Recent News

Letters for the troops

The State of Illinois is partnering with the United Service Organizations (USO) of Illinois to sponsor this year’s Holiday Card Drive for the Military. Gov. Rauner and the USO are encouraging citizens to take some time to write a holiday letter to support, encourage, and thank the service men and women serving the nation right now. Letters are being accepted now until Nov. 30.

Shop locally to support Small Business Saturday

With the holidays fast approaching, consumers are encouraged to support small businesses by shopping locally during Small Business Saturday on Nov. 28.

Rauner strikes deals with several labor unions

The Rauner Administration announced this week that new four-year collective bargaining agreements have been reached with a number of labor unions, including Service Employees International Union (SEIU), Local 1 Chicago, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Mid-Central Illinois Regional Council of Carpenters, and several others.

Drive Safe -- Deer Crashes Up In IL

According to the Illinois Department of Transportation, nearly half of all deer-vehicle crashes occur in October, November, and December.

Back in business! Two pro-jobs tax programs getting back on track

On Nov. 10, as a result of the bipartisan compromises between legislators and the Governor, the Rauner Administration announced it is moving forward on two pro-jobs tax initiatives: Illinois’ EDGE Tax Credits and Film Tax Credits. Both programs had previously been suspended indefinitely as a result of the ongoing budget impasse.

November legislative session: Progress and politics

Both houses of the Illinois General Assembly met in Springfield Nov. 10, a day that turned out to be full of unexpected fireworks and tension. The stage was set the day before, with the announcement of bipartisan agreements on three significant subjects.

Sen. Radogno Statement on Child Care, Unemployment Insurance

Sen. Christine Radogno (R-Lemont) issued the following statement this afternoon on the recently announced deals on Child Care and Unemployment Insurance...

Legislative session and leaders’ meeting scheduled

November 10 and 18 are two key dates that legislative observers will be watching closely as Illinoisans await a final resolution to the state’s ongoing budget impasse. Legislators return to the Capitol Nov. 10 for what would normally be a fall Veto Session, but the “continuous” session has produced a very abnormal working climate in Springfield. Senate Republicans continue their call for the state to enact a balanced budget and pass critical reforms needed to boost Illinois’ economy and create m

Struggling economy causing job loss, population drain

Seventeen years have passed since 1998, but one thing has barely changed: the number of jobs in Illinois. A new report during the week found that total nonfarm employment in Illinois is currently about 5.91 million – the same as it was in July 1998.

Budget meeting scheduled Nov. 18

Gov. Rauner announced plans this week to host a meeting with the four legislative caucus leaders on Nov. 18, in an effort to end the budget impasse.

Happy Halloween!

Whatever your Halloween plans are, I hope you have a fun one! Most of our local communities have posted official Trick-or-Treat hours for Saturday, Oct. 31, and I've posted some safety tips online. Click for more...

Farmers wrapping up 2015 harvest

Across Illinois, most farmers have now completed their 2015 harvest and are now performing tillage operations and preparing their fields for next year.

Frank Mautino Appointed Next Auditor General

The Senate voted unanimously Oct. 20 to approve the appointment of State Rep. Frank Mautino to serve as the next Auditor General of Illinois. Mautino will replace Bill Holland, who has served as Auditor General since 1992, at the end of this year.

Senate welcomes new members, visit from Philippines Consul General

New State Sen. Chuck Weaver (R-Peoria) gave his first speech on the floor of the Senate this week, pledging to put his personal experience as a small-businessman to work in the Legislature.

Illinois credit woes continue: Fitch and Moody’s downgrade

On Oct. 19, credit rating agency Fitch officially downgraded its rating on $26 billion in Illinois general obligation bonds from A- to BBB+, the worst rating of any state in the country. On Oct. 22, Moody’s followed suit, downgrading Illinois bonds from A3 to Baa1. Moody’s had warned earlier in the week that a skipped pension payment planned for November could affect their rating of Illinois’ debt further.