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Crucial health care coverage for breast cancer patients now law

Big insurance companies will have to cover diagnostic mammograms under a new law supported by state Rep. John Connor, D-Lockport, which combats big insurance companies' efforts to deny patients coverage for critical procedures. "We want health insurance to make us ...

Utility bill savings clinic

Local residents interested in learning how to save money on their gas, electric and phone bills are invited to attend a free clinic sponsored by State Rep. David Welter, R-Morris and the Citizens Utility Board (CUB) from 10:00 a.m. to ...

Legislation cracking down on fraudulent attorneys now law

State Rep. John Connor, D-Lockport, supported new law imposing greater penalties on criminals pretending to be notaries. "Criminals are ripping off huge fees from confused working families by pretending to be able to do things as public notaries that they ...

New law protects non-profits from tax hike

thetimesweekly.com Illinois non-profits will be spared a tax hike thanks to legislation passed and signed into law on Friday by Gov. Pritzker. The new law - passed under Senate Bill 1257 - decouples Illinois from a new tax on nonprofits ...

New law increases teacher minimum wage

Legislation to raise the minimum wage for teachers to $40,000 per year over the next five years was signed into law. State Senator Michael E. Hastings was a cosponsor on this initiative as it made its way through the Senate. ...

State Rep. appointed to serve on Route 66 Centennial Commission

State Rep. Lawrence "Larry" Walsh, Jr., D-Elwood, has been appointed to serve on the Route 66 Centennial Commission, which will help organize official events celebrating the historic highway's 100th anniversary. "Route 66 is famous around the world and people visit ...

Legislation to modernize search for missing persons now law

A new law will modernize the search for missing persons and ensure law enforcement professionals have all the up-to-date tools and databases available to help locate missing persons. "As a local prosecutor, I saw firsthand how technology can help save ...

Mental health medication more accessible under new law

Pharmacists will be able to administer long-term mental health treatment to patients thanks to a new law.

Workplace discrimination protections now law in Illinois

Women across Illinois will have stronger remedies to fight sexual harassment and discrimination in work places. Senate Bill 75 clarifies the ethics investigation process, including making the process more transparent and giving additional rights to victims of harassment and discrimination ...

Statute of limitations on mutilation ends

There is a new law in Illinois to help combat the alarming rise of female genital mutilation in the nation. State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) one of the sponsors of House Bill 3498, which removes the statute of limitations for ...

Organ/Tissue donation encouraged for National Minority Donor Awareness

Secretary of State Jesse White hosted the National Minority Donor Awareness Week event “Wave Away the Waiting” to promote organ/tissue donation for multicultural communities. White was joined by donor recipients and families. “We are working together to end the wait ...

Statute of limitations removed for Criminal Sexual Assault cases

Governor JB Pritzker recently signed legislation into law that would remove the statute of limitations for prosecuting crimes of sexual violence in Illinois. The bill, HB2135, provides that prosecution for criminal sexual assault, aggravated criminal sexual assault, or aggravated criminal ...

Legislation promoting equal opportunity in apprenticeship programs now law

Springfield - A new law backed by state Rep. John Connor, D-Lockport, will expand access to apprenticeship programs and ensure all have a pathway to high-paying careers. "Illinois has a shortage of skilled workers. This makes us less competitive as ...

Trump scraps a reform that would have saved patients billions

The Trump administration recently axed a proposal that would have saved patients billions of dollars by requiring insurers to share discounts they negotiate with drug companies directly with patients. The proposed rule would have changed Medicare Part D, which provides ...

Mental Health providers connect to troubled teens now law

State Rep. John Connor, D-Lockport, is combatting tragic school shootings and promoting suicide prevention with a bill requiring the Department of Human Services (DHS) to provide a database of resources available to people around troubled teens to help prevent student ...

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