Friday, May 24th, 2019
Graduated tax hike takes another step; working groups developing state budget

Graduated income tax increase passes House committee The proposal to raise income taxes through a graduated income tax system passed the House Revenue and Finance Committee this week with every…

Friday, May 3rd, 2019
Back in action

Glad to be back in Springfield After several weeks of recovery from a recent car accident, I was happy to once again be among my colleagues at the Capitol as…

Friday, April 26th, 2019
U of I health care forum

I was glad to be part of a panel discussion on health care with Margaret Foran Vaughn, Sinead Rice Madigan and a group of University of Illinois Health Care Policy…

Monday, April 22nd, 2019
Tougher penalties for passing stopped school buses, texting while driving

Legislation would double fines for passing stopped school bus A bill which would double the fines for passing a stopped school bus which is picking up or dropping off children…

Friday, October 26th, 2018
Students improve on college exams; Recognition of fallen police officers

Illinois’ ACT scores improved this yearIllinois high schoolers showed a dramatic increase in 2018 in their scores on the ACT exam, one of the nation’s two major college-preparedness tests. Illinois…

Friday, October 19th, 2018
Concealed carry renewals coming up; funding for state parks

State Police preparing for spike in concealed carry renewalsIllinois’ concealed carry license law went into effect in July 2013, and now the first of the five-year licenses are coming due…

Friday, October 12th, 2018
Connected schools; healthy revenue numbers

96% of Illinois K-12 schools connected to high-speed internetThe EducationSuperHighway; a national non-profit which monitors states’ progress in connecting K-12 schools across the United States to high-speed internet; reported some…

Friday, October 5th, 2018
More than 500 bills signed this year; time for flu shots

Over 500 bills signed from 2018 spring sessionLast week the Governor took action on the last of the 612 bills which passed both houses of the legislature this spring. Overall,…

Thursday, September 27th, 2018
Unemployment rate declines; winter utility assistance available

Employment picture continues to improveThe Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) has announced that the state’s unemployment rate continued its decline, reaching 4.1 percent in August, the lowest figure on…

Friday, September 21st, 2018
Illinois helping the Carolinas; taking local issues to Washington

Illinois forces helping with hurricane responseSoldiers and helicopters from the Illinois National Guard are among those assisting with the disaster recovery following Hurricane Florence in North Carolina. Illinois-based volunteers from…

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