If a parent has to consent for their child to receive a medical procedure or test, then they should be able to access the resulting records and results. That’s the idea behind legislation filed by State Senator Steve McClure (R-Springfield) and sponsored by Representative C.D. Davidsmeyer. That […]
The 2023 Illinois State Fair kicks off on August 10th in Springfield with the annual Twilight parade. The 10-day event features livestock shows, concerts, harness racing, lots of fair food options, and more. This year the grandstand will host musical acts such as Tim McGraw, REO Speedwagon, […]
Applications are now being accepted for the Open Space Lands Acquisition and Development Grant (OSLAD) program. The OSLAD Program through the Illinois Department of Natural Resources is a state-financed grant program that provides funding assistance to local government agencies for acquisition and/or development of land for […]
The Secretary of State’s Office has revealed more information about the new Skip-the-Line program that will be instituted in many Illinois DMVs across the state come September 1. This program consists of several parts, most notably, it requires customers to make appointments at several DMVs across […]
As the 60-day deadline approaches for some of the Legislature’s passed bills, the Governor officially signed over 130 bills into law on July 28. Several of those bills were sponsored by Senate Republicans. Here are some notable ones: House Bill 3203 – Expands the availability of fentanyl […]
 Lots of farmers and gardeners sell compost to friends and neighbors, though that practice may have been illegal, due to an issue with the way the law was written. State Senator Tom Bennett (R-Gibson City) passed legislation designed to fix the issue.His legislation, which was recently […]
A new law on the books aims to keep kids safer by reducing the chance of them being struck by a vehicle while getting on a school bus. The legislation, co-sponsored byState Senator Tom Bennett (R-Gibson City), requires that on a route where a child must […]
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 […]