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Building momentum toward a budget compromise

Momentum seems to be building in favor of pension reform proposals introduced by Senate Republican lawmakers that could form the foundation for positive budget negotiations moving forward.

On Friday, the Governor announced a number of House lawmakers have pledged their support for proposals pending in the Senate, a positive development and a significant platform upon which Senate Republicans say consensus could be built.

McConchie sponsors legislation following court ruling on legislator pay

Sen. Barickman statement on filing of school funding amendment

“Working to develop a bipartisan, bicameral solution to our broken school funding formula has been a long and arduous process. I am cautiously optimistic this amendment is another step forward in our combined efforts...

Cybersecurity Strategy Unveiled to Protect Services and Information

The state is pursuing a more comprehensive state cybersecurity strategy as an important step toward a cyber secure Illinois.

Protect Your Trip and Your Loved Ones With These Important Spring Travel Reminders

Spring Break is no longer exclusively for college students. Illinois families will use the coming weeks to get away from the cold and enjoy vacation time between winter and summer. The Illinois Department of Insurance suggests you review these important tips before you leave.

Senator McCann advances legislation to improve rural internet quality

The Illinois Senate Telecommunications and Information Technology has passed legislation sponsored by State Sen. Sam McCann (R-Plainview) aimed at improving quality and service for rural broadband customers...

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.

Brady Co-Sponsors Pension Reform Legislation

“Our pension systems have been chronically underfunded for years and, frankly, it’s left us with quite a mess. It’s time we tackle this issue and get some real reforms in place,” said Brady. “This plan will save $1 billion now, and another billion down the road. That’s a good deal for the people of Illinois.

Anderson Hunting Legislation Clears Committee

A measure sponsored by Senator Neil Anderson (Andalusia) that would help control overpopulation by expanding coyote hunting cleared the Senate Agriculture Committee on March 16.

Tracy legislation to aid the Illinois School for Visually Impaired clears committee

The Illinois School for the Visually Impaired (ISVI) may soon find relief in their recruitment process with help from legislation sponsored by State Sen. Jil Tracy (R-Quincy) that passed out of the Senate Education Committee on March 14.

Schimpf working in defense of the Second Amendment

A controversial gun regulation was advanced on March 14 over the objections of State Sen. Paul Schimpf (R-Waterloo).

McConchie welcomes high school students to Capitol to take part in state government

High school students from across the 26th Senate District traveled to the Capitol March 15 to take part in state government and the legislative process as part of State Senator Dan McConchie’s (R-Hawthorn Woods) Youth Advisory Council.

School Funding Update