Illinois Department of Natural Resources urges safe boating practices as the busy summer season sets in with Memorial Day weekend.
The Illinois Senate remained in session this week. In addition to taking part in committee hearings, and floor action, Senator Schimpf spoke with constituents and leaders in his communities about the SIU System and a major water main break that left parts of his district without water.
The Mount Vernon IDES office will be closed for the remainder of today, Thursday, May 17, and all day tomorrow, Friday, May 18.
The Illinois Senate remained in session this week. In addition to committee hearings, and a floor adoption of SJR54, Senator Schimpf met with Illinois DNR and SIU at Carbondale to sign a Memorandum of Understanding in Sparta.
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, disease cases from mosquito, tick, and flea bites have tripled in the U.S. during the 13 years from 2004 through 2016. Reported cases from mosquito and tick bites in Illinois have increased by more than half (58%) from 2005 to 2016.
The Illinois Senate remained in session this week. In addition to floor votes and committee hearings, Senator Schimpf met with the winners of his inaugural art competition and weighed in on the latest report from The Combined Veterans’ Capital Needs Task Force.
The Combined Veterans’ Capital Needs Task Force has released its report to the Governor's Office and the Illinois General Assembly. The report analyzes infrastructure needs and develops key strategies on how to improve the health and safety of residents at the Illinois Veterans’ Home at Quincy (IVHQ).
Winners were announced today, Tuesday, May 1, in Sen. Schimpf’s art competition. More than 30 students from Senate District 58 submitted artwork for the inaugural contest.
SIU Carbondale will soon start conducting research on two southwestern Illinois IDNR sites. Senator Schimpf is teaming up with Southern Illinois University at Carbondale (SIUC) researchers and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) to carry out a strategic planning study on the future economic vitality of two IDNR sites located in Senate District 58.
Legislative deadlines necessitated a full week of activity for the Illinois Senate in Springfield. Senator Schimpf weighed in on the proposed gun dealer licensing bill and saw one of his legislative priorities advance out of committee.
Senator Schimpf weighs in on Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs resignation. Director Erica Jefferies to resign May 18. Director Jeffries has been leading IDVA since being appointed to the post by Governor Bruce Rauner in 2015. Jefferies is an Army Veteran, a former White House Fellow, and graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point.
The goal of this yearly event is to address a public safety and public health issue. A 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health shows 6.4 million Americans abused controlled prescription drugs, and a majority of abused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet.
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.
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