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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 ...

Bertino-Tarrant satellite office hours in Crest Hill

CREST HILL— State Sen. Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) will host satellite office hours in Crest Hill. Crest Hill satellite office hours will be held from 9 to 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 17, at Crest Hill Village Hall, 1610 Plainfield Road. Community ...

Veterans invited to share their stories for Veterans History Project

Congressman Dan Lipinski (IL-3) is asking veterans in the Third District to share their stories so they can be preserved in the Library of Congress’ Veterans History Project (VHP). For any veteran that is interested, the Congressman’s office will set ...

Illinois collecting holiday cards for military personnel

Governor Bruce Rauner has presented the 2016 Holiday Card Drive for the Military in partnership with the United Service Organizations (USO) of Illinois. “It is important we remember our American heroes who continue to serve in harm’s way and are ...

Americans Voted for Change, Not Division and Hate

The morning after our national political earthquake, we wake in a deep hole of despair, anxiety and fear. We can only pray that President-elect Donald J. Trump will not govern as divisively as he campaigned. Americans clearly voted for change ...

Lipinski Accepting Service Academy applications

Congressman Dan Lipinski (IL-3) is currently accepting nomination request letters from young men and women in the Third Congressional District who want to enter one of the U.S. Service Academies in 2017. “One of my congressional duties that I enjoy ...

Don’t be a Ghoul, Don’t Drink and Drive

Police throughout Illinois step up patrols for Halloween weekend The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) joined the Illinois State Police (ISP) and local police agencies to warn motorists against becoming an impaired driving monster this Halloween. If you are planning ...

Gov. Rauner reforms plan for state criminal justice system

thetimesweekly.com Illinois Youth Center Murphysboro to be repurposed into re-entry facility; closing oldest, most outdated unit at Stateville Correctional Center Governor Bruce Rauner has taken significant steps that continue the administration’s efforts to reform the criminal justice system and reduce ...

Renovation begins on Springfield executive mansion

The Governor’s Office announced the Illinois Executive Mansion will close to the public in January 2017 for renovations. “The People’s House will undergo an extensive transformation over the next year,” First Lady Diana Rauner said. “In order to properly preserve ...