Illinois will receive $43.5 million through a federal grant to be used in the fight against opioid abuse. About $29 million of that will go to increase the availability of addiction treatment and to help reduce overdose-related deaths through prevention, treatment, and recovery initiatives.
The Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity’s Office of Community Assistance announced today that the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) will begin scheduling appointments and accepting applications for winter heating assistance for seniors and people with disabilities beginning October 1, 2018.
“I want to thank Mayor Rahm Emanuel for his service to the residents of Chicago, and for his decades of public service as a whole. I wish him nothing but the best as he begins the next chapter in what's already been an amazing journey."
The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) announced the launch of the “Driving a Cleaner Illinois” program this week, aimed at improving air quality in the state by primarily removing old diesel engines from service.
Friday, August 31, marks International Overdose Awareness Day, an annual global event that aims to raise awareness of overdose and reduce the stigma of a drug-related death.
The day coincides with the recent signing of a monumental new law to curb opioid addiction in Illinois. Senate Bill 336 creates the Alternatives to Opioids Act of 2018, adding those who might otherwise seek opioids for pain management to the list of those eligible for medical marijuana.
Several measures were signed into law during the week, including legislation focused on keeping students in-state, addressing the growing opioid crisis and mental health issues in Illinois, and a proposal to give motorists the option for a two-year vehicle registration.
Illinois has several new laws on the books including a good-government reform measure that allows affected counties to consolidate their election commissions with their county clerk’s offices, a bill creating the Historic Tax Credit Act and legislation recognizing the Illinois Department of Innovation and Technology (DoIT) as a state agency.
Clean out your file cabinets and help the environment by bringing your outdated documents and papers to the Sherman County Market parking lot on August 4th for safe and confidential shredding. Limit is two boxes per resident, no electronics.
State Senator Bill Brady’s 44th Senate District will see nearly $211 million in road and bridge improvements the upcoming fiscal year. The projects are part of Illinois Department of Transportation’s (IDOT) Improvement Program.
“These projects will provide important infrastructure repair throughout our communities,” said Brady.
With the signing of a new state budget, Illinois families, students and businesses can be proud of the work we have done to help move our state forward.
Senator Bill Brady (R-44th District) will be hosting a free tax reform event on Wednesday, June 13th at the Morton Freedom Hall in Morton.
“The budget we passed contains no tax increase and is born of bipartisan compromise. As we move forward, it is vital we continue to work together to ensure this balanced budget is accomplished. This budget came about because we built trust and I believe we’ve got the start of something special here.”
The Interstate 55 overpass at Towanda (Exit 171) will now be known as the “Officer Patrick Michael Righi Barnard Memorial Overpass” after the Illinois Senate adopted House Joint Resolution 67, which was sponsored by State Sen. Bill Brady (R-Bloomington).
Illinois Senate Republicans officially opened their fourth annual Memorial Day Wall of Remembrance display in the state Capitol Rotunda on Thursday. Joining Senate Republican Leader Bill Brady in opening the display was Gov. Bruce Rauner and Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs Chief of Staff Renysha Brown.
“I believe that reinstating society’s most serious penalty for the most serious of violent crimes, with the proper safeguards, is an appropriate response to the horrific violence we have witnessed far too often in recent times. The Governor’s action today recognizes the need for a multi-pronged approach to dealing with deadly assaults. As part of that, those who choose to murder innocent victims in mass attacks or kill law enforcement officers should know they face the severest of sentences.”
State Sen. Bill Brady is co-sponsoring a measure in the Illinois Senate that would prohibit lawmakers from receiving a Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) in the Fiscal Year 2019 budget.
Illinois Senate Republican Leader Bill Brady and Illinois House Republican Leader Jim Durkin filed joint resolutions this week to adopt a revenue estimate in order to begin the budgeting process for fiscal year 2019.
“I am proud to have one of our own representing Illinois as a delegate to Israel,” said Illinois Senate Republican Leader Bill Brady. “Bipartisan opportunities such as these help foster a better understanding of the issues we face here at home and internationally. Sen. McConnaughay will be participating in some very important conversations and will bring back a better understanding of the importance of the relationships created between Israel and Illinois.”
Nearly two dozen lawmakers came together this week to oppose tax plans that would likely hurt job growth; legislation was filed to allow voters in some counties to lower their property tax burdens; and the Senate passed a bill that would offer property tax relief to disabled veterans.
Senate GOP Leader Bill Brady talks with Craig Dellimore about his hopes of passing a balanced state budget that doesn't include a tax increase on hard working Illinois families.
As Senate Republican Lawmakers continue to meet with constituents and local organizations throughout their respective districts, Governor Bruce Rauner announced plans to explore construction of a new veterans’ facility on the Quincy-based campus recently under scrutiny for a Legionnaires Disease outbreak. Also announced was the creation of a bipartisan Legislative Public Safety Group, tasked with developing legislative proposals to advance public safety throughout Illinois in a number of areas.
The opioid epidemic experienced another alarming upsurge, as the federal Centers for Disease Control recently released a report that shows an 66 percent spike in opioid overdose cases at Illinois emergency rooms, and an upward trend across the country.
"Governor Rauner delivered on his pledge and presented a budget proposal that is both balanced and holds the line on taxes. Illinois residents are already overtaxed and it is imperative the State of Illinois begins to live within its means. Now, with this balanced budget proposal in hand, we can begin the bipartisan process of giving Illinois residents a budget that will help stimulate our economy, grow jobs and continue providing record funding for education."
Lawmakers returning to Springfield for the second week of the Legislative Session heard testimony in the Veterans Affairs Committee about the previous Legionella outbreaks at the Quincy Veterans’ Home and began advancing legislation through Senate Committees.
Gov. Bruce Rauner delivered his fourth State of the State Address Jan. 31, highlighting several accomplishments over the past few years and laying out a road-map of what he’d like to see Illinois achieve in 2018.
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