The Senate Environment and Conservation Committee met for a subject-matter discussion on the current ethylene oxide emission crisis facing Willowbrook and surrounding communities.
Senate Republican caucus members voted this week to retain State Senator Bill Brady as Senate Republican Leader. In a statement, Brady commented on the vote:
First Lady Diana Rauner is leading an effort to provide holiday cheer for Illinois members of the military.
The complexity of changes resulting from recent federal tax reform and the availability of guidance at the federal level has resulted in the deadline for abatement of penalties for late filing being extended to Nov. 15, according to the Illinois Department of Revenue.
Senators and Representatives will be back at the Capitol beginning Nov. 13 to consider 37 separate pieces of legislation passed during the spring session, but amended or rejected by the Governor this summer.
Unemployment insurance rates will be lower in 2019 for more than 92 percent of the state’s employers required to register and pay state Unemployment Insurance (UI) taxes, according to the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES).
Senator Tom Rooney (R-Rolling Meadows) is congratulating several nominees in and around the 27th District who have recently been named among the recipients of Bicentennial Honor 200 on Wednesday, Oct. 24, in Springfield. The event honors and recognizes Illinois veterans for the critical role they’ve played in protecting our freedoms, serving our country and the positive ways in which they frequently contribute to their communities.
State Senator Tom Rooney (R-Rolling Meadows) is congratulating several area veterans for being selected as an Illinois Bicentennial Honor 200 Honoree.
The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) is seeking input on public education funding for the fiscal year 2020 budget. Three open budget hearings have been scheduled, giving individuals the opportunity to share their funding requests prior to the agency sending its final recommendations to the General Assembly and the Governor.
Up to $900,000 in capital funding has been released to benefit William Rainey Harper College in Palatine as part of the Fiscal Year 2019 capital budget approved by lawmakers in late May. The capital program was appropriated as part of the current Fiscal Year 2019 state budget.
State Senator Tom Rooney (R-Rolling Meadows) was recently named as the Illinois Chamber of Commerce’s “Outstanding Freshman Senator,” underscoring his dedication to pro-business growth and job creation throughout the state.
Veterans with disabilities will now have their Disabled Veterans’ Standard Homestead Exemption follow them to a new residence, even if they move during the middle of the year, now that Senate Bill 2306 has been signed into law.
Friday, August 31, marks International Overdose Awareness Day, an annual global event that aims to raise awareness of overdose and reduce the stigma of a drug-related death.
An effort to raise the legal purchasing age for tobacco and similar products to 21 from 18 was vetoed Aug. 24 by Gov. Bruce Rauner.
High school students will soon have another option to help prepare them for their future careers. Seeking to connect talented young people with good-paying jobs that don’t necessarily require a college degree, House Bill 5247 requires the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) to adopt rules that would allow students ages 16 and older to participate in industry-based occupational apprenticeship programs.
State Senator Tom Rooney (R-Rolling Meadows) is set to host a free Senior Health Fair, bringing together a number of vendors to provide screenings and helpful information for area seniors.
More than 100 new laws were signed this week, advancing changes targeting the state’s teacher shortage, streamlining services for veterans, and giving a leg-up to Illinois’ entrepreneurs.
The City of Prospect Heights has issued release concerning the City's response to the River Tails Condominium Complex Fire.
In an initiative to prevent future mass shootings and attacks, Gov. Rauner signed a new gun safety law (House Bill 2354) on July 16 that allows the public to identify and stop potentially dangerous individuals from endangering others or themselves with a firearm.
The Quincy Veterans’ Home may now begin its five-year capital development plan following the signing of Senate Bill 3128, which provides for design-build contracting for the facility’s projects to renovate, rehabilitate and rebuild the Illinois Veterans’ Home at Quincy. This is expected to eliminate redundancies associated with the traditional construction process, and is anticipated to reduce time spent on the project and associated costs.
On July 17, the office of the Illinois State Fire Marshal and Gov. Rauner announced the recipients of the Small Firefighting and Ambulance Service Equipment Grant Program, also known as the Small Equipment Grant Program.
Several Republican State Senators are providing additional information to those state employees who are expected to receive back pay under the Fiscal Year 2019 Illinois Budget. After years of waiting, the workers are looking for a time frame for when they might see the funds paid out.
Gov. Rauner signed the $38.5 billion spending plan for Fiscal Year 2019 into law on June 4, and while Senate Republican lawmakers said they recognize that the new state budget is not perfect, they emphasized the compromise will ensure vital state services remain funded, including health coverage for children and senior citizens, as well as other priorities that save lives and protect the public.
Importantly, the newly-signed budget authorizes $53 million in startup funding to make repairs to the Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy, including making improvements to the water filtration system, and also beginning construction on a new facility.
On May 30, the Senate voted 56-2 to pass a $38 billion spending plan for Fiscal Year 2019. Much of the credit goes to the budgeteers who spent many hours hammering out the details, and to the legislative leaders who worked together to support the compromise.
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