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Get your kicks on Route 66

Route 66, the famous stretch of highway connecting Chicago to southern California, has been placed on this year’s “Most Endangered Historic Places” list by Landmarks Illinois.

Getting around Illinois

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) has updated their “Getting Around Illinois” website, which is a web-based interactive mapping site that provides visitors with the ability to search and display several sources of transportation data.

Report highlights need for reforms

Just in time for our final scheduled month of Spring legislative session, a new report was released last week that reinforces Illinois’ need for critical structural reforms if the state is to recover its fiscal footing.

New education funding legislation would advance true parity for schools

After years of bipartisan negotiations, two legislative proposals have been advanced to reduce the inequity and inadequacy that has plagued the state’s more than 800 school districts, and truly address questions of school funding parity.

Legislation pending in the Senate to ease rural teacher shortage

In response to a teacher shortage impacting school districts in many of Illinois’ rural communities, legislation pending in the Senate would help these rural school districts struggling to attract good teachers choose from a much larger pool of applicants.

State police step up efforts to fight hate crimes

Illinois is seeking to more aggressively combat hate crimes by prioritizing training of law enforcement on how to better identify, investigate and prosecute these types of crimes.

State offers help as April 18 deadline to file tax returns looms

With less than a week left to file federal and state income tax returns, the Illinois Department of Revenue (IDOR) is reminding taxpayers to file as soon as they can.

Commonsense reforms

Senate and House Republican lawmakers came together this week to reiterate their call for a long-term budget solution for the people of Illinois.

Keep your eyes on the road

Technology allows us to make phone calls, dictate texts or emails and update social media while driving – all actions that are proven to increase crash risk.

Senate cracks down on repeat gun offenders

The Senate approved a measure this week that imposes tougher sentences on repeat gun offenders. Senate Bill 1722 would allow judges to enact longer prison terms for gun crimes committed by those individuals who have a gun violation on their record.

Lawmakers celebrate 47th annual Illinois Agricultural Legislative Day at the Capitol

In honor of the 47th annual Illinois Agricultural Legislative Day (IALD), farm and agricultural organizations and interest groups were invited to join lawmakers in the Capitol on March 30.

Legislation advanced to ease epinephrine costs

As a response to the high costs of epinephrine auto-injectors, a Senate Public Health Committee advanced Senate Bill 2038 to allow authorized, trained entities to administer less-costly epinephrine from a glass vial, ampule or pre-filled syringe.

Senate seeks to protect abuse victims

Seeking to give victims of child abuse additional time to report the crime, the Senate advanced legislation March 29 that would eliminate the statute of limitations on certain sexual abuse crimes against a minor.

Senate Republicans urge action on budget, pension proposals

During the week, a fiscal plan was introduced representing a package of seven bills that offer a full and balanced Fiscal Year 2018 budget that aims to protect the state’s highest priority programs, rein in spending, and eliminate two-thirds of the state’s backlog of unpaid bills.

Brady Introduces Budget Bill to Balance Revenues and Spending Cuts

Sen. Bill Brady today jumpstarted the conversation to end a two-year budget impasse as he introduced a full and balanced Fiscal Year 2018 budget that protects the state’s highest priority programs, reins in spending and eliminates two-thirds of the state’s mountain of unpaid bills.

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