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Illinois State Library offers Talking Book and Braille Service for those with vision impairments

Posted April 21, 2014 2:31 PM

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois State Library is now offering a free talking book library program for those unable to read standard printed material, Rep. Tom Cross (R-Oswego) announced today.

Recently, the Mid-Illinois Talking Book Center and the Voices of Vision Talking Book Center have consolidated into the Illinois Talking Book Outreach Center. The Center provides library service for anyone unable to read standard print because of low vision, blindness or physical disability. The talking books are mailed at no charge to and from library patrons, wherever they reside.

Currently, there are 566 residents in Rep. Cross’ district who are active readers with the Talking Book and Braille Service (TBBS); which includes portions of Wheatland, Plainfield and Troy Townships in Will County and part of Oswego Township in Kendall County.

“The talking library program is an outstanding way to help people of all ages with vision impairments to enjoy the ability to experience books,” Rep. Cross said. “With over 100,000 titles available, the State Library is making books accessible to more Illinois families than ever before.”

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Week In Review: April 7-11

Posted April 12, 2014 11:22 AM

Illinois Taxes

  • Key Democrat Tax Hike Proposals Stall in General Assembly.  With time running out for constitutional amendments aimed at changing Illinois income tax laws, two major Democrat-sponsored tax hike proposals failed to advance in Springfield this week.

SJRCA 40 (Harmon), the so-called “fair tax” constitutional amendment, would abolish the Illinois individual income flat tax (current rate: 5.0 percent) and replace it with a graduated rate with higher taxes for most middle-class and upper-middle-class taxpayers and families.

HJRCA 51 (Madigan) would impose an additional 3.0 percent surtax upon upper income earners and small businesses.  The surtax and individual income liability level s would be inscribed into the Constitution and would not be adjustable by statute.

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House Approves Plainfield Park District Reform

Posted April 09, 2014 9:46 AM

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois House has overwhelmingly approved legislation sponsored by State Rep. Tom Cross (R-Oswego) to increase accountability on the Plainfield Park District Board moving forward, in response to widespread public concerns following a series of controversial actions taken by the current Plainfield Park District Board majority over the past year.

House Bill 5593, co-sponsored by State Rep. Natalie Manley (D-Joliet) and supported by State Sen. Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Plainfield), would add two new members to the park district board, increasing it from five to seven members. Rep. Cross and Sen. Bertino-Tarrant would each appoint one of the two new members within six months of the bill becoming law, with those positions to be filled by the voters next year in the April 2015 consolidated election for a two-year term.

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