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Secretary of State offers update on REAL ID implementation
For years Illinoisans have heard the warnings that our state-issued ID cards are not compliant with federal law and that they may not be useful for such tasks as boarding an airplane or entering certain government facilities. Last week the Secretary of State issued an update to policymakers on the progress the state is making in bringing our state IDs into compliance with the federal REAL ID Act.
 
Illinois unemployment shows slight decline
The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) has announced that the state’s unemployment rate dipped by a tenth of a point in October to 4.9 percent and nonfarm payrolls increased by 3,400 jobs based on preliminary data provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and released by IDES. The figures for September were revised up to show a smaller decline than initially reported, as Illinois lost 7,900 jobs in September compared to the 10,800 that were initially reported.

200 Illinois Veterans to be honored during Illinois Bicentennial
In honor of the upcoming Illinois Bicentennial, Governor Bruce Rauner and Erica Jeffries, the Director of the Department of Veterans Affairs (IDVA) have announced the launch of HONOR 200. The program will be part of next year’s Illinois Bicentennial Celebration, and will pay tribute to 200 veterans whose service has gone above and beyond the call of duty.

Fall veto session concludes
This was the final week of the fall veto session of the Illinois legislature. The House met on Tuesday and Wednesday to finish up its work for the year. Unfortunately, some major issues remain unresolved, such as the need for reforms to our business and job creation climate. These issues will still be on the agenda when we return for the spring session in January.

National Guard and Reserve Veterans Eligible for Driver's License Designation
Illinois now has drivers’ licenses with a designation indicating that the license-holder is a veteran of the National Guard or Reserve. Those who served in the Guard and Reserve but did not have any periods of active duty other than for training are now eligible to receive “Veteran” on their driver’s licenses.


First week of veto session
The House met for three days this week. This was the first of two scheduled weeks of session this fall to consider bills which the Governor vetoed over the summer, as well as some other legislation. Some of the Governor’s vetoes were overridden, including a bill dealing with a pension transfer credit for firefighters and police officers, legislation regarding residential roofing repairs, and a bill to cancel the debt of the Illinois International Port District. Some other vetoes were upheld, including a bill dealing with workers compensation.