A recent report from the Anderson Economic Group shows Illinois ranks 35th in the country in business tax burden, up from 32nd a year before. The findings, however, were from the latest fiscal year data available, 2016, which came before the corporate and personal income tax rates were increased in 2017.
A researcher from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) says unlike other states, most overdoses and opioid-related deaths in Illinois are caused by heroin use. James Swartz says it is also often in combination of potent synthetic opioids, such as fentanyl and carfentanyl.
Corn and soybeans across Illinois are enjoying a strong growing season this year thanks to Mother Nature. According to the latest Crop Progress and Conditions Report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), 81 percent of corn is considered in good to excellent condition right now. For soybeans, it’s 72 percent.
In response to the state’s ongoing teacher shortage, House Bill 5627 was recently signed into law seeking to help draw educators to Illinois, retain existing teachers and assist former teachers interested in returning to the classroom. Proponents say the new law offers common-sense changes to help ease Illinois’ growing teacher shortage as legislators explore long-term solutions to the growing crisis.
A state pilot program on competency-based graduation requirements was recently expanded under Senate Bill 2941, legislation recently signed into law that will place a greater emphasis on a student’s level and quality of education, as opposed to hours simply spent in a classroom.
The Secretary of State’s office this week began the “opt-in” voter registration at driver service facilities as part of the state’s new Automatic Voter Registration (AVR) law that was signed in August 2017. The AVR was advanced as a way to both modernize and simplify the state’s voter registration process.
On June 27, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a decision about Janus v. AFSCME. The court held that forcing government employees who do not wish to join the union to pay “fair share” union dues violates the First Amendment, and States and public-sector unions may no longer extract fair share fees (agency fees) from non-consenting employees.
Gov. Bruce Rauner recently announced that the federal government has approved the state’s plan to protect safety-net and rural hospitals while ensuring continued federal support for quality healthcare to more than three million Illinoisans.
State Sen. Dale Righter (R-Mattoon) issued the following statement in response the U.S. Supreme Court ruling against a California state law that would have required crisis pregnancy centers to provide women with information about state-provided abortion. Similar legislation was signed into law in 2016 in Illinois.
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.
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