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Senate Week in Review: October 31 – November 4, 2016

SPRINGFIELD, IL. -- Halloween brought more than just candy and costumes to schools across the state when the Illinois State Board of Education released their annual Illinois Report Card, which assessed a number of factors to determine Illinois schools’ performance ...

Senate Week in Review: Oct. 17-21, 2016

Springfield, IL… A newly created “Illinois Competiveness Council” was tasked with cutting red tape and eliminating burdensome regulations on employers and entrepreneurs; the Illinois School Funding Reform Commission continued their discussion on Illinois’ property tax system and its implications for school funding; and the Health Care Fraud Elimination Task Force announced their findings ...

Senate Week in Review: Oct. 10 – 14, 2016

SPRINGFIELD – Gov. Bruce Rauner takes an important step to reform government; the Illinois Supreme Court issues an important ruling dealing with child suspects in court; a state ban on synthetic drugs receives national recognition; and new survey results reveal a large majority of Illinoisans are still waiting for a new direction for state government ...

Senate Week in Review: October 3 - 7, 2016

SPRINGFIELD – A bipartisan group of lawmakers tasked with crafting a proposal to reform Illinois’ education funding formula met again this week, this time discussing Illinois’ property tax system and its implications for school funding ...

Senate Week in Review: September 26-30, 2016 - Honoring Vets and Their Families

During the week, residents paused to recognize the inaugural Gold Star Family Day in Illinois and a new program was announced that asks Illinois residents to serve those who served in the military ...

Senate Week in Review: September 19 – 23, 2016

Springfield - A state school funding reform commission held its fourth meeting during the week as part of the ongoing effort to identify a better way to fund Illinois schools. Also, the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) announced awardees of its prestigious Guardian of Small Business award.

Senate Week in Review: Sept. 12 – 16, 2016

SPRINGFIELD – Changes were made this week to the Senate Republican leadership team following the Sept. 15 retirement of Deputy Senate Republican Leader Matt Murphy (R-Palatine) from legislative office. Also during the week, the Illinois Supreme Court once again affirms that it will not allow Illinois residents to have a voice in how legislative districts are drawn. Meanwhile, Illinois gets a win as IDOC and IDHS team up to help mentally ill inmates and end a long legal battle that predates the c

Senate Week in Review: September 5-9, 2016

Springfield, Ill. – Estimates that the state’s bill backlog could reach an unprecedented $14 billion by 2017 underscores the importance of enacting systemic government reforms to bring jobs to Illinois and boost the economy. That message was stressed during a recent address by the President and CEO of the Illinois Manufacturers’ Association, and reinforced during the announcement of a state-supported investment in a bioprocessing research lab that could bring up to 20,000 jobs to Illinois.

Senate Week in Review: August 28 – Sept. 2, 2016

Springfield – With the waning days of summer comes the beginning of the school year for Illinois students. Though schools will open on time due to the approval of the stopgap budget passed in late June, Senate Republicans stressed the General Assembly’s work is not done ...

Senate Week in Review: August 22-26, 2016

SPRINGFIELD – The General Assembly must take action in light of an Illinois Supreme Court decision Aug. 25 against a redistricting referendum that would let citizens voice their opinion on the way legislative district boundaries are drawn ...

Senate Week in Review: August 15-19, 2016

Springfield, Ill. – The Illinois School Funding Reform Commission met for a second time during the week and Gov. Bruce Rauner announced the creation of a charitable foundation to provide additional financial support for Illinois’ two state fairgrounds. In other state news, recently-signed laws create sepsis protocols that will save lives, assist veterans and their families, and allow police officers to adopt retiring K-9 police dogs ...

Charitable foundation will protect and preserve Illinois State Fairs

Springfield, IL. – A newly-formed charitable foundation will work with state government to enhance and improve Illinois’ two State Fair sites, according to State Sen. Dave Luechtefeld, a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee.

Senate Week in Review: Aug. 8 -12, 2016

Springfield, Ill. – Recently signed laws seek to expand teen voting rights, prevent deaths due to life-threatening allergic reactions, and educate new drivers on how to react to police stops.

Senate Week in Review: Aug. 1 -5, 2016

A newly-formed bipartisan commission created by Gov. Bruce Rauner tasked with recommending a comprehensive solution to reform Illinois’ school funding formula met this week for the first time...

Senate Week in Review: July 18 – 22, 2016

SPRINGFIELD – A new law signed this week, “Molly’s Law,” will help the families of crime victims by extending the statute of limitations on violent crimes and strengthening Illinois’ Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) laws. Additional measures were also signed this week, which include: expanding insurance coverage in Illinois to include cutting-edge breast cancer screenings, targeting the retail sales of synthetic drugs and reinforcing the state’s commitment to early childhood education.