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New laws taking effect January 1, 2018

As Illinois residents get ready to ring in a new year, they can also expect to see more than 200 new laws going into effect on Jan. 1. Here are all the new laws taking effect at the beginning of the new year.

Governor signs Weaver-sponsored legislation to help grow businesses and jobs

Statewide efforts to grow businesses and create jobs received a major boost this week as Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner has signed legislation co-sponsored by State Sen. Chuck Weaver (R-Peoria)...

Senator Weaver recognized for his support of the manufacturing industry

State Sen. Chuck Weaver (R-Peoria) has been recognized by the Technology and Manufacturing Association (TMA) for his leadership and voting record in support of Illinois businesses...

Senator Weaver statement on SB772

State Senator Chuck Weaver (R-Peoria) released the following statement after Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner signed SB772: “The opioid crisis is tearing many of our struggling communities apart. This new law...

High school students propose legislation to Senator Weaver

More than 60 high school students from 24 schools across the 37th Senate District gathered in Galesburg on December 6th to learn about state government and propose new legislation to State Sen. Chuck Weaver (R-Peoria)....

More than 200 gather In Peoria for Weaver’s leadership conference

Approximately 250 professionals came together in Peoria to learn more about developing and growing leaders in their own businesses and organizations at an event organized by State Sen. Chuck Weaver (R-Peoria)...

Update from Senator Weaver: November 24

Slight Improvement in Jobs A recent report by the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) indicates a slight drop in the state’s unemployment from 5.0% to 4.9%. It’s not a

Update from Senator Weaver: November 17

Legislation addressing sexual harassment complaints and providing tax credits for flood victims was signed into law by the Governor during the week. In other action, Senate Republican Leader Bill Brady (R-Bloomington) announced appointments for the newly created Senate Task Force on Sexual Discrimination and Harassment Awareness and Prevention. Also during the week; the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) announced its priority for hunter safety for the upcoming Firearm Deer Season

Update from Senator Weaver: November 10

SPRINGFIELD, IL –On November 4, the Legislative Ethics Commission appointed a new Inspector General, and both chambers took up legislation during the week seeking to improve Statehouse sexual harassment policies. Also, female senators announced the creation of a bipartisan Women’s Caucus...

Update from Senator Weaver: November 3

State lawmakers return to Springfield Nov. 7 for the final days of fall veto session. Lawmakers are expected to take up several pieces of new legislation and possibly vote on other legislation vetoed by the Governor. Also this week, the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) will begin to pour through thousands of surveys from across the state, advising them on how they can improve rest areas; and new information is available on how people can protect themselves from a recent data breach.

Updated information on protecting yourself from Equifax data breach

Illinois residents are urged to be vigilant following a massive data breach of consumer reporting agency Equifax. Equifax announced on September 8 that it suffered a breach affecting at least 143 million Americans. Information compromised in the breach includes Social Security numbers, driver’s license numbers, names, dates of birth, credit card numbers and addresses...

Senate passes legislation to honor local fallen heroes

The Illinois Senate has passed legislation sponsored by State Sen. Chuck Weaver (R-Peoria) to name two sections of roads, one after a Navy Seal and another after two police officers who were tragically killed in the line of duty...

In case you missed it: Leslie Munger's editorial on government spending trasparency

For the sake of transparency, let’s be clear: Bills with clever titles that fail to do what they say they do are commonplace political tools in Illinois. So it comes as no surprise that the Debt Transparency Act, passed by the legislature, is neither about debt nor transparency...

Update from Senator Weaver: October 13

This week, legislation was introduced in the Senate and the House banning the use of taxpayer dollars to finance elective abortions. The legislation reverses key portions of a new, controversial law that expanded taxpayer funding to pay for voluntary abortion procedures. In other state news, a new task force targeting the rise of opioid deaths in Illinois met this week. It’s estimated that in 2017 nearly 1,900 people in Illinois will die due to an opioid overdose...

Update from Senator Weaver: October 6

SPRINGFIELD, IL –This week, Illinois prepared to help with recovery efforts in Puerto Rico; the start of breast cancer awareness month highlights the need for preventive screenings; and Illinois residents were encouraged to honor their loved ones who served in the Armed Forces...