The Quincy Veterans Home may now begin its five-year capital development plan following the signing of Senate Bill 3128 sponsored by State Sen. Jil Tracy, which provides for design-build contracting for the facilitys projects. Governor Bruce Rauner enacted the legislation on July 17 in Springfield.
The Office of the State Fire Marshal has recently determined the recipients of the Fiscal Year 2018 Small Equipment Grant Program. There are 100 departments taking a share of the $2.2 million in awarded funds, including eight recipients in and around Senate District 58
Senator Chuck Weaver would like to invite you to his Town Hall in Geneseo on July 11, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Geneseo City Hall, 115 South Oakwood Avenue.
Clean out your file cabinets and help the environment by bringing your outdated documents and papers to the Sherman County Market parking lot on August 4th for safe and confidential shredding. Limit is two boxes per resident, no electronics.
State Senator Dan McConchie (R-Hawthorn Woods) will be hosting a series of Coffee and Conversations around the 26th District throughout the month of July. McConchie invites all constituents to attend one of the events closest to them.
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.
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.
Recently, important education legislation was signed to ease Illinois’ acute teacher shortage and expand a successful pilot to allow high school graduation based on mastery of skills.
With hot weather with high humidity forecasted for the next several days, Illinois Department of Public Health Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D. is reminding people about the importance of staying cool in order to avoid heat-related illnesses like heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
The Illinois education system will soon have an array of tools to help draw in teachers and potentially turn the tide on the statewide teacher shortage, thanks to legislation co-sponsored by State Senator Chuck Weaver (R-Peoria) that was signed into law today. Additionally, the state will be expanding a program aimed at tailoring education hours more toward actual student needs...
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.
With summer in full swing so are summer activities. The Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM) would like to remind residents to be safe this summer.
The Illinois Explosives Act is administered by the IDNR Office of Mines and Minerals Explosives and Aggregate Division. The Division is staffed by trained blasting specialists located throughout Illinois. In addition to requiring comprehensive licensing, training, and examination for individuals, the law requires that unattended display fireworks and explosives must be stored in an explosives magazine, storage facility, or container that is inspected and certified by IDNR.
Senator Fowler recently visited with the kids involved in the Teen REACH program of Massac County. The organization offers programs geared toward developing life skills and improving academic success. The program also gives back to the area, facilitating student participation in community service projects.
State Sen. Neil Anderson is announcing a community-wide effort to feature Hero Street in Silvis on a new U.S. postage stamp.
The federal government has approved the states plan to protect safety net and rural hospitals while ensuring continued federal support for quality healthcare to more than three million Illinoisans.
Senate lawmakers joined their House counterparts in Chicago this week for an emotional hearing in response to a recent media investigation revealing systemic sexual abuse and assaults have taken place within the Chicago Public School system over the last decade.
Illinois’s new adoption credit program will provide a major boost to help children find loving families, according to State Sen. Dave Syverson (R-Rockford).
This week, Leader Bill Brady (Bloomington) joined Governor Bruce Rauner, fellow legislators and representatives from the University of Illinois system, who highlighted significant advances in an ongoing effort to make Illinois the “next coast” for technology and enterprise creation.
The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is reporting the first confirmed human case of West Nile virus in Illinois for 2018. A Chicago resident in her 60s became ill in mid-May.
Senator Neil Anderson joined 4 The Record to talk about the recently signed state budget and his impression of the spring 2018 legislative session and his goals for the future.
Senate Republican Leader Bill Brady spoke with WGN Radio’s Rick Pearson about the recently signed budget. Listen in!
State Sen. Neil Anderson received the Associated Fire Fighters of Illinois (AFFI) Legislator of the Year award June 14. Anderson is also a fire fighter for the City of Moline.
Illinois temperatures are expected to continue to soar this weekend. Staying cool is critical to staying safe in the summer heat. As part of the Keep Cool Illinois campaign, more than 120 state facilities are available as cooling centers this summer. The locations provide Illinoisans a place to stay cool and comfortable during hot summer days.
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