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Measure would extend vehicle stickers beyond one year

Illinois motorists would have the option to register their vehicles for more than one year at a time under Senate Bill 2293, which would allow motorists, beginning in 2020, to register their vehicles for one or two years.

High-speed Internet for rural school districts

A bipartisan measure introduced during the week would set aside $16.3 million from the School Infrastructure Fund for the expansion of high-speed Internet to rural schools and school infrastructure costs related to the expansion.

Joint House and Senate Hearing Held on Legionnaires’ disease at the Quincy Veterans’ Home

Seeking answers about the cases of Legionnaires’ disease at the Quincy Veterans’ Home, a joint meeting of the Illinois Senate and House was convened in Chicago on Jan. 9. Director of the Illinois Department of Public Health, Dr. Nirav Shah, joined Erica Jeffries, Director of the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, to provide testimony about how the state departments have handled the situation.

Human Trafficking Awareness

If we are truly dedicated to eradicating human trafficking and saving lives, we must work to end this exploitation and abuse 365 days of the year. Raising awareness in our communities and training ourselves to recognize the signs are the first steps to helping end human trafficking in Illinois.

Improved safety measures for children and Internet users in 2018 under new laws

Illinois residents can expect to see improved safety measures for children and Internet users in 2018 with new laws that help protect children in the foster care system, at day care and at school; as well as shield children and adults online.

Governor signs legislation slashing filing costs for small businesses

Gov. Bruce Rauner signed legislation that substantially reduces startup, annual filing and other fees for limited liability companies (LLCs), the organizational structure preferred by many of Illinois’ 1.2 million small businesses.

Good things happened in our district in 2017

There were plenty of accomplishments I am proud of from 2017. These may not have grabbed the headlines, but they are certainly wins for our district. The issues on this list I couldn’t have done without the support of you and the constituents of the 38th Senate District. So, thank you for your support, helping me craft legislation, and educating me on issues that make our area a better place to live, work, and raise a family.

Laws taking effect January 1, 2018

Check out all the laws going into effect Jan. 1, 2018.

IDOT seeks feedback in online survey

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) published their annual Illinois Traveler Opinion Survey online this week and is seeking feedback from Illinois residents on the state’s transportation system.

Get covered before Illinois open enrollment ends on Dec. 15

Illinois residents have until Dec. 15 to enroll in a health insurance plan for 2018, and the Department of Insurance (DOI) has redesigned the online enrollment process to make selecting and enrolling in the right health care plan quick and easy.

Illinois Dept. of Insurance Announces Improved Shopping Experience for 2018 Open Enrollment

The Illinois Department of Insurance (DOI) is improving the shopping experience for people who are looking to purchase a healthcare plan for 2018. Thanks to a new partnership with GoHealth, consumers will be able to take a comprehensive look at individual plans before they buy.

Employment reports mixed

A recent Illinois Department of Employment Security report indicated a slight drop in the state’s unemployment from 5.0% to 4.9%, which represents an increase of 3,400 non-farm payroll jobs. Jobs growth varies according to region, however.

Strengthening economic ties with Japan

On Nov. 29, Southern Illinois lawmakers and local officials traveled with Japanese Consul General Naoki Ito to meet with key educational and manufacturing leaders in southern Illinois.

Bonds issued to pay down debt

In November, the Governor’s Office of Management and Budget (GOMB) issued bonds totaling $6 billion to be used to pay down the state’s $16 billion bill backlog.

Keep your family safe with the annual Safe Shopping Guide

Entering the holiday season in earnest, shoppers are encouraged to review the annual Safe Shopping Guide released by the Illinois Attorney General’s office for information on dangerous toys and children’s products that have been recalled throughout the year.