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January is Radon Awareness Month

Radon Awareness MonthJanuary is Radon Awareness Month. Approximately 1,200 Illinoisans are diagnosed with radon-related lung cancer each year, so make sure your home is radon-free! Radon can’t be seen, smelled, or tasted so the only way to detect its presence is through a licensed professional or at-home test kit.

You can find a local, licensed professional here.

OR, you can order an at-home radon testing kit here.

How should I prepare my home to test for radon?

Senators respond to gun violence at Mercy Hospital in Chicago

mercy hosp 112018State Senator Mattie Hunter (D-Chicago) issued the following statement on the shooting at Mercy Hospital in Chicago yesterday:

“I am deeply saddened to hear about the horrific shooting at Mercy Hospital in Bronzeville yesterday. I am praying for all those who were affected. To the families of the victims—I cannot even begin to fathom the pain you are experiencing, but please know that our community is here for you.

Black Women’s Equal Pay Day

BlackWomens EqualPayDay 1Today, Tuesday, Aug. 7, is Black Women’s Equal Pay Day. The date – more than 200 days into 2018 – symbolizes the number of extra days the average black woman must work in a two-year span to match the single-year wages of an average white man.

When compared to all men, women are paid 80 cents on the dollar. Black women earn just 63 cents to each dollar a white man makes despite high education rates and growing participation in the workforce.

New fiscal year brings new state laws

CapitolSWJuly brings the beginning of a new fiscal year for the state, and several measures passed by the legislature and signed into law take effect on July 1.

Most notably, two new laws address Illinois education: one reaffirms the importance of learning cursive writing in Illinois schools and another addresses the statewide teacher shortage.

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IMAGE Koehler lauds decision to extend state tax filing deadline
Thursday, 09 April 2020
Peoria – To alleviate some of the financial anxieties many families are facing in the midst of the coronavirus outbreak, the state tax filing...

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IMAGE Bennett: Illinois expiration dates for driver licenses, vehicle registration extended
Thursday, 09 April 2020
CHAMPAIGN – While Driver Services facilities remain closed to the public, State Senator Scott Bennett (D-Champaign) is reminding people that...

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IMAGE Jones supports SNAP recipients receiving additional benefits during COVID-19 pandemic
Tuesday, 07 April 2020
CHICAGO – State Senator Emil Jones, III announced Tuesday that eligible SNAP recipients will receive additional benefits beginning this...

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IMAGE Belt announces additional support to childcare providers and essential workers
Tuesday, 07 April 2020
SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Christopher Belt (D-Centreville) announces the expansion of support to childcare workers and other essential workers...

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IMAGE Bennett shares tips to manage mental health during Stay at Home Order
Tuesday, 07 April 2020
CHAMPAIGN – With the number of confirmed cases of coronavirus continuing to rise in Illinois, Governor Pritzker issued an extension of the Stay at...

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