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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
Workshop covers process of navigating State of Illinois employment application process.
The Conference of Women Legislators are now accepting applications for part-time and full-time students.
“Today, the Governor made it clear again to the General Assembly that the state is in dire need of a balanced budget. The consequences of going without one are to the tune of $11 million per day. That is an injustice to the Illinois taxpayer.
Woodstock and communities along Route 47 in McHenry Country are growing across residential, commercial, and tourism sectors, which means Route 47 is experiencing an increase in traffic, congestion, and accidents.
The Education Funding Reform Commission issued its report to the General Assembly Feb. 1, highlighting ideas for how the legislature could craft a bipartisan solution to the issue of creating a new and improved school funding formula. The bipartisan framework issued by the Commission comes after the group of 25 lawmakers from both parties and chambers and five members appointed by Gov. Bruce Rauner, met for 75 hours over the last six months.
Early voting has begun for the February 28th, 2017 Consolidated Primary Election in McHenry County. You can cast your ballot at the McHenry County Clerk's Office and starting February 13 other sites throughout the county will offer early voting.