Chase celebrates national small business week with the launch of its 2015 mission main street grants program

Chase is celebrating National Small Business Week with the launch of Mission Main Street Grants®, a program that will award $100,000 grants to 20 U.S. small businesses. In addition, the 20 grant recipients will receive a trip to LinkedIn’s California headquarters to gain insights that will help them grow their businesses.

Turnaround Illinois

Until this year, Illinois has been under one-party rule for 12 years. The decision to over-spend and grow the size of government rests with the majority leaders.

The Illinois Economy

Another financial assessment to make news comes from the Illinois Policy Institute (IPI), an independent public policy research center.

Fighting Back Against Human Trafficking

Every year, as many as 25,000 people in Illinois are trapped in the modern-day slavery of human trafficking, exploited for sex, drugs, violence, forced labor, or worse.

USS Illinois

History was in the making this week as lawmakers welcomed members of the crew and support group of the soon-to-be christened USS Illinois.

Fixing the Fiscal House

Getting the state’s fiscal house in order, including solving the current fiscal crisis, is a foundational step to restoring confidence in government and renewing the state’s promise as an economic leader among states.


Illinois families looking to find an affordable way to start tackling the costs of college will have an additional month to take advantage of 2014-15 reduced pricing on all College Illinois!® Prepaid Tuition Program contracts. The state’s only 529 prepaid tuition program, College Illinois! offers families a way to “freeze” the cost of tuition by prepaying for future college tuition at today’s contract rates. With pricing on all contracts reduced, some by as much as 29%, families now have through

Gov. Dan Walker: 1923 - 2015

This week also marked the passing of former Illinois Governor Dan Walker.

Senator Rose to host teleforum April 29, 2015

Senator Rose will host a teleforum on April 29 to discuss various issues going on at the State House.

Senate Authorizes Governor to Restore $26 million to Social Service Programs

On April 22, the Senate passed an amendment to Senate Bill 274 that authorizes Gov. Rauner to transfer $26 million from special state funds to restore grant funding for public health and social service programs.

NRI Scandal - Never Again

In 2010, just weeks before re-election, former Gov. Pat Quinn unveiled a $55 million program supposedly aimed at curbing violence in Chicago’s most dangerous neighborhoods.

IDOC Chief Stresses Reform to Reduce High Costs in State Prison System

Illinois has one of the most expensive state prison systems in the country, spending an estimated $38,268 per inmate per year.

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

Every child matters. Senate Republicans say all Illinoisans can help raise awareness about how to help a child who may be in danger.

IDOT Announces Listening Tour to Discuss Capital Projects

The Illinois Department of Transportation announced that it will be joining the Illinois Capital Development Board to host a series of listening sessions across the state in the coming weeks to discuss Illinois’ infrastructure needs as a way to help prioritize future capital projects.

Senate Approves Sweet Corn as Illinois’ Official State Vegetable

Legislation proposed by local students and sponsored by two Senate Republicans to make sweet corn the official state vegetable of Illinois passed the Senate on April 23.