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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 ...

Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) issued the following statement on the 115th Congress:

“At the beginning of the 115th Congress, there are clear signs that Republicans will repeal much of the legislation that has improved the quality of life for so many Americans. Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, over 20 million people ...

Illinois EMA urges residents to be prepared in 2017

The state emergency management agency encourages residents to be prepared this year starting with the preparation of an emergency supply kit.

Governor announces appointments, staff changes

Governor Bruce Rauner has announced several changes to his senior staff that will take place in the new year.

Drones to offer new view on transportation

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) has begun testing drone technology to potentially help improve the safety of workers and the public, reduce costs and introduce new strategies on everything from bridge inspections to determining the appropriate responses to emergency ...

Congressman Foster Statement on reported Trump Survey of Department of Energy Scientists

The report that President Elect Trump wants to identify civil servants at the Department of Energy who work on climate change and international diplomacy is deeply disturbing. It harkens back to an era when politicians sought out individuals for partisan ...

Gov. Statement on the Future Energy Jobs Bill

"For months our administration has been very clear that any energy legislation should follow the guiding principles of protecting jobs, ratepayers and taxpayers. After dozens of hours of good faith negotiations, we have reached an agreement that aligns with those ...

Illinois Department of Labor moves registrations to online format

The Illinois Department of Labor (IDOL) announced that it has updated the Day and Temporary Labor Services Agency Application, which is its latest technical upgrade. These improvements are to modernize technology within state government so services are streamlined for taxpayers. ...

U.S. Departments of Ed, Health and Human Services award $20 million in Preschool Grants to Illinois

U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. said on Wednesday that 18 states will receive more than $247.4 million in awards under the Preschool Development Grant program to continue their work in expanding access to high-quality preschool for children ...

Rep. Batinick will Host a Seminar on Identity Theft

State Representative Mark Batinick (R-Plainfield) will host an Identity Theft Prevention Seminar on Thursday, December 8 at the Plainfield Township Community Center from 10 to 11:30AM. The community center is located at 15014 S. Des Plaines Street. A liaison from ...

Governor Takes Clemency Action

Governor Bruce Rauner recently granted eight and denied 208 clemency petitions. Less than 15 petitions remain from previous administrations. The 216 clemency petitions Governor Rauner acted upon are part of dockets dating back to January 2014. This is the thirteenth ...

State regulator reduces barriers for applicants with criminal convictions

The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (“IDFPR”) has simplified forms for applicants with criminal convictions to encourage participation in the applicant review process and dispel assumptions that most individuals with a criminal conviction are automatically denied licensure. While ...

Rauner releases 2015 tax returns

Governor Bruce Rauner released his 2015 federal and state 1040’s, reflecting income and tax rates, while detailing the Rauner family’s charitable and community giving last year. In 2015, the Rauners paid more than $50 million in federal and state taxes ...