On Monday, Governor JB Pritzker signed five bills sponsored and/or supported by State Senator Craig Wilcox (R-McHenry) that expand protections for veterans, active-duty soldiers, and military dependents.  “The General Assembly took solid steps this year to improve the services provided to our veterans and their families,” […]
Legislation sponsored by State Senator Erica Harriss (R-Glen Carbon) taking aim at reducing the current police shortage at Illinois universities was signed into law late last week. Previously, out-of-state residents could not apply for university police officer positions unless all Illinois applicants have been deemed unqualified. […]
Legislation signed into law sets path for a fish processing plant to open in Alexander County The final legislative hurdle in bringing a Kentucky-based fish processing company to Southern Illinois was accomplished late last week with the signing of Senate Bill 1068, filed by State Senator […]
The Illinois Department of Revenue will have increased authority over delinquent taxpayers who want to register new businesses thanks to legislation sponsored by State Senator Don DeWitte (R-St. Charles) that was signed into law on Friday.  House Bill 2579 amends the Retailers’ Occupation Tax Act by allowing […]
There are many little-known grants from the Department of Commerce Economic Opportunity (DCEO) for workforce programs and training with open applications right now and funding is still available for several. However, within the next month, several of those grants will reach their deadlines. Digital Equity Capacity […]
After the severe weather, tornadoes, and straight-line windstorms that Illinois saw toward the end of June and beginning of July, the Governor has issued a disaster proclamation for eight Illinois counties. This proclamation went into immediate effect for Coles, Cook, Edgar, Hancock, McDonough, Morgan, Sangamon, and […]
On July 26, the Illinois Auditor General released a 156-page-report on the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) in response to a resolution filed by State Senator Chapin Rose (R-Mahomet) calling for a full performance audit of the state’s handling of the unemployment system during the […]
Sen. Rose Statement on Audit Exposing $5 Billion in Unaccounted For Unemployment Payments State Senator Chapin Rose (R-Mahomet) released the following statement regarding the recently released performance audit of IDES during the pandemic: “I think during the early days of the pandemic we felt that everyone […]
The American Association of State Troopers (AAST) is conducting its 10th annual “Best Looking Cruiser” contest. Started as a friendly competition between state agencies, this contest features picture submissions from 45 states depicting each of the state’s police cruisers in their natural habitats. The Illinois State […]
Leader John Curran calls for special session to address SAFE-T Act “The long divisive court process instigated by the Democrat’s rushed reform of our criminal justice system opposed by nearly all Illinois law enforcement officials and states attorneys has now concluded with a divided Supreme Court […]