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In memory of our friend George Shadid

shadid blogSenator George Shadid was born on May 15, 1939 in Clinton, IA to a family of proud Lebanese descent. He married his wife Lorraine Unes in 1953. George and Lorraine had two sons, James and George, Jr. the latter of whom preceded him in death. His son James is currently a federal judge in Peoria. He is survived by his wife Lorraine, his son Jim, his daughter-in-law Mikie and four grandchildren

Top New Laws for Veterans in 2018

topvetslawsEvery year the General Assembly looks for opportunities to help our military veterans, and this year was no exception. Take a look at some new laws taking effect January 1 that improve benefits and services for Illinois veterans.

Top New Laws for Animals in 2018

topanimalsAnimal rights activists think of Illinois as a state with strong animal rights laws. Here are a few new laws benefiting animals that will take effect January 1, 2018, after passage in the General Assembly this year.

Congressional Republicans try to undo win for Illinois teachers

teachers supplies taxLocal lawmakers stand with educators, urge Congress to do the same

CHICAGO – A tax policy win for teachers in Illinois is now at risk of being undermined at the national level as Congressional Republicans and President Trump debate wiping out tax relief for teachers who spend their own money on classroom supplies.

The federal debate comes just months after state lawmakers created a new tax credit in an effort to recognize the realities classroom teachers face. A trio of North Side state lawmakers is speaking out to defend teachers and criticize Republican efforts in Congress.

“That’s Washington and the White House going in entirely the wrong direction,” Illinois Senate President John J. Cullerton said.

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News Releases

IMAGE Biss measure easing financial burden on youth care recipients becomes law
Friday, 20 July 2018
SPRINGFIELD – A bill sponsored by State Senator Daniel Biss easing the financial burden on people who grew up in youth care was signed into law...

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IMAGE Cullerton’s protections of Gold Star families become law
Friday, 20 July 2018
VILLA PARK — The families of armed service members killed in action or on duty will have greater power to terminate their fallen loved...

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IMAGE Rauner finally signs two Cullerton bills aimed at saving veterans
Tuesday, 17 July 2018
SPRINGFIELD – After months of waiting, Gov. Bruce Rauner finally signed two new state laws sponsored by State Senator Tom Cullerton (D-Villa...

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IMAGE Cullerton: Rauner has endangered Illinois voters
Tuesday, 17 July 2018
VILLA PARK – Gov. Rauner took steps today to endanger Illinois voter’s personal information. Rauner vetoed Senate Bill 2273 which would...

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IMAGE Aquino: Rauner’s voter protection is an assault on minority voting rights
Tuesday, 17 July 2018
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Rauner vetoed legislation today that would end Illinois’ participation in the controversial Interstate Voter...

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