Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White announced recently that, as a result of the budget impasse, his office will suspend mailing out vehicle registration renewal reminders to the public. When making the announcement, White noted that suspending this service will save approximately $450,000 per month, and allows his office to prolong the mailing out of vehicle registration renewal stickers, titles and license plates to vehicle owners. According to White, unless a budget is approved, his postage account will be completely depleted in a few months.

 If you want to receive a reminder, sign up to receive electronic notices through the Secretary of State’s website. While those who receive emailed vehicle registration renewal notices via email will continue to have access to a pin number needed to renew their sticker online, those who do not sign up for the electronic alerts will now have to renew their vehicle stickers in person at a Secretary of State office.
Please join me today in thanking all police officers who have chosen to put their lives on the line in order to protect us. Today is "Thank a Police Officer Day," and in addition to these brave men and women, we also thank their families. When you see a police officer today, stop them, shake their hand, and let them know how much you appreciate their service and sacrifice!

Comptroller Leslie Geissler Munger announced Wednesday that her office is setting up accounts and will immediately begin making payments to Early Intervention providers as soon as it receives vouchers from the Department of Human Services (DHS).

"This is great news for those who provide valuable services to very young children who have shown a developmental delay," said State Representative Michael McAuliffe (R-Chicago). "These programs are vital, and I am pleased to know that even in the absence of a state budget that Early Intervention is going to receive it's state funding.

To read more about Munger's announcement, click here.

I am disheartened that we continue to see wait times increasing for veterans at VA facilities. I see veterans waiting prolonged periods of time without the health care they need, and there is more we should be doing as a nation to address the problem.

The Veterans’ Health Administration is considering a logical step that would help with the excessive wait times. The VHA is currently considering a proposal that would extend full practice authority to Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs). These highly educated healthcare professionals presently serve active duty personnel, and it is just common sense that they should be able to treat veterans to the same extent they treat active troops.

If we don’t do something soon, the problem will only get worse. Already, hundreds of thousands of veterans are forced to wait a month or longer just to get an appointment at a veterans’ hospital. Without action, we will see longer wait times for the men and women who deserve much better from our nation.

Allowing full practice authority for APRNs at VA facilities is the right move for veterans. I hope our elected officials and leaders in Washington will rally behind this proposal.
In partnership with AT&T's Investing in Illinois Awards Program, State Representative Michael McAuliffe on Tuesday presented the Norridge Senior Center with a check for $2,000.

"It was with great pleasure that I could nominate and present to the Norridge Senior Center the AT&T Investing in Illinois Award," said McAuliffe. "Executive Director of the Center Carole Creason has said she is very excited to put the award money toward a computer update."

AT&T’s Investing in Illinois Award provides resources and recognition to organizations and programs in Illinois that are improving lives in their communities and the state by advancing education, economic growth, new technologies and other essential community services.