Improved safety measures for children and Internet users

Illinois residents can expect to see improved safety measures for children and Internet users in 2018 with new laws that help protect children in the foster care system, at day care and at school; as well as shield children and adults online.

New laws shift to budget-conscious mindset

As the holiday season winds down, Illinois residents aren’t the only ones shifting back to a budget-conscious mindset.

New laws promote health and well-being

As Illinois residents get ready to ring in a new year, they can also expect to see more than 200 new laws going into effect on January 1.

News laws for 2018

Illinois citizens will begin 2018 with more than 200 new laws taking effect.

Illinois kicks off a year-long Illinois Bicentennial celebration

Illinois turns 200 this year and to mark the occasion, the Illinois Bicentennial Commission kicked off a year-long celebration December 3.

Senate Week in Review: November 27 – December 1, 2017

With recent reports revealing a mixed bag on employment rates in Illinois, state leaders continue their efforts to improve the economy and prospects for jobs growth in the coming year.

Senate Week in Review: November 13-17, 2017

Legislation addressing sexual harassment allegations was signed into law by the Governor, and measures providing financial help for flood victims were approved during the week.

Senate Week in Review: November 6-9, 2017

The General Assembly acted on several legislative measures during the week, overriding several of the Governor’s vetoes and seeking to improve Statehouse sexual harassment policies.

Senate Week in Review: Oct. 30 – Nov. 3, 2017

State lawmakers return to Springfield November 7 for the final days of fall veto session.

Senate Week in Review: October 23-27, 2017

Lawmakers returned to the Capitol October 24 for the beginning of the Fall Veto Session with several controversial matters to consider.

Senate Week in Review: October 16-20, 2017

Lawmakers are preparing to return to the Capitol October 24 for the beginning of the annual fall veto session, which could result in action on a number of bills vetoed by the Governor as well as legislation covering new issues.

Task Force begins listening tour as part of state effort to battle Illinois’ growing opioid epidemic

More than 1,900 people in Illinois are expected to die of an opioid overdose this year. The state’s growing number of opioid overdose deaths prompted the creation of a new task force that began a statewide listening tour this week, as part of a coordinated effort to identify strategies to curtail the state’s growing opioid crisis, reduce opioid-related deaths and better treat individuals battling opioid dependency.

Legislation filed to ban taxpayer funds for elective abortions

Legislation has been introduced in the Senate and the House (Senate Bill 2241 and House Bill 4114) that would roll back key provisions of the controversial House Bill 40, a measure recently signed into law that allows tax dollars to fund abortions for any reason, including elective procedures.

Sen. Oberweis encourages families to submit stories of veterans to be showcased at Illinois Capitol

To help remember veterans, tell their incredible stories, and honor their legacy and sacrifice this upcoming Veterans Day, State Sen. Jim Oberweis (R-Sugar Grove) is encouraging constituents to submit a tribute and photo of their loved one who served our country to be displayed in the rotunda of the Illinois Capitol Nov. 1-Nov. 13.

Senate Week in Review: Oct. 2-6

This week, Illinois prepared to help with recovery efforts in Puerto Rico; a $1.4 million investment in Southern Illinois will help boost the state’s economy; the start of breast cancer awareness month highlights the need for preventive screenings; and Illinois residents were encouraged to honor their loved ones who served in the Armed Forces.