Illinois' new adoption credit program will make it easier for families to adopt, connecting children with loving families.
The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has confirmed the first human case of West Nile virus in Illinois for 2018.
A joint Senate and House hearing was held June 20 in Chicago in response to a recently released Chicago Tribune investigation that revealed sexual abuse and assaults had been frequently mishandled over a 10-year period in Chicago Public Schools (CPS).
State Sen. Dale Righter (R-Mattoon) is encouraging seniors to come to his free Senior Health Fair on Wednesday, June 20 at the Lifespan Center (11021 E Co Rd 800 N) in Charleston. The event runs from 9:00am-11:00am.
State Senator Dale Righter (R-Mattoon) and State Representative David Reis (R-Ste. Marie) are pleased to announce the passage of SB 2804 through the Illinois House and Senate. The legislation reflects a combined effort by the two legislators to try to reopen the New Harmony Bridge that connects Illinois and Indiana over the Wabash River in deep rural Southeastern Illinois. The legislation creates a commission in Illinois that will be charged with cooperating with the New Harmony Bridge commission in the State of Indiana.
Gov. Rauner signed the $38.5 billion spending plan for Fiscal Year 2019 into law on June 4, and while Senate Republican lawmakers said they recognize that the new state budget is not perfect, they emphasized the compromise will ensure vital state services remain funded, including health coverage for children and senior citizens, as well as other priorities that save lives and protect the public.
When we began this year’s budget negotiations, my Republican colleagues and I made it clear to the Democratic majority that there would be no tax increase, and it must be a workable, balanced budget. This budget agreement meets those criteria
Illinois Route 121 in Cumberland County between CR 1450 East and CR 1600 East will be known as the "Specialist Michael Flood Memorial Highway.”
Drawing Illinois closer to the enactment of the life-saving Annie LeGere Law, the House of Representatives passed an amendment that would encourage medical professionals’ participation in the initiative to equip police officers with epinephrine auto-injectors (EpiPens) for allergy-related emergencies.
In an initiative to create more profitable opportunities for Illinois farmers, the Senate and House unanimously passed a proposal to legalize the growth, cultivation and processing of industrial hemp.
With about week and a half left in the spring legislative session, Senate Republicans remain hopeful a balanced budget, without a tax increase, will be approved by May 31. Meanwhile, Governor Rauner introduced his public safety initiative and the U.S. Supreme Court announced a major decision on sports gaming.
Sen. Righter will host a free Senior Health Fair Wednesday, June 20th at the Lifespan Center (11021 E County Road 800 N. in Charleston) from 9-11 a.m. Join us to learn about alternative ways to lead a happier and healthier lifestyle. A variety of vendors will be on hand to discuss programs that benefit seniors and legislative brochures will be available. FREE health screenings include: blood pressure, pulse ox, grip strength, spinal scans, hearing & retina. Come join Senator Righter for this FUN and FREE event!
State Sen. Dale Righter passed legislation out of the Senate 51-0 that would create the New Harmony Bridge Bi-State Commission with the goal of jointly taking control of the New Harmony Bridge with a similar authority in Indiana. The measure now moves to the Illinois House.
Two measures advancing through the General Assembly would give more opportunities to high school students who are college bound or looking for vocational training.
With the first wave of the 10-year Firearm Owners Identification (FOID) cards expiring this summer, Illinois State Police (ISP) are anticipating a significant backlog of renewal applications. In response, Sen. Righter is joining Illinois State Police Director Leo Schmitz in urging Illinois firearm owners to file paperwork early to renew their FOID cards.
Legislation aimed at protecting the integrity of the non-profit grant process has passed the Senate.
Cannabidiol, otherwise known as CBD oil, would become legal in Illinois, under legislation unanimously passed by the Senate April 25.
Beginning next year, state lawmakers would no longer automatically get free healthcare when they retire, under Senate Bill 2292 that was approved unanimously by the Senate.
Legislation giving motorists the option to register their vehicles for more than one year at a time, would provide a convenience and save the state money.
Sen. Righter will host a tel-forum constitutions can call-in to and ask him questions starting at 7:05pm on May 1.
State Sen. Dale Righter is co-sponsoring legislation that would prohibit a pay raise for lawmakers. Under current law, lawmakers are scheduled to receive a Cost of Living Adjustment increase, or COLA, to their salary July 1.
Law-abiding citizens who hold a Firearm Owners Identification (FOID) card would be able to display an electronic version of his or her FOID card on their phones or other electronic devices, under legislation passed unanimously be the Senate April 25.
Republican leaders in the General Assembly introduced resolutions in the Illinois Senate and House this week calling on a revenue estimate to be certified for the upcoming Fiscal Year 2019 budget, which begins July 1.
The streets of Springfield and inside the Capitol saw hundreds of supporters of the Second Amendment April 25.
The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is Saturday from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. It’s a safe and responsible way to dispose of prescription drugs that have gone either unused or expired.
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