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Rose appreciates IDOT’s help for Edgar County

State Sen. Chapin Rose (R-Mahomet) says he is pleased the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) has moved quickly to re-bid the high school road project in Paris as quickly as it did, after the first bid was kicked out due to errors in the bidding.

Local community leaders, Sen. Rose, Rep. Brown: Significant developers interested in Eagle Creek

State Sen. Chapin Rose (R-Mahomet) says now that the Eagle Creek Resort Assessment study has been completed for the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR), companies that are interested in redeveloping the property on Lake Shelbyville will have a better idea about how they want to proceed, and the IDNR has announced they are willing to begin the process looking for new operators.

House Passes Rose’s Gabby’s Law

In response to the tragic case of Gabby Galbo, a five-year-old Monticello girl who unfortunately died from no early diagnosis of Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, which led to severe sepsis and septic shock, State Sen. Chapin Rose (R-Mahomet) sponsored legislation (SB 2403) that would require hospitals to implement evidence based procedures for the early recognition and treatment of patients with sepsis or septic shock.

Exelon bill receives hearing in Senate Energy Committee

Legislation co-sponsored by State Sen. Chapin Rose (R-Mahomet) that would protect consumers by capping future electric rate increases—requested by the Clinton Nuclear Power Plant to give it a chance to avoid closing—went before the Senate Energy Committee May 19.

Rose: Legislation to cap rate increases and protect local jobs deserves a vote

Citing a report from the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC), the Illinois Power Agency (IPA), the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA), and the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO), State Sen. Chapin Rose (R-Mahomet) says legislation that would support keeping nuclear power plants open in Illinois, such as the plant in Clinton, should move forward based on its merits.

Budget talks continue, reform compromise remains elusive

Republican and Democrat legislative leaders met with the Governor this week to discuss the potential for compromise on the budget and reform proposals. As the state quickly approaches what would be a full fiscal year without a budget, some Democrat legislative leaders have indicated a balanced budget may never be approved.

Secretary of State's Office rolls out centralized issuing of driver’s licenses

Beginning this month, Illinois residents will get a newly designed driver’s license and a new process to obtain or renew their old one. Under the new process, called Central Issuance, customers at Secretary of State Driver Service facilities will no longer immediately be issued a new permanent driver’s license/ID card at the end of the application process.

Human services funding clears both chambers

Both chambers of the Illinois General Assembly passed legislation to provide $714 million to human services programs. The legislation was aimed at providing stopgap funding to help keep struggling services and providers keep their doors open.

General Assembly passes legislation to help battle life-threatening allergic reactions

The House and Senate have approved legislation to expand access to epinephrine auto-injectors (epi-pens) to treat life-threatening allergic reactions, honoring Annie LeGere, a young Elmhurst girl who died in August 2015.

Lawmakers push for movement on procurement reform

Republican legislators were joined by the directors of the Illinois Department of Transportation, the Capital Development Board and Central Management Services in calling for the General Assembly to advance legislation that would save Illinois taxpayers $500 million annually through procurement reform.

Senate Democrats ram through dangerous school funding bill

Democrat Senators took advantage of confusion and misinformation to narrowly pass a bill they touted as the answer to the state’s broken school funding formula. But according to data released by the Illinois State Board of Education, the proposal would represent a windfall of approximately $750 million for Chicago Public Schools (CPS), while shuffling around the limited remaining dollars between the majority of the state’s school districts.

Downstate lawmakers work to protect downstate coal jobs

A bipartisan group of lawmakers from both chambers gathered at the Capitol on May 10 to voice their support for an innovative plan aimed at reviving Illinois’ coal industry.

Higher education parity for U of I, EIU, and ISU passes Senate

State Sen. Chapin Rose says the most recent piece of legislation at the Statehouse that would help fund universities, community colleges, and the MAP grant program is another step in the right direction toward ending the year’s long budget stalemate.

Voters will see measure to protect road funds on November ballot

Voters in November will be given the opportunity to decide if funding for the state’s roads should be off limits to other agencies or programs, with the approval this week by the General Assembly of a proposed state constitutional amendment known as the “Transportation Fund Lock Box.”

Funding for higher education/MAP grants signed

On April 25, Gov. Bruce Rauner signed an appropriations bill providing funding for higher education and MAP grants. The bipartisan solution ensures that universities, colleges, and community colleges remain open through September, at which point they’ll start collecting their fall tuition money.