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Stratton Lock and Dam UPDATE

Sen. Althoff provides an update to the hiring efforts by DNR to fill positions at the Stratton Lock and Dam.

Severe Weather Safety Tips

It’s severe weather season, that’s why Shaw media has put together a list of 17 tips to help you and your family get prepared for when bad weather strikes.

Althoff legislation to help Fox Waterway’s dredging efforts moves out of the Senate

The Fox Waterway Agency may soon receive the financial assistance needed to manage the Fox River and Chain O’Lakes’ dredging issues under legislation sponsored by State Senator Pamela Althoff (R-McHenry).

Volunteer opportunity with the Assisi Animal Foundation

If animals are a part of your life and interests, the Assisi Animal Foundation in Crystal Lake is asking you to join them for a meeting of current and new volunteers on Saturday May 6th at 11:00 am at the Crystal Lake Chamber of Commerce on King Street.

School funding reform proposal shows good results

Legislation that would fund Illinois schools in a more equitable way show good results for school districts under a simulation by the ISBE, which forecasts that school districts across the state would receive either the same amount of funding they are receiving now or more under the legislation.

Nurse Licensure Compact bill passes the Senate unanimously

On April 25, legislation sponsored by State Senator Pamela Althoff (R-McHenry) that would allow Illinois to join the 25 other states that are part of the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC) passed the Senate unanimously. Senate Bill 677 would give registered Illinois nurses the flexibility to practice in other states in the Compact.

An IMPORTANT MESSAGE from Sen. Althoff regarding the Stratton Lock and Dam

Dear concerned citizen, I have received numerous email messages with concerns and comments regarding the recent announcement by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) of restricted hours at the Stratton Lock and Dam. Let me, therefore, provide some background as well as a current status report.

Sen. Althoff hosts students to participate in Youth Advisory Council

On April 19, 25 students from the 32nd Senate District took part in Part Two of State Senator Pamela Althoff’s first Youth Advisory Council (YAC) at the McHenry County Administrative Offices in Woodstock, which gave students a hands-on learning experience about public policy and the legislative process.

New education funding legislation would advance true parity for schools

After years of bipartisan negotiations, two legislative proposals have been advanced to reduce the inequity and inadequacy that has plagued the state’s more than 800 school districts, and truly address questions of school funding parity.

Legislation pending in the Senate to ease rural teacher shortage

In response to a teacher shortage impacting school districts in many of Illinois’ rural communities, legislation pending in the Senate would help these rural school districts struggling to attract good teachers choose from a much larger pool of applicants.

State offers help as April 18 deadline to file tax returns looms

With less than a week left to file federal and state income tax returns, the Illinois Department of Revenue (IDOR) is reminding taxpayers to file as soon as they can.

Bi-Partisan Legislation to Extend Redevelopment Zone Historic Tax Credit is introduced

Supporters of bipartisan legislation to extend the River Edge Redevelopment Zone (RERZ) Historic Tax Credit hope it makes its way through the General Assembly. The RERZ is a job-creating initiative that has fostered the reuse of historic buildings and resulted in $82.1 million in private investment in Illinois’ aging river cities, but is currently set to expire at the end of 2017.

IDOT assures Woodstock officials Route 47 project will move forward

Good news came from Springfield today on the long-awaited Route 47 project in Woodstock. State Senator Pamela Althoff (R-McHenry) and State Representative Steve Reick (R-Woodstock) hosted a group of public officials from the City of Woodstock in Springfield to meet with the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT).

School Funding Update

Governor Bruce Rauner formed a new commission last summer which was tasked with recommending a comprehensive solution to reform Illinois’ school funding formula. This commission has recently submitted their recommendations to the Governor and General Assembly. This report is currently being used as a guide to form new legislation that will revamp the current school funding formula.

Illinois’ Early Spring Storms Cause Destruction

North Central and Southern Illinois residents are cleaning up after a series of tornados touched down in LaSalle, Jackson, Perry, Franklin, Hamilton and White counties. The storms left two Illinoisans dead in LaSalle and White counties.