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Please click the links below for either a brief review or a full listing of all 237 new laws that will take effect in Illinois beginning January 1, 2016.

Several of the new laws affect our everyday lives.  Others are targeted specifically to benefit children, veterans, and the elderly.
Here's a quick look at some of the more notable laws taking effect.

 A full list of all 237 new laws can be found here.


Litchfield, IL…A resolution was recently introduced in the Illinois House urging the legislature not to consider taxing retirement income.  The resolution was co-sponsored by State Representative Avery Bourne (R-Raymond) and supported by the AARP. 

The current tax code in the State of Illinois does not tax income for retirees.  A decision to tax retirement income would be detrimental to many retirees who live on fixed incomes.  While retirees do not pay state income tax in Illinois they are still subject to a multitude of other taxes such as federal income tax, property tax and sales tax.



Springfield….Representative Avery Bourne is proud to announce that Coffeen’s Power Station, owned by Dynegy Inc., was honored both globally and in the United States for the lowest emissions profile for SO2 worldwide.  The Coffeen plant was awarded an Advanced Energy for Life Clean Coal Award by Peabody Energy for having a SO2 emissions rate that is 99 percent lower than the U.S. coal plant average.
It is with a heavy heart that I presented House Resolution 866, which was adopted by the Illinois House of Representatives, to honor the life of Alexis Ann Wernsing of Litchfield. Alexis passed away on October 1,2015 and will be sadly missed by her family and all of those who knew her. Alexis made a big impact in such a short time with us. Her contribution to the community, the joy she exuded, and her infectious smile will never be forgotten.