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Online voter registration the new reality in Illinois

ComputerRIllinois citizens can now register to vote online, offering a modern, 21st century option for those needing to update their address or first-time registrants.

“Our democracy is strongest when as many people as possible get involved and participate,” said State Senator Don Harmon (D-Oak Park), who passed the law enabling online registration. “People can do everything else online – shop, pay bills, book flights and hotel rooms – they expect to be able to register to vote, too.”

Ag container recycling keeps Illinois green

agchem-recyclIllinois’ role as a leader in agricultural production in the United States relies on a number of resources, and soil, water and air are key elements in the equation. The Illinois Department of Agriculture is launching a new program to help improve stewardship of these irreplaceable resources with agrichemical container recycling.

According to the Ag Container Recycling Council, a national not-for-profit organization helping farmers and applicators in 42 states,

Senate Democrats restore previous cuts to Medicaid services

trotter0617Short-sighted health care cuts that ultimately put needy people at risk have been reversed thanks to a newly signed law pushed by Illinois Senate Democrats.

For instance, the new law restores Medicaid eligibility for podiatric and dental services, removes limitations on rehabilitative services and gives children with complex needs access to the medicine they need to function and remain comfortable. The new law is a cooperative effort between legislators and nursing homes, along with managed care, hospital and community providers to reach the policy solution known as the Medicare-Medicaid Alignment Initiative (MMAI).

In 2012, the Illinois General Assembly enacted far-reaching Medicaid reforms designed to help alleviate budgetary concerns. However, the consequences of those reforms created hardships for many Illinois residents, and in many cases drove people to see more costly emergency medical care.

Lightford, Bush education laws signed by governor

Bush-LightfordLegislation sponsored by Senator Kimberly Lightford to fund early childhood education and by Senator Melinda Bush to provide teachers incentives for continued training were signed into law Wednesday by the governor.

Sen. Lightford’s House Bill 4440 increases early childhood program funds from 11 to 14 percent in FY2015 and will increase to 20 percent by FY2016 for children ages 0 to 3. Research shows key skills and learning abilities are gained at this age so ISBE grant programs to help develop young learners pay off. The measure takes effect July 1 of this year. Read more about HB4440 here.

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