Attorney General Warns Consumers about Hazardous Children’s Toys
posted on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 12:00 AM
Attorney General Lisa Madigan has issued her annual Safe Shopping Guide—hoping to address the growing concerns of recalled children’s products being sold on secondhand websites such as eBay, Craigslist and Amazon. Read More >
The Pension Fund Piggybank
posted on Friday, December 06, 2013 12:00 AM
After years of debate and political wrangling, this past Tuesday, December 3rd the Illinois General Assembly approved legislation substantially reducing previously agreed to pension plans for many public employees, including those who already retired. Read More >
posted on Monday, December 02, 2013 12:00 AM
Of the many highly publicized debates taking place in Springfield, the years-long effort to reform Illinois’ Medicaid program has been one of the most controversial and difficult. Read More >
Senate Week in Review: November 18 - 22, 2013
posted on Friday, November 22, 2013 12:00 AM
The Thanksgiving holiday is next week, and with the holiday season kicking off State Senator Dale Righter (R-Mattoon) said the countdown for new laws going into effect has begun in earnest.
Each January dozens of new laws approved throughout the previous year take effect on the first day of the New Year. In 2014 that extends to measures designed to open the state budget process, reduce workplace violence and legislation impacting hunting enthusiasts.
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Rep. Reis and Sen. Righter to host two informational seminars on Medicare Advantage insurance for state retirees
posted on Wednesday, November 20, 2013 12:00 AM
State Representative David Reis (R-Ste. Marie), State Senator Dale Righter (R-Mattoon) and the Illinois Department of Central Management Services (CMS) will co-host two informational seminars on Monday, November 25 to review changes to Medicare Advantage state retiree health insurance benefits. Read More >
Senate Week in Review: Nov 11-15, 2013
posted on Friday, November 15, 2013 12:00 AM
An agreement on a pension reform measure could be close to finalization, according to State Sen. Dale Righter (R-Mattoon). The state’s four legislative leaders recently told lawmakers from both chambers to be prepared to return to Springfield for a possible vote during the first week of December. Read More >
Senate Week in Review: November 4 – 8, 2013
posted on Friday, November 08, 2013 12:00 AM
As many anticipated, the General Assembly concluded its annual fall veto session with no resolution to the state’s ongoing public pension challenges; however, reported progress in behind-the-scenes discussions offered some hope that the General Assembly may see an agreed-upon proposal. Though State Senator Dale Righter (R-Mattoon) said it remains up in the air when—and if—that might occur. Read More >
Senator Righter's "Two Minute Drill"
posted on Thursday, November 07, 2013 12:00 AM
Lawmakers returned to Springfield this week to wrap up the final days of the fall veto session. Despite the significant fiscal and economic challenges Illinois is currently facing, Senator Righter is disappointed to report the state’s Democrat leaders once again deferred action on some of the state’s most pressing issues. Watch what he has to say in his “Two Minute Drill” video blog. Read More >
Righter sends holiday greetings to American service members and veterans during the Holiday Mail for Heroes campaign in Springfield
posted on Wednesday, November 06, 2013 12:00 AM
State Senator Dale Righter (R-Mattoon) joined many of his legislative colleagues on November 6 in writing a Christmas message for service members and veterans, as part of the American Red Cross' Holiday Mail for Heroes campaign. Read More >
Senate Week in Review: Oct 28-Nov.1, 2013
posted on Friday, November 01, 2013 12:00 AM
With no vetoed bills left on the agenda, and uncertainty over whether other major issues will be acted on, State Sen. Dale Righter (R-Mattoon) said when lawmakers return to Springfield November 5 for the final week of the annual fall veto session it is not known what legislative action will take place. Read More >
Senate Week in Review: Oct 21 – 25, 2013
posted on Thursday, October 24, 2013 12:00 AM
This week marked the beginning of the annual fall veto session said State Sen. Dale Righter (R-Mattoon), who noted the three vetoed measures were addressed leaving lawmakers free to tackle other pending issues. Read More >
EIU Student Action Team visits Statehouse for advocate day
posted on Wednesday, October 23, 2013 12:00 AM
State Senator Dale Righter (R-Mattoon) welcomed members of the Eastern Illinois University Student Action Team to the Illinois Senate on October 23. The EIU Student Action Team was in the Statehouse lobbying state legislators for funding for a new biological sciences building; increased MAP Grant funding; and increased appropriations for higher education. Read More >
Veto Session Preview
posted on Friday, October 18, 2013 12:00 AM
Though it is called the fall “veto” session, State Senator Dale Righter (R-Mattoon) said that when lawmakers return to Springfield Oct. 22, legislative action on bills vetoed by the Governor will likely represent a small portion of the issues debated in the coming weeks.
Governor Quinn issued only 10 vetoes out of nearly 600 bills passed during the spring legislative session. Of those 10, seven have already been acted on, which leaves a maximum of three vetoed measures for lawmakers to consider.
