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Tom Cullerton announces new laws to help veterans in the New Year

Published: Tuesday, December 12, 2017 10:26 AM

service dogVILLA PARK- Laws to better serve Illinois veterans will go into effect at the start of the New Year, thanks to Villa Park Democrat, State Senator Tom Cullerton.

Cullerton passed a series of new laws to guarantee DuPage County veterans have better access to resources and services they qualify for.

“Our nation’s heroes have served our great country with honor, respect and made countless sacrifices to protect our freedoms,” Cullerton said. “These new laws are a small token of appreciation for all they do to keep us safe.”

Koehler celebrates 1 year anniversary of Future Energy Jobs Act

Published: Friday, December 08, 2017 10:47 AM

koehler 121117PEORIA – Local officials gathered last week to discuss the benefits of the Future Energy Jobs Act on the one year anniversary of the law being signed. The law placed Illinois in the forefront of green energy production, creating one of the strongest Renewable Portfolio Standards ever.

State Senator Dave Koehler (D-Peoria) was a proponent of the legislation while it was being debated in Springfield and says the tax credits created both federally and state wide are the reason for a boom in the industry.

“That’s why you are starting to see an explosion right now of solar (energy) because solar is ready for Illinois,” Koehler said.  “The technology is there. And because of these incentives we now see projects whether they are commercial scale projects, whether they are community projects they are now viable economically.”  

Thanks to the legislation, Fondulac Township is helping start one of Illinois’ first community solar projects. It is estimated that the project could power up to 400 homes in Tazewell County.

The goal of the Future Energy Jobs bill is to have 25 percent of the state’s generated electricity to come from renewable energy options like solar power or wind turbines.

Sen. Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant disappointed in Senate’s approval of Trump’s Tax Plan

Published: Friday, December 08, 2017 08:43 AM

jbt 120817PLAINFIELD- State Senator Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) is disappointed in the U.S. Senate’s approval of President Trump’s changes to the federal tax code that will hurt families across the 49th State Senate District.

The plan would benefit wealthy corporations at the expense of hardworking Illinois families. It is projected to increase the federal deficit anywhere from $1 to $1.78 trillion, according to figures released by the nonpartisan Joint Committee on Taxation.

Hunter responds to Claypool resignation, calls on Jackson, Clark to keep schools open

Published: Friday, December 08, 2017 08:36 AM

SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Mattie Hunter (D-Chicago) issued the following statement in response to Chicago Public Schools CEO Forrest Claypool’s resignation:

“With today’s departure of Chicago Public Schools CEO Forrest Claypool, I am calling on Janice Jackson and Frank Clark to keep our schools open and put the resources in place to educate and support our children.” 

Janice Jackson currently serves as Chief Education Officer for Chicago Public Schools. Frank Clark currently serves as President of the Chicago Board of Education.

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