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From The Desk Down State

Residents across Illinois will soon begin receiving invitations to fill out the 2020 census forms. Mandated by the United States Constitution, the census is a count of the United States population...

 
 By Brian Stewart    Opinion    March 4, 2020

From The Desk Down State

Members of the Illinois Sheriffs’ Association are sounding the alarm about a recent policy change that releases non-citizen felons who have served their sentences back into Illinois communities...

 

From The Desk Down State

In his second Budget Address to lawmakers, Gov. J.B. Pritzker unveiled a proposal that seeks $1.6 billion in new spending and makes some funding for priorities like education, health care and public...

 

From The Desk Down State

A group of bipartisan lawmakers have introduced a new amendment to our state’s Constitution that would take the process of drawing legislative districts out of the hands of sitting lawmakers....

 

From The Desk Down State

The first $50 million of the $420 million dedicated to statewide broadband Internet expansion was released during the week, along with information about how to apply for the grants. Applicants for...

 

From The Desk Down State

Governor J.B. Pritzker painted a rosy picture in his first “State of the State” address January 29, but Senate Republican lawmakers say a greater emphasis should have been placed on rooting out...

 

From The Desk Down State

A major issue with the state’s Automatic Voter Registration program made headlines during the week raising questions about the integrity of Illinois’ Elections. According to media reports, more...

 

From The Desk Down State

In the wake of federal indictments and raids, and elected official resignations, a special legislative panel heard testimony during the week addressing ethics and lobbying legal loopholes....

 

From The Desk Down State

The state’s population decline continues to be a cause for concern as Illinois enters a new decade with nearly 160,000 fewer residents. Our state ended 2019 with the largest population loss in the...

 

From The Desk Down State

As a New Year approaches Illinois residents may want to know about several notable laws that take effect on January 1, 2020. The new laws kicking off 2020 cover everything from transportation safety...

 

From The Desk Down State

Watchdog group Truth in Accounting has issued a report that ranks Illinois among the least fiscally-transparent states in the nation. Illinois has been ranked ninth-worst, with the state’s score...

 

From The Desk Down State

November is a month of celebrating all that is good about our nation’s freedom and its democracy. The first week of November we typically exercise our right to vote for our state and federal...

 

From The Desk Down State

With sales of cannabis for recreational use set to begin on January 1, state and local governments, along with Illinois businesses, are continuing to prepare for the new law to take effect. During...

 

From The Desk Down State

During the final hours of the fall Veto Session, the Senate Republican Caucus united in support of real ethics reform, standing in opposition to House Joint Resolution 93 – a measure that would...

 

From The Desk Down State

Senators and Representatives return to the Capitol November 12-14 for the second and final week of the fall Veto Session. Nearly two dozen committee hearings are scheduled for the week on a variety...

 

From The Desk Down State

During the upcoming fall veto session, during which we generally take action on bills vetoed by the Governor, Illinois lawmakers could also be asked to consider a proposal to consolidate suburban and...

 

From The Desk Down State

As Veterans Day approaches I am asking constituents to submit a photo and tribute to a loved one who has served in the United States Armed Forces to be displayed on the Veterans Day “Wall of...

 

From The Desk Down State

Personal finance publication Kiplinger has ranked all U.S. states to determine which is the most, and the least, tax-friendly, based on the tax burden placed on residents. According to the...

 

From The Desk Down State

Demonstrating a firm commitment to Illinois’ vast agricultural industry, a Taiwanese delegation recently announced their intention to purchase $2.2 billion in Illinois corn and soybeans over the...

 

Senate Week In Review

Illinois State Trooper Brooke Jones-Story was honored August 30 with the dedication of the Springfield Road Overpass on Route 20 in her honor. The dedication took place inside the Visitors Center ...

 

Senate Week In Review

As students across Illinois head back to school, the Illinois State Police are reminding the public to be aware of school buses, crosswalks, and children walking or riding their bikes to school. Back...

 

Senate Week In Review

A new state task force will look for ways to provide property tax relief to homeowners and report its findings by the end of the year. Gov. J.B. Pritzker recently signed legislation creating the...

 

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