Wednesday, May 22, 2013
The bill, sponsored by Senate Minority Leader Christine Radogno (R-Lemont), would prohibit all teens 17 and younger from using UV tanning beds.
Written by Amanda Luevano Legislation to ban minors from indoor tanning beds was sent to Gov. Pat Quinn on Tuesday after being approved by the Illinois Senate. House Bill 188, sponsored by Senate Minority Leader Christine Radogno (R-Lemont), would ban Illinois minors age 17 and younger from UV tanning beds. Currently, minors ages 14 to 17 are allowed to tan if they provide a parent's signature. Spray-on tanning is exempt from the legislation, as is phototherapy, which applies to situations where a physician supervises tanning when it is necessary to treat a medical condition. Radogno said in a press release that she sponsored the bill to protect Illinois minors from the serious health risks involved with indoor tanning beds. “Not only do …
Thursday, April 25, 2013
The legislation, sponsored by Senate Minority Leader Christine Radogno (R-Lemont), would prohibit teens 17 and younger from using UV tanning beds.
The Illinois Senate approved legislation Tuesday that would prohibit all Illinois minors from using indoor tanning beds. Senate Bill 2244, introduced by Senate Minority Leader Christine Radogno (R-Lemont) in February, would ban Illinois minors age 17 and younger from UV tanning beds. Currently, minors ages 14 to 17 are allowed to tan if they provide a parent's signature. Radogno said in a press release that she introduced the bill to protect Illinois minors from the serious health risks involved with indoor tanning beds. “Indoor tanning is a known carcinogen, and research shows that even a single session in a tanning bed increases the user’s chance of developing melanoma by 20 percent. Yet more than a quarter of 17-year-olds in the United …
Friday, October 26, 2012
Republicans warn of “January surprise” if Gov. Pat Quinn pushes his pension cost shift plan through.
Republican candidates staged a press conference in Plainfield Thursday afternoon to voice their opposition to property tax increases and a plan by Gov. Pat Quinn to shift teacher pension costs to local school districts. State Sen. Republican Leader Christine Radogno (R-Lemont) and House Republican Leader Tom Cross (R-Oswego) joined candidates Garrett Peck and Bob Kalnicky at the Plainfield home of Vicki and Ernie Knight. In a press release, the candidates said Quinn’s proposal will mean higher local property taxes by shifting the state’s estimated $44 billion teachers pension burden onto school districts. “Everyone has begun to recognize — finally — that Illinois has the worst-funded pension retirement system in the country and a …
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Calling new state map unconstitutional, Illinois Republicans said Democrats redrew boundaries to benefit their party.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday dashed Illinois Republicans’ hopes of having a Democratic-drawn state legislative maps thrown out. The high court refused to hear an appeal from Senate Minority Leader Christine Radogno (R-Lemont) and other Illinois GOP leaders. In a lawsuit filed in 2011 in federal court, Republicans challenged the legislative maps, saying new boundaries disfranchise minority groups and were gerrymandered in favor of Democrats. The political boundaries were redrawn based on 2010 U.S. Census data. On Tuesday, Radogno and State Rep. Tom Cross, R-Oswego, issued a joint statement calling the ruling unfortunate. “The court's ruling [Monday] is unfortunate and disappointing in light of the valid Voting Rights Act violations …
Thursday, August 30, 2012
State Rep. Tom Cross, State Sen. Christine Radogno and Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford release statements on Wednesday's downgrade announcement.
Standard and Poor’s has lowered their rating on bonds issued by the state of Illinois. Home of the worst-funded pension system, Illinois had the rating on its general- obligation debt cut one level by Standard & Poor’s and may face more downgrades, Bloomberg Businessweek reported. Illinois was dropped from an A+ rating to an A rating, including a warning from S&P analysts that Illinois has a negative outlook. State Rep. Tom Cross, R-Oswego, and State Sen. Christine Radogno, R-Lemont, issued a joint statement reacting to the downgrade: When the Democrats adjourned the special session on pensions two weeks ago, we stood together and said we should not leave Springfield until we pass comprehensive pension reform to address our crisis. We …
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
House Minority Leader Tom Cross and Senate Minority Leader Christine Radogno applauded Gov. Pat Quinn for signing off on legislation to abolish the controversial program.
Local lawmakers applauded Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn on Wednesday for signing off on legislation to abolish the state's scandal-ridden legislative scholarship program. The adoption of House Bill 3810 ends 100 years of legislators being able to award deserving or undeserving college students with annual scholarships to state universities, the Chicago Sun-Times reports. The controversial program came under fire in recent years after legislators began misusing it, awarding scholarships to children of legislative employees and campaign donors instead of students in need of financial aid. “There is no place for political scholarships in Illinois,” Quinn told NBC Chicago. “I believe in the power of education, the importance of ethics and integrity…
Sunday, May 6, 2012
It's always good to be caught up on state politics. Here's an easy guide to what happened this week.
Sunday, May 6, 2012
Editor's Note: This article was created by aggregating news articles from Illinois Statehouse News that were written by various Illinois Statehouse News reporters. SPRINGFIELD — Illinois lawmakers took another step toward eliminating the long-scrutinized legislative scholarship program, and state retirees protested a proposed reduction in the amount the state pays for their continued health insurance coverage. Senate committee votes to end legislative scholarship program Illinois’ controversial legislative scholarship program is one step closer to extinction, after the Senate Executive Committee on Wednesday voted unanimously to eliminate it. House Bill 3810, which would end the program next year, now moves to the Senate for a vote. …