In the eleventh hour, the Illinois House and Senate approved the state budget, but without the vote from Representative Dan Swanson or Senator Chuck Weaver.
Several of our local lawmakers are sponsors of a bill that strengthens penalties for texting and driving when it results in serious injury. Sen. Jil Tracy is the chief sponsor in the Senate and Representative Norine Hammond
Many critics of Illinois Speaker of the House Michael Madigan have said he wields too much power over the law-making process in the state.
The 101st General Assembly was sworn in yesterday and an area legislator who faced a tough re-election battle is going back to work.
It was announced over the weekend that funding was being released to the Henry Hill Correctional Center for deferred maintenance projects.