Before members of both the Illinois House and Senate, newly-elected Governor JB Pritzker delivered his first-ever budget address on February 20th.
Just weeks into the start of spring Legislative Session, the Senate voted on a Democrat initiative to incrementally increase the minimum wage to $15 an hour – a plan that could have huge repercussions for employers across the board, including public universities, school districts, and not-for-profit organizations.
On February 7, the Democrat-majority in the Senate passed a costly 15 dollar minimum wage increase to be phased in over the next 6 years.
Senate lawmakers braved the cold in Springfield this week as they returned for their second week of session starting Jan. 29. The Senate convened again Jan. 30-31, despite the Governor issuing a disaster proclamation due to the onslaught of artic temperatures.
Senate Republican Committee assignments were announced for the new 101st General Assembly, warming centers can provide help managing the predicted bitterly cold weather across the state, and it’s tax filing season.
State Sen. Dale Righter (R-Mattoon) will serve as the Minority Spokesperson for the Senate Appropriations I Committee in the 101st General Assembly.
A new Administration transitioned into power this week with Governor J.B. Pritzker being sworn into office on Jan. 14.
Also during the week, the Senate Republicans underwent their own transition, announcing new and continuing appointments to their leadership team.
The Illinois Senate voted January 9 to pass a measure that authorizes an increase in salaries for agency officials who will be serving in the new Pritzker Administration.
As citizens throughout Illinois toast the New Year, 253 new laws will take effect. From controversial gun-control laws to fighting human trafficking and celebrating our state’s rich history, these new laws cover a wide range of topics.
The Governor has ordered United States and Illinois flags to fly at half-staff until Dec. 30, to honor former President, George H.W. Bush, who died on Nov. 30.
On Dec. 3, 1818, Illinois became the 21st state in the union.
Illinois now has several new laws following the conclusion of the Fall Veto Session, where the General Assembly overrode measures vetoed by Gov. Bruce Rauner. Other measures fell short of the 3/5 majority needed in both the Senate and House of Representatives to override the Governor’s vetoes.
The Lilly Diabetes Solution Center may help lower out-of-pocket costs for people taking Lilly insulin who:
• are in the deductible phase of their high-deductible commercial insurance plan
• do not have insurance
• have a prescription for any Lilly Insulin
Lawmakers return to Springfield Nov. 27 for the final week of the Fall Veto Session to take further action on a number of pieces of legislation that were either vetoed by Gov. Bruce Rauner or amenditorily vetoed by him.
Hitting the road, the railway, or the airport this Thanksgiving week? Expect more vehicles and longer lines, according to AAA.
The 2018 Holiday Shopping Survey recently released by Wallet Hub shows 35 percent of Americans plan on spending more than $500 this holiday season, compared to 33 percent in 2017. Meanwhile, 15 percent say they will spend more than $1,001 and 19 percent say they will spend less than $100.
Senate Republican caucus members voted this week to retain State Senator Bill Brady as Senate Republican Leader.
Deer hunters are reminded to focus on safety as the 2018 Illinois Firearm Deer Season opens this week. The seven-day firearm season begins this Friday, Nov. 16 through Sunday, Nov. 18. A second round of firearm deer hunting will be held from Nov. 29-Dec. 2.
The complexity of changes resulting from recent federal tax reform and the availability of guidance at the federal level has resulted in the deadline for abatement of penalties for late filing being extended to Nov. 15, according to the Illinois Department of Revenue.
Unemployment insurance rates will be lower in 2019 for more than 92 percent of the state’s employers required to register and pay state Unemployment Insurance (UI) taxes, according to the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES). IDES said Illinois business owners are on target to pay $240 million less in UI taxes in 2019 compared to 2018. UI taxes paid by Illinois businesses this year topped $1.9 billion. Employers are expected to pay $1.66 billion in 2019.
First Lady Diana Rauner is leading an effort to provide holiday cheer for Illinois members of the military.
Dozens of bills will be up for debate and discussion when the scheduled fall “veto session” begins Nov. 13. Members of the General Assembly will return to Springfield to either accept or override measures vetoed by Gov. Bruce Rauner earlier this year.
As daylight-saving time comes to an end at 2:00 a.m. on Nov. 4, Illinois residents are reminded to set their clocks back an hour.
With Medicare open enrollment continuing through Dec. 7, the Illinois Department on Aging’s Senior Health Insurance Program (SHIP) is reminding seniors of the free counseling assistance available to Medicare-eligible individuals and their caregivers.
In honor of Veterans Day on Nov. 11, State Sen. Dale Righter is spotlighting veterans from the 55th Senate District. This week, the honor goes to several members of the Flood family.
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