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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.

Anderson, McCombie to Host Sterling Senior Fair June 27

State Sen. Neil Anderson (Rock Island), and State Rep. Tony McCombie (Savanna) will host a free Senior Health Fair from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. October 19 at New Hope Foursquare Church, 2305 7th Avenue in Moline.

Rezin to host free senior health fair in LaSalle

State Senator Sue Rezin 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. Free health screenings, blood pressure check, and Pneumonia shots will be available. A variety of vendors will also be on hand to discuss programs that benefit seniors and legislative brochures will be available. Free refreshments will also be available. The address of The Gro

Fowler invites constituents to “Pedal-Pa-Looza” in Vienna

“Every kid loves riding their bike, but not every kid has learned basic bike safety. Pedal-Pa-Looza is a great opportunity to spend some quality time with your family, and learn a little along the way,” said Fowler, whose legislation to designate cycling the official state exercise of Illinois was recently signed into law.

Senator McConnaughay welcomed more than 100 local women to her 3rd Annual Women’s Conference

Building on the success of her previous women’s conferences, state Senator Karen McConnaughay (R-St. Charles) welcomed nearly 120 local women to her 3rd Annual Women’s Conference on October 5.

October is College Changes Everything® Month in Illinois

The Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) developed CCE Month to help ensure that all Illinois students and families have access to expert help with college applications and financial aid—and scheduled it to support students who, as a result of changes made by the U.S. Department of Education, now apply both for college admissions and for financial aid in the fall.

New $1.4 million Delta Regional Authority investment to boost regional, state economy

Southern Illinois will benefit from $1.4 million in new investments by the Delta Regional Authority (DRA) that state Sen. Dale Fowler (R-Harrisburg) says will boost regional infrastructure, the local workforce and the economy. The investments by the DRA will go to support public and private partnerships, bringing to Illinois an estimated $22.7 million in new investments.

Rose: Cook County soda tax an attack on agriculture

Cook County’s penny-per-ounce tax on sweetened beverages, often called the “soda tax,” would be repealed under legislation (SB 2238) filed by State Sen. Chapin Rose.

Rezin tribute memorial embraced by area veterans, public

Approximately 75 local residents joined State Sen. Sue Rezin (R-Morris) to show their gratitude to America’s brave men and women in uniform, as part of a tribute memorial on Sunday, Oct. 1 at the Middle East Conflicts Wall Memorial in Marseilles, honoring veterans’ sacrifice.