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Senator Rose and Agriculture Director Nelson to host Tool Shed Town Hall in LeRoy

State Sen. Chapin Rose and Dept. of Agriculture Director Philip Nelson will host a free Tool Shed Town Hall meeting for area farmers, those in the agriculture industry, and leaders of area farm bureaus to discuss agriculture policy and how to make Illinois an even bigger leader in the agriculture industry.

Illinois Job Growth Lags Nation

The latest report from the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) shows the state ended July with an unemployment rate of 5.8 percent, down from 5.9 percent in June. Illinois also gained about 1,900 nonfarm payroll jobs, but job growth continues to trail behind other states. IDES Director Jeff Mays said if Illinois employment growth had matched the rest of the nation this year, “Illinois would have added 40,000 more jobs by now.”

Regulation Reform = Economic Growth

Gov. Rauner signed legislation during the week that supporters said is an example of what can be accomplished when political parties and opposing interests work together for the benefit of the entire state.

The World’s Best Schools Are in Illinois

One bright spot for Illinois’ future remains its institutions of higher learning. Illinois universities and colleges are among the best in the nation and the world, according to one newly-released report.

Farmers prepare for harvest

With both corn and soybean crops nearing maturity, farmers are prepping their combines to get ready for harvest 2015.

Deficit spending continues via piecemeal budget

Another spending measure was pushed through by Senate Democrats this week in the absence of a state budget. The Monetary Award Program (MAP), which provides grants to low-income college students, would see funding of $373.3 million this fiscal year under Senate Bill 2043.

Legislation authorizing federal funds for social services signed by Governor

In the wake of the state’s budget impasse, this week the Governor signed legislation that will allow the state to distribute $5 billion in federal funds to critical social service programs.

New law enforces government transparency and accountability

Enforcing transparency and accountability in government meetings is the aim of a new law sponsored by three Senate Republican lawmakers.

Synthetic drug ban becomes law

Illinois now has one of the strictest laws on the books to combat newly-styled street drugs. This legislation was proposed in response to a rise in the use of drugs such as synthetic marijuana and bath salts in Illinois and across the country.

Rough year taking a toll on crops

Months of wet weather have taken a toll on much of the 2015 Illinois corn and soybean crops. According to the United States Department of Agriculture, only 56 percent of corn acres and 50 percent of soybean fields are rated as “good” or “excellent.”

House Democrats play politics with $5 billion affecting in social services

Last week, the Senate took unanimous, bipartisan action to pass nearly $5 billion in federal funds for social service programs, ranging from meals for senior citizens to rehabilitation services for children with disabilities.

Lessons from Illinois, Part 1: Turmoil, uncertainty for Illinois jobs

This week, Suburban Chicago-based Hoist Liftruck, a forklift manufacturer, announced that it would be taking 300 jobs out of Illinois and into neighboring Indiana.

Lessons from Illinois, Part 2: State losing residents, revenue

As Illinois continues to work its way through the state budget mess, and as businesses continue to leave or question their future in Illinois, families are too often left in the lurch.

Mahomet Family’s Suggested Changes to Youth Hunting Become Law

Two pieces of legislation sponsored by State Sen. Chapin Rose that give more flexibility to kids interested in hunting were signed into law by Governor Bruce Rauner August 7.

Farmers and crops making progress

Another week of drier weather meant more time for farmers to finish up field work, and more sunshine for crops to make their own progress.