In response to the state’s ongoing teacher shortage, new laws intended to cut red tape for teachers and offer more teaching opportunities for military spouses, were recently signed into law.
A new law seeks to increase Illinois seniors’ access to high-speed Internet and provide more convenience with permanent identification cards.
A package of legislation was signed this week to benefit Illinois farmers and ag businesses. With more than 72,000 farmers and 2,400 food manufacturers in the state, Illinois leads the nation in food processing, and ag commodities businesses produce $19 billion annually—and billions more is stimulated by ag-related industry.
New state laws sponsored or co-sponsored by Sen. Anderson will streamline veteran identification services and make it easier for homeless veterans to access critical medical benefits they have earned. House Bill 4848 requires health care providers to provide one free, complete copy of a patient’s medical records if the patient is an indigent homeless veteran.
Gov. Bruce Rauner signed legislation co-sponsored by Sen. Anderson that gives the state’s colleges and universities tools they need to attract in-state students with improved financial aid plans, a more liberal application of credit transfers, and increased student counseling supports.
State Sen. Neil Anderson wants veterans to know about a local organization that can help provide tangible and healthy, therapeutic alternative options for our veterans and service members who are struggling with combat PTSD, substance abuse, over medication, and other service related issues.
Parents, teachers, coaches, students and concerned community members interested in learning more about the opioid epidemic in Illinois are encouraged to come to State Sen. Neil Anderson’s free Informational Opioid Seminar on Tuesday, September 4 at United Township High School (1275 Avenue of the Cities) in East Moline from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
State Sen. Neil Anderson and State Rep. Tony McCombie are encouraging seniors to come to their free Senior Health Fair on Wednesday, August 8 at the New Hope Foursquare Church (2305 7th Ave.) in Moline. The event runs from 9:00 a.m. to Noon.
On July 31, the Governor signed legislation that encourages medical professionals’ participation in the initiative to equip police officers with epinephrine auto-injectors (also known as EpiPens) for allergy-related emergencies.
A new Illinois Lottery scratch-off game will provide resources to help fund police memorials, programs for the families of officers killed or severely injured in the line of duty, and protective vest replacements for officers.
The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) is seeking proposals through the Safe Routes to School program for projects that help children walk and bike to school.
During the last 10 years, delays in getting individuals approved for nursing home care have led to a backlog of 15,000 cases, with some taking up to a year to resolve. The problems stemmed from a complicated bureaucratic process of rules and regulations at the Federal and State levels, an antiquated computer system, and a staffing shortage.
A new law co-sponsored by Sen. Anderson and recently signed by the Governor will boost protections for Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) workers, in the wake of a violent attack on a local DCFS worker last year that led to her death in February.
The fees for a youth resident and non-resident archery deer permit will now be the same under legislation sponsored by Sen. Anderson and signed into law by the Governor.
Veterans seeking information about benefits available to them can pick up a free copy of the State of Illinois Benefits for Veterans booklet at State Sen. Neil Anderson's district office.
The River Edge Redevelopment Zone (RERZ) Historic Tax Credit, which is a vital economic tool that has fostered the reuse of historic buildings throughout the state, has now been expanded to other communities statewide.
First Army, located on Rock Island Arsenal, is celebrating their 100th/Centennial Birthday this year with assorted Centennial events. All are welcome to join them for this special occasion and help them celebrate their "100 years of service" to our nation.
The 2018 Illinois State Fair gets underway Aug. 9 in Springfield. The 11-day event, which brings hundreds of thousands of people though its gates, celebrates agriculture, the state’s number one employer and driver of the state’s economy.
Saving taxpayers’ money and improving efficiency are the goals of a government reform measure signed into law this week allowing affected county clerk’s offices to absorb the functions of their separate county election commissions.
State Sen. Neil Anderson and State Rep. Tony McCombie are encouraging job seekers to come to their free Job Fair Tuesday, July 31 at The Spotlight Theatre and Event Center (1800 7th Ave.) in Moline from 9:00 a.m. to Noon. This location is the former site of the Scottish Rite.
Legislation (House Bill 2354) signed into law during the week will allow family members or law enforcement to petition the court to have firearms removed from individuals believed to be a danger to themselves or others,. Another measure (Senate Bill 3256) was signed to extend the current 72-hour waiting period for handguns to include all guns purchased in Illinois.
The Governor also this week signed Senate Bill 3128, the Quincy Veterans’ Home Rehabilitation Act, allowing for the state to move forward on an expansion at the current facility while reducing red tape on future construction to allow the state to proceed more expediently on the project.
On July 17, the office of the Illinois State Fire Marshal and Gov. Rauner announced the recipients of the Small Firefighting and Ambulance Service Equipment Grant Program, also known as the Small Equipment Grant Program.
Staff from State Sen. Neil Anderson's office will host traveling office hours throughout Whiteside County over the next several weeks in August. Staff will be available to take citizen’s concerns, answer questions, and provide information on several issues. Appointments are not required.
Corn and soybeans across Illinois are enjoying a strong growing season this year thanks to Mother Nature. According to the latest Crop Progress and Conditions Report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), 81 percent of corn is considered in good to excellent condition right now. For soybeans, it’s 72 percent.
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