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Veto session begins next week

Lawmakers will return to the State Capitol for the annual fall “veto session,” and are expected to either take up votes to override or accept a number of vetoes to legislation issued by Gov. Rauner.

IDOT warns drivers to watch out for deer

Autumn means football and cooler weather, but IDOT is warning drivers that it also means mating season for Illinois deer, which brings a drastic increase in the chances for deer vs. vehicle crashes.

Illinois worst in Midwest for discretionary income

According to a recent article in the Belleville News-Democrat, Illinois ranks 30th among all states in terms of how much discretionary income residents have, and the state ranks 12th out of 12 Midwestern states. The article is based on study from the storage company Trove, which itself looked at “mean annual wage” data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and compared it to cost-of-living indices to determine the cost of basic expenses.

Illinois submits bid to land Amazon HQ2

The state’s official bid for a Chicago-area location for Amazon’s second headquarters was electronically submitted this week.

Illinois Innovation Network announced as plan to drive economic development

Plans were unveiled for an Illinois Innovation Network (IIN) that would bring together research universities, business and the public sector as partners in a $1.2 billion network that proponents say will propel ground-breaking innovations in computing and big data, advanced materials, food and agriculture, and biosciences and health, while driving job and economic growth throughout the state.

Sen. Rezin to host free senior health fair in LaSalle

State Senator Sue Rezin and State Rep. Jerry Long (R-Streator) will host a free Senior Health Fair Wednesday, Oct. 18 at The Grove Center in LaSalle from 9:00am to noon. The public is invited to learn about alternative ways to lead a happier and healthier life.

Task Force begins listening tour as part of state effort to battle Illinois’ growing opioid epidemic

More than 1,900 people in Illinois are expected to die of an opioid overdose this year. The state’s growing number of opioid overdose deaths prompted the creation of a new task force that began a statewide listening tour this week, as part of a coordinated effort to identify strategies to curtail the state’s growing opioid crisis, reduce opioid-related deaths and better treat individuals battling opioid dependency.

Legislation filed to ban taxpayer funds for elective abortions

Legislation has been introduced in the Senate and the House (Senate Bill 2241 and House Bill 4114) that would roll back key provisions of the controversial House Bill 40, a measure recently signed into law that allows tax dollars to fund abortions for any reason, including elective procedures.

Rezin to host ‘Coffee & Conversation’ with constituents in Grundy, Will Counties

State Sen. Sue Rezin is teaming up with other area lawmakers and local officials to host a “Coffee and Conversation,” an informal forum where constituents can talk to officials about topics important to them, ask questions, and receive updates on legislation, projects, and issues.

Rezin to host ‘Coffee & Conversation’ with constituents in Yorkville, Sandwich

State Sen. Sue Rezin is teaming up with other area lawmakers and local officials to host a “Coffee and Conversation,” an informal forum where constituents can talk to officials about topics important to them, ask questions, and receive updates on legislation, projects, and issues.

Rezin to host free Medicare Part D seminar in Morris

Sen. Rezin will host a free Medicare Part D Seminar with AARP Thursday, Oct. 19 from 10:00am-11:30am at the Morris Public Library (604 Liberty St.). Seniors will learn about Medicare Part D, the plan options, the costs, how to apply, and how coverage works. Experts will also be available to answer questions.

Rezin to host free senior health fair in LaSalle

State Senator Sue Rezin will host a free Senior Health Fair Wednesday, Oct. 18 at The Grove Center in LaSalle from 9:00am to noon. The public is invited to learn about alternative ways to lead a happier and healthier life. Free health screenings, blood pressure check, and Pneumonia shots will be available. A variety of vendors will also be on hand to discuss programs that benefit seniors and legislative brochures will be available. Free refreshments will also be available. The address of The Gro

Sen. Rezin encourages families to submit stories of veterans to be showcased at Illinois Capitol

To help remember veterans, tell their incredible stories, and honor their legacy and sacrifice this upcoming Veterans Day, State Sen. Sue Rezin (R-Morris) is encouraging constituents to submit a tribute and photo of their loved one who served our country to be displayed in the rotunda of the Illinois Capitol Nov. 1-Nov. 13.

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. According to the US Department of Health and Human Services, breast cancer is the second most common kind of cancer in women. About one in eight women born today in the United States will get breast cancer at some point. The good news is that most women can survive breast cancer if it’s found and treated early.

Investment to boost state’s economy

Southern Illinois, and the state, will benefit from $1.4 million in new investments by the Delta Regional Authority (DRA) that will boost regional infrastructure, the local workforce and the economy. The investments by the DRA will go to support public and private partnerships, bringing to Illinois an estimated $22.7 million in new investments.