes of feminine products including tampons, pads, ...

McDonough St. resurfacing to run through August.

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) will be completing a resurfacing project on McDonough Street (US Route 52) from Raynor Avenue to the DesPlaines River beginning in May and running through August.

State approved for better Medicare & Medicaid Services

The Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services received notice from the Federal government that plans to better serve Medicaid beneficiaries with substance use disorders and mental health challenges have been approved.