Yearly Archives: 2015

Illinois Department of Insurance Urges Consumers to Review Flood Insurance Policies

Following this week’s winter storms that impacted much of the state with rain, ice, snow, and sleet, the Illinois Department of Insurance is reminding homeowners and renters to review their policy coverage and make informed decisions about flood insurance

Shimkus Touts New Law to Assist Small, Rural Drinking Water Systems

Congressman John Shimkus (R, Illinois-15) today joined local leaders in Dieterich, Marshall, Lawrenceville and Sandoval to announce the availability of technical assistance for rural water systems.

Illinois home prices see uptick in November; Sales dial back

Illinois home prices posted continued gains with November marking 39 consecutive months of year-over-year increases while sales slowed slightly amid tighter inventory, according to the Illinois Association of REALTORS

Durbin Announces Illinois Priorities Included In Omnibus Appropriations Bill Passed By Congress

U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that the Consolidated and Further Appropriations Act of 2016 was passed by the Senate.  The bill was passed by the House earlier today and will need to be signed by the President to become law.

Reps. Bustos, Kind Include Rail Safety Funding in Year End Budget

U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos and U.S. Rep. Ron Kind announced that their request for increased funding for rail safety was included in the year end spending bill. The bill is expected to come to the House floor for a vote on Friday

Hultgren Raises Privacy Concerns over Housing Data Collection

U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) today raised concerns with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) implementation of new reporting requirements under the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA) during a hearing of the House Financial Services Committee Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations

Congresswoman Cheri Bustos Writes Governor Rauner on Transportation Priorities for 17th District

Congresswoman Cheri Bustos sent a letter to Governor Bruce Rauner reiterating her top infrastructure priorities in the 17th Congressional District. Bustos, who serves on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, worked to help pass a bipartisan five-year highway funding bill, the first long-term highway bill to be signed into law in a decade. The bill includes over $7.5 billion in federal highway funding for Illinois over the next five years.

Kirk, Illinois Farm Bureau Collaborate on Ag Priorities

U.S. Senator Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) today discussed his efforts to expand Illinois agricultural exports and honored Donna Jeschke of Grundy County with his Farmer of the Year Award at the Illinois Farm Bureau’s annual meeting, which marked the IFB’s 100th anniversary.

Shimkus Backs Infrastructure & Education Bills

In the flurry of legislative business before the year’s end, the House passed two bills this week to reauthorize transportation infrastructure funding and restore local control of primary and secondary education. Congressman John Shimkus (R, Illinois-15) supported both bipartisan measures.

House-Senate Transportation Bill Compromise Protects Important Illinois Infrastructure Priorities

U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) announced a bipartisan, bicameral agreement to authorize and fund transportation programs for the next 5 years.  Durbin – who was a member of the Conference Committee tasked with finding a compromise between the House and Senate versions of the transportation

Shimkus Leads Passage of Rural Drinking Water Bill

Congressman John Shimkus (R, Illinois-15) led the U.S. House of Representatives to pass S. 611, the Grassroots Rural and Small Community Water Systems Assistance Act on Monday. The bill, which helps smaller and rural communities deal with the technical and financial challenges of regulations under the Safe Water Drinking Act, passed by voice vote.

Illinois home prices climb in October; Sales lower amid tighter inventory

The Illinois statewide median price experienced a 6.3 percent annual gain in October. Sales declined slightly as available housing inventory tightened, according to the Illinois Association of REALTORS

Durbin Announces More Than $443,000 In Federal Funding To Assist Homeless Veterans In Illinois

Under today’s announcement, the following communities will receive funding from HUD’s Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) tenant-based voucher program, which will help enable homeless veterans and their families to access affordable existing housing of their choice

Governor Announces Appointments

Currently, Karahalios is the Chief Legal Counsel and Sworn Deputy Treasurer in the Cook County Treasurer’s Office. He oversees the compliance of state statutes and county ordinances on real estate tax collection and coordinates litigation with the Cook County State’s Attorney and U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

Shimkus Supports Long-Term Transportation Bill

After more than 20 hours of debate and consideration of 126 amendments, Congressman John Shimkus (R, Illinois-15) voted in support of a long-term transportation infrastructure bill on Thursday


Investigation by CHA and HUD Inspectors General ends with guilty plea...

The Chicago Housing Authority will receive restitution for money stolen by a former contractor and her husband after the pair pleaded guilty to stealing funds intended for the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program, a crime that was exposed following an investigation by the CHA’s Office of the Inspector General.


Make Your Garage Door Quieter

How to Make Your Garage Door Quieter

Did you know that the structural noise from a garage can be anywhere from 5 decibels to 20 decibels above the background noise levels? And if you are wondering how much change would a 20-decibel increase make, then consider this – with a rise of 20 decibels, the sound energy increases by a factor of 100!