Nybo amendment to Annie LeGere Law approved by Senate, to be carried by Conroy in the House

The Annie LeGere Law is another step closer to implementation as an amendment sponsored by State Senator Chris Nybo (R-Elmhurst) seeks to increase participation of medical professionals in the program that would place epinephrine auto-injectors (EpiPens) in the hands of law enforcement across the state. The amendment was approved unanimously by the State Senate on February 21.

Sen. Fowler sponsors legislation to spur economic development in the region

Working to pave the way for economic growth in the City of Marion, State Sen. Dale Fowler is sponsoring legislation that would implement an extension to an existing Tax Increment Financial (TIF) District for the area.

Flood Alliance discusses game plan/update regarding flood event

State Sen. Sue Rezin and Mike Sutfin, Ottawa’s Building and Zoning Official, led a conference call this morning with members of the Illinois Valley Flood Resiliency Alliance (IVFRA) in response the flood event occurring now along the Illinois and Fox Rivers.

Illinois Department of Human Rights Announces Sexual Harassment Hotline

The Illinois Department of Human Rights (IDHR) announced the creation of a toll-free sexual harassment hotline to provide resources to the public, including referrals to counseling and legal services. The hotline, and accompanying website, will also allow for the reporting of sexual harassment allegations in both private and public places of employment.

Local education professionals help Weaver advance strategic education plan

“We all agree more jobs in Illinois will solve a lot of problems. At the same time, we have job openings right now that aren't being filled because the education and training of many applicants doesn't match the needs of the employers," said Weaver. “This strategic plan offers a way to bridge that gap and properly equip our workforce for the stable, good-paying jobs that are available, while enabling our businesses to expand and grow our economy...

Twenty years as Sheriff gives Bivins unique persepective as committee spokesperson

Twenty years serving as Lee County Sheriff gives Senator Tim Bivins a unique perspective in his new role as Republican Spokesperson on the Criminal Law Committee.

Tracy responds to Illinois Comptroller remarks about Quincy Veterans Home

State Sen. Jil Tracy's response to remarks made today by the Illinois Comptroller.

Tracy reacts to Governor’s Budget Address

State Sen. Jil Tracy issued the following statement in response to Gov. Bruce Rauner's Budget Address presented to a joint session of lawmakers on February 14.

Senator Weaver statement on the Governor’s budget address

“The Governor provided us exactly what we needed, a proposal for a truly balanced budget and a glimpse at the choices that will have to be made to get the state spending within its means. I thank the Governor for proposing what I believe is a realistic path forward. Not everyone will be happy with the plan. We can’t keep piling up unpaid bills and we can’t ask the struggling families of this state to give us any more of their hard-earned money...

Sen. Althoff reacts to Gov. Rauner’s State Budget Address

State Senator Pamela Althoff (R-McHenry) releases the following statement regarding Governor Bruce Rauner’s State Budget Address.

Sen. Rooney reacts to Budget Address, urges lawmakers to work together

Lawmakers from both the Senate and the House of Representatives came together Feb. 14 for a joint session of the General Assembly, gathering to listen to the annual Budget Address.

Senate Republican Leader Bill Brady on the Governor’s balanced budget proposal

“Governor Rauner delivered on his pledge and presented a budget proposal that is both balanced and holds the line on taxes. Illinois residents are already overtaxed and it is imperative the State of Illinois begins to live within its means. Now, with this balanced budget proposal in hand, we can begin the bipartisan process of giving Illinois residents a budget that will help stimulate our economy, grow jobs and continue providing record funding for education.”

Sen. Syverson statement Governor Rauner’s State of the State address

"Governor Rauner delivered exactly what he promised, a proposal for a truly balanced budget. The current spending plan, passed by the Democrats last year, left us more than a billion and a half dollars in the hole. I applaud the Governor for his work to reduce that deficit. Some tough choices will have to be made, but that is the reality of the budget process in a state that has been spending beyond its means for years...

Statement from Sen. Barickman on the Governor’s budget address

“The Governor’s proposed budget offered a roadmap for what will be required to enact a balanced spending plan for the next fiscal year. Everyone has been saying for years that we need to change the way the state spends money and this proposal does just that. But make no mistake, however we move forward on a budget, there will be some very tough decisions to be made...

Schimpf: Rauner’s budget a wake-up call for lawmakers

The Illinois General Assembly’s top priorities this legislative session must be to pass economic reforms and a balanced budget, said State Senator Paul Schimpf (R-Waterloo) following Governor Bruce Rauner’s Budget Address at the Illinois State Capitol in Springfield.