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    JUF/JF Government Affairs Program
    Chicago Office 30 S. Wells St.
    Chicago, IL 60606
    fax: 312-855-2477

    Springfield Office
    520 S. 2nd Street - Suite 2-200
    Springfield, IL 62701
    fax: 217-753-1430

    Washington Office
    1720 I Street, NW, 8th Floor
    Washington, DC 20006
    fax: 202-466-7092

Legislative Updates

Get updated on the latest news from Washington, DC and Springfield, IL. Below are stories about the most recent events in the nation's and state capitols. For more information on any of our programs, email

Illinois General Assembly Session Continues into November
As the Veto Session ended, the Illinois General Assembly passed new legislation important to the Jewish Federation and the residents of Illinois. In late October, the Illinois General Assembly passed legislation:

Governor Acts on FY’08 Budget
The Illinois General Assembly passed its omnibus appropriation for FY’08 six weeks into the new fiscal year. The General Assembly considered significant tax increases to address a number of critical issues – such as shoring up the pension system, add ...

Important Legislation Passes House
Important Legislation Passes HouseOn July 11, 2007 the House passed the SSI Extension for Elderly and Disabled Refugees Act under suspension of the rules with no objection to the passage of the legislation. Representatives Jim McDermott (D-WA) and Je ...

Washington Mission Advocates for Community Priorities
Washington Mission Advocates for Community PrioritiesOn May 15 and 16, twenty-five Federation agency representatives and community lay leaders participated in the annual Washington, DC mission and advocated for a wide range of issues that will impact ...

Government Affairs Committee Meets with Key State Leaders
Chairman Art Berman led the annual legislative mission to Springfield on March 28 and 29.   The delegation of 27 members of the Government Affairs Committee met with top state officials including: Lt. Governor Pat Quinn, newly elected State Treasurer ...

Status Report from Springfield
May 17, 2007 SB1739 Sen. Delgado Rep. Ryg Authorized the Dept. of Healthcare and Family Services to provide for the services of persons licensed as a clinical social worker in supplying medical assistance, without physician’s referral JFMC supportsPa ...

General Assembly Session Advances; Governor Gives Budget Address
The Illinois General Assembly is reviewing the 5,500 bills across both chambers following the late February deadline for the introduction of new legislation. Committees are busy and meeting from early morning to late afternoon.

State Government Affairs Director Receives Community Service Award
The annual Associated Talmud Torahs awards dinner was held on November 19th, with almost 300 persons in attendance. Len Lieberman, Associate Vice President Government Affairs, Springfield Office, was awarded the Feinberg Memorial Torah Crown for Comm ...

Veto Session Recesses until January
The Illinois General Assembly failed to finalize its legislative work in the two week post-election Veto Session in November. Additional veto session days have been added January 7th – January 10th before the 95th General Assembly session begins in t ...

2007 Illinois State Government Takes Office
Governor Rod Blagojevich and the other statewide executive branch officers will be sworn into office on Monday, January 8th in Springfield. The only change in statewide office holders is the new State Treasurer, Alexi Giannoulis, replacing Judy Topin ...

Lifespan Respite Care Act Signed Into Law
In the final days of the 109th Congress, both the House and Senate passed the Lifespan Respite Care Act, and on December 21, 2006, President Bush signed the legislation into law (Public Law No: 109-442). Respite care is designed to give unpaid family ...

Illinois General Assembly Slowly Begins New Spring Session
The 95th General Assembly began on January 12th and promptly recessed until the beginning of February. Renovations to the Senate chamber are finished, but delays have affected the schedule of refurbishing the House chamber in the Capitol. When the Il ...