The Senate has two standing budget committees that analyze separate portions of the state budget. The Appropriations I Committee generally handles human services, most public safety agencies, and a variety of general services agencies. The Appropriations II handles elementary and secondary education, higher education, constitutional officers, and various executive agencies and boards.
This week, the Senate advanced legislation seeking to increase participation of medical professionals in the program that would place epinephrine auto-injectors (EpiPens) in the hands of law enforcement across the state.
Last year’s major reform of Illinois’ school-aid formula may be unraveling. Passed and signed into law last year, the reform had broad bipartisan support. However, a new Democrat-sponsored proposal, Senate Bill 2236, could undermine the commitments made on the sweeping funding reform package.
Sen. Rose is sponsoring legislation that could prevent people with the wrong intentions from purchasing retention ponds in Illinois subdivisions. Rose’s legislation (SB 3085) is in response to a 2017 incident where a suburban Chicago company called Nasty Joe’s LLC swooped in and purchased two retention ponds in the Timberline Valley South subdivision in Champaign. The purchase occurred without the knowledge of homeowners in the subdivision. Nasty Joe’s then threatened to use the ponds for catfis
Spending cuts, pension reform, and prioritizing education are a few items that make up the Governor’s balanced budget, which he presented to the General Assembly Feb. 14 during his annual budget address.
Gov. Rauner has ordered all entities governed by the Illinois Flag Display Act to fly both the United States and Illinois state flags at half-staff in honor and remembrance of Chicago Police Commander Paul Bauer.
Legislation approved this week in the Senate Judiciary Committee would protect law enforcement officers and medical professionals from liability when they use EpiPens in emergencies.
A bill voted out of the Senate Public Health Committee would raise the legal smoking age to 21. Senate Bill 2332 would set the legal age to buy or use tobacco products, electronic cigarettes, and alternative nicotine products at 21 years of age. It eliminates the prohibition against minors possessing cigars, cigarettes, "smokeless tobacco, or tobacco in any of its forms."
The Senate Veterans Affairs Committee continued its efforts to learn more about the Legionella outbreak at the Quincy Veterans’ Home. Lawmakers discussed the state’s response to the outbreak in a joint Senate/House of Representatives hearing on Feb. 7.
State Sen. Chapin Rose will file several pieces of legislation that would strengthen oversight of gas storage sites across the state and strengthen notice requirements if a gas leak occurs.
Nearly all school districts represented by State Sen. Chapin Rose (R-Mahomet) will lose thousands to hundreds of thousands of dollars in tier funding under legislation passed by Democrat majorities in the state legislature Jan. 31. Gov. Bruce Rauner had issued an amendatory veto of Senate Bill 444.
Creating more jobs, spending within the state’s means, ending the practice of borrowing to cover the state’s deficits, addressing the state’s pension crisis, and lowering the tax burden on families and businesses were some major themes Gov. Rauner pushed during his annual State of the State Address Jan. 31.
“Be Alarmed!”, a new program being pushed by the State Fire Marshal and Illinois Fire Safety Alliance will provide free smoke alarms, education about fire safety, and proper smoke alarm installation to people throughout the state through their local fire departments.
Both the state and federal governments are now accepting 2017 income tax returns. The Illinois Department of Revenue says that filing tax returns electronically and using direct deposit is the fastest way to get your refund. They expect refunds will be issued four weeks from the time a return is filed electronically.
Illinois lawmakers will return to the Capitol next week for three scheduled days of session on Jan. 30 and 31, and Feb. 1, which will include the Governor’s State of the State Address on Jan. 31 during a joint session of both chambers held in the House of Representatives.
Many jobs continue to pay women less than their male counterparts who are performing the same job duties. That's why Sen. Rose is co-sponsoring legislation aimed at helping to close the wage gap between men and women.
The Illinois Department of Revenue (IDOR) will begin accepting 2017 individual state returns on Jan. 29, the same day that the federal Internal Revenue Service (IRS) will begin accepting federal individual income tax returns.
Lawmakers from both the Senate and House held the fourth in a series of joint committee hearings to discuss the possibility of legalizing and taxing cannabis for recreational use in Illinois.
Illinois motorists would have the option to register their vehicles for more than one year at a time under Senate Bill 2293, which would allow motorists, beginning in 2020, to register their vehicles for one or two years.
A bipartisan measure introduced during the week would set aside $16.3 million from the School Infrastructure Fund for the expansion of high-speed Internet to rural schools and school infrastructure costs related to the expansion.
Seeking answers about the cases of Legionnaires’ disease at the Quincy Veterans’ Home, a joint meeting of the Illinois Senate and House was convened in Chicago on Jan. 9. Director of the Illinois Department of Public Health, Dr. Nirav Shah, joined Erica Jeffries, Director of the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, to provide testimony about how the state departments have handled the situation.
If we are truly dedicated to eradicating human trafficking and saving lives, we must work to end this exploitation and abuse 365 days of the year. Raising awareness in our communities and training ourselves to recognize the signs are the first steps to helping end human trafficking in Illinois.
Illinois residents can expect to see improved safety measures for children and Internet users in 2018 with new laws that help protect children in the foster care system, at day care and at school; as well as shield children and adults online.
Gov. Bruce Rauner made appointments to the Mahomet Aquifer Task Force, which has been charged with protection of the Mahomet Aquifer, a primary source of drinking water for 500,000 central Illinois residents.
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