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Braking Traffik recognized as "Human Trafficking Hero"

Braking Traffik is a program of Family Resources dedicated to eradicating human trafficking in Iowa and Illinois. In Illinois, they provide comprehensive services to survivors in Rock Island County.

Community Spotlight: Juan Perez, Dual Language Teacher

This week, Senator McConnaughay spotlights Juan Perez, a dual language, first grade teacher at Otter Creek Elementary School in Elgin. Perez was featured in the Daily Herald this week for his love and dedication of teaching his students a second language.

Senator McConnaughay welcomed more than 100 local women to her 3rd Annual Women’s Conference

Building on the success of her previous women’s conferences, state Senator Karen McConnaughay (R-St. Charles) welcomed nearly 120 local women to her 3rd Annual Women’s Conference on October 5.

Public encouraged to submit veterans’ stories, pictures to be showcased in a tribute at the Illinois Statehouse

Stressing the importance of honoring the legacy and sacrifice of United States veterans this upcoming Veterans Day, state Sen. Karen McConnaughay (R-St. Charles) is encouraging constituents to submit a tribute and photo of their loved one who served our country to be displayed in the rotunda of the Illinois Capitol Nov. 1 through Nov. 13.

October is College Changes Everything® Month in Illinois.

The Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) developed CCE Month to help ensure that all Illinois students and families have access to expert help with college applications and financial aid—and scheduled it to support students who, as a result of changes made by the U.S. Department of Education, now apply both for college admissions and for financial aid in the fall.

Community Spotlight: St. Charles Fire Chief Joe Schelstreet

This week, Senator McConnaughay spotlights St. Charles Fire Chief Joe Schelstreet for once again earning the designation as a Chief Fire Officer by the Commission on Professional Credentialing.

Educational access for adults, bring successful diploma programs

A new law was signed September 22 that will enable adults who did not finish high school to acquire high school diplomas. The law also allows for the creation of quality adult diploma programs.

Reforming higher education

Two Republican lawmakers have introduced changes to Illinois’ higher education system designed to increase enrollment and keep students in state.

Eden's Glory recognized as 'Human Trafficking Hero'

Eden's Glory is being recognized this week by Senator McConnaughay as a "Human Trafficking Hero."

Community Spotlight: Jim Frazier of Lake in the Hills

This week, Senator McConnaughay spotlights Jim Frazier of Lake in the Hills, and the Gold Star 500, a cycling event that honors the service of 34 Illinois National Guard members who have given their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan.

New law protects property owners while targeting criminal activity

The Governor also signed legislation September 19 to restructure Illinois’ civil forfeiture laws.

New law to spur economic development

A new law was signed Sept. 18 to spur economic development.

Community Spotlight: Justin Ahrens of Geneva

This week, Senator McConnaughay spotlights Justin Ahrens of Geneva, who is embarking on a bicycle ride across the country to raise money for and promote awareness of safe water supplies and sanitation in Uganda.

Sen. McConnaughay to host 3rd Annual Women’s Conference

In an effort to empower, encourage, and inspire women, State Sen. Karen McConnaughay (R-St. Charles) is hosting her 3rd annual FREE Women’s Conference on Thursday, October 5 at 4:30 p.m. at Elgin Community College.

Sen. McConnaughay joins bipartisan effort to end gerrymandering of political map

In an effort to ensure true democracy for Illinoisans, State Senator Karen McConnaughay (R-St. Charles) joined a bipartisan coalition of 65 lawmakers from eight states in support of an Amicus Curie brief filed in the U.S. Supreme Court this week, which urges the Supreme Court to end the practice of political gerrymandering.