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Stuart bill blocking politician pay increase advances in the House


stuart katie squareLegislation sponsored by state Rep. Katie Stuart, D-Edwardsville, to block an automatic pay increase for state lawmakers from taking effect next year advanced out of the House State Government Committee on Thursday.

“I spend my time going door-to-door in our community, meeting with social service providers and not-for-profit organizations, visiting schools and speaking with small-business owners throughout the Metro East,” said Stuart. “Everyone is struggling to make ends meet, especially schools and organizations that rely on state funding, including organizations that serve senior citizens, veterans, domestic violence victims and the developmentally disabled. This is no time for politicians to take a pay raise.”

House Bill 5760 prohibits cost-of-living adjustments and freezes travel reimbursement rates for lawmakers and statewide office holders. Stuart passed similar legislation last year.

“This is a commonsense bill that all legislators should support to demonstrate our commitment to fiscal responsibility and good government that works for the people we represent,” continued Stuart. “Freezing lawmaker salaries alone won’t solve our fiscal challenges, and I’m committed to working with legislators on both sides of the aisle to identify savings and increase efficiencies to save taxpayer dollars and do more with what we have. This legislation is just the right thing to do.”

Jehan Gordon-Booth to receive Victim Service Award | CIProud PEORIA, Ill. – It is National Crime Victim Rights Week, April 8-14th The annual event celebrates milestones in advocacy and encourages private citizens, organizations …

Amanda Vinicky on Illinois primary election results, State Representative John Connor on the opioid crisis, Chris Dore on the Facebook data breach, Marlene Laro on virtual law firms and more


Chicago Tonight political journalist Amanda Vinicky joins the show to recap the Illinois primary election.


State Representative John Connor talks about his efforts to combat Illinois’ rising crisis of opioid abuse.


Edelson Partner Chris Dore joins Rich and Tina to discuss the Facebook data breach.


Potomac Law Group COO Marlene Laro discusses how her virtual law firm is changing how lawyers work


Finally, in the Legal Grab Bag, Tina and Rich discuss breaking legal news involving Trump’s legal team, Stormy Daniels, a fight over Glen Campbell’s estate and allegations against action star Steven Seagal.


Conroy Supports Hospital Assessment Program, Funding for Illinois Hospitals

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Last week, State Rep. Deb Conroy, D-Villa Park, voted to pass legislation ensuring hospitals receive vital funding to provide quality care DuPage County residents.

“I hear from residents all of the time who are worried about the future of healthcare and are concerned about maintaining quality services and affordable prices,” said Conroy. “This bill is one step of many that must be taken to ensure that our hospitals have the resources they need serve every community and sure make their services available to those who need it most.”

Senate Bill 1773 maximizes federal matching dollars to generate additional non-state funds for hospitals throughout Illinois. The current hospital assessment formula is based on decade-old data. The new formula will also bring in an additional $85 million dollars for mental health services.

“The hospital assessment is a crucial part of Medicaid funding for hospitals in Illinois,” said Kelley Clancy, Chief Advocacy Officer of AMITA Health. “AMITA Health appreciates the support of Representative Conroy and all legislators who voted for the assessment which provides the needed resources to ensure access to all those in need of healthcare services.”

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New 2018 Laws Explained By Democratic State Representative AURORA, IL — State Representative Stephanie Kifowit will explain new 2018 laws at an informational session Thursday at 6 p.m. The event takes place at the Eola Road branch of Aurora Public Library at 555 South Eola Road. Rep. Kifowit will be joined by Samantha Marcum from Senator Jennifer …

Maurice West Announces Candidacy for 67th District

Representative Litesa Wallace will not seek re-election in the house as she runs for lieutenant governor with Daniel Biss. A Rockford man is throwing his name into the ring to take her seat.

Maurice West announced his candidacy for the 67th district representative’s seat today.   Litesa Wallace will have to vacate her seat in the house no matter the outcome of the election.

West’s reason for running is to bring Rockford closer together.

“I’m tired of , I don’t know about you but I’m tired of I-90 Rockford and downtown Rockford. We are simply Rockford. And the district serves Rockford and a little bit of Loves Park.” 

West said in an interview today.

West moved to Rockford when he was five and went to school in RPS 205. He has been involved in local politics in the community since he finished college. 

KNIB & State Representative Litesa Wallace host free “Shred-It Day” ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) — A free community “Shred-It Day” takes place Saturday morning at the Rockford Recycle Center, hosted by State …

RSVP to this FREE Resume Workshop presented by Rep. Sue Scherer. July 12, 2pm, Shilling Center. Call 217.877.9636



RSVP to this FREE Resume Workshop presented by Rep. Sue Scherer. July 12, 2pm, Shilling Center. Call 217.877.9636


Letter: Thank you to Rep. Litesa Wallace for supporting The Outlet Earlier in May, members of the Illinois General Assembly, including Rep. Litesa Wallace, D-Rockford, participated in the House-Senate Charity Basketball game benefiting The Outlet, a young men’s mentoring organization in Springfield.We are honored to be a recipient of their generosity. Even more, we are honored that they would take the time to invest in the youth of Springfield.Springfield is not only home of the state Capitol, but like cities across the state, we are […]

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