Across thirty-six counties and dozens of townships in the state, the election of fifty-five township or multitownship assessors during 2017 appears to have been illegal because they failed to meet statutory requirements to be candidates for the office.
Sens. Dave Syverson (R-Rockford) and Dale Righter (R-Mattoon) added their voices in support of a pair of Senate bills that had to pass together for the federal authorization of $3.5 billion needed to maintain the Illinois Hospital Assessment Program ending in June.
Approximately 1.9 million Illinoisans – or about 15 percent of the state’s population – were on food stamp rolls in January 2017, according to a Prairie State Wire analysis of 66 Illinois welfare offices.
A grass-roots effort on social media resulted in a first-of-its-kind rally in Springfield on March 6 with supporters from across the state coming out against a proposal that would bar children younger than 12 from playing tackle football in youth sports programs.
As governor, Republican Bruce Rauner has waged a ceaseless battle with Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan. But in seeking re-election, Rauner also is fighting off a primary challenge from state Rep. Jeanne Ives of Wheaton, one of the most conservative Republicans in the House.
Reps. Patricia Bellock (R-Hinsdale) and Tom Demmer (R-Dixon) praised fellow lawmakers on the House floor last week after two health-care related bills they had worked on for over six months were approved.
Reps. Steven Andersson (R-Geneva) and Margo McDermed (R-Mokena) saw matters differently at a March 1 House Mental Health Committee hearing over HB4341, a bill sponsored by Rep. Carol Sente (D-Vernon Hills) that addresses the issue of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) by banning organized youth associations from allowing children younger than 12 to play tackle football.