A new Administration transitioned into power this week with Governor J.B. Pritzker being sworn into office on Jan. 14.
Also during the week, the Senate Republicans underwent their own transition, announcing new and continuing appointments to their leadership team.
The Illinois Senate voted January 9 to pass a measure that authorizes an increase in salaries for agency officials who will be serving in the new Pritzker Administration.
As citizens throughout Illinois toast the New Year, 253 new laws will take effect. From controversial gun-control laws to fighting human trafficking and celebrating our state’s rich history, these new laws cover a wide range of topics.
The Governor has ordered United States and Illinois flags to fly at half-staff until Dec. 30, to honor former President, George H.W. Bush, who died on Nov. 30.
On Dec. 3, 1818, Illinois became the 21st state in the union.
Illinois now has several new laws following the conclusion of the Fall Veto Session, where the General Assembly overrode measures vetoed by Gov. Bruce Rauner. Other measures fell short of the 3/5 majority needed in both the Senate and House of Representatives to override the Governor’s vetoes.
The Lilly Diabetes Solution Center may help lower out-of-pocket costs for people taking Lilly insulin who:
• are in the deductible phase of their high-deductible commercial insurance plan
• do not have insurance
• have a prescription for any Lilly Insulin
Lawmakers return to Springfield Nov. 27 for the final week of the Fall Veto Session to take further action on a number of pieces of legislation that were either vetoed by Gov. Bruce Rauner or amenditorily vetoed by him.
Hitting the road, the railway, or the airport this Thanksgiving week? Expect more vehicles and longer lines, according to AAA.
The 2018 Holiday Shopping Survey recently released by Wallet Hub shows 35 percent of Americans plan on spending more than $500 this holiday season, compared to 33 percent in 2017. Meanwhile, 15 percent say they will spend more than $1,001 and 19 percent say they will spend less than $100.
Senate Republican caucus members voted this week to retain State Senator Bill Brady as Senate Republican Leader.
Deer hunters are reminded to focus on safety as the 2018 Illinois Firearm Deer Season opens this week. The seven-day firearm season begins this Friday, Nov. 16 through Sunday, Nov. 18. A second round of firearm deer hunting will be held from Nov. 29-Dec. 2.
The complexity of changes resulting from recent federal tax reform and the availability of guidance at the federal level has resulted in the deadline for abatement of penalties for late filing being extended to Nov. 15, according to the Illinois Department of Revenue.
Unemployment insurance rates will be lower in 2019 for more than 92 percent of the state’s employers required to register and pay state Unemployment Insurance (UI) taxes, according to the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES). IDES said Illinois business owners are on target to pay $240 million less in UI taxes in 2019 compared to 2018. UI taxes paid by Illinois businesses this year topped $1.9 billion. Employers are expected to pay $1.66 billion in 2019.
First Lady Diana Rauner is leading an effort to provide holiday cheer for Illinois members of the military.
Dozens of bills will be up for debate and discussion when the scheduled fall “veto session” begins Nov. 13. Members of the General Assembly will return to Springfield to either accept or override measures vetoed by Gov. Bruce Rauner earlier this year.
As daylight-saving time comes to an end at 2:00 a.m. on Nov. 4, Illinois residents are reminded to set their clocks back an hour.
With Medicare open enrollment continuing through Dec. 7, the Illinois Department on Aging’s Senior Health Insurance Program (SHIP) is reminding seniors of the free counseling assistance available to Medicare-eligible individuals and their caregivers.
In honor of Veterans Day on Nov. 11, State Sen. Dale Righter is spotlighting veterans from the 55th Senate District. This week, the honor goes to several members of the Flood family.
To help remember veterans, tell their incredible stories, and honor their service on Veterans Day, State Sen. Dale Righter is encouraging constituents to submit a tribute and photo of their loved ones who served our country to be displayed on the Veterans Day “Wall of Honor” in the Illinois Capitol Nov. 5-16.
This week, the Governor’s office announced 11 Illinois communities are to receive a total of nearly $1.6 million to be used for recreational trail development projects intended to improve trails and outdoor recreational facilities.
Election officials recently outlined steps they are taking to eliminate hacking risk and ensure voter information and votes aren’t compromised in the upcoming election.
Recently, more than $14 million in capital improvement project funds were released by the Governor’s Office for the Department of Natural Resources’ state parks and recreation areas across the state.
Sen. Righter spent time with students from Clark County 4-H, Crawford County 4-H, and Edgar County 4-H Oct. 18 at the Statehouse in Springfield.
More than $5 million has been released from the Governor’s Office of Management and Budget to Eastern Illinois University (EIU) for capital improvements on campus, State Sen. Dale Righter (R-Mattoon) announced Oct. 15.
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