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Illinois Senate Lindsey LaPointe

Capital Area Region

IL Senate votes to divest from Russian debt

State Rep. Lindsey LaPointe, D-Portage Park, delivers her remarks in support of remote work for legislators and term limits during session on the floor of the Illinois House of Representatives at the Illinois State Capitol in Springfield, Ill., Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2021. SPRINGFIELD (The Center Square) – In response to the ongoing invasion of Ukraine, the Illinois Senate has voted to divest state funds from Russian assets. House Bill 1293 divests the state's investments from Russian debt. It also welcomes Ukrainian refugees […]

todayNovember 17, 2022 1

Illinois Capitol

Capitol News Illinois

Illinois lawmakers return to Capitol next week

In-person legislative sessions to resume; Pritzker to deliver budget, State of the State on Wednesday

SPRINGFIELD (Capitol News Illinois) – Illinois lawmakers will return to the Statehouse next week for their first in-person sessions since January 4. House Speaker Emanuel “Chris” Welch (D-Hillside) said Thursday that the recent decline in COVID-19 cases makes returning to the Capitol possible. “Our goal is to be productive while also keeping everyone safe, so masking and social distancing policies will still be in place,” Welch said in a news release. “I want to encourage everyone to get their vaccine […]

todayJanuary 28, 2022

Decision 2018

Democrat Stout argues with Vandalia veteran, uses gay slur

DISCLAIMER: Some of the language in this article may be crude at times, so reader discretion is advised. VANDALIA (Heartland Newsfeed) -- A Democratic Party candidate for Illinois Senate, Brian Stout, is in some hot water following the use of a gay slur on Facebook during a drawn-out argument with a Vandalia area resident. The unidentified individual who identified himself as a veteran stated that Stout, the candidate running for the open seat in District 54 due to the retirement of […]

todayJuly 28, 2018

Governmental Watchdogs

Debate sparks again on making Chicago its own state

SPRINGFIELD (Heartland Newsfeed) -- There has been ongoing discussion in the past eight years in regards to distancing downstate Illinois from the city of Chicago and debate that took place on the floor of the Illinois House was no different. Rep. Reggie Phillips (R-Charleston) was no different with the presentation of House Resolution 1138, a resolution urging the United States Congress to declare the city as the 51st state in the nation, separating the city from the remainder of Illinois. […]

todayJune 10, 2018 1

Columnists

COMMENTARY: What’s with Manar’s disinformation release on McMillan’s education stance?

Illinois state Sen. Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) and his PAC known as Friends of Andy Manar released a press release Tuesday regarding opponent Seth McMillan (R-Taylorville) and his stance on educational reform. Manar's campaign team claims that McMillan is "contradicting his own website" regarding his position on education funding reform. The release goes on about McMillan describing Manar's education funding reform efforts as a "Chicago bailout" with some noting his stance conflicted with that of Gov. Bruce Rauner, who signed […]

todayApril 25, 2018

Capital Area Region

Illinois Senate panel tentatively OKs plan to feed wild deer

SPRINGFIELD (Illinois News Network) -- People are not supposed to feed wild deer in Illinois. Baiting deer for hunting is illegal, and the state's Department of Natural Resources says feeding wild deer can spread disease. But some people in some places in Illinois could soon give some deer something to eat. State Sen. Chapin Rose recently told lawmakers in Springfield that there are veterinarians who say feeding deer outside of hunting season will help keep the animals healthy. "The healthful […]

todayApril 21, 2018

Decision 2018

McCarter says there are more important issues than marijuana to ask voters about

SPRINGFIELD (Heartland Newsfeed) -- A Republican state senator recently stated that there are more important things to ask Illinois voters than the proposed referendum to legalize the recreational use of marijuana. Sen. Kyle McCarter (R-Lebanon) stated in a March 1 debate on the floor of the Illinois Senate that the legalization of marijuana is not a top priority for a statewide referendum in a financially strapped Prairie State. Nine states and the District of Columbia have legalized the recreational use […]

todayMarch 7, 2018 1

Commentary

McCALEB: What’s real as the primary election approaches

(Illinois News Network) -- Everyone who watches even just a bit of TV or who checks their mailboxes every now and then knows there's an election around the corner. The dubious campaign ads and colorful mailers with big scare headlines have been flooding both for weeks. I hope you're not paying attention to them. They're generally dishonest and tell you nothing real about why you should support one candidate over another. But with early voting well under way and the March […]

todayMarch 7, 2018

Business & Lifestyle

Commentary: Illinois Family Institute continues campaign of ignorance on pot legalization

Kathy Valente from the Illinois Family Institute has yet again continued the organization's ignorance campaign on a pending Cook County resolution to legalize marijuana in the county. In a Letter To The Editor that Valente submitted to all media outlets on February 1 entitled "Avoiding a Dangerous Pot Hole", she and the Institute continues to prove how ignorant they truly are. With absolutely no regard for solid facts or evidence from other states, lawmakers are set to legalize and tax […]

todayFebruary 5, 2018 1

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