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.

Whiteside County Health Department Receives long awaited grant for Whiteside County Community Health Clinic Building

State Sen. Neil Anderson and State Rep. Tony McCombie announced that a $329,250 grant for the Whiteside County Community Health Clinic (WCCHC) will be released by the Illinois Capital Development Board.

Local high school students explore public policy, leadership through Anderson’s Youth Advisory Council

Dozens of high school students from across the 36th Senate District participated in a unique, hands-on experience in public policy, state government, and leadership Dec. 5 in Moline, as part of State Sen. Neil Anderson’s Youth Advisory Council.

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.

Bonds issued to pay down debt

In November, the Governor’s Office of Management and Budget (GOMB) issued bonds totaling $6 billion to be used to pay down the state’s $16 billion bill backlog.

Keep your family safe with the annual Safe Shopping Guide

Entering the holiday season in earnest, shoppers are encouraged to review the annual Safe Shopping Guide released by the Illinois Attorney General’s office for information on dangerous toys and children’s products that have been recalled throughout the year.

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.