WATCH: Leader Brady gives floor remarks welcoming Sen. DeWitte to the Senate
During the first day of fall veto session, Senate Republican Leader Bill Brady made floor remarks welcoming the new State Senator of the 33rd District, Donald P. DeWitte.
November is Winter Preparedness Month
According to the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), the single most important thing you can do to help ensure safe winter travel is preparation. IDOT’s “Winter Weather – Get it Together” promotion recommends some common-sense rules and tips to stay safe.
Holiday Hero Drive
First Lady Diana Rauner is leading an effort to provide holiday cheer for Illinois members of the military. The 2018 Holiday Hero Drive sends holiday cards and socks to Illinois service men and women, including those currently overseas. The drive is in partnership with the United Service Organizations (USO) of Illinois, the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA), and the Illinois Governor’s Mansion Association.
Honor a Veteran this Veterans Day
To show appreciation for veterans and their sacrifices, Sen. DeWitte is joining the Illinois Senate Republican Caucus in teaming up with the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs to showcase their legacy of service. They are encouraging everyone across the state to submit a photograph and written story of any veteran, which will be displayed on the Veterans Day “Wall of Honor” in the Capitol Rotunda from November 5 to November 16.
October is Manufacturing Month
October marks Manufacturing Month in Illinois. The awareness month seeks to recognize the importance of the industry that employs more than a half million workers across the state. Over the course of the month, events will take place throughout the state showcasing the many manufacturing companies in Illinois.
More Illinois schools seeing high-speed internet
In just three years, the number of kindergarten through 12th grade school districts in Illinois able to access the internet at speeds of 100 kbps per student has improved by 25 percent—going from 71 percent to 96 percent. The report, done by EducationSuperHighway, tracks progress toward K-12 connectivity across the United States.
Open budget hearings scheduled for public education
In preparation of the fiscal year 2020 budget, the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) has scheduled three statewide budget hearings in an effort to hear funding recommendations for public education. Educators, advocates, and community members are encouraged to communicate their funding requests in person at one of the upcoming hearings.
Parents encouraged to attend a local car seat check event Saturday
As part of National Child Passenger Safety Week, which runs through September 29, the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) is offering car seat checks throughout the state, including two in Kane County.
State Announces Start of LIHEAP Winter Energy Assistance Program
State Senator Donald P. DeWitte (R-St. Charles) says individuals will soon be able to schedule appointments and submit applications for the state’s Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). Those accepted to the program will receive financial assistance to heat their homes during the winter months.
Ten Illinois Army National Guard Soldiers Deploy to North Carolina
Governor Bruce Rauner announced today that Illinois is prepared to provide personnel and other support to states that may be impacted by Hurricane Florence. Ten Illinois Army National Guard soldiers and two helicopters have deployed to support relief efforts in North Carolina. The crews left from Peoria's 238th Aviation Battalion and Kankakee's 1st Battalion, 106th Aviation Regiment. They will provide support for up to 10 days.
Elgin Community College, McHenry County College to receive money for repairs
Millions of dollars in capital funding have been released by the Illinois Office of Management and Budget to community colleges across the state. State Senator Donald P. DeWitte (R-St. Charles) says two local colleges, Elgin Community College and McHenry County College, will receive thousands from the Fiscal Year 2019 capital budget.
Under recently declared harvest emergency, farmers can obtain permits to increase load size
The harvest emergency declared by Gov. Bruce Rauner last week took effect Monday. Farmers can now obtain free permits allowing them to exceed legal maximum weight limits.
Senator Don DeWitte announces his district office hours
Newly appointed State Senator for the 33rd District, Donald P. DeWitte, announces his district office hours. Replacing former State Senator Karen McConnaughay, DeWitte will maintain the same office location and hours until further notice.