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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 ...

College financial aid supports for families of fallen police officers

Children and spouses of police officers who have died in the line of duty would be able to receive college scholarships and grants under legislation introduced in the House by state Rep. John Connor, D-Lockport.

Measure passes strengthening college mental Health Services

Springfield, Students at public colleges would have better access to mental health resources under a bill recently passed by state Rep. John Connor, D-Lockport. "Mental health can be a serious obstacle for students when they go to college," Connor said. ...

State Senator supports plans to end the teacher shortage crisis

Springfield - To address Illinois' teacher shortage, Senate Education Chairwoman Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant announced her support for legislation intended to aid a new generation of teaching students. "We need to equip our school districts with the tools to recruit the best ...

Mental health support, education for police officers

Police officers would receive greater mental health education and support under a bill supported by state Rep. John Connor, D-Lockport, which establishes training programs to help officers recognize and manage mental health problems for themselves and other law enforcement professionals. ...