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Weatherization Program Scandal

Another Quinn administration jobs initiative is drawing headlines for wasting taxpayer dollars and failing to provide marketable job training skills.

S&P: Illinois last in Job Creation

A new forecast of state and local government credit conditions ranks Illinois last in the region for job growth.

Hospital Association Issues Ebola Fact Sheet

Although no cases of the deadly Ebola virus have been reported in the state, the Illinois Hospital Association has compiled a fact sheet on the disease and the risks associated with it.

Fire Truck Loan Program Accepting Applications

Loan applications are now being accepted for fire department and fire protection districts wishing to purchase fire and brush trucks. Thanks to bipartisan legislation approved this year (SB 2690) loans will be available for up to $350,000 – an increase of $100,000.

Hydraulic Fracturing Rules on Hold

Proposed rules for hydraulic fracturing, often known as “fracking,” have been put on hold until Nov. 6 by the bipartisan legislative committee that reviews state regulations.

Court reviews pension changes

A Sangamon County Judge set Nov. 20 for a key hearing on pension changes that were approved by lawmakers late last year, but have been put on hold while the court considers the constitutionality of the law.

NRI Emails Show Campaign Link

Though Governor Quinn contends the troubled violence prevention program was not linked to his campaign for Governor, recently emails have surfaced that cast doubt on Quinn’s claims. Though Governor Quinn contends the troubled violence prevention program was not linked to his campaign for Governor, recently emails have surfaced that cast doubt on Quinn’s claims.

Illinois ranked 48th

Illinois ranks 48th in the nation in “Economic Outlook” according to the latest edition of “Rich States, Poor States,” an annual analysis of the relative economic outlook of the states, published by the American Legislative Exchange Council.

‘New NRI’ program siphons millions from at-risk youth

Governor Pat Quinn has shuffled millions of dollars into a re-branded version of his failed Neighborhood Recovery Initiative and appears to be accelerating the pace of handouts as the election nears.

Senate Week in Review: September 15 – 19

Governor Quinn’s bungled Neighborhood Recovery Initiative (NRI) is once again drawing scrutiny from the media said State Senator Dale Righter (R-Mattoon), while in policy news the state’s legislative rulemaking body has unanimously deferred implementation of rules governing hydraulic fracturing.

Senator Righter’s Week in Review: Sept. 8 - 12, 2014

Illinois has received some encouraging economic news lately, with recent drops in the state’s historically high unemployment rate and other signs that an improving national economy may finally be boosting the state’s outlook, State Senator Dale Righter (R-Mattoon) said.

Senator Murphy’s Week in Review: Sept. 1 - 5, 2014

A state audit revealed continued problems in the Expanded All Kids state health insurance program; a bipartisan legislative committee is set to begin its review of state rules on hydraulic fracturing; and patient applications are now being accepted for the state’s medical marijuana program, State Senator Dale Righter (R-Mattoon) said.

Senator Righter’s Weekly Wrap Up: Aug. 25 – Aug 29, 2014

My weekly update on state government

Senator Righter’s Weekly Wrap Up: Aug. 18 – Aug 22, 2014

More than 125 new laws were signed in recent days, as the deadline for the Governor to act on legislation from the spring 2014 session neared. The measures covered topics as wide ranging as smoking on campus to fur trapping to dangerous new “designer” drugs.

Senator Righter’s Weekly Wrap Up: Aug. 4 – Aug 8, 2014

My weekly update on the State Senate and Illinois government.