Several Republican State Senators are providing additional information to those state employees who are expected to receive back pay under the Fiscal Year 2019 Illinois Budget. After years of waiting, the workers are looking for a time frame for when they might see the funds paid out.
Gov. Rauner signed the $38.5 billion spending plan for Fiscal Year 2019 into law on June 4, and while Senate Republican lawmakers said they recognize that the new state budget is not perfect, they emphasized the compromise will ensure vital state services remain funded, including health coverage for children and senior citizens, as well as other priorities that save lives and protect the public.
Importantly, the newly-signed budget authorizes $53 million in startup funding to make repairs to the Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy, including making improvements to the water filtration system, and also beginning construction on a new facility.
On May 30, the Senate voted 56-2 to pass a $38 billion spending plan for Fiscal Year 2019. Much of the credit goes to the budgeteers who spent many hours hammering out the details, and to the legislative leaders who worked together to support the compromise.
Honoring the quick thinking and brave actions of the Dixon, Illinois, school resource officer who thwarted a school shooting two weeks ago, Gov. Bruce Rauner proclaimed May 30, 2018, Officer Mark Dallas Day in Illinois.
After months of study about the future of Illinois’ higher education system, the Higher Education Working Group announced a package of comprehensive reforms on May 29.
Illinois is one step closer to having a balanced budget after Senate lawmakers came together to pass a bipartisan budget package out of the Senate on May 30, according to State Senator Tom Rooney (R-Rolling Meadows).
The Illinois Department of Transportation has released their six-year Highway Improvement Program, identifying a number of roadway projects that will take place throughout the 27th Senate District in Fiscal Year 2019.
With about week and a half left in the spring legislative session, Senate Republicans remain hopeful a balanced budget, without a tax increase, will be approved by May 31.
On May 15, a bipartisan group of lawmakers came together to announce a bipartisan compromise on legislation creating the Firearm Dealer License Certification Act.
Passed out of the Senate last week was a measure pushing for commonsense gun safety reform. Senate Bill 2343 would make it illegal to sell, manufacture, purchase, possess, or carry a bump stock or trigger crank 90 days after the law goes into effect.
The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is Saturday from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. It’s a safe and responsible way to dispose of prescription drugs that have gone either unused or expired.
On Thursday, March 29, the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs and the Illinois Bicentennial group celebrated our veterans and heroes by commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War.
Several suburban Republican senators are calling for legislative action on a bill that would put stricter consequences on those who are behind the bothersome robo-calls and scam calls, which seem to keep cell phones ringing non-stop.
The deadline to file state and federal taxes is mere weeks away. Taxpayers can file their returns on or before Tuesday, April 17, for the 2017 tax filing year.
The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is warning people about the dangers of synthetic cannabinoids, after six people in northern Illinois who used synthetic cannabinoids suffered severe bleeding. All reported using synthetic cannabinoids, often called fake weed, K2, and spice.
Republican Senators are co-sponsoring jobs reform legislation that focuses on helping reduce the tendency of convicted criminals to commit another crime, and ensures neglected areas in communities receive honest advantages when it comes to tax increment finance (TIF) revenues.
Senate Republicans remain adamant that Illinois’ future growth cannot be based on a tax-and-spend system, urging lawmakers to stop outspending revenue and doing more to undercut the crushing burdens placed on the backs of Illinois’ taxpayers and businesses.
As part of the response to Legionnaires’ disease outbreaks at the Quincy-based Illinois Veterans’ Home, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner recently announced plans to explore building a new facility on the Quincy campus.
A bipartisan Legislative Public Safety Group has been created from members of all four legislative caucuses to work with the Administration on furthering progress in a number of public safety areas. Senate Republican members include, State Senator Karen McConnaughay, State Senator Dale Righter, State Senator Chuck Weaver, and State Senator Chris Nybo.
The Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Firearms held their first hearing on March 8 to focus on legislative initiatives involving gun sales and possession.
The Senate and House Veterans Affairs Committees met for the fourth time to resume their conversations with new data about the outbreaks and sequence of events at the Illinois Veterans’ Home in Quincy. The meeting took place at the Bilandic Building in Chicago on March 5.
The Senate Task Force on Sexual Harassment and Discrimination Awareness and Prevention met for a very sensitive matter that involves an open investigation on sexual harassment at a multinational company.
More light was shed on the state’s sweeping opioid epidemic, as the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently reported that last year Illinois emergency rooms experienced a 66 percent spike in opioid overdoses.
The Senate passed several different gun safety bills during the week, receiving a varied reaction from lawmakers in the Senate. Discussions on gun control will likely continue to dominate public and legislative discourse up to and beyond the General Assembly’s scheduled adjournment May 31.
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