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Tom Cullerton passes measure to protect high-risk veterans

tc 051518SPRINGFIELD – The State of Illinois currently does not have a procedure in place to alert police and emergency professionals of missing veterans, but State Senator Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park) is working to change that.

Cullerton passed House Bill 4212, which expands the use of the Endangered Missing Person Advisory system - also known as Silver Alert – to veterans who are believed to have physical or mental conditions related to their service.

Illinois Senate welcomes Director General of Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (AUDIO)

jjc taipei 051518Today, Senate President John J. Cullerton welcomed the Director General of Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Chicago, Mr. Eric Huang. Mr. Huange spoke about the relationship and trade between the US and Taiwan.

TECO in Chicago’s jurisdiction include seven states in the Midwest which are Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin, The geographical size of the seven states is approximately 378,400 square miles, and is 10.5% of the whole landmass of the United States.

Harris: Supreme Court decision allows Illinois to legalize sports betting

harris 0418SPRINGFIELD – The state of Illinois could look to legalize sports betting after the United States Supreme Court struck down a federal law Monday that prohibited the practice.

“We’ve been working on legislation to legalize sports betting in Illinois in anticipation that the Supreme Court would strike down the federal law,” said State Senator Napoleon Harris (D-Harvey), former NFL Linebacker and sponsor of Illinois’ sports gambling measure. “This decision puts us on a clear path for negotiating the issue.”

Stadelman proposal to increase transparency on car rental agreements passes Senate

stadelman 051118SPRINGFIELD – With the increase of cashless tolls in Illinois, State Senator Steve Stadelman (D-Rockford) advanced a proposal that offers protection for rental car drivers. After returning a rental car, many drivers may be surprised to find they were charged additional fees for a tollway collection device, similar to an I-PASS. Stadelman advanced a proposal through the Illinois Senate this week to allow rental car drivers to opt out of these devices.

“Drivers deserve to be aware of the option to use these costly tollway devices up front, instead of finding out about these costly fees later,” Stadelman said.

Under Stadelman’s proposal, rental car companies must provide renters the option of using the tollway collection device. If a company fails to offer a customer the ability to opt-out, the fees are capped at $2 per day that the device is used, in addition to the cost of the tolls.

“Many drivers are unaware they can avoid paying these fees by using their own transponders, paying cash or paying the fees online,” Stadelman said. “Informing them they have the option to opt out will help them make the most financially beneficial decision.”

Stadelman’s proposal, Senate Bill 2522, passed through the Illinois Senate with a vote of 49-0. It will now head to the Illinois House of Representatives.

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