Tuesday, May 21, 2013
The House Minority Leader isn't confirming or denying reports he may return to his roots as a prosecutor.
State Rep. And House Minority Leader Tom Cross of Oswego may be considering a run for Illinois Attorney General. According to the Capitol Fax blog written by Rich Miller, Cross has been asked by State Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka and Congressman Aaron Schock of Peoria to consider entering the race if the state’s current top prosecutor Lisa Madigan decides to run for Governor in 2014. Cross appeared on WJOL radio Tuesday and would not deny the possibility of entering the race. Cross previously worked for eight years as a prosecutor in the Kendall County State’s Attorney's office. The only other Republican to consider a run for Attorney General has been State Rep. Jim Durkin of Western Springs, according to Capitol Fax. Other well-known …
Monday, May 20, 2013
Looking for flood relief? DSAT members will give one-on-one advice and let residents and business owners use a tablet computer to register for assistance.
Beginning Tuesday, May 21, 2013, FEMA Disaster Survivor Assistance Teams will be in Kane County to help residents affected by the April flooding. The DSAT teams will be visiting homes, businesses and high-traffic locations in the affected areas to provide information and give residents an opportunity to register for federal disaster assistance. DSAT members may offer residents the opportunity to use a tablet computer to register for assistance. Residents will not be required to share personal information unless they wish a DSAT team member to enter the data for them. Residents are reminded to ask for federal identification before providing personal information. Don Bryant, director of the Kane County Office of Emergency Management said “…
The plan will address land use and development, transportation, neighborhoods, parks and open space, the environment and community facilities.
Montgomery residents are invited to participate in the first Comprehensive Plan Community Workshops being held by the Village in June. The Village of Montgomery is beginning the process of creating a Comprehensive Plan called “Go Montgomery.” The Plan will address land use and development, transportation, neighborhoods, parks and open space, the environment, community facilities, and much more. This planning process will take approximately 10 months, and will result in a Comprehensive Plan that will serve as a foundation for decision making in the coming years. The planning process will help to foster stewardship for the community and will address quality of life issues for all residents. Go Montgomery can’t be completed without the …
Sunday, May 19, 2013
The local government distributive fund and rising public safety pension costs are among the topics.
Representatives from several Kane County municipalities traveled to Springfield Tuesday, May 14, to advocate their position on several issues, including the instability of the local government distributive fund and rising public safety pension costs. Village President Patsy Smith and Trustee Mike Millette of Campton Hills, Batavia Aldermen Dan Chanzit and Kyle Hohmann, East Dundee Village President Lael Miller, Montgomery Village President Matt Brolley and Montgomery Trustee Steve Jungermann were in Springfield as part of the Metro West Council of Government's annual Drive Down event. Administrators from Gilberts, St. Charles, Montgomery, East Dundee and Geneva also attended the event. Metro West Council of Government, a regional group of…
Friday, May 17, 2013
Passed by a 35-21 vote, the bill now goes to the desk of Gov. Pat Quinn, who has not yet said whether he intends to sign it.
By a vote of 35-21, the Illinois Senate approved legislation on Friday that would allow doctors in the state to prescribe marijuana as pain relief for severe medical conditions. The bill now goes to Gov. Pat Quinn for his signature. According to the Chicago Tribune, the bill covers 33 specific conditions—including multiple sclerosis, cancer and HIV infection—and includes several controls, with a four-year trial program, dosage limits, fingerprinting, background checks and licensed dispensing centers. “This bill is filled with walls to keep this limited,” the paper quoted sponsoring Sen. Bill Haine (D-Alton), who urged lawmakers to pass the legislation as a compassionate measure for those suffering with extreme pain. In opposition, Sen. …
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
"These actions are all emblematic of the growing arrogance and disregard for the law seen by this administration,” the 14th District congressman says.
Congressman Randy Hultgren dished out some harsh words for President Barack Obama following an admission by the Internal Revenue Service that high-ranking officials targeted conservative-leaning groups during the 2012 campaign. The IRS news comes in the wake of another revelation that the Justice Department obtained telephone records of journalists working for The Associated Press who were working on a story about a failed al-Qaida plot. “When the Department of Justice is accused of illegally obtaining telephone records to pressure journalists, the EPA is being accused of giving preferential treatment for FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) requests, and the State Department is actively withholding information and suppressing whistleblowers …
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
The law would call for felony charges for when a hired driver transports passengers while under the influence of alcohol.
Following an incident in which a drunk limo driver drove 23 Oswego East High School students to prom, House Republican Leader Tom Cross (R-Oswego) and state Rep. Dennis Reboletti (R-Elmhurst) are stepping up. They have partnered with DuPage County State’s Attorney Bob Berlin to introduce legislation that calls for felony charges when a hired driver transports passengers while under the influence of alcohol. Limosine driver Richard Madison was charged with misdemeanor DUI and reckless conduct after transporting Oswego East High School students to their prom in Glen Ellyn last weekend. Madison’s blood alcohol level was three times the legal limit, but was not charged with a felony, said a release from Tom Cross' office. “When hiring a driver…
Saturday, May 11, 2013
11 Illinois counties will receive assistance from the federal government.
Saturday, May 11
The following was released by the Kendall County Sheriff's office. Governor Pat Quinn today announced President Barack Obama has approved his request for federal assistance to help people and businesses in 11 Illinois counties recover from historic flooding in mid-April. The announcement comes just one day after Governor Quinn submitted his request for Kendall, Cook, DeKalb, DuPage, Fulton, Grundy, Kane, Lake, LaSalle, McHenry and Will counties. “I thank President Obama for his fast and responsive approval of our request for federal assistance to help families across Illinois recover from this devastating flood,” Governor Quinn said. “This quick action will help speed relief to the people of Illinois who suffered flood damages and help …
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
A statement honoring Capt. Brandon Cyr was submitted to the Congressional Record.
Wednesday, May 8
The following is from a release provided by Randy Hultgren's office: Today, Congressman Randy Hultgren (IL-14) and Congressman Bill Foster (IL-11) issued a joint statement honoring the life and sacrifice of Capt. Brandon Cyr of the United States Air Force. Capt. Cyr was killed in the Zabul province of Afghanistan when the MC-12 Liberty aircraft he was traveling in crashed on April 27, 2013. He was a former Oswego, Illinois resident and member of the 906th Air Refueling Squadron within the 375th Air Mobility Wing. "Illinois has lost a gifted leader, exceptional pilot and true hero in Captain Brandon Cyr. My wife, Christy, and I extend our deepest sympathies to the Cyr family and to all whose lives Brandon touched,” said Hultgren. “We mourn…
Monday, May 6, 2013
The Juvenile Justice Council met with the Kendall County State’s Attorney’s Office in a round table to discuss problems facing kids today.
The following was provided by the Kendall County State's Attorney's Office: The Kendall County Juvenile Justice Council along with the Kendall County State’s Attorney’s Office hosted a Youth Round Table Discussion on March 1, 2013. The purpose of the round table was to determine the real problems facing kids today and who better to tell us this than the youth themselves. The discussion group consisted of 12 youths from across Kendall County. It was led by a Plano High School student who is currently an active member of the Juvenile Justice Council. Underage drinking was rated the number one issue by students from the very beginning of the roundtable and remained the major issue for Kendall County youth. Parents were viewed as a …