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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.

Reports highlight need for reforms

A report issued by the Anderson Economic Group, and reported on by Crain’s Chicago Business this week, highlights Illinois’ ranking among Midwestern states when it comes to tax rates paid by businesses.

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.

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.

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.

Righter legislation to help rural teacher shortage

Rural school districts struggling to find good teachers to hire would see a much larger pool of applicants, under legislation sponsored by State Sen. Dale Righter.

Republicans continue to push 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. The legislators noted that a real budget plan incorporating commonsense reforms will improve Illinois’ economy and provide financial stability. Those commonsense reforms include a property tax freeze, spending reform and caps, job creation, term limits, fair maps and pension reform.

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 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.

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 lawmakers celebrates 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 Illinois lawmakers in the State Capitol on March 30. The day-long event, organized by the Illinois Department of Agriculture, offers the groups the opportunity to speak with their local legislators about industry-related issues, as well as educate them about their own agri-business and role in the community.

Building momentum toward a budget compromise

A Senate budget hearing this week focused on the state economy, with additional time dedicated to an overview of a budget plan offered up by The Civic Federation, a non-partisan research organization. Senate Republican lawmakers welcomed the discussion, but noted their disappointment that there was no conversation about reforming state government or cutting government spending.

Illinois Department of Insurance Issues Spring Travel Tips

Spring Break is a popular time for young adults to get away from the cold and travel to somewhere warmer. If you have a child traveling this spring, the Illinois Department of Insurance suggests you review their tips before your child leaves.

Changes advanced to state’s school funding formula

For more than a year, lawmakers have sought a bipartisan fix to the state’s education funding formula—agreed by legislators on both sides of the aisle to be both inequitable and unfair.