(SPRINGFIELD) The Illinois State Police and hundreds of local law enforcement agencies are continuing their extra patrols throughout the state during the holiday season looking for those driving impaired and/or not buckled up. The “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign will continue through January 2nd, 2019, a week from tomorrow as State Troopers, County Deputies, City Police, and other are out doing their part to crack down on what’s been identified as the four main underlying causes of fatal crashes : driving under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol, speeding, distracted driving, and failure to wear seatbelts while traveling.
(SPRINGFIELD) State Government researchers released a new report late last week detailing how Illinois’ taxes and business climate compare to other states, especially at this time of the year as lawmakers study ways to pay for transportation projects throughout the state and Governor-elect J.B. Pritzker looks to implement the promises he made on the campaign trail. The report, conducted by the nonpartisan Illinois Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability, showed Illinois with more than $200 billion of unfunded public employee retirement liabilities and more than $7 billion in backlogged bills, plus the state’s public services are more commonly funded from local property taxes than other states. Illinois is ranked 39th among America’s 50 states when it comes to tax rates, revenues, business climate, & job trends.
(SPRINGFIELD) A new Illinois law will soon allow schools to use recruitment agencies to find substitute teachers. The program opens the door for school districts to work with temp agencies to supplement the search for substitute teachers for elementary and secondary schools, all beginning a week from today, on January 1, 2019. An Illinois State Board of Education survey from earlier this year showed nearly 3,000 unfilled positions in schools around the state, including administrators, teachers, and other school personnel.