On behalf of my family and the staff at my legislative and business offices, I wish you and yours a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

The 44th District Update will return in 2009.

NEW STATE LAWS

More than 100 new state laws will take effect on January 1, 2009, including a package of long-awaited ethics and contracting reforms, a measure that will better track domestic violence offenders who have violated orders of protection, and legislation targeting drunk drivers.

‘PAY-TO-PLAY’ REFORMS

One of the most important pieces of legislation approved by Illinois lawmakers in 2008 was House Bill 824 (Public Act 95-097) – “pay-to-play” reforms that ban state contractors from giving campaign contributions to the statewide officeholder responsible for awarding the contract, as well as contributions to declared candidates for the statewide office awarding the contract. The measure will apply to all contracts totaling $50,000 or more.

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