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Senate Week in Review: October 7 – 11, 2013
posted on Friday, October 11, 2013 12:00 AM
A recent Illinois State Board of Education study backs up a Senate Republican education funding report that State Sen. Dale Righter (R-Mattoon) said shows the state’s school funding system disproportionately and unfairly benefits Chicago schools at the expense of downstate and suburban districts.
In other news, Governor Quinn ordered agencies under his control to stop asking job applicants if they have a criminal record when they submit their initial application, and the Department of Natural Resources announced that individuals and companies interested in applying for a “fracking permit” can now register with the state. Read More >
Citizen's Guide to Right-to-Carry Law Now Online
posted on Wednesday, October 09, 2013 12:00 AM
Questions about the state's new Concealed Carry law? We've published a "Citizen's Guide" that provides details on all aspects of the new law.
The Guide covers license requirements, fees, training and restrictions, including a list of prohibited places. This detailed guide will give you a thorough overview of the new law.
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Health Care Launch Could Bring Out Scam Artists
posted on Wednesday, October 02, 2013 12:00 AM
Consumer advocates and law enforcement officials across the nation are cautioning consumers to be aware of one likely side effect of the Oct. 1 launch of the Affordable Care Act (commonly known as Obamacare) – a spike in scam artists and identity theft.
Advocates warn consumers to be extremely cautious about sharing personal information, especially social security numbers, with anyone they don’t know. Read More >
Righter appointed to special Senate Advisory Committee on Healthcare
posted on Thursday, September 26, 2013 12:00 AM
As the state prepares for the implementation of the Affordable Care Act and its impact on Illinois’ healthcare system, State Senator Dale Righter (R-Mattoon) has been appointed to the Senate Advisory Committee on Healthcare, a legislative body created to study current and pending healthcare and health insurance issues. Read More >
Administration to appeal arbitrator’s ruling to cancel state’s Maximus contract
posted on Friday, September 20, 2013 12:00 AM
During a joint House and Senate Appropriations Committee hearing Sept. 17, state officials said they plan to appeal a June arbitrator's ruling that would nullify the state’s contract with Maximus, the company hired to remove ineligible individuals from the state's Medicaid program. Read More >
Review of state school finance system ‘inequitable for students and taxpayers’
posted on Tuesday, September 17, 2013 12:00 AM
On that same day, an independent review of Illinois’ school finance system was presented at a meeting of the bipartisan Senate Advisory Committee on Education Funding. The report confirms many of the concerns Senate Republicans have raised over the last year about the equitability of the state’s education funding system. Read More >
Public hearings set statewide on Illinois transportation plan
posted on Friday, September 13, 2013 12:00 AM
The public is encouraged to comment on IDOT’s long-range transportation plan for 2015 through 2020, during a series of meetings scheduled from Sept. 16 through Oct. 17 in 16 communities across the state. Read More >
September 11th | A day of remembrance
posted on Wednesday, September 11, 2013 12:00 AM
Twelve years ago Americans awoke to learn that our nation was in the midst of the most devastating terrorist act in our country’s history. Today we remember the lives lost that day and the many heroes who courageously sacrificed their own lives to save those of their fellow Americans. Read More >
Senator Dale Righter to host September 26 Senior Health and Information Fair in Charleston
posted on Monday, September 09, 2013 12:00 AM
Area seniors are encouraged to join State Senator Dale Righter (R-Mattoon) at his FREE September 26 Senior Health and Information Fair in Charleston. The event will extend from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the LifeSpan Center, 11021 E. Co. Rd. 880N, Charleston, IL 61920. Read More >
Elvis Has Not Left the Building
posted on Tuesday, August 27, 2013 12:00 AM
Like many Illinoisans I remember former Governor Rod Blagojevich’s childlike fascination with his hero, Elvis Presley. Whether greeting visitors with a line from an old Elvis movie, proudly displaying his large Elvis statuette in the Governor’s office, or abruptly striking a Presley-like air guitar pose, Blagojevich’s obsession with “The King” was always evident. Read More >
Senate Week in Review: August 19 – 23, 2013
posted on Monday, August 26, 2013 12:00 AM
This week a bipartisan committee tasked with examining the state’s school-aid formula conducted its first hearing in Springfield, said State Senator Dale Righter (R-Mattoon). The committee will not only explore on how education funding has changed over the last ten years but seek to identify ways to bring parity back to the state’s education funding system.
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Senate Week in Review: August 12 – 16, 2013
posted on Friday, August 16, 2013 12:00 AM
New laws signed this week seek to help Illinois veterans said State Senator Dale Righter (R-Mattoon), while others approved by the Governor allow for an innovative way to collect child support from “deadbeat” parents and protect the state’s minors from the potentially deadly effects of sunless tanning. Read More >