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 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.
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.
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.
After being held by its sponsor for more than four months, a controversial abortion bill expanding taxpayer funding for abortions advanced to the Governor’s desk, and was signed into law on September 28.
New laws were signed during the week to spur economic development, and to protect property owners while targeting criminal activity.
Representatives from the Illinois Comptroller’s office will be on hand September 21 in West Chicago at a free Fraud Prevention Program sponsored by Senator Jim Oberweis and Representative Mike Fortner.
A large data breach announced September 7 by consumer reporting agency Equifax has caused millions of Americans’ sensitive information to be compromised, and state officials are urging residents to be proactive and take necessary precautions to prevent identity fraud or further damage from the data breach.
Governor Bruce Rauner announced a refinancing plan during the week that would allow the state to pay down some of its $15.4 billion backlog of overdue bills, including obligations to the state’s vendors and other providers.
An historic bipartisan agreement to replace Illinois’ outdated school-funding formula with a more equitable evidence-based model has been approved by lawmakers and signed into law by the Governor.
After countless hours of public meetings and legislative debate, a bipartisan agreement to fix the state’s broken school-funding formula is now on its way to the Governor, according to Senator Jim Oberweis.
Education funding progresses during the week, and job creation increases but remains a problem for Illinois.
Senate Republicans continue to call on all sides of this important issue to work together toward a bipartisan solution that will bring parity to the state’s school-funding formula.
“Batavia, Community High School District 94, West Chicago, Yorkville, Oswego, Plano. All the schools I represent receive less new funding under what the Democrats passed compared to the Governor’s amended version of Senate Bill 1."
With the Illinois Senate scheduled to vote August 13 on a partisan school funding plan that gives special favors to the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) at the expense of suburban and downstate schools, Senate Republicans remain opposed to Senate Bill 1.