U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL) applauded Senate passage on Thursday of the Every Child Achieves Act (ECAA), bipartisan legislation aimed at reforming some of the perceived flaws of the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) law.
U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) recently met with Illinois Corn Growers and the Illinois Soybean Association to discuss the impact of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) delay in setting production levels under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) for 2014, additional opportunities for Illinois farmers associated with opening trade with Cuba and other agricultural matters.
State Sen. Tom Cullerton (D-IL) has sponsored a new bill that would require state agencies responsible for public land to examine policies to determine if composting materials would reduce storm water run-off and improve the quality of land.
An open house hosted by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to present the new digital Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) and Flood Insurance Study (FIS) for DuPage County and incorporated areas will be held July 29.
U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL) and U.S. Rep. Charlie Dent (R-PA) recently sent a joint letter to President Barack Obama, urging him to nominate a permanent inspector general to oversee the Department of Veterans Affairs and help him look into numerous ongoing investigations of misconduct, mistreatment of veterans and retaliation against whistleblowers at the agency.
The Friends of Wheaton Public Library's annual book sale will take place Aug. 26-29. The sale schedule is 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 26 and Thursday, Aug. 27 and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 28 and Saturday, Aug. 29.
State Rep. Kathleen Willis (D-Dist. 77) backed a measure late last week that aims to keep essential state services functioning for another month and ensure public-safety officials and state government employees continue to receive their salaries while budget negotiations continue.
The Illinois House and Senate late last week passed a bill sponsored by State Rep. Jeanne Ives (R-Dist. 42) that limits the size and scope of community-college buyout packages and severance agreements, and limits the length of employment contracts.