Lawmakers returned to the Capitol for the final week of scheduled session in March, debating and voting on three highly contentious gun control measures
State Sen. Dale Fowler (R-Harrisburg) spent the week between scheduled session back in the District, visiting classrooms, speaking with other elected officials and stopping by a local radio show to discuss gun legislation.
The Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Firearms held their first hearing on March 8 to focus on legislative initiatives involving gun sales and possession.
More than four dozen students from the 59th Senate District travelled to Springfield this week to participate in the second meeting of State Sen. Dale Fowler’s (R-Harrisburg) Youth Advisory Council (YAC).
State Senator Dale Fowler (R-Harrisburg) is providing an update on ongoing efforts to bring a stoplight to the accident-prone intersection of Route 13 and Poplar Street in Harrisburg, which was the scene of another traffic accident last week.
State Sen. Dale Fowler (R-Harrisburg) welcomed dozens of students from across the 59th Senate District to the Capitol last week to participate in an immersive experience in state government and leadership.
Working to pave the way for economic growth in the City of Marion, State Sen. Dale Fowler is sponsoring legislation that would implement an extension to an existing Tax Increment Financial (TIF) District for the area.
The second major milestone in Illinois state government for the year was hit this week, with lawmakers coming together from both the Senate and the House of Representatives to listen to the annual Budget Address on Feb. 14.
Illinois residents looking to vote in the March 20 primary election need to be registered by Feb. 20, which is the end of the regular registration period. This deadline also applies to those people who need to change their names or addresses.
For the second time this year, lawmakers gathered together for a joint session of the General Assembly on February 14, this time to hear the Governor deliver his annual Budget Address.
Illinois lawmakers spent the week leading up to the highly-anticipated Budget Address working in committees, beginning the process of moving legislation and gearing up for floor action, according to State Sen. Dale Fowler (R-Harrisburg).
Lawmakers returned to Springfield this week, coming together for a joint session of the General Assembly to hear the annual State of the State Address. State Senator Dale Fowler (R-Harrisburg) joined his fellow lawmakers on January 31, listening as Governor Bruce Rauner delivered his annual review of the state.
On Jan. 31, Governor Bruce Rauner addressed the General Assembly, delivering his annual State of the State Address before members of both houses of the state legislature.
With spring legislative session scheduled to begin on January 30, State Senator Dale Fowler (R-Harrisburg) spent the week in his district, celebrating the legacy and career of a local leader, speaking with members of Southern Illinois’ agricultural community and supporting a local nonprofit that works to provide a new pair of shoes to children in need.
The Illinois Department of Revenue (IDOR) will begin accepting 2017 individual state returns on Jan. 29, the same day that the federal Internal Revenue Service (IRS) will begin accepting federal individual income tax returns.
Right now, human trafficking is occurring across the state and throughout the nation. Raising awareness in all communities across Illinois and encouraging the public to recognize the signs of human trafficking are some critical steps that can be taken to help end human trafficking.
Senator Fowler (R-Harrisburg) spent the week in District, joining the Lt. Governor for an exciting announcement on distance learning programs, visiting a local business celebrating their fortieth anniversary and serving as the keynote speaker for the monthly inter-agency meeting of local service providers.
According to State Senator Dale Fowler (R-Harrisburg), the start of the New Year is bringing promising beginnings for development of a river port in Alexander County. Sen. Fowler also began 2018 by preparing for the start of scheduled spring session, coordinating with local mayors throughout the 59th District to meet before lawmakers return to Springfield at the end of January and joining the students of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic School for their first day in their newly constructed school
On November 27th, Senator Dale Fowler (R-Harrisburg) hosted his first-ever Veterans Advisory Committee at the Carnegie Library in Marion, inviting local veterans and veteran service providers throughout the region to join him for a discussion about the issues important to the veterans in the 59th Senate District.
The holiday season also brings out holiday shoppers and once again this year, the Illinois Secretary of State’s office announced it will conduct statewide parking “stings.”
The Thanksgiving Day holiday, Nov. 23, marks the start of the holiday season. Illinois’ two agencies that deal with traffic safety are encouraging and warning motorists to “click it or ticket.” Thousands of additional travelers will be on Illinois roads and highways over the next few weeks.
One positive legislative victory this year was the bipartisan support for the extension of the state’s EDGE program, short for Economic Development for a Growing Economy. The program has been cited in the past by industry publications as an important tool for business expansion and job creation. EDGE was created in 1999 and is the state’s primary jobs incentive program. It’s credited with creating nearly 34,000 jobs and retaining another 46,000 since its inception. The extension was signed into
A recent report by the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) indicates a slight drop in the state’s unemployment from 5.0% to 4.9%. It’s not a huge change, but does represent an increase of 3,400 nonfarm payroll jobs. IDES adds that September job growth figures were revised upward showing a smaller decline in jobs, -7,900 rather than the -10,800 jobs initially reported.
Legislation providing a tax credit of up to $750 for flood victims in 18 Illinois counties was signed by Gov. Rauner during the week. These areas dealt with severe storms this summer that led to flooding and resulted in tremendous damage for property owners throughout the state.
On Nov. 16, the Governor signed legislation introduced in response to recent allegations of sexual harassment in and around the Statehouse. House Bill 137 will give the Legislative Inspector General power to investigate all complaints submitted during the last three years.
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