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October designated as Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Bringing awareness to an issue that impacts 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men, October is observed as Domestic Violence Awareness Month. First designated in 1987, October has served as a month to educate the public on the ongoing issue of domestic violence, recognizing that domestic violence and sexual assault are issues that happen every day.

Illinois stands ready to help those in need

Illinois stands ready to assist with recovery efforts in Puerto Rico as residents begin to rebuild and recover after Hurricane Maria. This week, Governor Rauner put more than 550 Illinois National Guardsmen on alert and ready to deploy should they be needed.

Investment to boost state’s economy

Southern Illinois, and the state, will benefit from $1.4 million in new investments by the Delta Regional Authority (DRA) that will boost regional infrastructure, the local workforce and the economy. The investments by the DRA will go to support public and private partnerships, bringing to Illinois an estimated $22.7 million in new investments.

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. According to the US Department of Health and Human Services, breast cancer is the second most common kind of cancer in women. About one in eight women born today in the United States will get breast cancer at some point. The good news is that most women can survive breast cancer if it’s found and treated early.

Honoring our Veterans

To help remember veterans, tell their incredible stories, and honor their legacy and sacrifice this upcoming Veterans Day, Illinois residents are encouraged to submit a tribute and photo of their loved one who served our country to be displayed in the rotunda of the Illinois Capitol Nov. 1-Nov. 13.

EDGE Tax Credit Signing

On Sept. 18, the long-awaited overhaul of the Illinois Economic Development for a Growing Economy (EDGE) tax credit legislation was signed into law.

Civil Asset Forfeiture Revamp Becomes Law

Last week, the Governor also signed legislation to restructure Illinois’ civil forfeiture laws.

Seat Check Saturday in Illinois for Child Passenger Safety Week

Common car-seat mistakes can have deadly consequences. With 59 percent of child car seats installed incorrectly, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) is encouraging motorists to take advantage of “National Seat Check Saturday” on Sept. 23, with nearly 100 free car-seat safety checks planned throughout the state and listed at BuckleUpIllinois.org.

Upcoming Fraud Prevention Program

Do you have questions about how to protect yourself and others from identity theft and consumer fraud? Are you interested in learning how to check your credit report or how to file a consumer fraud complaint?

Upcoming Town Halls in October

Area residents are invited to come out for an update on state government and to have their questions answered during one of my upcoming scheduled Town Hall meetings in October.

Consumer Alert: Massive Equifax Data Breach

Illinois residents are urged to be vigilant following a massive data breach of consumer reporting agency Equifax.

New law modifies police education requirements for qualified college students

The job candidate pool for Illinois police will soon grow thanks to legislation (House Bill 305) sponsored by Senate Republicans that will waive police education requirements for applicants completing their bachelor’s degree. The bill was signed into law by Gov. Bruce Rauner on Sept. 8.

Firefighters Memorial Fund to be used for scholarships for families of fallen firefighters

To honor firefighters who lost their lives in the line of duty and their families, a new law sponsored by Senate Republicans requires that the Illinois Firefighters Memorial Fund must be used to provide scholarships for the children and spouses to pursue a secondary education. The legislation, House Bill 2550, was signed into law by Gov. Rauner on Sept.8.

Veterans’ Suicide Task Force law allows IDVA to expand programs

Legislation signed by the Governor last week outlines provisions for the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA) to implement recommendations provided by the Veterans’ Suicide Task Force to expand programs to benefit veterans—especially those from high-casualty combat units.

Governor announces plan to pay down bill backlog

Gov. Rauner announced a refinancing plan Sept. 7 to pay down a portion of the state’s $15.4 billion bill backlog. While advocating for spending reforms and policies that will help Illinois’ economy to grow and become more competitive, Rauner acknowledged that Illinois has been in deficit spending for many years, resulting in the state’s large and growing unpaid bill backlog.