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Rauner Says Budget is Immediate Concern

In a recent interview with the Illinois Radio Network (IRN), Governor Bruce Rauner continued to emphasize the severity of the budget problems facing Illinois. According to Rauner, dealing with the cumulative effects of years of tax-and-spend budgets and questionable fiscal practices is one of his primary concerns, and one that will be difficult to fix.

Medical Marijuana Licenses Delayed

A rocky transition between administrations is causing further delays in issuing medical marijuana licenses to patients. Under the 2013 state law legalizing medical marijuana in Illinois, state agencies were required to score and rank applications for the 21 facilities that would be allowed to grow medical marijuana and 60 of the retail stores that would be licensed to sell it.

Active Concealed Carry Licenses

Recently released numbers from the Illinois State Police give a county-by-county picture of active concealed carry licenses in the state of Illinois. Unsurprisingly, Cook County has the largest number of active concealed carry licenses at 24,751, with Will, Dupage, Lake, and Madison Counties rounding out the top five. At the bottom of the list are Scott, Brown, Gallatin, Schuyler, and Calhoun Counties.

Illinois Department of Human Services Focuses on Tax Assistance

As the tax season gets into full swing; the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) urges eligible Illinois families to take advantage of tax preparation assistance supported by the State.

Illinois Student Assisstance Commission Outreach Calendar Released

The Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) has released its outreach activities calendar for 2015. The purpose of this state created commission is to help students navigate the financial barriers to higher education. ISAC provides an array of programs and services that focus on educating students and their families on the finances associated with transitioning into college.

Governor’s Opening Act on Jobs

Rauner signed an Executive Order Jan. 19 to increase hiring opportunities for minorities and veterans by first evaluating the existing level of job opportunities.

Illinois Energy: Job Creation Awaits

According to a study conducted for the Illinois Chamber of Commerce, the potential benefits of hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” to extract oil and natural gas resources from deep underground could mean up to 47,000 jobs and more than $9 billion in economic impact for Illinois.

Preparing for New Energy Jobs

One downstate Illinois community college says it offer a degree program beginning this fall to educate workers in preparation for the new job opportunities in the state’s growing oil and gas industry.

More Food Stamps; Fewer Jobs

According to the Illinois Policy Institute, an independent research organization, Illinois ranked last among the 12 Midwest states in job creation during 2014. The IPI report also revealed that the number of Illinois households receiving food stamps last year hit a record high of 1,073,279.

Reducing Heroin Fatalities

Republican State Senator Michael Connelly is sponsoring legislation this spring to expand a suburban Chicago program that provides emergency medical care to prevent heroin drug overdoses.

Governor Rauner ushers in optimism for change

A new sense of optimism radiated throughout the Prairie Capitol Convention Center on Jan. 12, when Governor Rauner became the first Republican governor in 12 years to be sworn into the state’s highest office.

Rauner’s first actions target fiscal crisis, tighten ethical requirements, transparency

On Jan. 13, Governor Rauner sought to establish his administration’s commitment to ethical government, signing an Executive Order targeting what’s known as the “revolving door” between state employees and the lobbying industry.

Governor Quinn vetoes bobcat legislation/Doesn't act on medical marijuana licenses

Illinois will not join the other 42 states with a bobcat hunting season, as Governor Quinn vetoed legislation on his last day in office that would have created a bobcat hunting season in Illinois.

Senantor Righter: Opportunity Awaits in Illinois

Senator Righter says opportunities lie ahead for people in Illinois. Overcoming challenges creates opportunity. Families, individuals, and businesses all have opportunities ahead of them with Bruce Rauner in office. See more in the 2:00 Drill.

Senator Righter Sets Priorities for 2015

With the new Governor and 99th General Assembly officially sworn into office, State Senator Dale Righter says it’s time to get down to business.