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Illinois Tax Filing Season Begins

The Illinois Department of Revenue will begin accepting 2016 state individual income tax returns on Monday, January 23rd, the same date that the Internal Revenue Service begins accepting federal individual income tax returns.

Senate Lawmakers Continue Work On Budget Framework

Illinois Senate lawmakers will begin holding committee hearings on a budget framework designed to reestablish fiscal stability and certainty, and get Illinois moving forward again.

New law protects children from lead

This week, Senate Bill 550 was signed into law, establishing additional standards to further protect Illinois children from possible exposure to lead in drinking water.

Budget compromise unveiled in Senate

If the state’s historic budget impasse is to end any time soon, it could largely be due to a package of legislation unveiled in the Senate for the first time on January 9th. In addition to providing a full year budget with matching revenue, the measures tackle a broad range of issues, including term limits for legislative leaders, a statewide two-year property tax freeze, workers compensation reform, pension reform, and reforms to trim the cost of government.

Senate institutes term limit rule for leaders

The Illinois Senate adopted new rules Jan. 11 including for the first time, term limits for legislative leaders. The new rule limits both the Senate President and Minority Leader to a maximum of five terms or 10 years.

EDGE program extended

Senate Bill 513, legislation to reinstate the EDGE (Economic Development for a Growing Economy) tax credit program, which has been hailed by supporters as the state’s best tool in bringing businesses to the state and encouraging exiting companies to expand, was passed by both chambers of the Illinois General Assembly.

Senate enacts term limits for its leadership

State Sen. Dale Righter issued the following statement Jan. 11 after the Senate adopted Senate Resolution 3, which enacts term limits of 10 years on the offices of Senate President and Senate Minority Leader.

Righter sworn in as State Senator of 55th Senate District

State Sen. Dale Righter was sworn into office Jan. 11 in the Senate chambers of the Illinois Capitol. Righter was one of dozens of Senators who were sworn into office as part of the inauguration of the 100th Illinois General Assembly.

Bipartisan legislation to save EDGE tax credits for Illinois employers

Expiration of the state’s EDGE tax credit at the end of last year has many lawmakers and employers calling for swift action to reinstate the program, which has created 34,000 jobs and retained an additional 46,000 in Illinois since the program was created in 1999.

New year demands action on budget

With the expiration of the stopgap budget at the turn of the year, Senate Republican lawmakers say swift and decisive action is needed to ensure those who rely on state assistance continue to receive the funding they need to function.

Righter: Abortion legislation unaffordable, attacks innocent life

State Sen. Dale Righter says legislation that would expand abortion rights in Illinois not only violates federal law and is unaffordable, but is an attack on the sanctity of innocent human life.

New laws in 2017

As citizens throughout the state of Illinois ring in the New Year, nearly 200 laws will take effect. A significant number of the new laws target crime, make changes to the criminal justice system, seek to assist law enforcement, and advance safety provisions for Illinois motorists.

Lawmakers question abuse and neglect of disabled residents

On Dec. 13, a Cook County judge ordered Disability Services of Illinois, a group home company whose state license was revoked in November after media reports of abuse and neglect, to release 18 resident adults with disabilities from the company’s care.

New law to reduce recidivism

A new law signed this week will ensure that any person being released from the Department of Corrections or Department of Juvenile Justice has a valid state identification card upon release, a commonsense act that will help low-level offenders secure employment, housing and establish financial stability.

Budget update

Gov. Bruce Rauner and legislative leaders did not meet this week to discuss a full-year spending plan and necessary economic reforms. It also appears that little was accomplished during recent meetings of working groups trying to find agreement on workers’ compensation reform and mandate relief for local governments.