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Thursday, October 24, 2019
Statewide Unemployment Rate Drops Again

The report on Illinois cities and metro areas, published by the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES), covers September 2019 job trends in local regions throughout the state.  During this…


Wednesday, October 23, 2019
Multi-Year Transportation Infrastructure Plan Announced

The Multi-Year Plan (MYP) was announced by the Illinois Department of Transportation on Monday, October 21.  Over the next six years, $23.5 billion will be invested in maintaining, preserving and…


Tuesday, October 22, 2019
New Area Code Coming to Central Illinois

The change was announced this week by the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC), which oversees telephone service throughout Illinois. The area affected is covered by the existing “217” area code, which…


Tuesday, October 15, 2019
House Committee Holds Hearing to Address Ethylene Oxide

The House Energy and Environment Committee, which State Representative Tim Butler serves on, heard testimony from concerned parties and stakeholders in the wake of events surrounding the closure of the…


Thursday, September 26, 2019
Rep. Butler Applauds LaHood Appointment to Chair Lincoln Presidential Library

State Representative Tim Butler (R-Springfield) is praising the move by Gov. Pritzker to appoint former U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood to chair the board of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential…


Wednesday, September 25, 2019
Household Hazardous Waste Collection Sites Announced

One way that Illinois households can help the environment is by making sure that hazardous waste items from their personal property are turned in for safe disposal.  Tests of groundwater…


Tuesday, September 24, 2019
Statewide Unemployment Rate Drops to 4%

The four percent level is one traditional benchmark of what constitutes “full employment.”  It should be noted that there are some Illinoisans, classified as “discouraged workers,” whose potential employment status…


Monday, September 23, 2019
Amazon Agrees to Buy 100,000 Electric Vans From Rivian Automotive

Although Rivian is a startup firm, its Central Illinois plant is experienced at motor vehicle assembly.  The Normal plant used to make Diamond-Star cars for Mitsubishi Motors.  The electric delivery…


Friday, September 6, 2019
Rep. Butler Resolution Honors 50th Anniversary of Sen. Dirksen Passing

In May, House Resolution 419 was adopted by the Illinois House to memorialize September 7, 2019 in honor of the 50th anniversary of the passing of U.S. Senator Everett McKinley…


Thursday, August 22, 2019
Tazewell County Medal of Honor Revelation Lays Groundwork for New Military Records Law

Last week, the Governor signed legislation carried by State Representative Tim Butler (R-Springfield). Senate Bill 1007, inspired by the research of Tazewell County Clerk John Ackerman and Deputy Clerk Sharon…