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Seat Check Saturday in Illinois for Child Passenger Safety Week

Common car-seat mistakes can have deadly consequences. With 59 percent of child car seats installed incorrectly, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) is encouraging motorists to take advantage of “National Seat Check Saturday” on Sept. 23, with nearly 100 free car-seat safety checks planned throughout the state and listed at BuckleUpIllinois.org.

Civil Asset Forfeiture Revamp Becomes Law

This week, the Governor also signed legislation to restructure Illinois’ civil forfeiture laws. House Bill 303 seeks to strike the proper balance between targeting criminal enterprise and safeguarding the rights of innocent property owners. The new law seeks to improve the current system by providing increased protections for property owners and requiring greater accountability from law enforcement.

EDGE Tax Credit Signing

On Sept. 18, the long-awaited overhaul of the Illinois Economic Development for a Growing Economy (EDGE) tax credit legislation was signed into law.

Veterans’ Suicide Task Force law allows IDVA to expand programs

Legislation signed by the Governor last week outlines provisions for the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA) to implement recommendations provided by the Veterans’ Suicide Task Force to expand programs to benefit veterans—especially those from high-casualty combat units.

Firefighters Memorial Fund to be used for scholarships for families of fallen firefighters

To honor firefighters who lost their lives in the line of duty and their families, a new law sponsored by Senate Republicans requires that the Illinois Firefighters Memorial Fund must be used to provide scholarships for the children and spouses to pursue a secondary education. The legislation, House Bill 2550, was signed into law by Gov. Rauner on Sept.8.

New law modifies police education requirements for qualified college students

The job candidate pool for Illinois police will soon grow thanks to legislation (House Bill 305) sponsored by Senate Republicans that will waive police education requirements for applicants completing their bachelor’s degree. The bill was signed into law by Gov. Bruce Rauner on Sept. 8.

Consumer Alert: Massive Equifax Data Breach

Equifax announced late last week 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.

Governor Rauner creates Task Force targeting opioid abuse

Governor Bruce Rauner signed an Executive Order Sept. 6 creating the Governor’s Opioid Overdose Prevention and Intervention Task Force.

Legislators, Righter, take bipartisan effort to end gerrymandering to U.S. Supreme Court

A number of Senate Republican lawmakers, including Sen. Righter, joined current and former legislators from around the country to voice their support for fair legislative maps by signing on to an Amicus Curie brief filed in the United States Supreme Court urging the Court to end the practice of political gerrymandering.

Schools start to see funds

On September 7, the Comptroller’s Office transmitted $541 million in payments to schools that were due on August 10 and 20. Funds for the September 10 payment were also expected to go out by the end of the week.

Governor announces plan to pay down bill backlog

Governor Bruce Rauner announced a refinancing plan September 7 to pay down a portion of the state’s $15.4 billion bill backlog.

Righter appointed to Community Care Task Force, will address failing Community Care Program

State Sen. Dale Righter will be part of a team of lawmakers, state agencies that oversee healthcare services, and organizations that advocate for senior citizens, among others, that will study and offer suggestions on how the state can do a more efficient job when serving the health needs of senior citizens who live in their homes.

Republicans lead on education reform

Passed during the week by the House and Senate, Senate Bill 1947 utilizes data and widely-accepted best practices to determine how to send funding where it is needed most and where it will help the most students.

Trust Act signed into law

The Governor signed legislation – known as the Trust Act – that will prevent law enforcement officials across the state from detaining individuals based solely on their immigration status.

Increasing voter participation

Increasing voter participation is the aim a new law signed by Gov. Rauner on Aug. 28.