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Resurfacing to Begin on US 136 in Champaign County

The Illinois Department of Transportation announces that weather permitting; work is to begin on Monday, May 2nd on US 136 from Fisher to Dewey. The project includes 2.7 miles of patching, milling and resurfacing as well as adding new HMA shoulders.

Honor Your Hero - Memorial Day Wall of Remembrance

For the second year, the Senate Republicans are honoring the military service and sacrifice of all our men and women in uniform who have passed away. Our mission is to unite the state of Illinois in remembrance and appreciation of the fallen and to serve their families.

Gabby’s Law helps save lives and honors Monticello girl’s memory

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 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.

Groundhog Day in the Illinois Senate

On Wednesday, April 13, Senate Republicans felt as if they had awoken in the 1993 comedy classic “Groundhog Day,” when Democrats advanced yet another hollow promise, once again pushing through a

Education funding proposal heard

The first of what is expected to be several education funding reform plans was heard this week in the Senate Executive Committee. Senate Republican lawmakers, who have been vocal about the need to

Republicans introduce legislation to fund critical social services

Providing Illinois social services with critical funding—and offering a way to pay for it—was part of a proposal introduced during the week by legislative Republican leaders. Leader Radogno and Leader Durkin appealed to Democrat legislative leaders to

Democrats offer CPS bailout in latest education funding reform

In what has been a “perennial occurrence,” as noted by reporter Dan Petrella of Lee Enterprises, State Sen. Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) unveiled another attempt to re-write the school aid formula on April 5.

Legislation involving smoking age, criminal history of college applicants advance at Statehouse

With an April 8 deadline to advance non-budgetary legislation out of committee for consideration by the Senate, it was a busy week at the Statehouse.

Gov. Quinn’s controversial grant program back in the news—reinforces need for reform

A confidential draft of a new audit obtained by the Chicago Tribune sheds more light on mismanagement of the controversial Neighborhood Recovery Initiative (NRI), launched in 2010 by former Gov. Quinn.

Task force aims to eliminate health care fraud

Gov. Rauner signed an Executive Order April 5 creating the Health Care Fraud Elimination Task Force to eliminate fraud, waste, and abuse in taxpayer-funded health care programs. The Task Force will examine

Training for pharmacists allows dispensing of heroin overdose antidote

In an effort to save lives when responding to a narcotics overdose emergency, including morphine and heroin, Illinois pharmacists can now complete a web-based training course that will allow them to dispense Naloxone

DoIT moving ahead with transformation

The Governor’s Administration is advancing the state’s information technology system into the 21st Century amid a major push to modernize a technology infrastructure that has components predating Microsoft’s Windows Operating Systems.

Ethics proposal introduced

To bring greater honesty, transparency, and public trust to Illinois government, Senate Republicans have introduced legislation that would tighten rules for constitutional officers and legislators.

Site Selection ‘high marks’

A published report in Site Selection magazine this month points to Illinois’ potential for economic opportunity and recovery. Illinois ranked in the Top 5 in Site Selection’s annual assessment of the states’ ability

License plate sticker renewal reminder

Senate Republicans are reminding Illinois motorists that, due to the budget impasse, the Secretary of State’s office is NOT mailing license plate sticker renewal notices.