Recent News

Section of Route 251 to honor Witczak brothers

The section of Route 251 from Tonica to Mendota in LaSalle County would be known as the Witczak Brothers Memorial Highway, under a resolution (SJR 48) adopted by the Senate May 18.

Secretary of State Jesse White rolls out centralized issuing of driver’s licenses

Beginning this month, Illinois residents will get a newly designed driver’s license and a new process to obtain or renew their old one. Under the new process, called Central Issuance, customers at

Governor vetoes latest attempt at AFSCME arbitration bill

A second attempt pushed by Democrat leaders to change the process of negotiating labor agreements was once again vetoed by Gov. Rauner on May 16.

More empty promises for MAP recipients

Democrats pushed forward with yet another appropriation for MAP grants for college students, advancing legislation to the Governor over objections from Republicans who pointed out that the proposal once

Budget talks continue, reform compromise remains elusive

Republican and Democrat legislative leaders met with the Governor this week to discuss the potential for compromise on the budget and reform proposals. As the state quickly approaches what would be a full

Radogno legislation targets gun trafficking

“Statistics show a disturbing trend – people who cannot legally purchase guns in Illinois are going to states with more lax background check requirements, purchasing firearms, and bringing them into our state where they are being used to commit crimes," said Radogno.

Firefighters gather to honor fallen comrades

The 23rd Annual Illinois Fallen Firefighter Memorial ceremony on May 10 brought in firefighters from across the state to honor 27 of their comrades for acts of bravery and sacrifice. Three firefighters

Lawmakers push for movement on procurement reform

Republican legislators were joined by the directors of the Illinois Department of Transportation, the Capital Development Board and Central Management Services in calling for the General Assembly to

General Assembly passes legislation to help battle life-threatening allergic reactions

The House and Senate have approved legislation to expand access to epinephrine auto-injectors (epi-pens) to treat life-threatening allergic reactions, honoring Annie LeGere, a young Elmhurst girl who died in

Senate Dems ram through dangerous school funding bill

Democrat Senators took advantage of confusion and misinformation to narrowly pass a bill they touted as the answer to the state’s broken school funding formula. But according to data released by the Illinois

Human services funding clears both chambers

Both chambers of the Illinois General Assembly passed legislation to provide $714 million to human services programs. The legislation was aimed at providing stopgap funding to help keep struggling

Governor Rauner, GOP Leaders Urge Clean Education Funding Bill to Ensure Schools Open in Fall

Governor Bruce Rauner toured Lyons Township High School today to advocate for fully funding education in Fiscal Year 2017. Senate Minority Leader Christine Radogno and House Leader Jim Durkin introduced

Parks Day at Illinois State Capitol

Members of the Illinois Association of Park Districts descended upon the Capitol on May 4 to discuss legislation and concerns affecting park districts, forest preserves, conservation, and recreation agencies.

Police Officers gather at the Capitol to honor fallen

On every marked police patrol cruiser in Illinois is the saying, “To protect and serve.” The police officers gathered around the Police Memorial Statue at the Capitol building May 5 know the price of protecting

Voters will see measure to protect road funds on November ballot

Voters in November will be given the opportunity to decide if funding for the state’s roads should be off limits to other agencies or programs, with the approval this week by the General Assembly of a proposed