Quincy Veterans Home Interview

Among the pieces of legislation inspired by the Legionnaires’ disease outbreak at the veterans’ home in Quincy is a bill to raise the caps on tort awards in such cases. As the death toll from the illness at Quincy rose to thirteen, it came out that the victims’ survivors would…

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Quincy Veterans Home Legislation

Senate Bill 2481 will attempt to respect the people who tragically and unnecessarily died at the Quincy Veterans Home while under state care. A WBEZ report stated: “In three straight years, legionellosis killed 13 people and sickened at least 61 residents and staff at the downstate veterans’ home, and the…

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Comcast Newmakers Interview

  South Suburban Transportation Residents of the south side find many transportation challenges. The south suburbs recently opened 57/294 and Phase II will be another 1.5 years. There are new trains on the Metra line and the area is working on opening a third airport. There needs to be equity…

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May Grant Alert

The Illinois General Assembly Legislative Research Unit has recently released its May Grant Alert. Click on the blue text for the PDF file with additional information and grant application deadlines. May Grant Alert The listing of grants available are below. Adult Reentry and Employment Strategic Planning Program Advanced Transportation and…

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No reforms? What about those bill signings?

State Journal Register –  Written by Bernard Schoenburg – Published August 26, 2017 When Gov. BRUCE RAUNER was in Naperville on Thursday and talked to reporters about a bill he approved concerning police pensions, he made a familiar claim. Rauner, who often points the finger of blame at House Speaker…

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Schools and School Funding

  Despite the Governor’s statements about “full funding of schools” many school districts are at least two payments, if not more in arrears on the receipt of mandated categorical. Mandated categorials are payments to local school districts such as for Special Education, Summer School, and Transportation. In addition, the Governor’s…

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Legislative Update

CONCESSIONS AND PROPOSAL FOR THE FY’18 BUDGET (House Amendment #1 to Senate Bill 6) State budget negotiations has taken much deliberation and compromise, regardless what you may be hearing on the news.  Some of the concessions were extremely difficult to vote for because they help to limit the power of…

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