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Senator Rooney to host upcoming meet and greet

Senator Tom Rooney (R-Rolling Meadows) is set to host an upcoming meet and greet event at the Palatine Senior Center on March 31.

New legislation to protect property owners’ rights from utility company installations

To provide greater protections for private-property owners when utility companies seek to install power lines, legislation was introduced to slow the process and give property owners more rights.

Senate Committee debates Unbalanced Budget Response Act

Making it clear the best approach would be to continue to work toward a full-year, balanced state budget for Illinois, lawmakers debated legislation in the Senate Executive Committee this week that would offer the Governor a plan of action in the event no accord can be reached on a state budget.

IDOT reminds you to drive safely this St. Patrick's Day

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) reminds motorists not to try their luck by drinking and driving this St. Patrick’s Day. If planning to celebrate with alcohol, motorists are urged to designate a driver, call a cab or ride-sharing company, or take public transit.

EDGE tax credit agreements are now available online

In an effort to achieve better government and transparency for taxpayers and businesses, the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) and the Rauner Administration recently announced the online publication of EDGE tax credit incentive agreements.

Statewide pension reform compromise plan

A compromise pension reform plan has been filed in the Illinois Senate, which is modeled on a proposal that received bipartisan support in the summer of 2016. Proponents of the proposals say that as Senate negotiations continue on a bipartisan, balanced, full-year budget, lawmakers should still act on issues where there is agreement, including pension reform.

Illinois innovation index reveals good news

Illinois has experienced record growth in entrepreneurial activity at its universities according to the Illinois Science and Technology Coalition (ISTC), which released its Illinois Innovation Index on March 8. The Illinois Innovation Index reports on key metrics of the state’s innovation economy.

Senate Criminal Law Committee hears controversial legislation

On March 9, the Senate Criminal Law Committee heard testimony on Senate Bill 1722. A key component of this measure is a request by Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson that would impose stiffer sentences for felons convicted of gun crimes, which Supt. Johnson believes would hold repeat gun offenders accountable.

Senate committees approve legislation

Legislators spent much of their time in committees this week, with a series of “subject matter only” hearings held on elements of Gov. Bruce Rauner’s budget proposal and Senate committees approving nearly 60 pieces of legislation on topics ranging from insurance and education, to pensions and criminal law.

Illinois’ Early Spring Storms Cause Destruction

North Central and Southern Illinois residents are cleaning up after a series of tornados touched down in LaSalle, Jackson, Perry, Franklin, Hamilton and White counties. The storms left two Illinoisans dead in LaSalle and White counties.

Budget update from the Capitol

On Feb. 28, the Senate took action on nearly half of the 13 pieces of legislation that are part of the Senate budget framework, passing legislation dealing with local government consolidation, “pension parity” for Chicago Public Schools, a gaming expansion, procurement reform, and Fiscal Year 2017 supplemental appropriation legislation.

Budget Options

Gov. Rauner outlined budget options to a joint session of legislators in the House of Representatives, during his third annual Budget Address Feb. 15.

Budget data show need to resolve impasse

Following the Governor's annual Budget Address, lawmakers should stand ready to work with the Governor and set aside divisive rhetoric to make the kind of tough decisions necessary to pass a balanced budget and enact the critical reforms that will provide stability and growth to our state.

Fighting heart disease

Illinois legislators, representatives from the state Department of Public Health, and health advocates gathered in Capitol Feb. 15 to spread awareness of the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women campaign, and to encourage Illinois women to unite in the fight against heart disease and stroke.

Sen. Rooney Reacts to Budget Address

On Feb. 15, Governor Bruce Rauner addressed the 100th General Assembly for the second time this year, delivering his annual Budget Address before members of a joint General Assembly.