Are you a veteran? A hunter? Drive a car? Own a dog? Smoke cigarettes? Have children? Visit wineries?
Laws enacted by Illinois this year are taking effect that apply to all of these situations and several more. Take a few moments to review this summary of new or changed laws that could touch your life. (Click anywhere on the graphic below for a full-size pdf.)
Three suburban Democrats will join Downstate Senator Andy Manar of Bunker Hill on a new committee charged with finding legislative solutions to Illinois’ growing teen heroin problem. State Senators Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant of Shorewood, Melinda Bush of Grayslake and Julie Morrison of Deerfield will help provide unique perspectives from Cook, Will and Lake counties.
Over the past decade, as heroin has become cheaper and purer, use and death have rapidly spiked in the Chicago suburbs and Downstate – especially use by teenagers and men and women in their early 20s. Heroin use remains a problem in parts of urban Chicago as well.
“Young people in rural areas and the suburbs have been using heroin more and more frequently in recent years,” Manar said. “They need to be made aware of the dangers of using heroin and the reality that it can kill them the first time they try it.”
One of Illinois’ best economic indices, the University of Illinois’ Institute of Government and Public Affairs Flash Index, jumped to its highest level in six years. The index was at 106.5 in August and increased to 107 in September. Readings below 100 suggest a shrinking economy and above 100 indicate the economy is growing. The last time the flash index was above 107 was in April 2007.
Economist J. Fred Giertz compiles the data to calculate the monthly index based on tax receipts for corporate income, retail sales and individual income. All three measures were up in September from September 2012.
The Advisory Committee on Education Funding met for a second time at the state capitol today, hearing testimony from the Illinois State Board of Education regarding the current state funding formula for school districts in Illinois.
"We have incredible inequity that we have to start to address in this state," chairman State Senator Andy Manar (D - Bunker Hill) said. "The situation is getting worse, it is not getting better."
The committee held their first hearing in late August, beginning a series of hearings that will be held across the state over the coming months.
State Senator Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park), visited Sternberg Lighting’s Roselle production facility and headquarters Monday. Sternberg Lighting manufactures and sells architectural and exterior lighting installations.
“It is important that we appreciate the vital role that manufacturing plays maintaining economic stability and employment security in our communities,” Cullerton said.
Sternberg Lighting has been an important source of manufacturing and engineering jobs in Chicagoland since it was established in 1923. The 150,000 square foot facility is specially designed to reduce heating and cooling costs and optimize natural light.
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