The governor recently signed into law a monumental economic development package, which paves the way for many much-needed projects throughout the state.
The South Suburban Airport Act is one part of the economic development plan. The airport is a concept that is nearly 40 years in the making. Many south suburban officials have been dreaming of this day for decades and the new law allows their dreams to become reality.
“Illinois is fortunate to have one of the most expansive infrastructure networks in the country,” Senator Toi Hutchinson said. “We must invest in our infrastructure now and create the conditions for job opportunities to happen.”
Legislation allowing the legal consumption of marijuana for medical purposes was signed into law today. State Senator Bill Haine (D - Alton), a former prosecutor and state’s attorney, sponsored the proposal in the Senate.
The Medical Cannabis Pilot Program creates a four-year program allowing doctors to prescribe marijuana as a legal alternative to powerful pharmaceuticals which may have serious side effects for patients.
Senator Tony Munoz shares the following information about an event in Chicago organized by Secretary of State Jesse White to encourage minority donor awareness in Illinois (click on the image for a flier with full details):
Secretary of State Jesse White: In the state of Illinois, 300 people pass away each year while waiting for a life-saving organ. Of the more than 5,000 people on the waiting list in Illinois, over half of those waiting are minorities.
Thanks to State Senator Don Harmon (Oak Park), Illinois citizens will soon be able to register to vote and request absentee ballots online.
"We can strengthen our democracy by making it easier to vote," Harmon said. "We can pay our bills online, shop online, even control your home air conditioner over the Internet. In the 21st Century, you should be able to register to vote online.
This week, Senator Terry Link became the first lawmaker to hold a subject matter hearing established by a new Senate Rule allowing citizens to file petitions seeking legislative action.
The new Senate Committee on Legislative Petitions held a hearing Tuesday at Waukegan City Hall on the status and future of Lakeside Tower. Local law enforcement, citizens and community leaders spoke to the committee regarding problems associated with the facility. The Lakeside Tower petition cited public health and safety concerns about what area residents consider a growing problem and blight on the community (this Lake County News-Sun article provides the background on Lakeside Tower).
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