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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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Wednesday, 27 May 2020
SPRINGFIELD – With Gov. Pritzker’s signature, Illinois Medicaid recipients would be eligible for life-saving clinical trials to treat cancer and...

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