State Representative Jonathan Carroll

With Eye Toward Cost Reductions, Carroll Targets Townships

Originally written for Journal & Topics by “Journal Staff” on April 11th, 2019. Link to original article may be found HERE. Continuing his efforts to scale back the size and number of units of local government, and to reduce skyrocketing property taxes, State Rep. Jonathan Carroll (D-57th) passed bipartisan consolidation legislation out of Illinois the…

House Passes Bill Banning Smoking in Vehicles with Children Present

Story originally published on NBC’s Week.com by Tim Shelly, link to original article may be found HERE SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WEEK) — The Illinois House has approved a measure which would ban people from smoking in vehicles transporting children. House Bill 2276 would fine motorists $100 to $250 for smoking in a car with minors present,…

Chicago Executive Drops Talk of Runway Expansion

Original article posted by James Kane and Charles Keeshan for the Daily Herald, link to original article posted HERE   Amid mounting opposition from residents, local leaders and even a state lawmaker, Chicago Executive Airport officials announced late Friday afternoon they will eliminate any consideration of runway expansion beyond current airport boundaries. The prospect of extending…

Carroll Committed to Israeli-American Partnership, Condemns Anti-Semitism

This is a press release that my office sent out the afternoon of February 11th, 2019. Carroll Committed to Israeli-American Partnership, Condemns Anti-Semitism Following a series of recent anti-Semitic comments from Congresswoman Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, state Rep. Jonathan Carroll, D-Northbrook, is fighting to prevent hateful and divisive views from gaining a voice on the…

Gov. Pritzker, Lawmakers Vow Sweeping Changes to Address CPS Sexual Abuse Scandal

Original story by David Jackson for the Chicago Tribune. Click here for the original article. Illinois lawmakers have renewed bipartisan efforts to address the Chicago Public Schools sexual abuse scandal, filing bills designed to protect students by making sweeping changes to state laws. Legislators last year proposed 12 bills that would allow state officials to swiftly revoke the licenses of educators found to have sexually abused children, lift…

Bipartisan Township Consolidation Bill Reintroduced in Springfield

Original story written by Joe Barnas for Illinois Policy. Link to original article HERE Former Gov. Bruce Rauner vetoed the bill before leaving office, but bipartisan support in the General Assembly may send it back to the governor’s desk. Lawmakers in Springfield have renewed their efforts to make it easier for McHenry County taxpayers to cut a layer of local government that is often inefficient at best and…

Transparency in Public Utilities

Dear Friends, I hope your 2019 is off to a great start. I’m very excited about the new legislative session and working for the people of the 57th District. I’m writing today to inform you of an issue my office has been trying to address. Last summer, communities in our district expressed concerns over Illinois…

Illinois Drivers May See End of Automated Tickets from Red-Light Cameras

Original Story written by Vincent Caruso for Illinois Policy, link to original article HERE Red-light cameras generated lots of traffic ticket revenue for local government without proof they made roads safer. One Illinois House bill would ban them from certain municipalities, but another would ban them statewide. Drivers in Illinois could see red-light cameras banned…

New Laws taking effect in 2019

Written by outgoing State Representative David Olsen of the 81st District. This is a comprehensive document, and Representative Olsen gave me permission to share it with all of you. If you would like to see the full text of any of the bills described, please visit  http://ilga.gov There are 253 new state laws with a January 1, 2019 effective date. Many of these new laws simply clarify existing statutes, while others improve transparency…
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