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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.

Local students join Rezin’s Youth Advisory Council, unique public policy experience

Dozens of high school students from across the 38th Senate District participated in a unique, hands-on experience in public policy, state government, and leadership Nov. 27, as part of State Sen. Sue Rezin’s Youth Advisory Council.

OSF Healthcare now allowed to care for advanced life support of patients in Streator

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), the department of the Illinois state government sanctioned to help prevent disease and injury and regulate medical practitioners, has given its official approval for the OSF HealthCare Freestanding Emergency Center to handle increased Advanced Life Support (ALS) ambulance traffic. As of 9 a.m. on Tuesday, November 21, 2017, OSF HealthCare Center for Health – Streator will greatly expand the acceptance of ALS transfers.

IDNR Urges Safety During Deer Hunting Season

IDNR is making it a top priority to ensure safety during the upcoming deer season’s first firearm hunting weekend of Nov. 17-19.

Legislation Addressing Sexual Harassment Signed Into Law

On Nov. 16, the Governor signed legislation introduced in response to recent allegations of sexual harassment in and around the Statehouse. House Bill 137 will give the Legislative Inspector General power to investigate all complaints submitted during the last three years.

The Middle East Conflict Wall Memorial in Marseilles launches challenge in remembrance of fallen heroes

The ILMFR, a 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to honoring our fallen and supporting veteran organizations and Gold Star families, launches the “30 Seconds for 30 Days” challenge to honor the over 7,000 fallen soldiers whose names are engraved upon the granite of The Middle East Conflicts Wall Memorial, located in Marseilles.

Route 6 in LaSalle County would be named in honor of Kaszynski brothers under legislation passed by Rezin in Senate

Route 6 from Mary Street in Spring Valley to Harrison Street in Peru would be known as the "Kaszynski Brothers Memorial Highway" under legislation sponsored by State Sen. Sue Rezin and passed by the Senate Nov. 9.

Harvest emergency declared

In an attempt to assist farmers and grain handlers who are dealing with the fallout of rain-related delays, Gov. Bruce Rauner declared a harvest emergency over the weekend.