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Friday, August 3, 2018
Rep. Wheeler’s Weekly Roundup: August 3

LAW ENFORCEMENT New lottery game to benefit families of fallen police officers.  Gov. Bruce Rauner signed a bill this week to create a new Illinois Lottery scratch-off game from which…


Friday, July 27, 2018
Rep. Wheeler’s Weekly Roundup: July 27

GENERAL ASSEMBLY Deanne Mazzochi Sworn In as State Representative.  Surrounded by family, friends, and colleagues, Deanne Mazzochi of Elmhurst was sworn into office Tuesday as the new State Representative for…


Friday, July 13, 2018
Rep. Wheeler’s Weekly Roundup: July 13

GENERAL ASSEMBLY Patti Bellock named DHFS director.  Gov. Rauner announced last week that Patricia R. “Patti” Bellock has been named director of the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services…


Friday, June 29, 2018
Rep. Wheeler’s Weekly Roundup: June 29

U.S. SUPREME COURTNation’s highest court issues decision in Janus case.  In a blow to public employee labor unions, the U.S. Supreme Court Wednesday overturned a 41-year-old precedent and ruled in…


Friday, June 22, 2018
Rep. Wheeler’s Weekly Roundup: June 22

AGRICULTURE $16 million in grants will help foster future of Illinois agriculture.  Gov. Bruce Rauner joined the Director of the Illinois Department of Agriculture Raymond Poe, local officials, and the…


Friday, June 15, 2018
Rep. Wheeler’s Weekly Roundup: June 15

BUDGET Moody’s cites ‘positive’ moves in new Illinois budget.  The fiscal 2019 Illinois budget enacted last week includes a voluntary pension buyout plan and a boost in school funding, which…


Friday, June 8, 2018
Rep. Wheeler’s Weekly Roundup: June 8

BUDGET FY19 budget passed with bipartisan support and signed into law.  On Monday, Gov. Bruce Rauner signed into law a $38.5 billion bipartisan compromise budget that holds the line on…


Friday, May 18, 2018
Rep. Wheeler’s Weekly Roundup: May 18

CRIMINAL LAW Governor Rauner proposes major public safety package to reinstate death penalty and extend 72-hour wait to all guns.  Gov. Bruce Rauner has asked the Illinois General Assembly to…


Friday, May 11, 2018
Rep. Wheeler’s Weekly Roundup: May 11

PUBLIC HEALTH Better Care Illinois Behavioral Health Initiative announced. Gov. Bruce Rauner announced this week that Illinois has received federal approval to launch a sweeping $2 billion behavioral health initiative…


Friday, May 4, 2018
Rep. Wheeler’s Weekly Roundup: May 4

BUDGET Revenue numbers published for April 2018.  The numbers for State of Illinois revenues were published by the Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability (COGFA), the nonpartisan budgeting arm of…