Measure would extend vehicle stickers beyond one year

Illinois motorists would have the option to register their vehicles for more than one year at a time under Senate Bill 2293, which would allow motorists, beginning in 2020, to register their vehicles for one or two years.

High-speed Internet for rural school districts

A bipartisan measure introduced during the week would set aside $16.3 million from the School Infrastructure Fund for the expansion of high-speed Internet to rural schools and school infrastructure costs related to the expansion.

Joint House and Senate Hearing Held on Legionnaires’ disease at the Quincy Veterans’ Home

Seeking answers about the cases of Legionnaires’ disease at the Quincy Veterans’ Home, a joint meeting of the Illinois Senate and House was convened in Chicago on Jan. 9. Director of the Illinois Department of Public Health, Dr. Nirav Shah, joined Erica Jeffries, Director of the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, to provide testimony about how the state departments have handled the situation.

Human Trafficking Awareness

If we are truly dedicated to eradicating human trafficking and saving lives, we must work to end this exploitation and abuse 365 days of the year. Raising awareness in our communities and training ourselves to recognize the signs are the first steps to helping end human trafficking in Illinois.

Improved safety measures for children and Internet users in 2018 under new laws

Illinois residents can expect to see improved safety measures for children and Internet users in 2018 with new laws that help protect children in the foster care system, at day care and at school; as well as shield children and adults online.

Gov. Rauner announces appointments to Mahomet Aquifer Task Force

Gov. Bruce Rauner made appointments to the Mahomet Aquifer Task Force, which has been charged with protection of the Mahomet Aquifer, a primary source of drinking water for 500,000 central Illinois residents.

Governor signs SB 867, slashing filing costs for small businesses

Gov. Bruce Rauner signed legislation that substantially reduces startup, annual filing and other fees for limited liability companies (LLCs), the organizational structure preferred by many of Illinois’ 1.2 million small businesses.

Laws taking effect January 1, 2018

Check out all the laws going into effect Jan. 1, 2018.

Unique public policy experience hosted by Rose for area high school students

Nearly 70 high school students from 26 high schools across State Sen. Chapin Rose’s (R-Mahomet) 51st Senate District participated in a unique, hands-on experience in public policy, state government, and leadership on Dec. 8, as part of Rose’s Youth Advisory Council. Rose hosted the all-day Youth Advisory Council in Decatur at Richland Community College with the students being selected by their principals and teachers.

IDOT seeks feedback in online survey

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) published their annual Illinois Traveler Opinion Survey online this week and is seeking feedback from Illinois residents on the state’s transportation system.

Get covered before Illinois open enrollment ends on Dec. 15

Illinois residents have until Dec. 15 to enroll in a health insurance plan for 2018, and the Department of Insurance (DOI) has redesigned the online enrollment process to make selecting and enrolling in the right health care plan quick and easy.

State kicks off year-long Illinois Bicentennial celebration at Navy Pier

Gov. Rauner and the Illinois Bicentennial Commission kicked off the state’s year-long tribute to Illinois’ 200th birthday at Fifth Third Bank Winter WonderFest at Navy Pier on Dec. 3.

Rose nominates several local leaders to Mahomet Aquifer Task Force

State Sen. Chapin Rose recommended Champaign Mayor Deborah Frank-Feinen, Urbana Mayor Diane Marlin, Rantoul Mayor Charles Smith, Monticello Mayor Larry Stoner, Piatt County State’s Attorney Dana Rhoades, Champaign County Healthcare Consumers Director Claudia Lenhoff, and longtime educator and Mahomet resident Jim Risley for appointment to the Mahomet Aquifer Task Force.

Employment reports mixed

A recent Illinois Department of Employment Security report indicated a slight drop in the state’s unemployment from 5.0% to 4.9%, which represents an increase of 3,400 non-farm payroll jobs. Jobs growth varies according to region, however.

Strengthening economic ties with Japan

On Nov. 29, Southern Illinois lawmakers and local officials traveled with Japanese Consul General Naoki Ito to meet with key educational and manufacturing leaders in southern Illinois.