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Sen. Rooney reacts to Budget Address, urges lawmakers to work together

Lawmakers from both the Senate and the House of Representatives came together Feb. 14 for a joint session of the General Assembly, gathering to listen to the annual Budget Address.

Bills to raise smoking age to 21, provide opioid alternatives

A bill voted out of the Senate Public Health Committee would raise the legal smoking age to 21. Senate Bill 2332 would set the legal age to buy or use tobacco products, electronic cigarettes, and alternative nicotine products at 21 years of age. Senate Bill 2332 would also require retailers to verify the age of tobacco customers by government photo IDs or – for an online or other type of remote purchase – through a third-party age verification service; and restricts free samples of electronic c

EpiPen bill protects medical professionals

Legislation approved this week in the Senate Judiciary Committee would protect law enforcement officers and medical professionals from liability when they use EpiPens in emergencies.

Combatting Legionella at Veterans’ Home

The Senate Veterans Affairs Committee continued its efforts to learn more about the Legionella outbreak at the Quincy Veterans’ Home. Lawmakers discussed the state’s response to the outbreak in a joint Senate/House of Representatives hearing on Feb. 7.

Sen. Rooney reacts to State of the State Address, says reforms are the way forward

On January 31, Governor Bruce Rauner delivered his annual State of the State Address before members of both houses of the state legislature.

Sen. Rooney sponsors legislation to protect employee privacy and address gender wage gap

Taking steps to address the ongoing problem of gender-based pay disparity and protect employee privacy in Illinois, State Senator Tom Rooney (R-Rolling Meadows) is co-sponsoring Senate Bill 2333, legislation that would prohibit employers from asking potential employees about their salary history.

Chicago makes Amazon’s top twenty list

According to Crain’s Chicago, Amazon announced “that it has picked 20 metro areas to move to the next phase of the process as it looks for a home for a second headquarters.”

Measure would extend vehicle stickers beyond one year

llinois motorists would have the option to register their vehicles for more than one year at a time under Senate Bill 2293, which would allow motorists, beginning in 2020, to register their vehicles for one or two years.

Schools do better under new school funding reform law

Last summer, Illinois lawmakers passed, and the Governor signed, an historic, school funding law. Then, during the fall veto session, the General Assembly passed a trailer bill (Senate Bill 444) making two technical changes dealing with how Equalized Assessed Valuation (EAV) is calculated in the new school funding formula. The trailer bill advanced so the modeling done by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) for the new formula matched up with school funding law.

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?

Joint House and Senate Hearing Held on Legionnaires’ disease at the Quincy Veterans’ Home

Seeking answers about the cases of Legionnaires’ disease at the Quincy Veterans’ Home, a joint meeting of the Illinois Senate and House was convened in Chicago on Jan. 9. Director of the Illinois Department of Public Health, Dr. Nirav Shah, joined Erica Jeffries, Director of the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, to provide testimony about how the state departments have handled the situation.

Human Trafficking Awareness

Right now, human trafficking is occurring across the state and throughout the nation. Raising awareness in all communities across Illinois and encouraging the public to recognize the signs of human trafficking are some critical steps that can be taken to help end human trafficking.

Combatting Opioid Abuse

Beginning Jan. 1, 2018, a new law will help deter the practice known as “doctor-shopping” for prescription drugs, by requiring prescribers to check a patient’s prescription history before writing a prescription.

Helping Our Veterans

Several measures that take effect January 1st seek to provide veterans with the tools they need to be successful when returning to civilian life.

State Abortion Funding

One of the most controversial laws taking effect Jan. 1, will be House Bill 40, which expands taxpayer funding for abortions. Senate Republican lawmakers voted against the measure, which would dedicate state funds to purely elective procedures, by mandating state insurance and Medicaid coverage of abortion, induced miscarriage or induced premature birth.