Supreme Court rules against redistricting initiative

Though nearly 600,000 Illinoisans signed a petition to put a Fair Map Amendment on the ballot so that people—not politicians—draw legislative district maps, the Illinois Supreme Court voted 4-3 to throw out the Amendment Aug. 25.

Low Income Energy Assistance Program enrollment starts Sept. 1

The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity’s Office of Energy Assistance has announced that the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) will begin accepting applications for winter heating assistance for seniors and people with disabilities beginning September 1, 2016.

New law suspends fines for late vehicle registration renewals

The Secretary of State will be prohibited from imposing a delinquent registration renewal fee if a vehicle’s registration expires during a period of time in which no notice was sent to the vehicle owner.

Bill signed creating task force to combat human trafficking

A new law seeks to help combat the growing problem of human trafficking across Illinois. Signed Aug. 22, House Bill 2822 will help protect victims who often have language barriers, emotional challenges or economic hardships by creating a task force to look at how the State of Illinois can partner with agencies across the state to counter these egregious offenses of human exploitation.

Protecting communities from gun violence

Strengthening laws against gun trafficking is the aim of a law signed Aug. 23 by the Governor to keep guns out of the hands of criminals and off our streets.

EpiPens increasing 400%: Rose legislation to help fire departments save lives and save money coming at just the right time

A report from Forbes shows the cost of EpiPens are increasing 400%. The new comes days after Gov. Rauner signed into law legislation sponsored by Sen. Rose that will allow EMTs to dispense epinephrine using a syringe, drawn from a glass vial or ampule, as opposed to only using the far more expensive EpiPen

Rose legislation to help fire departments save lives and save money signed into law

Legislation aimed at saving lives for those suffering life-threatening allergic reactions, as well as helping local fire and rescue departments keep spending in line, was signed into law by Gov. Bruce Rauner Aug. 19. The law goes into effect Jan. 1, 2017.

Governor signs Rose's Gabby’s Law

Governor Bruce Rauner on Aug. 18, at a press conference at Presence Covenant Medical Center in Urbana, signed Senate Bill 2403, known as Gabby’s Law, to require Illinois hospitals to be better prepared to recognize and treat patients with sepsis or septic shock.

Recognizing Illinois veterans and their families

Legislation to assist and honor Illinois veterans and their families was signed into law this week during the Veterans Day program at the Illinois State Fair.

Gov. Rauner announces the creation of the Illinois Fairgrounds Foundation

On Aug. 16, Gov. Rauner announced a newly-formed, not-for-profit Illinois Fairgrounds Foundation has been established by leaders in the agricultural community. Suitably, the announcement was made on the state fair’s Agricultural Day.

School Funding Reform Commission meets for a second time

The Illinois School Funding Reform Commission created by Gov. Rauner to recommend a comprehensive solution to reform the school funding formula, met for the second time on Aug. 16.

Driving newbies to receive practical training on police stops

Getting pulled over by law enforcement can frazzle the most seasoned driver. A new law, Public Act 99-0720, seeks to prepare new drivers to handle police stops by educating them on the proper way to react when law enforcement officers pull them over.

New law signed in response to the tragic allergy-related death of a young Elmhurst resident

Following the tragic 2015 death of Elmhurst's Annie LeGere due to prolonged anaphylactic shock caused by an allergic reaction, a new law was recently signed that seeks to prevent this from happening to others.

New law expands teen voting rights

Teens will now be able to vote in the primary of a consolidated election if they will be 18-years-old by the date of the consolidated election.

Sidney-Longview Road resurfacing to begin Aug. 15

State Sen. Chapin Rose (R-Mahomet) says he is pleased the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) will begin work Aug. 15 to resurface two miles of the Sidney-Longview Road in Champaign County.