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IDNR Urges Safety During Deer Hunting Season

IDNR is making it a top priority to ensure safety during the upcoming deer season’s first firearm hunting weekend of Nov. 17-19.

Legislation Addressing Sexual Harassment Signed Into Law

On Nov. 16, the Governor signed legislation introduced in response to recent allegations of sexual harassment in and around the Statehouse. House Bill 137 will give the Legislative Inspector General power to investigate all complaints submitted during the last three years.

Nominate an Illinois Veteran

With Veterans Day approaching, the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs and the Illinois Bicentennial Committee announced their HONOR 200 campaign. They are seeking to honor 200 veterans from across the state, whose sacrifices go above and beyond the call of duty.

Harvest emergency declared

In an attempt to assist farmers and grain handlers who are dealing with the fallout of rain-related delays, Gov. Bruce Rauner declared a harvest emergency over the weekend.

Measures pass targeting sexual harassment

The Illinois General Assembly moved quickly this week to pass legislation in response to recent allegations of sexual harassment in and around the Statehouse.

Special Legislative Inspector General Appointed

Recent calls for the appointment and confirmation of a Legislative Inspector General came to fruition over the weekend as the Legislative Ethics Commission approved the appointment of Julie B. Porter to serve as the Special Legislative Inspector General.

Final week of Veto Session begins next week

State lawmakers return to Springfield Nov. 7 for the final week of the fall veto session. Issues that could come up during the scheduled three-day session include...

Legislation helps municipalities save money when filing audits

Municipalities could file their annual audit with the Comptroller’s Office using a far easier method, saving them time and taxpayer dollars, under legislation filed at the Statehouse.

Creative? State Police want your design for new logo

The Illinois State Police (ISP) is asking all creative artists to design a logo to celebrate the ISP’s 100th anniversary in 2022. Contestants can submit up to three designs with the top three logo design winners all receiving cash prizes.

Thousands offer IDOT advice on rest areas

The Illinois Department of Transportation will now start to analyze nearly 4,500 surveys about the condition of rest areas in Illinois. From Oct. 11-Oct. 29, IDOT offered people the chance to answer a 20-question survey about rest areas, ranging from their thoughts on rest rooms, water fountains, playgrounds, how satisfied they are when they use the state’s rest areas, how important certain features are to them, among other topics.

Updated information on protecting yourself from Equifax data breach

Illinois residents are urged to be vigilant following a massive data breach of consumer reporting agency Equifax, which announced on Sept. 8 that it suffered a breach affecting at least 143 million Americans. Information compromised in the breach includes Social Security numbers, driver’s license numbers, names, dates of birth, credit card numbers and addresses. This creates an ideal opportunity for impacted people to become victims of identity theft.

Righter legislation saves taxpayer dollars by offering accounting option for municipalities

Legislation aimed at helping municipalities save taxpayer dollars by offering a different option for municipalities when they file their annual audit with the Comptroller’s Office is being sponsored by State Sen. Dale Righter.

Bills Banning Bump Stocks Introduced

Just weeks after the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history, several bills were introduced this week that aim to address growing concerns of gun safety while still preserving the rights of gun owners.

Comptroller Releases Critical School Funding

This week, the Illinois Comptroller’s Office released $421 million, the last and final quarter payment for fiscal year 2017 mandated categorical (MCAT) payments to schools —the most delayed payments from the previous school year, 2016-2017. If they have not already, school districts should receive payment in the next few days.

LAC Confirms Continued Problems With Neighborhood Recovery Initiative

The General Assembly’s Legislative Audit Commission (LAC) met this week, and reviewed the second of two scathing audits of the controversial Neighborhood Recovery Initiative (NRI) program.