(SPRINGFIELD) The State Legislature is back in session in Springfield with the final three days of the Fall Veto Session in which the House of Representatives is expected to take override action on vetoed measures which the State Senate voted to reverse two weeks ago. Yesterday, the State House voted 71-36 to override a veto on legislation raising the damage cap in the Illinois Court of Claims from $100,000 to as much as $2 million. Among other vetoed measures awaiting House consideration includes one to set a deadline for local police to sign paperwork to help immigrant victims of crime, one to prohibit tobacco sales to those under 21 years old, and another requiring online vehicle sharing services to meet rental car company safety standards. The General Assembly returns to work today with adjournment expected by tomorrow evening.
(CHICAGO) It’s been announced that the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation will award its prestigious Lincoln Leadership Prize to 43rd President of the United States, George W. Bush. To be awarded next April 1, 2019, in Chicago, the annual award recognizes outstanding individuals for a lifetime of service in the spirit of the 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln, and it honors individuals who accept the responsibilities imposed by history and demanded by conscience, who show great character, and exhibit unwavering commitment to the defining principles of democracy. President Bush’s two terms in office were shaped by the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on America. While he responded to the attacks with a comprehensive strategy to protect the American people, he remained focused on his administration’s other priorities, including public education, global health, and economic growth, issues that the former President continues to champion today through the George W. Bush Instiute.
(SPRINGFIELD) The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is still scheduling appointments and accepting applications for winter heating assistance for senior citizens and people with disabilities, plus for disconnected households and families with children ages 5 and under. For a complete listing of requirements and to see what’s needed for an application, go online at www.liheapIllinois.com or call toll-free at 1-877-411-9276. All other individuals not eligible for priority enrollment can start applying next week, December 3, throughout the State of Illinois.