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Tracy announces two crucial community capital programs will receive remaining grant funds

State Sen. Jil Tracy announced that Gov. Bruce Rauner has ordered the release of grant funds for two crucial capital programs in the 47th Senate District, Eagle View Community Health Systems and the Macomb Public Library District.

Tracy earns perfect score on Illinois Manufacturing Legislative Scorecard

This week, the Technology and Manufacturing Association (TMA) gave State Senator Jil Tracy a perfect score on her 2017 Illinois Manufacturing Legislative Scorecard.

Tracy appointed to Senate Task Force on Sexual Discrimination and Harassment Awareness and Prevention

Senate Republican Leader Bill Brady announced on Monday that he is appointing State Senator Jil Tracy and four other Senate Republican members to serve on the newly created Senate Task Force on Sexual Discrimination and Harassment Awareness and Prevention.

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.

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.

LAC Confirms Continued Problems With Neighborhood Recovery Initiative

The General Assembly’s Legislative Audit Commission (LAC) met this week, and reviewed the second of two scathing audits of the controversial Neighborhood Recovery Initiative (NRI) program.

Comptroller Releases Critical School Funding

This week, the Illinois Comptroller’s Office released $421 million, the last and final quarter payment for fiscal year 2017 mandated categorical (MCAT) payments to schools —the most delayed payments from the previous school year, 2016-2017.

Senate Passes Legislation to Honor Local Fallen Heroes

The Illinois Senate this week passed legislation to honor a Navy Seal and two police officers who were tragically killed in the line of duty.

Veto session begins

Lawmakers return to the State Capitol for the annual fall “veto session” this week and are expected to either take up votes to override or accept a number of vetoes to legislation issued by Gov. Rauner.

Illinois submits bid to land Amazon HQ2

The state’s official bid for a Chicago-area location for Amazon’s second headquarters was electronically submitted this week.

Illinois Innovation Network announced as plan to drive economic development

Plans were unveiled for an Illinois Innovation Network (IIN) that would bring together research universities, business and the public sector as partners in a $1.2 billion network that proponents say will propel ground-breaking innovations in computing and big data, advanced materials, food and agriculture, and biosciences and health, while driving job and economic growth throughout the state.

New law will increase educational access for adults, bring successful diploma programs to Illinois

A new law was signed recently that will enable adults who did not finish high school to acquire high school diplomas. The law also allows for the creation of quality adult diploma programs.

Republican lawmakers unveil reforms to higher education

Republican lawmakers this week jumpstarted what they intend to be a thoughtful and bipartisan conversation about the state’s higher education system, introducing Senate Bill 2234 and pushing for reforms to the state’s higher education system.

EDGE Tax Credit Signing

House Bill 162 was a bipartisan measure that supporters say is a critically important tool to helping boost economic development in Illinois by encouraging job creation, growth and competitiveness.