Vapor Product Licensing

If you want to sell e-cigs, you might need to get a license. State lawmakers are drafting plans to regulate the vaping industry. Supporters think it could block illegal sales to minors. Critics say new licensing requirements would hurt tobacco shops that already sell vapor products. Representative Kathleen Willis says under her idea, shops that […]

TIME 100

America’s response to mass shootings has long followed a predictable pattern. We mourn. Offer thoughts and prayers. Speculate about the motives. And then—even as no developed country endures a homicide rate like ours, a difference explained largely by pervasive accessibility to guns; even as the majority of gun owners support commonsense reforms—the political debate spirals […]

Republicans denounce graduated income tax

ILLINOIS — A growing number of Republican lawmakers are taking a stand against a proposed graduated income tax. It began last week with the House and now, every GOP member in the Senate is saying he or she won’t have it. Members are sending a message loud and clear to JB Pritzker. A progressive of […]

Lawmakers urged to put redistricting on ballot

ILLINOIS — Those pushing the Fair Map Amendment called on lawmakers for support Wednesday to put the referendum on the ballot. It’s the final step to creating an independent map-drawing in the state. 600,000 people have signed a petition to have it on November’s ballot, but it will take a super-majority in the legislature to […]

Historic Senate Rules Change

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The United States Senate unanimously agreed this evening to allow all Senators to bring their infant children onto the Senate floor, if necessary, during votes while their children are under the age of one. The Senate had previously banned all children from entering the Senate floor, which could have prevented Senators who […]

National School Walkout

National School Walkout is a movement powered and led by students across the country. We’re protesting congressional, state, and local failures to take action to prevent gun violence. America is the only country in the world where so many people are killed by guns, and yet our leaders do nothing about it. In many states, […]

Lawmakers Vote in Favor of State Workers

Illinois — Taxpayers could be shelling out more than $60 million to state workers after Governor Bruce Rauner’s failed attempt to block their wages. More than 24,000 state workers have been denied pay increases since 2011. Rauner blocked them. As a series of court hearings, the move was deemed illegal. Senate members almost unanimously voted […]

Latinx Lawmakers Oppose Rauner’s Plan for National Guard

Illinois — We may be thousands of miles away from the Mexican border, but debate over its security has hit the state Capitol. Governor Bruce Rauner says, if President Donald Trump asks the state to send National Guard troops south, he’ll comply. The idea has several lawmakers outraged. A colonel from the National Guard says […]

JB’s Healthcare Plan

Attempts by Donald Trump and Congressional Republicans to dismantle healthcare threaten insurance coverage for millions of Americans, including over 1 million Illinoisans. In the face of this threat, Bruce Rauner has remained silent, refusing to stand with a bipartisan group of governors in opposition. Meanwhile, hard-working Illinois families could face losing healthcare coverage, rising premiums, and […]

March 2018 Tax Committee

Below is my interpretation of the March 2018 Tax Committee Meeting. Animal Control There was a flooding issue with the animals in custody of Animal Control. The current facility is prone to flooding at its current location. There is a verbal agreement with Jefferson Plaza to utilize space as an emergency shelter. Animal Control Directory […]