Illinois Student Assisstance Commission Outreach Calendar Released

The Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) has released its outreach activities calendar for 2015. The purpose of this state created commission is to help students navigate the financial barriers to higher education. ISAC provides an array of programs and services that focus on educating students and their families on the finances associated with transitioning into college.

Governor’s Opening Act on Jobs

Rauner signed an Executive Order Jan. 19 to increase hiring opportunities for minorities and veterans by first evaluating the existing level of job opportunities.

Illinois Energy: Job Creation Awaits

According to a study conducted for the Illinois Chamber of Commerce, the potential benefits of hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” to extract oil and natural gas resources from deep underground could mean up to 47,000 jobs and more than $9 billion in economic impact for Illinois.

Preparing for New Energy Jobs

One downstate Illinois community college says it offer a degree program beginning this fall to educate workers in preparation for the new job opportunities in the state’s growing oil and gas industry.

More Food Stamps; Fewer Jobs

According to the Illinois Policy Institute, an independent research organization, Illinois ranked last among the 12 Midwest states in job creation during 2014. The IPI report also revealed that the number of Illinois households receiving food stamps last year hit a record high of 1,073,279.

Reducing Heroin Fatalities

Republican State Senator Michael Connelly is sponsoring legislation this spring to expand a suburban Chicago program that provides emergency medical care to prevent heroin drug overdoses.

Governor Rauner ushers in optimism for change

A new sense of optimism radiated throughout the Prairie Capitol Convention Center on Jan. 12, when Governor Rauner became the first Republican governor in 12 years to be sworn into the state’s highest office.

Rose appointed to Senate GOP leadership team

Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno today announced her leadership team for the 99th General Assembly. State Senator Chapin Rose (R-Mahomet) will serve as the Senate Republican Whip.

Brighter Days Ahead for Illinois

For over a decade, one-party rule has run our state into the ground and made us the brunt of late-night TV comedians’ jokes. Jobs have left, our economy is in the tank, people have moved out, and neighboring states have taken advantage. In November, the people of Illinois made it clear it was time for a new direction, and this week Bruce Rauner was sworn to take the helm.

St. Joseph Mayor Guest of Senator Rose for Inauguration Day

St. Joseph Mayor B.J. Hackler was a guest of State Senator Chapin Rose (R-Mahomet) for Governor Bruce Rauner’s inauguration.

Special election ‘muscled’ through

Senate and House Democrats used their legislative majorities to advance legislation (House Bill 4576) establishing a 2016 special election for the unexpired term of the late Judy Baar Topinka, despite objections of Senate Republicans.

‘Judy’s Amendment’ to merge Comptroller and Treasurer dashed

Another alternative pushed by Republicans would be to hold a special election in 2016 to vote on a Constitutional Amendment to merge the Comptroller’s office with the Treasurer’s office.

Troubled DCFS agency limps along

On Jan. 7 a joint panel of the Senate and House of Representatives met to hear nearly five hours of testimony based on a series of troubling stories called “Harsh Treatment” by the Chicago Tribune.

Meet the Buyers Event for Farmers

Farmers throughout Illinois are invited to attend a Meet the Buyers event to meet local and regional food buyers Feb. 3, 2015, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., at the Orland Civic Center in Orland

New eavesdropping law sent to Governor

Confusion surrounding a change in the state’s eavesdropping law has sparked controversy. However, Senate Bill 1342, which was recently sent to the Governor for consideration, actually seeks to strike a balance between protecting an individual’s privacy and ensuring public accountability of police and other public officials.