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Friday, November 4, 2016
Illinois school report card issued; Serving Those Who Served

2015-2016 Illinois Report Card now available The Illinois State Board of Education has issued the 2015-2016 Illinois Report Card, the annual report to citizens of Illinois on how each of…


Friday, October 28, 2016
Unemployment rate holds steady; record high school graduation rate

Unemployment rate holds at 5.5%The September jobs report from the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) found a net creation of 7,400 new Illinois payroll jobs for the month. In…


Friday, October 21, 2016
REAL ID compliance; reducing red tape

Illinois moves closer to REAL ID complianceIllinois is among more than a dozen states considered out of compliance with the 2005 federal law requiring a state ID card (such as…


Friday, October 14, 2016
Tax revenue declines; help for Illinois businesses

Report indicates tax revenues on the decline The latest monthly revenue report issued by the Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability (COGFA), the General Assembly’s nonpartisan budget watchdog office, indicated…


Friday, October 7, 2016
U of I receives good credit rating; Illinois a leader in vocational ed

Moody’s grades U of I credit among the best in IllinoisAs the state continues to grapple with low credit ratings, there was some good news for one state institution. In…


Friday, September 30, 2016
State IT upgrade; unpaid bill backlog update

Illinois improving its information technology systemsThe nonpartisan Center for Digital Government recently surveyed all 50 states and rated their status on digital technology issues. In this year’s survey, Illinois improved…


Friday, September 23, 2016
Expanded family leave; farm equipment on the roads

Illinois expands employee leave for certain family situations The Child Bereavement Leave Act was signed into law earlier this summer. Under the Act, Illinois employers who have at least 50…


Friday, September 16, 2016
New hunting laws take effect; addition to drivers’ ed curriculum

New hunting laws take effectSome pieces of legislation affecting Illinois hunting and fishing opportunities were signed over the summer. The new laws include legislation centered on youth trapping; bow hunting…


Friday, September 9, 2016
New concussion guidelines; Medicaid revamp

New concussion guidelines are in effect for contact sportsAs awareness of the dangers of concussions in youth sports have grown, so too has the need to take action to better…


Friday, September 2, 2016
Help for kids in DCFS system, $8 billion in unpaid bills

Legislation, executive order, aims to help kids in DCFS systemThere are approximately 16,000 children in the care of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS). Ideally, when a…