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Sen. Righter, local lawmakers sponsor FREE senior health fair August 4 in Effingham

Area seniors are invited to a free Senior Health and Information Fair August 4 at the Effingham Armory. The event is sponsored by State Sens, Kyle McCarter (R-Lebanon), Dale Righter (R-Mattoon) and Chapin Rose (R-Mahomet) and State Rep. John Cavaletto (R-Salem).

Agencies Coordinate Mosquito Reduction Strategy

Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Acting Director Alec Messina and Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D. this week announced a plan to reduce the threat of mosquito-borne diseases in Illinois, like West Nile virus and Zika virus, by removing used tires from public and abandoned properties.

Governor Signs Law Banning Sale of Addictive Bath Salts

Governor Rauner also signed Senate Bill 210, giving law enforcement another tool to curb the growing number of retailers selling synthetic drugs, popularly known as “bath salts.”

New Law Expands Coverage to Include 3D Breast Cancer Screenings

Insurance plans in Illinois, including Medicaid, will now cover breast tomosynthesis, or 3D mammography, following the Governor’s recent approval of Senate Bill 466.

Governor Signs Molly’s Law

A legislative package known as Molly's Law was signed by the Governor that will strengthen the state’s Freedom of Information Act and extend the period of time in which a victim's family can file a wrongful death lawsuit when the act is intentional and violent in nature.

SAT Returns for High School Students

The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) announced it will end the controversial PARCC assessment test for high school students during the upcoming 2016-17 school year.

School Funding Reform Commission

Gov. Rauner’s announcement of the Illinois School Funding Reform Commission was quickly followed by the appointment of five legislators to the panel by Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno. State Sens. Jason Barickman (R-Bloomington), Dave Luechtefeld (R-Okawville), Dan McConchie (R-Lake Zurich), Karen McConnaughay (R-West Dundee) and Sue Rezin (R-Peru) will serve on the commission to be chaired by Illinois Secretary of Education Beth Purvis.

Illinois’ Fiscal Good Health and Reforms

The compromise on the budget, after an impasse of more than a year, also acknowledged the need to address structural reforms to improve Illinois’ business and jobs climate and implement government reforms. For more than a year, the Governor argued, with Senate Republican support, that reforms are needed to get Illinois’ financial crisis under control and to restore economic prosperity

Veterans Affairs seeks nominations for Veteran and Business of the Year

The Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs is seeking help from the public to honor the outstanding work of military veterans and businesses who have made significant contributions to veterans’ causes.

ISBE soliciting feedback on the PARRC testing program

The ISBE’s State Assessment Review Committee (SARC) is conducting a listening tour to hear from students, schools and families to collect feedback on the second round of the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) assessment process, which recently concluded in June.

Rauner and Republicans continue push for full balanced budget

Gov. Bruce Rauner has been touring the state to let residents know how the recent stopgap and school budgets will help keep the state operating through the rest of the year. But the Governor and Senate Republicans agree that the recent action is just one step toward truly undoing the damage done by years of out of balance budgets and mounting debt.

Board of Education releases funding info for schools

The ISBE has recently revised its school funding forecast with data from the recent education budget passed by the Illinois General Assembly, showing every single school district receiving a boost for the upcoming school year.

Righter: Budget deal good for students, schools, and taxpayers

After months of budget negotiations, State Sen. Dale Righter (R-Mattoon) joined lawmakers from both sides of the aisle June 30 in supporting a budget plan that ensures K-12 schools will open in the fall, higher education is funded, and critical state government operations remain intact.

Local government, transportation officials stress importance of stop-gap budget

More than 40 mayors and village presidents from throughout Illinois signed a letter submitted to publications across the state urging passage of Republican lawmakers’ short-term budget bills to ensure schools can open this fall and government operations can continue

Stop-gap budget most responsible course of action

Republican lawmakers have been working for more than a year in bipartisan and bicameral negotiations to pass a balanced budget and meaningful economic reforms to expand job opportunities, fix a corrupt