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Recognizing Illinois veterans and their families

Legislation to assist and honor Illinois veterans and their families was signed into law this week during the Veterans Day program at the Illinois State Fair.

Gabby’s Law aims to save lives of those with sepsis

The tragic death of a five-year-old girl led to a new law that requires Illinois hospitals to be better prepared to recognize and treat patients with sepsis or septic shock. Gov. Rauner signed Senate Bill 2403/Public Act 099-0828 at a press conference Aug. 18 at the Presence Covenant Medical Center in Urbana.

Gov. Rauner announces the creation of the Illinois Fairgrounds Foundation

On Aug. 16, Gov. Rauner announced a newly-formed, not-for-profit Illinois Fairgrounds Foundation has been established by leaders in the agricultural community. Suitably, the announcement was made on the state fair’s Agricultural Day.

School Funding Reform Commission meets for a second time

The Illinois School Funding Reform Commission created by Gov. Rauner to recommend a comprehensive solution to reform the school funding formula, met for the second time on Aug. 16.

New law expands teen voting rights

Teens will now be able to vote in the primary of a consolidated election if they will be 18-years-old by the date of the consolidated election.

New law signed in response to the tragic allergy-related death of a young Elmhurst resident

Following the tragic 2015 death of Elmhurst's Annie LeGere due to prolonged anaphylactic shock caused by an allergic reaction, a new law was recently signed that seeks to prevent this from happening to others.

Driving newbies to receive practical training on police stops

Getting pulled over by law enforcement can frazzle the most seasoned driver. A new law, Public Act 99-0720, seeks to prepare new drivers to handle police stops by educating them on the proper way to react when law enforcement officers pull them over.

New app for visitors available for Illinois State Fair, which starts Aug. 11

The Illinois State Fair, a tradition dating back to 1853, will get under way Aug. 11 in Springfield. The 11- day event, which emphasizes Illinois’ rich agriculture, will see hundreds of thousands of people from across the state walk through the gates.

License plate renewal reminders to be mailed again

Illinois drivers will once again receive a reminder letter to renew their yearly license plate sticker from the Illinois Secretary of State’s Office. The Secretary of State’s Office says funds from the recent stopgap budget allow vehicle registration reminder letters to be reinstated. The practice of mailing reminders was halted in October due to the previous budget impasse.

Package of new laws targets corruption in higher education

In response to the College of DuPage administrative scandal that resulted in the firing of school President Robert Breuder in 2015, a package of legislation addressing waste, fraud, and abuse in higher education was signed into law July 29 by Gov. Rauner.

New law decriminalizes small amounts of marijuana

People caught in possession of 10 grams or less of marijuana will now face a fine of up to $200, as opposed to being arrested and possibly facing jail time, under a new law (Senate Bill 2228) signed by Gov. Rauner July 29. The new law makes Illinois the 17th state in the country to adopt a measure that decriminalizes small amounts of marijuana.

New bipartisan committee meets to find solution to reforming Illinois’ school funding formula

A newly-formed bipartisan commission created by Gov. Rauner and tasked with recommending a comprehensive solution to reform Illinois’ school funding formula met for the first time in Chicago Aug. 3.

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).

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).

Illinois Lottery seeks new private management partner

On July 28, Gov. Rauner and the Illinois Lottery announced the release of a Request for Proposal (RFP) for a new private management partner. The new private management partner will share the Lottery’s goals of increasing profits to the state, responsibly broadening its player base, introducing new technology and innovation, and ensuring responsiveness to public needs and concerns.