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Agencies Coordinate Mosquito Reduction Strategy

Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Acting Director Alec Messina and Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D. this week announced a plan to reduce the threat of mosquito-borne diseases in Illinois, like West Nile virus and Zika virus, by removing used tires from public and abandoned properties.

Governor Signs Law Banning Sale of Addictive Bath Salts

Governor Rauner also signed Senate Bill 210, giving law enforcement another tool to curb the growing number of retailers selling synthetic drugs, popularly known as “bath salts.”

New Law Expands Coverage to Include 3D Breast Cancer Screenings

Insurance plans in Illinois, including Medicaid, will now cover breast tomosynthesis, or 3D mammography, following the Governor’s recent approval of Senate Bill 466.

Governor Signs Molly’s Law

A legislative package known as Molly's Law was signed by the Governor that will strengthen the state’s Freedom of Information Act and extend the period of time in which a victim's family can file a wrongful death lawsuit when the act is intentional and violent in nature.

Paris H.S. road project improvements to start soon

State Sen. Chapin Rose (R-Mahomet) is proud to announce an intersection improvement in Paris that will provide better access to the new Paris High School and improve safety for students and local residents.

SAT Returns for High School Students

The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) announced it will end the controversial PARCC assessment test for high school students during the upcoming 2016-17 school year.

School Funding Reform Commission

Identifying bipartisan solutions to reform the state’s antiquated and inequitable school funding formula will be the challenge for Senator McConnaughay and other appointees to the Governor’s recently formed Illinois School Funding Reform Commission.

Illinois’ Fiscal Health Tied to Reforms

Comprehensive change is challenging, as the last year-and-a half has proven. However, this week the Governor’s budget director outlined a number of the ways reforms to state government have protected Illinois taxpayers, increased government efficiencies and helped Illinois function more successfully.

Board of Education releases funding info for schools

The ISBE has recently revised its school funding forecast with data from the recent education budget passed by the Illinois General Assembly, showing every single school district receiving a boost for the upcoming school year.

ISBE soliciting feedback on the PARRC testing program

The ISBE’s State Assessment Review Committee (SARC) is conducting a listening tour to hear from students, schools and families to collect feedback on the second round of the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) assessment process, which recently concluded in June.

Rauner and Republicans continue push for full balanced budget

Gov. Bruce Rauner has been touring the state to let residents know how the recent stopgap and school budgets will help keep the state operating through the rest of the year. But the Governor and Senate Republicans agree that the recent action is just one step toward truly undoing the damage done by years of out of balance budgets and mounting debt.

Veterans Affairs seeks nominations for Veteran and Business of the Year

The Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs is seeking help from the public to honor the outstanding work of military veterans and businesses who have made significant contributions to veterans’ causes.

Legislature passes budget plan

State Sen. Chapin Rose announced the Illinois General Assembly took the following actions on June 30:

Local government, transportation officials stress importance of stop-gap budget

More than 40 mayors and village presidents from throughout Illinois signed a letter submitted to publications across the state urging passage of Republican lawmakers’ short-term budget bills to ensure schools can open this fall and government operations can continue

Stop-gap budget most responsible course of action

Republican lawmakers have been working for more than a year in bipartisan and bicameral negotiations to pass a balanced budget and meaningful economic reforms to expand job opportunities, fix a corrupt