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Illinois Lottery launches new instant ticket for police memorial fund

The Illinois Lottery is celebrating the unveiling of its new police memorial instant ticket, Blue, which benefits police memorials across Illinois and the families of fallen law enforcement officers. "The Illinois Lottery is proud to support such a worthy cause ...

Connor backs plan to protect workers' rights, wages

State Rep. John Connor, D-Lockport, is fighting for stronger enforcement of fair pay laws, employee safety protections and fair hiring practices by backing legislation to create a workplace watchdog unit in the attorney general's office. "Good jobs are the foundation ...

Assault allegations by teachers to be reported immediately

Springfield - In response to alarming findings about sexual assault by faculty and staff in schools, State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) advanced House Bill 3687 on Tuesday, which requires the State's Attorneys across the state to immediately notify school officials ...

Lawmakers vote to implement fair tax, provide relief to majority of Illinoisans

thetimesweekly.com Springfield - After nearly a decade of work to implement a fair tax in Illinois, the Senate today approved a series of proposals that would update the state's tax structure and provide relief to working and middle-class families. Senator ...

Manley sponsors bill for restaurant workers to keep earned tips

State Rep. Natalie Manley, D-Joliet, recently backed legislation that will ensure that restaurant employees and other workers who earn tips will now be able to keep what they've earned without the intervention of their employers. Currently, businesses can withhold some ...

College financial aid supports for families of fallen police officers

Children and spouses of police officers who have died in the line of duty would be able to receive college scholarships and grants under legislation introduced in the House by state Rep. John Connor, D-Lockport.

Measure passes strengthening college mental Health Services

Springfield, Students at public colleges would have better access to mental health resources under a bill recently passed by state Rep. John Connor, D-Lockport. "Mental health can be a serious obstacle for students when they go to college," Connor said. ...

State Senator supports plans to end the teacher shortage crisis

Springfield - To address Illinois' teacher shortage, Senate Education Chairwoman Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant announced her support for legislation intended to aid a new generation of teaching students. "We need to equip our school districts with the tools to recruit the best ...

Mental health support, education for police officers

Police officers would receive greater mental health education and support under a bill supported by state Rep. John Connor, D-Lockport, which establishes training programs to help officers recognize and manage mental health problems for themselves and other law enforcement professionals. ...

Bertino-Tarrant aims to cut new red tape for businesses

State government would be required to study the necessity of new red tape for businesses under a plan by State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant. Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) passed Senate Bill 1756, which would require the state to assess whether newly proposed regulations ...

Fight to defend immigrant communities from financial predators

Predatory notaries pretending to help immigrants but instead stealing their money can now be prosecuted under legislation supported by state Rep. John Connor, D-Lockport, which prevents unscrupulous notaries from taking advantage of language and cultural difficulties to cheat vulnerable immigrants ...

Foster introduces legislation to simplify Tax Filing

Washington - Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) has introduced H.R. 2304, Act of 2019. The legislation would create a voluntary tax filing program to allow individuals to use a secure IRS website to download a tax form automatically populated with information ...

Bill introduced to eliminate township clerks in Will County

Springfield - State Rep. Natalie Manley, D-Joliet, introduced House Bill 3301, which would eliminate the office of township clerk in each Township of Will County that resides within the 98th Illinois House Legislative District, eliminating duplicative services and saving taxpayer ...

Rep. Lipinski votes to restore net neutrality protections

Representative Dan Lipinski (IL-3) voted to pass H.R. 1644, the Save the Internet Act, to restore popular, bipartisan net neutrality protections for consumers and small businesses after the Trump Administration ended the protections last year. The Save the Internet Act ...

Legal cannabis industry to use banking system passed out of IL Senate

State Senator Toi Hutchinson (D-Chicago Heights) passed a plan out of the Senate that would allow legal marijuana businesses in Illinois to use the banking system. Due to federal and state banking regulations, most legal marijuana businesses are operating on ...

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