U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL) attended the grand opening of the Welcome Center at the Bahá’í House of Worship on Monday in Wilmette. “The Iranian regime continues to arrest its own citizens simply for being Bahá’í,” Kirk said. “As we approach seven years since the seven top Bahá’í leaders in Iran were imprisoned because of their faith, I join Bahá’í worshipers in Illinois in standing against persecution around the world.”
Motorists in the St. Charles, Illinois, area will notice a full road closure Tuesday, May 5, at the intersection of IL Route 25 and Red Gate Road, beginning at 1 p.m. and lasting approximately 15 to 30 minutes. The road closure is necessary for the connection of the watermain from the east side of the street to the west side of the street, as part of the North Fifth Avenue Watermain Replacement Project.
U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) and six other senators sent a letter to the Senate Appropriations Committee, requesting that it fully fund the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) food-safety provisions mandated in the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). Since the bill was signed into law in 2011, the FSMA has been funded with less than half of what is needed for full implementation.
U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-IL) praised new U.S. regulations unveiled on Friday for rail tank cars transporting crude oil, ethanol and other volatile liquids. The new rules, which correspond with Canada's standards, require thicker steel shells, gauge jackets and thermal protection, as well as improved pressure-relief valves and additional head shielding for rail tank cars transporting volatile liquids.
U.S. Reps. Mike Quigley (D-IL) and Erik Paulsen (R-MN) introduced the bipartisan Stopping Trained in America Ph.D.s from Leaving the Economy (STAPLE) Act on Thursday. The act exempts foreign-born individuals who have earned a U.S. doctorate in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) from the limits on the number of employment-based green cards and H-1B visas are awarded annually.
U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) called on the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation on Wednesday to include several high-priority Illinois items in its Passenger Rail Reauthorization legislation. Several noteworthy concerns also were raised by Durbin regarding similar legislation passed by the House earlier this year that would significantly impact the state's passenger rail system.
University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) students had the opportunity to evaluate a Warrenville budget document involving suburban communities on April 29, to determine how well the budgets met the criteria of the Government Finance Officers Association’s (GFOA) Distinguished Budget Presentation Award Program.
State Sen. Tom Cullerton (D-IL) is pushing for legislation that will require state agencies overseeing public land to examine policies to determine if composing materials will help reduce storm water runoff and improve the quality of land.
The City of Quincy, Illinois, has received a $1.1 million grant through the U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) Federal Aviation Administration for infrastructure improvements and upgrades at Quincy Regional-Baldwin Field Airport, U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) announced April 28.
Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) on Tuesday criticized the Department of Education for recommending students who have been adversely impacted by the fall of Corinthian Colleges Inc. transfer to other for-profit companies that are under investigation at the federal and state levels.