Bicentennial commission, planning office established

A new Illinois Bicentennial Commission was created this week by Executive Order, as well as the Governor's Office of the Illinois Bicentennial, which will lead the planning for the celebration of the state's upcoming 200th anniversary.

Rose receives NFIB award of Guardian of Small Business

In recognition of their excellent pro-business voting records, the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) has awarded 17 Senate Republican members with their “Guardian of Small Business Award.”

School funding reform commission discusses hold harmless provision

The Illinois School Funding Reform Commission met this week as part of the ongoing effort to find ways to revamp the way the state funds schools. The Commission examined two central issues during this meeting: hold harmless provisions and education funding distribution models.

Rose receives Friend of Agriculture award from several area county farm bureaus

State Sen. Chapin Rose received the 2016 Friend of Agriculture Award from several area farm bureaus. The Friend of Agriculture Award honors state and federal legislators who understand the importance of Illinois agriculture. Legislators receiving this award recognize the benefits of Illinois’ agricultural products and the importance farmers play in providing quality food, fiber, and fuel for our state, nation, and world.

Departments of Correction and Human Services team up to help mentally ill

The Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) and the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) recently announced a joint effort to help deliver treatment services to mentally ill inmates. The two agencies have entered into an Intergovernmental Agreement that allows IDOC to use part of the Elgin Mental Health Center (EMHC) as an inpatient mental health treatment facility.

Supreme Court refuses to rehear redistricting referendum

After striking down a popular, citizen-driven referendum to change the way Illinois draws its political maps, the Illinois Supreme Court has denied a motion for rehearing the case.

Forbes rates Illinois 2nd worst for out-migration losses

As further evidence of the need for structural reforms in Illinois, a recent Forbes study shows Illinois as one of the biggest losers in terms of inter-state migration. The article quantifies the financial losses faced by states who are losing residents to other areas. Illinois is ranked as the second worst, trailing only New York. The magazine describes Illinois as a “high tax, high regulation” state and a “low growth disaster.”

Dept. of Natural Resources holding public meetings on Chronic Wasting Disease

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) will be hosting three public meetings throughout the state to discuss the effect on Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) on deer populations and how the agency is battling the disease.

Farmers heading back to the fields

Motorists are encouraged to be aware of potentially heavy farm equipment traffic on rural roads as farmers are beginning their 2016 harvest season.

Rose appointed Assistant Leader of Senate Republican Caucus

State Sen. Chapin Rose will serve as Assistant Republican Leader after being appointed by Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno (R-Lemont) Sept. 15. Rose previously served as Senate Republican Whip.

Equitability topic of most recent Illinois School Funding Reform Commission

Members of the Illinois School Funding Reform Commission met Sept. 7, as lawmakers and the Governor’s office attempt to get a handle on the challenges of changing the way schools are funded in Illinois. Defining equitability and what that means for Illinois students was the focus of the commission meeting.

Proposal would expand services to help mentally ill, addicts

The state plans to pursue federal approval for a Medicaid waiver that would bring $2.7 billion in new federal dollars to help care for persons with mental illness and those battling substance abuse problems, benefiting as many as 800,000 Illinois residents with behavioral health issues. The waiver would not expand Medicaid eligibility, but would allow the state to provide health-care assistance to many individuals currently living without much-needed treatment or assistance. Twenty-five percen

Bill backlog, job loss underscore need for government reform

An announcement during the week that the state is investing $26 million in the Integrated Bioprocessing Research Lab (IBRL) at the University of Illinois underscored the importance of pursuing projects that will make Illinois a destination for employers as a way to help the state grow its way out of the current budget mess. Funding for the IBRL, which will help Illinois compete for up to 20,000 jobs in a new industry sector, was secured by the stopgap budget signed into law on June 30.

Sen. Rose: Major state investment in bioprocessing to boost local businesses to compete for up to 20,000 jobs in new market

As a catalyst to help Illinois compete for up to 20,000 jobs in a new industry sector, State Sen. Chapin Rose (R-Mahomet) announced Sept. 6 that the state is investing $26 million in the Integrated Bioprocessing Research Lab (IBRL) at the University of Illinois. The IBRL will complement the production and transportation capacity of Decatur and the surrounding area’s corn and soybean production.

Law requires insurance companies to locate beneficiaries

A recently signed law requires insurance companies to more quickly locate beneficiaries of unclaimed life insurance policies and distribute amounts they are owed by the policy.