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Safe Shopping Guide

The Illinois Attorney General recently released a “2014 Safe Shopping Guide” to keep you safe as you prepare for this holiday season. Learn more about hazardous toys, how to protect your identity, and what's inside the 2014 Safe Shopping Guide.

New Laws in 2015

On Jan. 1, 2015, more than 200 new laws will take effect in Illinois touching many areas of state government from education and public safety, to transportation and wildlife.

Changes to election law raise concerns about election fraud

Major changes to Illinois election law were approved by the General Assembly during the final week of the fall veto session. While some are hailing the changes as a means to increase access to voter registration, others are raising concerns that the significant changes will make Illinois vulnerable to mass election fraud.

Minimum wage hike stymied

An effort to push through a statewide minimum wage increase was stymied this week after the City of Chicago voted to pass a $13 an hour hike in the city. Going into the fall veto session it seemed plausible the General Assembly could pass a statewide increase.

Controversial mesothelioma bill passes

A controversial measure was passed by lawmakers that would indefinitely extend liability for injuries, disease, disability, or death associated with asbestos in construction cases. The disease most commonly associated with asbestos exposure is mesothelioma.

Senator Righter's Two Minute Drill: Fall Veto Session Wrap Up

The Fall Veto Session concluded. Watch Senator Dale Righter's Two Minute Drill on what's facing the New General Assembly and Governor in 2015.

Senator Righter Appears on WICD-TV to Discuss Education Funding

Senator Righter appears on WICD-TV with Jenese Harris to talk about education funding and what the state should do right now to help solve it.

Fracking Proponents Receive Legal Boost

As the state continues to travel down the long road to fracking, the industry received a boost from a Madison County judge on Nov. 21, who ruled against a lawsuit introduced by some southern Illinois landowners seeking to slow down the implementation process of the state’s fracking regulations.

Illinois Lawmakers Act on Gubernatorial Vetoes

The Senate on Nov. 20 voted 44-5-1 to override Gov. Quinn’s veto of Senate Bill 2015, legislation that increases the speed limit on Illinois toll highways to 70 miles-per-hour. Senate Bill 2015 now moves to the House of Representatives for consideration.

House Education Committees Hold Hearing on SB 16

On Nov. 18, members of the House Elementary Committee and the House Elementary and Secondary Appropriations Committee held a joint hearing on Senate Bill 16, highly contentious legislation that would significantly overhaul Illinois’ current school-funding formula.

Minimum Wage Increase Moves Through Senate

On Nov. 19, Democrat legislative leaders pushed a measure through the Senate Executive Committee that would increase the state’s minimum wage from the current $8.25 per hour to $10 per hour on July 1, 2015.

Senator Righter's Two Minute Drill: The Fall Veto Session

Senator Righter Previews the Veto Session

Senator Righter interviews with Cynthia Bruno on WCIA, Channel 3 in Champaign, previewing the upcoming veto session.

Veto Session Preview: Tax Increase Extension

Though an extension of the tax increase was all but assured during the fall veto or a lame-duck session if Pat Quinn had won re-election, conventional wisdom dictates Democrat leaders in the House and Senate will not be quick to act on an extension of the increase given Quinn’s recent defeat.

Veto Session Preview: Minimum Wage

The most prominent and controversial policy issue percolating in the Capitol is a possible increase of the minimum wage. Legislation (SB 68) is poised to move in the Senate that would increase the state’s minimum wage from the current $8.25 per hour to $10.65 per hour by 2016.