Senator Schimpf had an eventful week in District 58 and in other parts of the Midwest. He not only wrapped up a legislative conference in Minneapolis, but accepted an invitation to the White House. Read about it here, in his Week in Review.
State Senator Paul Schimpf will visit the White House in Washington, D.C. in September. His trip’s agenda will consist of a tour of the White House as well as a conference and discussion with key administration officials and policymakers.
Over 390 tons of tires were collected in June and July throughout the State of Illinois, including dump sites in St. Clair County.
Mixed news about the economy and jobs, new laws improving Illinois’ business and government climates, and remembering our military heroes are among some of the action around the state this week.
Fire departments in Illinois that need assistance purchasing emergency vehicles can now apply for a loan through the Fire Truck and Ambulance Revolving Loan Programs. The Fire Truck and Ambulance Revolving Loan Programs are designed to assist emergency personnel purchase vehicles they otherwise couldn't afford.
Beginning Thursday, Aug. 9, at 5 a.m., IDOT will change the traffic flow around the fairgrounds to one way counterclockwise. In addition, both eastbound and westbound turn lanes at the intersection of Veterans Parkway and Eighth Street will be closed.
Illinois has several new laws that address a backlog of applications for nursing home care, provide more first responders with medicines for allergy-related emergencies, boost protections for DCFS workers, and create a new lottery game to benefit families of fallen police officers.
Also during the week, Gov. Bruce Rauner signed a measure creating the Illinois Route 66 Centennial Commission, and the Illinois Department of Transportation is seeking proposals for projects that help children walk and bike to school.
The Illinois General Assembly has designated August 7th as Purple Heart Day in Illinois, set aside to honor and remember those in the military who have been wounded or killed in battle and honored with a Purple Heart.
Illinois has several new laws on the books including a good-government reform measure that allows affected counties to consolidate their election commissions with their county clerk’s offices, a bill creating the Historic Tax Credit Act and legislation recognizing the Illinois Department of Innovation and Technology (DoIT) as a state agency. Also during the week, the Illinois State Fairgrounds is prepping for the 2018 Illinois State Fair, which is just around the corner. This yearly tradition kicks off August 9.
Senator Schimpf's FREE Senior Health and Information Fair will offer free health screenings, informational legislative brochures, and refreshments. Plus, participants will have the chance to meet with Senator Schimpf in person and hear about progress in Springfield.
Nominees will be evaluated based on their achievements in dedicating their time and energy to build their communities and assist their fellow veterans and service members. More than 100 veterans have already been nominated to be recognized as part of Illinois’ Bicentennial celebration, but IDVA is looking for more nominations.
Governor Bruce Rauner continued acting on legislation that had passed the Illinois General Assembly this past spring and the State Fire Marshal announced $2.2 million in grants for local fire departments to purchase equipment.
Since mid-May, IDPH has received confirmation of 243 cases of cyclosporiasis, an intestinal illness caused by the microscopic Cyclospora parasite. Of those, 92 reported eating salads produced for McDonald’s restaurants in the days before becoming ill.
The Office of the State Fire Marshal has recently determined the recipients of the Fiscal Year 2018 Small Equipment Grant Program. There are 100 departments taking a share of the $2.2 million in awarded funds, including eight recipients in and around Senate District 58
Randy Dunn is out as president of the Southern Illinois University system. Dunn has agreed to a voluntary separation from the university. Dunn will be on leave effective Tuesday. July 16, before his official termination on July 30.
A new report from an economic research group highlights the growing and high tax burden Illinois businesses are facing, ranking Illinois 35th in the country. The report is another example of why Senate Republicans are pushing pro-jobs and pro-economic reforms at the Statehouse.
Also this week, a researcher from the University of Illinois at Chicago says Illinois is different than other states in that most opioid-related deaths are being caused by heroin use, as opposed to prescription opioids. One statewide project is trying to help curb the opioid problem while Illinois is also implementing its Opioid Action Plan.
The Benchmark plan serves as a minimum scope of benefits that most health plans sold in Illinois must cover. The Illinois Department of Insurance (DOI) hosted an electronic public notice and comment period to solicit recommendations from the public this past Spring. Based on the analysis of the comments and the expertise of the providers and researchers, DOI revised the Benchmark Plan with the aim of reducing addiction and overdose.
New laws have been signed seeking to address the state’s growing teacher shortage, and better prepare Illinois students for the demands of college and the workforce.
The “opt-in” phase of the state’s Automatic Voter Registration law also began this week, allowing residents to update their voter status at the DMV, which will be sent immediately to election officials.
The SIUC-led Strategic Planning Studies for the World Shooting and Recreational Complex and Pyramid State Park kicked off this week; the federal government approved a plan to protect rural hospitals; and Illinois residents are encouraged to celebrate the coming Fourth of July holiday safely.
With summer in full swing so are summer activities. The Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM) would like to remind residents to be safe this summer.
The Illinois Explosives Act is administered by the IDNR Office of Mines and Minerals’ Explosives and Aggregate Division. The Division is staffed by trained blasting specialists located throughout Illinois. In addition to requiring comprehensive licensing, training, and examination for individuals, the law requires that unattended display fireworks and explosives must be stored in an explosives magazine, storage facility, or container that is inspected and certified by IDNR.
The “Bicentennial and Beyond! The Illinois Legacy Collection” exhibition will open to the public with a special reception on Friday, June 29 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. The reception is free and open to the public, and will include complimentary soft drinks, light appetizers, a cash bar, and music provided by the Virgil Rhodes and his band “Footprints.” Those interested in attending should RSVP by emailing Leslie.Cline@illinois.gov or calling 217-782-0909.
The federal government has approved the state’s plan to protect safety net and rural hospitals while ensuring continued federal support for quality healthcare to more than three million Illinoisans.
Senate lawmakers joined their House counterparts in Chicago this week for an emotional hearing in response to a recent media investigation revealing systemic sexual abuse and assaults have taken place within the Chicago Public School system over the last decade.
Also this week, state officials applauded progress on the Illinois Innovation Network and the highly anticipated Discovery Partnership Institute, a cutting edge innovative research and development initiative that is expect to serve as an economic engine in Illinois and the Midwest. Additionally, officials highlighted the benefits of the state’s new adoption tax credit, while public health experts caution Illinois residents to protect themselves against mosquitoes following confirmation of the state’s first reported human case of West Nile virus in 2018.
The City of Sparta is a step closer to seeing water and sewer bond payments that have been owed dating back to 2017. The Fiscal Year 2019 budget plan calls for making due on the payments.
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