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McHenry, Lake County schools fare better under compromise school funding proposal

According to an analysis from the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE), local schools in the 32nd Senate District would receive more financial help under a compromise school funding bill sponsored by State Senator Pamela Althoff (R-McHenry). Senate Bill 1124 Amendment 3 would fix the state’s broken school aid formula—providing a more equitable system for all 852 Illinois schools than any previous proposal.

Lawmakers head to Springfield, Sen. Althoff calls for a truly balanced budget

State Senator Pamela Althoff (R-McHenry) releases the following statement ahead of returning to Springfield for special session:

Stratton Lock and Dam to resume Seven-Day Operating Schedule

Beginning June 28, the William G. Stratton Lock and Dam on the Fox River in McHenry will resume full-time daily operations for the remainder of the 2017 boating season, according to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

Republican Legislators Present Compromise Balanced Budget Plan

Senate Republican lawmakers joined their House colleagues on June 14 to introduce a package of bills to end the budget impasse. The bills represent a compromise balanced budget and reforms that address the priorities of both parties, and the lawmakers urged the General Assembly to return to Springfield to vote on this proposal.

Stratton Lock and Dam UPDATE

Sen. Althoff provides an update to the hiring efforts by DNR to fill positions at the Stratton Lock and Dam.

Severe Weather Safety Tips

It’s severe weather season, that’s why Shaw media has put together a list of 17 tips to help you and your family get prepared for when bad weather strikes.

Althoff legislation to help Fox Waterway’s dredging efforts moves out of the Senate

The Fox Waterway Agency may soon receive the financial assistance needed to manage the Fox River and Chain O’Lakes’ dredging issues under legislation sponsored by State Senator Pamela Althoff (R-McHenry).

Volunteer opportunity with the Assisi Animal Foundation

If animals are a part of your life and interests, the Assisi Animal Foundation in Crystal Lake is asking you to join them for a meeting of current and new volunteers on Saturday May 6th at 11:00 am at the Crystal Lake Chamber of Commerce on King Street.

School funding reform proposal shows good results

Legislation that would fund Illinois schools in a more equitable way show good results for school districts under a simulation by the ISBE, which forecasts that school districts across the state would receive either the same amount of funding they are receiving now or more under the legislation.

Nurse Licensure Compact bill passes the Senate unanimously

On April 25, legislation sponsored by State Senator Pamela Althoff (R-McHenry) that would allow Illinois to join the 25 other states that are part of the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC) passed the Senate unanimously. Senate Bill 677 would give registered Illinois nurses the flexibility to practice in other states in the Compact.

An IMPORTANT MESSAGE from Sen. Althoff regarding the Stratton Lock and Dam

Dear concerned citizen, I have received numerous email messages with concerns and comments regarding the recent announcement by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) of restricted hours at the Stratton Lock and Dam. Let me, therefore, provide some background as well as a current status report.

Sen. Althoff hosts students to participate in Youth Advisory Council

On April 19, 25 students from the 32nd Senate District took part in Part Two of State Senator Pamela Althoff’s first Youth Advisory Council (YAC) at the McHenry County Administrative Offices in Woodstock, which gave students a hands-on learning experience about public policy and the legislative process.

New education funding legislation would advance true parity for schools

After years of bipartisan negotiations, two legislative proposals have been advanced to reduce the inequity and inadequacy that has plagued the state’s more than 800 school districts, and truly address questions of school funding parity.

Legislation pending in the Senate to ease rural teacher shortage

In response to a teacher shortage impacting school districts in many of Illinois’ rural communities, legislation pending in the Senate would help these rural school districts struggling to attract good teachers choose from a much larger pool of applicants.

State offers help as April 18 deadline to file tax returns looms

With less than a week left to file federal and state income tax returns, the Illinois Department of Revenue (IDOR) is reminding taxpayers to file as soon as they can.