Thursday, May 31st, 2018
State budget passed; New “opportunity zones” in our area

General Assembly passes state budget For the first time in four years, the House and Senate have passed a full-year state budget before the May 31 adjournment deadline. This budget…

Thursday, May 31st, 2018
Rep. Bennett’s Update from the Capitol for May 31, 2018

State Rep. Tom Bennett (R-Gibson City) recaps the final day of the 2018 spring session of the Illinois House of Representatives. The House passed a bi-partisan balanced budget for the…

Saturday, May 26th, 2018
Rep. Bennett’s Update from the Capitol for May 25
Friday, May 25th, 2018
Session approaching scheduled adjournment; Back pay bill finally passes

Session heading into its final daysThe House and Senate are scheduled to adjourn on Thursday May 31. Under the Illinois Constitution, both houses must complete their work by May 31…

Friday, May 18th, 2018
New crime classification; Illinois approved for behavioral health initiative

Governor proposes new classification of homicidesThis week Governor Rauner issued an amendatory veto of House Bill 1468, proposing changes to enhance public safety in Illinois. His proposal included the creation…

Friday, May 11th, 2018
Blue Collar Jobs Act; Report on Quincy Veterans Home

New legislation would help put Illinois workers back on the jobHouse Bill 5864, the Blue Collar Jobs Act, was introduced recently to help kick-start construction projects throughout Illinois and create…

Friday, May 4th, 2018
Calls for a revenue estimate; funds to fight opioid crisis

House and Senate Republicans call for adoption of revenue estimateWhen you make your household budget, you probably start by considering two questions: what will my expenses be, and how much…