Senator Schimpf to continue in leadership role on Veterans Affairs Committee
State Senator Paul Schimpf (R-Waterloo) will once again serve as the lead Republican on the Illinois Senate Veterans Affairs Committee.
“All of our veterans have made great sacrifices to serve their country,” said Senator Schimpf. “It’s an honor to once again have the opportunity to have an important role in overseeing the legislation that can have a major impact on them.”
Schimpf is a retired member of the Marine Corps, who graduated from the United States Naval Academy, and also served as the Staff Judge Advocate for Marine Corps Installations Command.
Schimpf was also named to the Agriculture, Energy & Public Utilities, and Transportation Committees, which he feels will offer a great fit to the 58th District.
“I am very excited about these new assignments, which I think will offer me a better opportunity to advocate for the people of our district,” said Senator Schimpf. “The transportation committee will allow our region to have an outsized voice in the potential road projects that would have a major impact on our region, and the Energy & Public Utilities Committee will offer us a bigger voice on energy questions, particularly those involving coal. The Agriculture Committee will offer an amazing opportunity to watch over our largest industry.”
Senator Schimpf will also serve on the Judiciary Committee where his legal experience will offer a strong background on the issues, as well as the Financial Institutions Committee, which hears legislation regarding the financial and banking industries. Schimpf also remains a member of the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules (JCAR) and the Higher Education Working Group.
Upcoming Town Hall in Carbondale
Senator Schimpf will be hosting a Town Hall forum in Carbondale on Saturday, February 2nd, from 9am to 11am, at 217 E. Main Street in Carbondale. The event is free and Senator Schimpf encourages you to invite your friends.
New Legislation Introduced
While the new legislative session has yet to begin in earnest, there are already 75 new legislative measures filed with the Senate, while in the House of Representatives, 484 proposals have been filed for consideration. Over the next several months, the legislation will be heard by dozens of committees – in each chamber – before final votes are taken, most of which occur in May.
New legislation is assigned to committees, based on subject matter. Each committee will hold one or more public hearings, hear testimony – for and against the proposals – before taking an initial vote. Once a proposal wins committee approval, it moves on to the respective chambers for additional debate and approval. The Illinois General Assembly has a detailed explanation of the legislative process on the “How a Bill Becomes a Law” webpage.
Lawmakers return to the State Capitol Jan. 29. Senate Committee hearings are already scheduled.
Warming Centers Provide Relief
Some of the coldest temperatures of the winter season are predicted over the next week in Illinois. Designated warming centers are located throughout Illinois. Warming centers are listed alphabetically, by county, at https://www2.illinois.gov/services/GOV/warming-center.
According to the Illinois Emergency Management Agency, there have been 664 cold-related deaths in Illinois over the last ten years (2008-2017).
Income Tax Filing Begins
Both the Illinois Department of Revenue (IDOR) and the federal Internal Revenue Service (IRS) begin accepting 2018 individual income tax filings on Jan. 28.
Illinois taxpayers can file their Forms IL-1040 for free using the IDOR’s website MyTax.Illinois.gov. Federal income tax filers can use www.irs.gov/freefile to find the IRS Free File software product that matches their situation.
According to IDOR, state taxpayers can use the state website to make payments, check the status of their Illinois Individual Income Tax refunds using the Where's My Refund? link, and look up their Illinois-Personal Identification Numbers, amounts of any estimated tax payments they have made, and (when necessary) amounts reported on Form1099-G.
More than six million individual Illinois income tax returns were filed in 2018 with 86 percent of them filed electronically. IDOR anticipates direct-deposit refunds will be issued approximately four weeks from the time an “error-free, electronically-filed return” is submitted. The filing deadline to submit 2018 individual state and federal income tax returns is April 15.