Recent News

Weatherization Program Scandal

Another Quinn administration jobs initiative is drawing headlines for wasting taxpayer dollars and failing to provide marketable job training skills.

S&P: Illinois last in Job Creation

A new forecast of state and local government credit conditions ranks Illinois last in the region for job growth.

Hospital Association Issues Ebola Fact Sheet

Although no cases of the deadly Ebola virus have been reported in the state, the Illinois Hospital Association has compiled a fact sheet on the disease and the risks associated with it

Fire Truck Loan Program Accepting Applications

Loan applications are now being accepted for fire department and fire protection districts wishing to purchase fire and brush trucks. Thanks to bipartisan legislation approved this year (SB 2690) loans will be available for up to $350,000 – an increase of $100,000.

Hydraulic Fracturing Rules on Hold

Proposed rules for hydraulic fracturing, often known as “fracking,” have been put on hold until Nov. 6 by the bipartisan legislative committee that reviews state regulations.

Court reviews pension changes

A Sangamon County Judge set Nov. 20 for a key hearing on pension changes that were approved by lawmakers late last year, but have been put on hold while the court considers the constitutionality of the law.

NRI Emails show campaign link

Though Governor Quinn contends the troubled violence prevention program was not linked to his campaign for Governor, recently emails have surfaced that cast doubt on Quinn’s claims.

Illinois ranked 48th

Illinois ranks 48th in the nation in “Economic Outlook” according to the latest edition of “Rich States, Poor States,” an annual analysis of the relative economic outlook of the states, published by the American Legislative Exchange Council.

Quinn's "new NRI" program siphons millions from at-risk youth

In advance of an Oct. 8 Audit Commission hearing on Governor Pat Quinn's Neighborhood Recovery Initiative, recently uncovered reports show that Governor Quinn has shuffled millions of dollars into a re-branded version of his failed Neighborhood Recovery Initiative (NRI) and appears to be accelerating the pace of handouts as the election nears.

Radogno, Durkin warn education funding overhaul bad deal for suburban schools, property taxpayers

Following a Sept. 26 meeting of the DuPage Legislative Education Network of DuPage County (LEND) Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno (R-Lemont) and House Republican Leader Jim Durkin (R-Western Springs) spoke out about the negative impact Senate Bill 16 will have on suburban school districts and taxpayers.

Federal grand jury seeking more information about controversial program

Allegations of corruption and scandal within Gov. Quinn’s NRI program once again made headlines this week, as it became public knowledge that a subpoena of records relating to NRI has been issued by a federal grand jury based out of Chicago.

National Federation of Independent Business Awards Senator Radogno Guardian of Small Business Award

SPRINGFIELD - Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno (R-Lemont), has received the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) Guardian of Small Business Award. The award is based on nine key issues such as prevailing wage, employee classification, pension reform, workers' compensation, reduced filing fees, and opposing costly new mandates on small independent contractors.

Senate Week in Review: September 8 - 12, 2014

Illinois has received some encouraging economic news lately, with recent drops in the state’s historically high unemployment rate and other signs that an improving national economy may finally be boosting the state’s outlook.

Senate Week in Review: September 1 - 5, 2014

A state audit revealed continued problems in the Expanded All Kids state health insurance program; a bipartisan legislative committee is set to begin its review of state rules on hydraulic fracturing; and patient applications are now being accepted for the state’s medical marijuana program, State Sen. Christine Radogno (R-Lemont) said.

Illinois Department of Veterans's Affairs to Host Events for Veterans

We at the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA) need your help spreading the word to any and all who stand to benefit from these three special event opportunities.