Senator Tom Rooney (R-Rolling Meadows) is set to host an upcoming meet and greet event at the Palatine Senior Center on March 31.
To provide greater protections for private-property owners when utility companies seek to install power lines, legislation was introduced to slow the process and give property owners more rights.
Making it clear the best approach would be to continue to work toward a full-year, balanced state budget for Illinois, lawmakers debated legislation in the Senate Executive Committee this week that would offer the Governor a plan of action in the event no accord can be reached on a state budget.
The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) reminds motorists not to try their luck by drinking and driving this St. Patrick’s Day. If planning to celebrate with alcohol, motorists are urged to designate a driver, call a cab or ride-sharing company, or take public transit.
In an effort to achieve better government and transparency for taxpayers and businesses, the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) and the Rauner Administration recently announced the online publication of EDGE tax credit incentive agreements.
A compromise pension reform plan has been filed in the Illinois Senate, which is modeled on a proposal that received bipartisan support in the summer of 2016. Proponents of the proposals say that as Senate negotiations continue on a bipartisan, balanced, full-year budget, lawmakers should still act on issues where there is agreement, including pension reform.
Illinois has experienced record growth in entrepreneurial activity at its universities according to the Illinois Science and Technology Coalition (ISTC), which released its Illinois Innovation Index on March 8. The Illinois Innovation Index reports on key metrics of the state’s innovation economy.
On March 9, the Senate Criminal Law Committee heard testimony on Senate Bill 1722. A key component of this measure is a request by Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson that would impose stiffer sentences for felons convicted of gun crimes, which Supt. Johnson believes would hold repeat gun offenders accountable.
Legislators spent much of their time in committees this week, with a series of “subject matter only” hearings held on elements of Gov. Bruce Rauner’s budget proposal and Senate committees approving nearly 60 pieces of legislation on topics ranging from insurance and education, to pensions and criminal law.
North Central and Southern Illinois residents are cleaning up after a series of tornados touched down in LaSalle, Jackson, Perry, Franklin, Hamilton and White counties. The storms left two Illinoisans dead in LaSalle and White counties.
On Feb. 28, the Senate took action on nearly half of the 13 pieces of legislation that are part of the Senate budget framework, passing legislation dealing with local government consolidation, “pension parity” for Chicago Public Schools, a gaming expansion, procurement reform, and Fiscal Year 2017 supplemental appropriation legislation.
Gov. Rauner outlined budget options to a joint session of legislators in the House of Representatives, during his third annual Budget Address Feb. 15.
Following the Governor's annual Budget Address, lawmakers should stand ready to work with the Governor and set aside divisive rhetoric to make the kind of tough decisions necessary to pass a balanced budget and enact the critical reforms that will provide stability and growth to our state.
Illinois legislators, representatives from the state Department of Public Health, and health advocates gathered in Capitol Feb. 15 to spread awareness of the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women campaign, and to encourage Illinois women to unite in the fight against heart disease and stroke.
On Feb. 15, Governor Bruce Rauner addressed the 100th General Assembly for the second time this year, delivering his annual Budget Address before members of a joint General Assembly.