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Phelps grateful for cell phone contributions HARRISBURG — State Rep. Brandon Phelps, D-Harrisburg, said he wished to thank the Southern Illinois community for its help with providing cell …

PODCAST: Rep. Carol Ammons (D-Urbana) and Ralph Martire

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State Rep. Carol Ammons (D-Urbana) joins the News Hour along with guest Ralph Martire of the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability.


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State representative set Town Hall meeting Stephanie Kifowit, D-Oswego, and State Sen. Linda Holmes, D-Aurora, are hosting a town hall meeting on Wednesday, April 12 at 6:30 p.m. in The …

State rep pushing measure to improve police-community relations

EAST ST. LOUIS — State Rep. LaToya Greenwood, D-East St. Louis, is working to facilitate understanding and cooperation between law enforcement officers and the communities they protect, and create partnerships that will keep local communities safe.

“Law enforcement and members of the community can begin to build trust with one another with more positive interactions,” Greenwood said. “Often times the effort that goes into policing is reactive to situations, but if we can urge law enforcement to take a more proactive approach to positively engage with the community, I believe we can create greater understanding and productive relationships that keep will keep all of our communities safe.”

Greenwood introduced House Resolution 122, which urges local law enforcement agencies and departments throughout the state to designate police officers as community liaison partners within their communities to help communicate with local residents, address needs and concerns, and foster mutual understanding. Greenwood’s resolution also encourages law enforcement agencies to create advisory committees that would actively involve the community in preventing and helping resolve crimes.

“The vast majority of law enforcement officers want to have positive relationships within the communities they protect, just as the vast majority of residents are law-abiding citizens who want to keep their communities safe,” she said. “Community liaison programs help police and citizens see the best in one another. I commend departments that already have community-based programs in place, and I look forward to more community-based policing programs throughout Illinois.”

Greenwood’s House Resolution 122 received bipartisan support in the House Police and First Responders Committee this week. The measure now awaits consideration before the full House.

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Beiser cosponsors buy Illinois, buy U.S. Legislation

ALTON – State Rep. Dan Beiser, D-Alton, is putting Illinois and American made products first by co-sponsoring legislation that would prioritize local purchasing. Both of these bills would ensure state agencies prioritize the purchasing of products in Illinois and U.S. before buying products from other states or countries.

“We have a strong manufacturing base in this state and especially here in Madison County,” Beiser said. “There is no reason that our state should be purchasing products that are made outside of the United States or Illinois, when the same product can be found here. This legislation would help ensure that jobs remain local and help protect them from being shipped overseas.”

The legislation would require state agencies to prioritize future purchases to be products made in Illinois. If products are not available in the Illinois, then it would require the state to look for the same products that are made in the United States, with minimal exceptions.

“We need to be doing everything that we can to keep jobs in the United States and prevent the outsourcing of jobs, especially in the Metro East,” Beiser said. “This legislation would require our state to use products that come from local jobs that support our families. With legislation in place that supports our local businesses and their products, we can have a stronger state economy and help grow more jobs here in Illinois.”

For more on upcoming legislation, please contact Beiser’s full-time constituent service office at 618-465-5900.

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Beiser cosponsors legislation to keep jobs in Illinois ALTON – To help keep businesses in Illinois and prevent outsourcing, state Rep. Dan Beiser, D-Alton, is cosponsoring legislation that would require businesses who outsource jobs to pay back any tax breaks they’ve received from the state. “This bill …

Representative Stephanie Kifowit, Comedian Kelsie Huff and Freak Out Friday | Full Show (March 17)

Patti goes political on this St. Patrick’s Night. First, Representative Stephanie Kifowit joined her in the Allstate Showcase Studio to talk about what’s going on in Springfield. Then, Kelsie Huff, Daryl Moon and Jason Madeja stop by to talk about their comedic web show, The Open Mic Series. Then, Dave Lundy, Eric Elk and Cody Melcher joined the conversation for Freak out Friday to talk Russia and Trump’s new budget proposal. Representative Sara Feigenholtz called in with her two cents.

Senator Michael E. Hastings streamlines veterans’ certification process Hastings (D-Tinley Park). SPRINGFIELD – Illinois veterans may soon have a streamlined process to apply for small business contracts. State Senator Michael E. Hastings (D-Tinley Park) advanced Senate Bill 1620 to create a one-stop shop for veterans to gain …

State Rep. Natalie Manley Hosts Satellite Office Hours in Romeoville ROMEOVILLE, IL — State Rep. Natalie Manley (D-Joliet) will host monthly satellite office hours at Romeoville Village Hall, 1050 W. Romeo Road, …

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