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…

Friday, September 14th, 2018
Representative Marron sworn in; Teach Illinois report now available

Welcome Representative MarronThe 104th district, which borders our 106th district to the southeast, has a new representative. State Representative Mike Marron was sworn in on Friday to the seat vacated…

Friday, September 7th, 2018
Raised highway weight limits for harvest time; more student aid funds

Weight limit restrictions eased during harvest seasonGovernor Rauner has signed House Bill 5749, which raises weight-limit restrictions on Illinois highways during harvest time. This is a measure which will help…

Friday, August 31st, 2018
EMS bill signed; Preparing farms for the future

EMS bill signed into lawGovernor Rauner has signed into law two more bills which I sponsored this spring, including a bill to better help those having medical emergencies on their…

Friday, August 24th, 2018
Corrections legislation signed; unemployment keeps going down

Governor signs Corrections data bill, “pollinator-friendly” legislationThe Governor signed another of my bills late last week, House Bill 4888. Under this legislation, the Department of Corrections (IDOC) is directed to…

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