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Veto session begins next week

Lawmakers will return to the State Capitol for the annual fall “veto session,” and are expected to either take up votes to override or accept a number of vetoes to legislation issued by Gov. Rauner.

Illinois Innovation Network announced as plan to drive economic development

Plans were unveiled for an Illinois Innovation Network (IIN) that would bring together research universities, business and the public sector as partners in a $1.2 billion network that proponents say will propel ground-breaking innovations in computing and big data, advanced materials, food and agriculture, and biosciences and health, while driving job and economic growth throughout the state.

Illinois submits bid to land Amazon HQ2

The state’s official bid for a Chicago-area location for Amazon’s second headquarters was electronically submitted this week. The “HQ2” selection process has sent cities across the country scrambling to put together offers to try and land the much-coveted facility, which is estimated to bring 50,000 new high-paying jobs to the winning city.

Nybo speaks to third graders at Visitation

Senator Chris Nybo spent time with Visitation 3rd graders recently, stopping by the classroom to speak to students as part of their social studies unit on government. Nybo spoke about his role as a state senator, the structure of government, and students were able to ask questions and role-play how a bill moves through the legislative process.

COMMUNITY GATHERS TO HONOR LANCE CPL. ALEC E. CATHERWOOD

Community members gathered Oct. 16 to honor the life and service of a 19-year-old Byron man by designating a portion of Illinois Route 72 as “Lance Cpl. Alec E. Catherwood Memorial Road.”

Fowler applauds DRA investment in southern Illinois

State Sen. Dale Fowler (R-Harrisburg) is applauding new “creative placemaking initiative” grants from the Delta Regional Authority (DRA), in partnership with national arts and government organizations, that will provide investments in local arts and culture in two 59th District towns.

Senate Hearing: Minorities and State Pension Investment Opportunities

58th District State Senator Paul Schmipf (R-Waterloo), a member of the Illinois Senate Special Committee on State and Pension Fund Investments, hears testimony October 16 about minority and women participation in the state’s public pension systems.

Sen. Rezin to host free senior health fair in LaSalle

State Senator Sue Rezin and State Rep. Jerry Long (R-Streator) will host a free Senior Health Fair Wednesday, Oct. 18 at The Grove Center in LaSalle from 9:00am to noon. The public is invited to learn about alternative ways to lead a happier and healthier life.

Public encouraged to submit veterans’ stories, pictures to be showcased in a tribute at the Illinois Statehouse

As a way to honor the legacy and sacrifice of United States veterans this upcoming Veterans Day, the public is encouraged 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 through Nov. 13.

Fiscal report shows budget unbalanced by $1.7 billion

A fiscal report released by the state’s Office of Management and Budget (GOMB) shows a fiscal year 2018 budget that’s $1.7 billion out of balance.

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.

Sen. Dan McConchie & Rep. Peter Breen file legislation to ban use of taxpayer funds for elective abortions

State Representative Peter Breen (R-Lombard) and State Senator Dan McConchie (R-Hawthorn Woods) filed the “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act,” which would prohibit units of government in Illinois from using taxpayer funds for elective abortions, reversing key provisions of the recently enacted House Bill 40. Breen and McConchie are pressing for full debate and a floor vote on the measure during the upcoming fall veto session later this month, before HB 40 goes into effect in 2018.

Rezin to host ‘Coffee & Conversation’ with constituents in Grundy, Will Counties

State Sen. Sue Rezin is teaming up with other area lawmakers and local officials to host a “Coffee and Conversation,” an informal forum where constituents can talk to officials about topics important to them, ask questions, and receive updates on legislation, projects, and issues.

Nybo appointed to Senate Republican Leadership Team

Illinois Senate Republican Leader Bill Brady (R-Bloomington) announced on Thursday that State Senator Chris Nybo (R-Elmhurst) would be joining his leadership team as a Senate Republican Whip.

Rezin to host ‘Coffee & Conversation’ with constituents in Yorkville, Sandwich

State Sen. Sue Rezin is teaming up with other area lawmakers and local officials to host a “Coffee and Conversation,” an informal forum where constituents can talk to officials about topics important to them, ask questions, and receive updates on legislation, projects, and issues.