State to establish accessible database on day care child safety
Many newly-enacted laws will take effect on January 1. One of them is House Bill 2388, which passed the House back in April. Under this legislation, the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) is directed to establish and maintain a publicly accessible database which contains key facts involving day care safety and security.

New hotline to help those affected by opioid crisis
The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is now operating a new telephone service line, 1-833-2-FINDHELP (1-833-234-6343) to provide information about services for those dealing with the opioid crisis. The helpline connects callers with counselors who can refer persons with challenges, and their families, to local treatment and recovery-support services.

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.