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Connor backs measure to protect abuse investigators

State Rep. John Connor, D-Lockport, is fighting to ensure the safety of Illinoisans who protect children, families and aging adults by supporting a bill enforcing stricter penalties on people who harass or attack social workers intervening in abusive households. "Social ...

Connor backs bill for stricter law in spread of untraceable, undetectable guns

Lockport - Criminals making, carrying or distributing untraceable or undetectable firearms would face stricter penalties under a bill backed by state Rep. John Connor, D-Lockport. "Guns that can't be detected with a metal detector represent a unique threat to public ...

COWL scholarship, local women encouraged to apply

State Rep. Natalie Manley, D-Joliet, is highlighting the Conference of Women Legislators (COWL) of the Illinois General Assembly's 2019-2020 Scholarship Award Program and is encouraging local women to apply. "I am proud to be a member of the Conference of ...

State Rep. fights to protect child sexual assault survivors

Children who are victims of sexual assault will be spared more hardship under a bill proposed by state Rep. John Connor, D-Lockport, which would allow courts to prevent accused predators from personally questioning their accusers. "As a prosecutor, one of ...

Connor helps students repay college debt

Illinois students would receive much-needed student loan relief under a bill proposed by state Rep. John Connor, D-Lockport, which creates a tax credit to offset a portion of loan payments every year. "We want our children to pursue higher education," ...

Equal pay legislation passes Illinois House

thetimesweekly.com State Rep. Natalie Manley, D-Joliet, is sponsoring House Bill 834, which recently passed out of the Illinois House with overwhelming bipartisan support, and would bar employers from asking job candidates their salary history. "We know that discriminatory hiring practices, ...

Tougher penalties sought on financial abuse of elders, disabled

To protect some of Illinois' most vulnerable citizens, State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Plainfield) is seeking higher criminal penalties for felonious scams that target the elderly and disabled. Bertino-Tarrant advanced Senate Bill 69, which would institute tougher penalties on Class 2 ...

Foster opens new Joliet District office

Congressman Bill Foster (IL-11) issued the following statement announcing the opening of a new district office in Joliet: "I've been proud to serve constituents in Joliet and Will County, so I am excited to announce a new office location in ...

McGuire champions major new mental health facility as IDOC breaks ground

State Senator Pat McGuire spoke before those gathered at a long-awaited groundbreaking of the new In-Patient Treatment Center to be co-located on the grounds of the existing Joliet Treatment Center in a ceremony Monday morning. "My hometown of Joliet has ...

Connor backs Green Energy Jobs Act

Springfield - State Rep. John Connor, D-Lockport, is leading the charge toward a more sustainable future with his support of the Clean Energy Jobs Act (CEJA). "Green technology will drive down the cost of power while lifting up disadvantaged communities ...

Walsh calls for emergency repairs to Des Plaines River Bridge

Responding to reports that the Des Plaines River Bridge has been rated in critical condition, state Rep. Larry Walsh, Jr., D-Elwood, stressed that the state is taking this situation very seriously. "The dangerous situation at the Des Plaines River Valley ...

Demand for adult-use cannabis will far exceed existing supply

thetimesweekly.com Lawmakers sponsoring legislation to legalize adult-use cannabis in Illinois released a study showing that demand is likely to far exceed what the state's existing licensed growers can supply. The study, commissioned by State Senator Heather Steans (D-Chicago) and State ...

Lower prices, better access, stronger regulation lead prescription drug reform

Thetimesweekly.com As a legislative committee digs into the issue, Illinois House Democrats are pushing a package of bills this spring that aim to make prescription drugs more accessible, affordable and accountable. Led by state Rep. Will Guzzardi, chairman of the ...

Job-creating innovators to entrepreneurs Act passes House

The U.S. House of Representatives passed the bipartisan Innovators to Entrepreneurs Act of 2019 to provide additional training for innovators to learn how to turn their research into new products and businesses. The job-creating legislation, sponsored by Representatives Dan Lipinski ...

New legislation to provide state support for mental health crisis

The Illinois Coalition for Better Mental Health Care is teaming with state Rep. Deb Conroy and state Sen. Heather Steans in an announcing their push for mental health funding and reform. Mental health problems are pervasive in Illinois. More than ...