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Governor Rauner Signs Tax Credit Bill for 2017 Flood Victims

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SB 403 provides credit of up to $750 for eligible taxpayers Gov. Bruce Rauner signed into law today a tax credit worth up to $750 for property owners in 18 Illinois counties where flood damages were sustained in July. The bill, signed at the James R. Thompson Center in Chicago this morning, creates a natural disaster credit that eligible, affected property owners may apply to their 2017 Illinois income taxes. Included counties are Cook, Lake, Kane, McHenry, Alexander, Clinton, Jackson, Marshall, Union, Woodford, Carroll, Henry, Jo Daviess, Lee, Ogle, Rock Island, Stephenson and Whiteside — all of which were declared state disaster areas by the governor last summer. “July’s severe storms pushed rivers and lakes over their banks across a wide swath of Illinois,” Rauner said. “Many home

Rauner Will Sign Bill Protecting A Woman’s Right to Choose

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Gov. Bruce Rauner announces he will sign HB40, protecting a woman’s right to choose Governor Bruce Rauner made the following statement concerning his decision to sign House Bill 40: “I understand abortion is a very emotional issue with passionate opinions on both sides. I sincerely respect those who believe abortion is morally wrong. They are good people motivated by principle. “But, as I have always said, I believe a woman should have the right to make that choice herself and I do not believe that choice should be determined by income. I do not think it’s fair to deny poor women the choice that wealthy women have. “That is why I am signing HB40. “This is not a new position – I campaigned on this principle in 2014 and it is a principle I have tried to live up to throughout m

Rauner Signs HB2527, Enacting Adult High School Legislation

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HB2527 will increase educational access for adults and bring successful diploma programs to Illinois Today, Governor Bruce Rauner signed HB 2527, amending the Illinois School Code to allow adults without high school degrees to acquire high school diplomas and allow for the creation of quality adult diploma programs. “Illinoisans of every age should have access to quality educational programs that give them a second chance at life,” Gov. Rauner said. “This legislation will open doors of opportunity for adult learners who want to achieve better careers and higher wages, and it will also help address the large educational disparity in minority communities.” HB 2527 will amend the Illinois School Code to allow for more flexibility compared to the current age restriction that prevents ad

State Representative Yingling Meets with Local Veterans

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Yingling: "I'm working to create more economic opportunities for our veterans" Continuing his legislative and outreach efforts to better address issues that affect local veterans and their families, state Rep. Sam Yingling, D-Grayslake, met with representatives of the Veterans Assistance Commission of Lake County (V.A.C.L.C.) during their monthly meeting Wednesday. “Our military personnel’s continued efforts, both at home and abroad, to protect our nation’s freedom must not go unnoticed and we must always work to better their lives,” Yingling said. “In Springfield, I am working to create more economic opportunities for our veterans and provide them much needed and deserved tax relief, but our work remains unfinished. Back home in my district, I appreciate every opportunity to vi

Illinois Gov. Rauner Tours Wanxiang

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University of Illinois signs MOU; partners with Wanxiang Gov. Bruce Rauner toured Wanxiang facilities in Hangzhou, China. The day started today with a memorandum of understanding signing which seeks to establish a Wanxiang Fellows Program at the University of Illinois that will send students and scientists from the universities belonging to the University of Illinois System to China to study Chinese culture and to work on the development of sustainable green energy technologies. The program will be fully funded by the Wanxiang Group Corporation. “Today the University of Illinois Systems is absolutely thrilled to be signing this memorandum of understanding with Hangzhou Wanxiang Polytechnic,” Vice President of Economic Development for U of I Systems, Ed Seidel said. “This will provide a

Rep. Yingling Advances Measure Inspired by Local Grayslake Student

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Illinois State Representative Sam Yingling Advances Measure Inspired by Local Grayslake Student Designating April as “Bring Your Own Bag Month” State Rep. Sam Yingling, D – Grayslake, advanced a measure – brought to him by local Grayslake high school student Abby Goldberg – out of the House Environment Committee on Wednesday designating April as “Bring Your Own Bag Month” as a way to encourage consumers to use reusable shopping bags. “It is very inspiring to see students, like Abby, getting involved in the legislative process,” Yingling said. “It is a tremendous honor to work with Abby on her environmentally friendly initiative and to welcome her to legislative committee in Springfield.” House Resolution 39 is a part of Abby’s efforts to spread awareness about the importance of peop