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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."

Rauner proposes changes to address potentially dangerous drug interactions

Amended rules will better protect patients from harmful effects of adverse medication interactions and increase accountability. Governor Bruce Rauner called for a strengthening of the Rules that oversee pharmacy consultations in Illinois, in an effort to increase pharmacy accountability and ...

Frerichs seeks commonsense change to protect Medical Marijuana Patients

The availability of medical marijuana in Illinois is in jeopardy depending upon how the President Donald Trump administration approaches the enforcement of marijuana and banking laws, Illinois State Treasurer Michael Frerichs said. Current federal law prohibits banks from processing money ...

Property tax freeze bill advances

The Illinois House Revenue & Finance Committee has approved legislation filed by State Representative Mark Batinick (R-Plainfield) to enact a permanent property tax freeze, House Bill 6630. The bill now advances to the full House of Representatives for consideration.

New employer withholding tax changes increase accuracy

In an effort to reduce taxpayer filing and payment errors, and increase the detection of false income reporting and insolvent employers, the Illinois Department of Revenue (“IDOR”) will begin requiring all withholding taxpayers to file quarterly withholding income tax returns ...

A pathway to licensure: changes to law for health care workers with criminal convictions

Effective January 2017, previously barred health care workers and applicants with criminal convictions may once again become eligible for licensure in Illinois. Under a new law, the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (“IDFPR”) will implement a review process ...