Thursday, April 18, 2013
The state Senate will now review a bill that would legalize medical marijuana for qualified patients in Illinois.
Medical marijuana is closer to becoming a reality in Illinois than ever before after the bill squeezed by the House of Representatives in a 61-57 vote on Wednesday. Both Homewood Rep. Will Davis and Flossmoor Rep. Anthony DeLuca voted yes on the bill. Check out how the rest of the House voted The Senate, which already approved a less restrictive marijuana bill in 2009, will now consider the bill. Should it pass, Governor Pat Quinn has already indicated his support of the bill, telling the Chicago Tribune he is “open-minded” about it. Get in on the conversation. Join H-F Patch today.
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
The bill to legalize same sex marriage has stirred a debate among legislators on both sides of the aisle.
While only one Senate Republican voted in favor of the same sex marriage bill that gained approval of the Illinois Senate, Rep. Renée Kosel, R-New Lenox, foresees significant debate in the House of Representatives. "It's a bipartisan issue. I'm not supporting it," she said, but the bill has advocates on both sides of the aisle. "I haven't done a head count, but it's close," said Kosel, who represents the 37th District, serving all or portions of New Lenox, Mokena, Frankfort, Tinley Park and Orland Park. Personally, Kosel said the bill runs counter to her faith. At the same time, what concerns her is how the bill would affect religious organizations. The legislation becomes problematic in regard to the religious liberty of church …
Friday, January 7, 2011
The Illinois House of Representatives approved a package that will "eliminate fraud and wasteful spending," according to the office of Rep. Renee Kosel, (R- New Lenox).
The Illinois House of Representatives gave final approval to a Medicaid reform package Thursday, Jan. 6 that could reportedly save the state $800 million -- a move that earned the praise of state Rep. Renee Kosel, (R-New Lenox). “On average, 10 percent of state Medicaid costs are the result of fraud and overbilling," Kosel said in a statement released from her office Thursday. "The reforms we approved today will dramatically cut down on those costs, saving an estimated $800 million over the next five years, enabling us to continue providing quality healthcare to those truly in need." The bill includes several key provisions, including verification of Illinois residency of all Medicaid recipients, verifying income to determine eligibility, …
Monday, January 3, 2011
From drug bans to pension reforms to tougher penalties for motor vehicle offenses, here’s a look at some of the new legislation taking effect in the new year.
As the clock struck midnight Jan. 1, a new year began — and with it came new legislation, including a ban on a "fake marijuana" drug, regulations aimed at stopping kids and teens from "sexting" and a law reducing fees on license plates that pay tribute to Illinois veterans. Here's a rundown of some of the legal highlights. Click the links to read the text of each bill or to see how your local legislators voted. Right now, it's legal to sell the drugs, available online and at shops that sell herbal medicines, according to Will County Sheriff's Office spokesman Ken Kaupas. "From what I understand, it is a substance that gives the user a high, like any hallucinogen would," Kaupas said. Popular among teens, the drug typically comes packaged in…
Monday, November 1, 2010
Find your polling place and which candidates will be on the ballot.
Election Day is upon us, and in case you need one last reminder, we have some basic information to help you out. Below, we have polling times and locations, as well as who's on the ballot. The polls open at 6 a.m. Tuesday and go until 7 p.m. Schools are closed Tuesday because many are polling places. To find your polling place in New Lenox, go to Evoter or the Will County Clerk's precinct finder and enter your address. If you know your precinct, the village has a list of precinct numbers and addresses at which you may vote. There's a U.S. Senate and U.S. Congress seat on the ballot, as well as all major state offices, including governor. New Lenox is represented by the 81st state House district, which is on the ballot, and the 41st …