Current News

Rezin submits letter to Surface Transportation Board opposing Great Lakes Railway project

State Sen. Sue Rezin wrote March 28 the Surface Transportation Board opposing the Great Lakes Railway project. How you can oppose the project as well:

Reminder: Big fine if you fail to stop for school buses

You will face big penalties for passing school buses when they are picking up and dropping off students or if you speed through school zones.

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.

State prioritizes Illinois’ cybersecurity

In today’s web-and-data-driven world, cybersecurity must be a top priority in both the private and public sector. The state’s current antiquated technology systems put Illinois citizens and their information at risk—something Governor Rauner and the team at the Department of Innovation and Technology (DoIT) are seeking to change.

New legislation to protect property owners’ rights from utility company installations

To provide greater protections for private-property owners when utility companies seek to install power lines, legislation was introduced to slow the process and give property owners more rights.

Senate Committees approve bills by March 17 deadline

Senate committees approved more than 200 pieces of legislation this week in anticipation of the March 17 deadline to pass all substantive Senate bills out of committee. The topics ranged from education and criminal law to pensions and gaming.

EDGE Tax Credit Program agreements are now available online

In an effort to achieve better government and transparency for taxpayers and businesses, the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) and the Rauner Administration recently announced the online publication of EDGE tax credit incentive agreements.

Senate Committee debates Unbalanced Budget Response Act

Making it clear the best approach would be to continue to work toward a full-year, balanced state budget for Illinois, lawmakers debated legislation in the Senate Executive Committee this week that would offer the Governor a plan of action in the event no accord can be reached on a state budget.

LaSalle County Recorder's Office seeking businesses to participate in their Honor Rewards program

The LaSalle County Recorder’s Office, in association with Fidlar Technologies, is excited to offer a service known as Honor Rewards to the men and women who served our country with pride in the United States Armed Forces.

Illinois innovation index reveals good news

Illinois has experienced record growth in entrepreneurial activity at its universities according to the Illinois Science and Technology Coalition (ISTC), which released its Illinois Innovation Index on March 8. The Illinois Innovation Index reports on key metrics of the state’s innovation economy.

Senate Criminal Law Committee hears controversial legislation

On March 9, the Senate Criminal Law Committee heard testimony on Senate Bill 1722. A key component of this measure is a request by Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson that would impose stiffer sentences for felons convicted of gun crimes, which Supt. Johnson believes would hold repeat gun offenders accountable.

Ottawa/Naplate tornado recovery information

From clean-up and volunteering, to donations and upcoming events, here is the latest information on the tornado recovery efforts in Naplate and Ottawa for those wishing to help and those impacted.

Severe Weather Preparedness Information

Preparing for floods, tornadoes and severe thunderstorms before they strike will help you stay safe throughout the year. Use the tips provided to prepare yourself and your family before severe storms impact Illinois again.