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Gov. Rauner signs tax credit bill, co-sponsored by Anderson, to help property owners affected by July floods

Gov. Bruce Rauner signed into law a tax credit bill co-sponsored by Sen. Anderson worth up to $750 for property owners in 18 Illinois counties where flood damages were sustained in July, including the Quad Cities region.

Brady Appoints Members to New Senate Task Force

Senate Republican Leader Bill Brady announced the appointment of five Senate Republican lawmakers who will serve on the newly established Senate Task Force on Sexual Discrimination and Harassment Awareness and Prevention to help address the problem surrounding the issue of sexual harassment in Springfield.

IDNR Reminds Hunters to Make Safety a Priority

The Illinois Firearm Deer Season opens with the first weekend of firearm hunting on Nov. 17-19, and hunters in Illinois are reminded to make safety their top priority throughout all of Illinois’ busiest hunting seasons.

Legislation Addressing Sexual Harassment Signed Into Law

On Nov. 16, the Governor signed legislation introduced in response to recent allegations of sexual harassment in and around the Statehouse. House Bill 137 will give the Legislative Inspector General power to investigate all complaints submitted during the last three years.

Rock Island Academy and Erie Middle School students chosen as winners in Anderson’s Veterans Day Essay Contest

A sixth grade student from Rock Island Academy and a sixth grade student from Erie Middle School where chosen as the winners of State Sen. Neil Anderson’s Veterans Day Essay Contest.

Nominate an Illinois Veteran

With Veterans Day approaching, the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs and the Illinois Bicentennial Committee announced their HONOR 200 campaign. They are seeking to honor 200 veterans from across the state, whose sacrifices go above and beyond the call of duty.

Female senators announce creation of bipartisan Women’s Caucus

A bipartisan group of female state senators announced the creation of the Women’s Caucus on Thursday at a press conference in Springfield. The caucus is being formed to promote and advance women’s issues within the legislature and to support female senators from both political parties.

Measures pass targeting sexual harassment

The Illinois General Assembly moved quickly this week to pass legislation in response to recent allegations of sexual harassment in and around the Statehouse.

Special Legislative Inspector General Appointed

Recent calls for the appointment and confirmation of a Legislative Inspector General came to fruition over the weekend as the Legislative Ethics Commission approved the appointment of Julie B. Porter to serve as the Special Legislative Inspector General.

Rauner declares harvest emergency, built off law sponsored by Anderson

A law passed by Sen. Anderson this summer is coming in handy this fall, after many farmers have had a difficult harvest season. Gov. Bruce Rauner declared a statewide harvest emergency to assist farmers and grain handlers who are grappling with the fallout of rain-related delays.

Final week of Veto Session begins next week

State lawmakers return to Springfield Nov. 7 for the final week of the fall veto session. Issues that could come up during the scheduled three-day session include...

Legislation helps municipalities save money when filing audits

Municipalities could file their annual audit with the Comptroller’s Office using a far easier method, saving them time and taxpayer dollars, under legislation filed at the Statehouse.

Creative? State Police want your design for new logo

The Illinois State Police (ISP) is asking all creative artists to design a logo to celebrate the ISP’s 100th anniversary in 2022. Contestants can submit up to three designs with the top three logo design winners all receiving cash prizes.

Thousands offer IDOT advice on rest areas

The Illinois Department of Transportation will now start to analyze nearly 4,500 surveys about the condition of rest areas in Illinois. From Oct. 11-Oct. 29, IDOT offered people the chance to answer a 20-question survey about rest areas, ranging from their thoughts on rest rooms, water fountains, playgrounds, how satisfied they are when they use the state’s rest areas, how important certain features are to them, among other topics.

Updated information on protecting yourself from Equifax data breach

Illinois residents are urged to be vigilant following a massive data breach of consumer reporting agency Equifax, which announced on Sept. 8 that it suffered a breach affecting at least 143 million Americans. Information compromised in the breach includes Social Security numbers, driver’s license numbers, names, dates of birth, credit card numbers and addresses. This creates an ideal opportunity for impacted people to become victims of identity theft.