Illinois is a hands-free state. Drivers need to be mindful that motorists are putting their life and the lives of others at risk when they are driving distracted. Remember, a text can wait. Please keep your eyes on the road and your hands on the wheel. Your life and the lives of others depend on it.
The Illinois Senate was in session the week of April 16, requiring Senator Paul Schimpf to work from Springfield. While in the Illinois Capitol, he cosponsored several bills, engaged with lawmakers in several committee hearings, and saw the passage of a bill from his Eight for ‘18 Agenda.
The Illinois Department of Corrections transferred its first 20 offenders to the Murphysboro Life Skills Re-entry Center, in Murphysboro on Monday, April 16. They will go through an orientation process and get acclimated to the new facility before starting educational, job readiness, and cognitive behavior therapy courses.
Senator Schimpf hosted a Teleforum on Wednesday, April 11. Throughout the conversation with District 58 constituents, Sen. Schimpf periodically asked for input on some of the current issues up for debate in Illinois.
Illinois Department of Transportation and Illinois State Police are reminding motorcyclists to “Ride Smart” before rolling out on the first ride of the season. The annual campaign urges riders to take precautionary measures before getting back on their bikes by conducting pre-ride T-CLOCS safety inspections of their equipment and sharpening their skills with a motorcycle training class offered by IDOT.
Senate Lawmakers returned to a busy week in Springfield after several weeks back in district. Sen. Schimpf wasted no time getting back into the thick of it. This week he hosted a Teleforum, engaged with lawmakers in several committee hearings, and welcomed hundreds of District 58 constituents to Springfield for Agricultural Legislative Day.
Newly filed House Bill 5861, would amends the Southern Illinois University Management Act. It calls for the abolition of the Board of Trustees of Southern Illinois University and vies to separate the campuses making them separate institutions.
Mr. Gerald and Betty Brown of Jonesboro, are the first family to be bestowed with the Illinois Department of Agriculture Bicentennial Farm designation. The family was presented with this honor at the annual Agricultural Legislative Day at the Capitol on Wednesday, April 11.
IDPH is announcing the launch of its Opioid Data Dashboard, an innovative way to access data on opioid overdoses and deaths. The dashboard is meant to inform statewide efforts to combat the opioid epidemic and implement the state's Opioid Action Plan.
The DuQuoin State Fair is proud to welcome the Hall of Fame rock ‘n’ roll band, Cheap Trick, to the Grandstand stage on Sunday, August 26. With more than 5,000 performances, 20 million records sold, 29 movie soundtracks, and 40 gold and platinum recording albums, Cheap Trick is a musical institution.
Southern Illinois lawmakers are urging caution and saying, "slow down," regarding a recent proposal to swiftly move more than $5 million in funds from Southern Illinois University’s Carbondale (SIUC) campus and divert the money to the University’s Edwardsville campus.
Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is reporting that the norovirus outbreak at the Illinois Veterans’ Home in Quincy last month is over. Approximately 20 individuals experienced symptoms for a few days.
Beginning Tuesday, April 10, Illinois House and Senate Lawmakers will be back in the Capitol City to square things away for Spring Legislative Session. The upcoming weeks will likely be very busy as there are several deadlines in May and lawmakers anticipate to adjourn on Thursday, May 31, 2018.
In the midst of the action, Sen. Schimpf will host a Teleforum on Wednesday, April 11, at 6:40 p.m. and he wants to hear from residents in District 58. Be sure to check senatorschimpf.com for event updates or cancellation information.
The Illinois State Police (ISP) is teaming up with the Save a Star Drug Awareness Foundation to help decrease prescription and over-the-counter drug abuse. Soon, people will be able to drop over-the-counter and prescription medications into the receptacles, including controlled substances, pet medications, drug samples, vitamins, liquids and creams.
Illinois is a crossroads in the American transportation network and has one of the largest mass transit districts in the country, potentially offering significant reductions to mobile source emissions using the Settlement funds. The Draft Plan details Illinois’ proposal to remove old, dirty diesel engines from service and replace them with new electric, alternate fuel, and cleaner diesel engines.
Children are our future and all children deserve great childhoods. We need to recognize that each one of us has a role to play in preventing child abuse. It’s about our future. It’s about protecting children.
Although the Illinois Senate was not in session this week, Senator Paul Schimpf’s schedule did not slow down as he toured businesses and met with constituents throughout the 58th Senate District. During times when the Illinois Senate is not in session, Sen. Schimpf takes advantage of the opportunity to learn more about the region he represents.
The deadline to file state and federal taxes is mere weeks away. Taxpayers can file their returns on or before Tuesday, April 17, for the 2017 tax filing year. If you haven’t already filed, you can start your IL-1040 online for free at mytax.illinois.gov.
Springfield, Ill. — As Senator Paul Schimpf continues to meet with constituents and local organizations throughout Senate District 58, Governor Bruce Rauner announced plans to explore construction of a new veterans’ care facility on the Quincy-based campus recently under scrutiny for an outbreak of Legionnaires Disease. Plus, a recent comparison ranked Illinois as having the worst tax rate in the nation, underscoring the need to mitigate the burden on Illinois’ taxpayers.
The Illinois Senate convened in Springfield March 13-15. A strong portion of the week was devoted to conversations and action surrounding firearm legislation and proposed restrictions. Additionally, a bill from Senator Schimpf’s “Eight for ‘18” legislative priorities moved forward.
Although the Illinois Senate was not in session this week. Senator Schimpf traveled to Chicago for a Veterans’ Affairs Committee hearing and attended events within the 58th Senate District.
Senator Paul Schimpf responds to latest Joint Senate/House Veterans Affairs Committee hearing about the Illinois Veterans’ Home at Quincy. The meeting was held in Chicago on Monday, March, 5.
This week Sen. Paul Schimpf continued his participation in a higher education working group, voted to protect our 2nd Amendment rights, and supported a bipartisan healthcare assessment formula to ensure Illinois continues to receive federal Medicaid funding.
High school artists in District 58 are invited to submit work to Senator Paul Schimpf’s “Celebrate the State” High School Art Competition. Students will have the chance to showcase their pieces at a gallery display in the Illinois State Capitol in Springfield, beginning April 29.
The Spring Legislative Session is in full swing. All of Senator Schimpf’s legislation has been filed and students from Dist. 58 are getting more opportunities to learn about the legislative process than ever before.
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