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Renegade, Fraudulent Truckers Face Log Book Crackdown

In an effort to combat fraudulent trucking log books, State Sen. Chris Nybo (R-Elmhurst) passed Senate Bill 1582 to increase the penalties for violations on motor carriers who “cook the books.”

Appropriations Hearings Scheduled Around Illinois

A series of appropriations committee hearings were held in Champaign, Springfield, and Edwardsville this week.

Land of Lincoln’s Taxation Blues

Online financial tool WalletHub produced another scathing review of Illinois residents’ tax burdens, following last week’s study showing our property tax bill as being the second highest in the nation

Senators introduce legislation that could save college students and taxpayers millions

State Senators Chapin Rose (R-Mahomet), Jason Barickman (R-Bloomington), Dale Righter (R-Effingham), and Dave Luechtefeld (R-Okawville) say Illinois’ public universities and taxpayers are spending too much when it comes to schools’ purchasing supplies, equipment, and services under Illinois’ top heavy and bureaucratic procurement law in Illinois.

Senate GOP emphasize need for reform, spending reductions at recent budget hearing

On April 8, Senate Republican lawmakers attended a joint hearing of the Appropriations I and II Committees at Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIUC), focusing on Gov. Bruce Rauner's proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2016.

Survey finds Illinois’ property taxes top nation

A new analysis found Illinois boasts the second highest property taxes in the nation. According to financial resource website WalletHub, Illinois homeowners’ average property taxes cost them nearly $2,000 more than the national average of $2,089. In fact, Illinoisans pay an average of $3,939 in property taxes on their homes each year.

Rauner admin pledges to fix past wrongs at DCFS in response to audit findings

In response to a recent audit highlighting areas in need of improvement at the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS), a DCFS spokesman stressed that acting Director George Sheldon is actively working to identify reforms that will help resolve the problems that persisted under the guidance of past administrations.

Task force hears from DuPage County about consolidation efforts

Government consolidation was the focus of the most recent Government Consolidation and Unfunded Mandates Task Force, which met in Wheaton on April 8.

Utility improvement measure signed into law

A bill to expand the time utility companies Ameren Illinois and Commonwealth Edison (ComEd) have to implement the state’s “smart grid” electrical improvement and modernization program was recently signed into law by Gov. Rauner.

Moody’s reacts favorably to local government consolidation

Moody’s Investors Service is reacting favorably to Gov. Rauner’s local government consolidation efforts, according to an article in The Bond Buyer.

Rauner working to help children get fit

On March 30, Gov. Rauner announced that he is teaming with fitness expert Jake Steinfeld and his National Foundation for Governors’ Fitness Councils to help reduce childhood obesity in Illinois.

Severe weather preparedness

To help people prepare for severe weather, IEMA has joined with the National Weather Service (NWS) and local emergency management agencies to increase awareness of these severe weather hazards.

Budget Fix heads to Governor

After weeks of negotiations, Gov. Rauner and legislative leaders agreed to a solution during the week to patch a massive $1.6 billion hole in the current-year budget. The legislative package, which is contained in two separate bills, passed with strong bipartisan majorities in both chambers and is now headed to the Governor for his signature.

Lawmakers to Focus on FY 16 budget

With the Fiscal Year 2015 budget shortfall addressed, lawmakers will now shift their focus to the upcoming budget for Fiscal Year 2016, which starts July 1.

Film studio returns grant

A Chicago-based film studio has returned an eyebrow-raising $10 million grant after Gov. Rauner demanded its return. A Senate Republican lawmaker has requested the Attorney General look into the matter.