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The Life and Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

mlk jrThis Monday, Americans will pause to remember the tireless work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who dedicated his life to advancing civil rights and justice for African-Americans and other marginalized groups throughout the United States.

In honor of Dr. King, many Americans will take the day to volunteer in their communities. Serve Illinois, a state commission tasked with increasing volunteerism, offers information on a multitude of volunteer opportunities across the state.

This Monday, we remember the timeless words of Dr. King: “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’”

Senate enacts term limits on first day; Senate President urges colleagues to lead way to solutions

jjc 011117SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Senate began its 100th session Wednesday by imposing term limits on Senate leaders and a call from the Senate President for an end to the political rhetoric that has plunged Illinois into a nearly two-year budget impasse.

“How about we try governing for a bit?” Senate President John Cullerton said in his inaugural speech. “That’s what the people sent us here to do.”

Steans acts for lead-free drinking water in elementary school, daycare

steans 011017SPRINGFIELD – Elementary children and daycare attendees will now be better protected from lead exposure under legislation sponsored by State Senator Heather Steans (D-Chicago). Senate Bill 550, which requires testing water sources in schools and daycares for lead, passed the Senate today.

“Lead exposure in children is a serious issue that can cause developmental delays and learning disabilities,” Steans said. “We need to proactively tackle the issue of lead exposure in schools and arm parents with information. That’s exactly what this legislation does.”

Stadelman-backed tax credit for downtown Rockford signed into law

Stadelman03162016SPRINGFIELD – After nearly two years of negotiation led by Senator Steve Stadelman (D-Rockford), Governor Bruce Rauner signed into law Senate Bill 1488, which will extend the River Edge Historic Tax Credit for an additional year. Previously, the tax credit was set to expire Jan. 1, 2017. The legislation is Senate Bill 1488.

The credit has been an important economic tool for the revitalization of downtown Rockford and is equal to 25 percent of the rehabilitation costs for a business in a historic building.