The Illinois Department of Transportation is inviting the public to submit ideas for safety messages to display on the electronic signs located over highways throughout the state. The winning messages will be displayed at times throughout the year to help promote traffic safety. Winning entrants also receive a personalized street sign.
This week the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA) will announce the names of the veterans who have been chosen to represent the Bicentennial Honor 200.
Senator Paul Schimpf had a busy week in and around the district as well as Chicago. Sen. Schimpf met with constituents to hear their concerns and attended an Illinois Association of School Administrators event in Belleville. He also traveled to Mt. Vernon to listen to Jim Koonce talk about the Honor Wreaths Program at the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce luncheon.
This is part of a multi-state outbreak, which includes 92 cases in 29 states and is being investigated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The initial investigation indicates a link to raw chicken.
The Illinois Senate Republican Caucus is inviting families and friends of veterans to share the stories of their heroes on our Veterans Day "Wall of Honor." The event will take place in November.
Here's a look at what Senator Schimpf and the Illinois Senate Republican Caucus have been up to this past week.
Senator Schimpf shares response to the recent passing of Southern Illinois University Carbondale Chancellor Carlo Montemagno.
National Fire Prevention Week’s theme is “Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware – fire can happen anywhere.” Fire fighters across the state will be visiting schools to teach students the importance of fire safety, emergency preparedness and how to reduce the risks of a starting fire.
The Illinois State Board of Education is seeking input on public education funding for the fiscal year 2020 budget. Three open budget hearings have been scheduled, giving individuals the opportunity to share their funding requests prior to ISBE sending its final recommendations to the General Assembly and the Governor.
In other action, legislation was filed to keep people who have committed tax fraud from running for public office.
Also during the week, a new report was released showing the number of school districts in Illinois able to access high-speed internet has increased, the Governor proclaimed October as Manufacturing Month in Illinois, and the Illinois Department of Revenue launches a new, mobile-friendly website.
Senator Paul Schimpf has been appointed to the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules (JCAR). JCAR is composed of 12 legislators who are appointed by the legislative leadership, with the membership apportioned equally between the two houses and the two political parties.
The Illinois Department of Revenue (IDOR) is inviting taxpayers to explore the new look of its redesigned website. Key features of IDOR’s new website include encrypted security, better accessibility, a drop-down menu system at the top of every page, and real-time traffic-driven listings.
This year, 2018, marks the 15th year of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, as led by the Department of Homeland Security to raise awareness about the importance of cybersecurity. Illinois will be reaching out to state employees to share tips and best practices, as well as providing educational sessions on cyber topics such as avoiding phishing scams and online safety.
The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) today issued a call for public education funding requests to inform the state’s fiscal year 2020 budget. The state constitution mandates that the “primary responsibility for financing the system of public education” belongs to the state.
The Office of the State Fire Marshal is offering a few tips that will help Illinoisans stay safe as temperatures continue to drop. It is recommended that all recreational fires, such as bonfires, be contained in a pit, with sidewalls, and do not exceed 3 feet wide and 2 feet tall.
Illinois has been ranked as the fourth best state in the nation for teachers, according to the personal finance website WalletHub. Also during the week, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is recommending that residents get the flu shot as soon as it is available in their communities, and the Governor has proclaimed October as College Changes Everything® Month. In other action, most Real Estate Brokerage and related license applications and renewals are now available online, and the Governor has issued Executive Orders eliminating 53 non-functioning boards and commissions.
As part of the Youth Hunt, hunters age 17 or younger may hunt ducks, geese, coots and mergansers, as long as they are accompanied by an adult at least 18 years of age. The accompanying adult cannot hunt these species, but may participate in other open seasons.
The Friend of Agriculture Award honors legislators who understand the importance of Illinois agriculture. Legislators receiving this award recognize the benefits of Illinois’ agricultural products and the importance farmers play in feeding our world.
Recent changes to Illinois law will require children traveling in Illinois to remain rear-facing until age 2. Gov. Bruce Rauner recently signed legislation supporting recommendations of experts and advocates to keep children in rear-facing car seats as long as possible. This law will take effect Jan. 1, 2019.
A recent list from WalletHub ranks the best cities in Illinois for their labor-market health. More than 120 cities were ranked based on job opportunities, starting salary, employment growth, among other factors. Also during the week, Illinois is set to receive nearly $44 million from the federal government to help fund treatment centers and increase the availability of addiction treatment in the fight against opioid abuse. In other action, those seeking financial assistance for winter heating should start gathering the proper documentation now so they are ready to apply for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program Oct. 1.
Flu activity peaks between December and February, but activity can last as late as May. Flu is a contagious respiratory illness that can cause mild to severe illness. Serious cases of flu can result in hospitalization or death.
Attendance on Family Night on Friday, Aug. 24, was up nearly 40 percent, propelling the 2018 Du Quoin State Fair toward another successful year. Preliminary estimates show a total of 100,813 fair-goers passed through the gates for the 2018 fair, bringing in $226,780 in admission and parking revenue during the fair’s 11-day run.
The Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity’s Office of Community Assistance announced today that the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) will begin scheduling appointments and accepting applications for winter heating assistance for seniors and people with disabilities beginning Oct. 1, 2018.
Each year since 1944, the third week of September has been recognized as National Farm Safety and Health Week.
Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIUC) will see $1,250,000 in capital funding for campus improvements and repairs as part of the Fiscal Year 2019 capital budget approved by lawmakers in late May. The capital program was appropriated as part of the current FY 2019 state budget.
Despite the Labor Day holiday, Senator Paul Schimpf remained busy throughout the district. This week saw the conclusion of the Du Quoin State Fair, one of the major economic events in the district. Senator Schimpf made numerous visits to the fairgrounds, including the opening ceremonies of the Ducky Derby Dash to benefit Special Olympics of Illinois. Senator Schimpf also toured Memorial Hospital in Belleville which provides healthcare and employment to many constituents in the northern portion of the 58th Senate District. Finally, Senator Schimpf spent Friday at the opening ceremonies for the visit of refurbished WWII ship LST 325 to Chester, followed by constituent meetings at his office in the World Shooting and Recreation Complex in Sparta.
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