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People urged to take caution during August 21 solar eclipse

On Monday, August 21, 2017, a solar eclipse will be visible across the entire U.S. The last total solar eclipse seen coast to coast in the U.S. was in 1918. Starting shortly before noon and lasting until 2:45 p.m. central time, people in Illinois can see the moon pass in front of the sun.

Job Creation Measure Passes Senate

A bipartisan measure that extends tax credits for companies and brings jobs to Illinois is now headed to the Governor after it passed the Senate this week. House Bill 162 extends the program known as EDGE, short for Economic Development for a Growing Economy, which serves as a vital economic tool to ensure businesses stay in Illinois.

Senate Republicans Continue Push for School Funding Parity

Senator Rooney talks education reform with "Big" John Howell

Senator Tom Rooney, who is also a economics and history teacher, joined "Big" John Howell on WLS 890 AM to discuss the status of school funding reform. Click "read more" to listen in!

Bill extends tax credits for companies, heads to the Governor

A bipartisan measure that extends tax credits for companies and brings jobs to Illinois is now headed to the Governor after it passed the Senate on Sunday. State Senator Pamela Althoff (R-McHenry), chief co-sponsor of House Bill 162, says the legislation serves as a vital economic tool to ensure businesses are staying right here in Illinois.

Rauner signs Rezin's Parental Rights for the Blind Act into law

Sen. Rezin is pleased to announce the Parental Rights for the Blind Act is now law in Illinois. What this means for those who are blind.

Anderson bill to aid farmers during harvest emergency signed into law

Illinois farmers will be given additional latitude to harvest crops in an effective and efficient way during a declared harvest emergency, under legislation sponsored by State Sen. Neil Anderson (Andalusia) that was signed into law Friday, August 11.

Connelly statement on Senate Bill 1 override vote

Following the Illinois Senate’s vote to override Governor Bruce Rauner’s amendatory veto of Senate Bill 1, State Senator Michael Connelly (R-Naperville) offered the following comments.

Weaver: Senate rejects improved version of school funding legislation

On Sunday, August, 13, Chicago Democrats forced through a override of Governor Rauner’s amendatory veto of Senate Bill 1, stripping away funding for needier districts to support special deals for Chicago, according to State Senator Chuck Weaver (R-Peoria)...

Syverson: Democrats again vote for Chicago bailout

Democrats once again voted to take money from the majority of the state’s schools to pay for a bailout of Chicago’s failing schools, with their vote to override the Governor’s veto of Senate Bill 1, according to State Sen. Dave Syverson (R-Rockford)...

Barickman urges Democrats to negotiate in good faith to end school funding crisis

Lawmakers need to work quickly to find common ground on a compromise to fund schools, after Senate Democrats voted to override the Governor’s amendatory veto of Senate Bill 1, according to State Sen. Jason Barickman (R-Bloomington)...

Sen. McConchie statement on Senate Bill 1 override vote

“Today's override of the Governor's veto was an unnecessary partisan act," said McConchie. "I firmly believe we could have come to a bi-partisan agreement on school funding reform had negotiations been carried out in good faith...."

Rose votes against bailout of Chicago Public Schools, Democrats in Senate take money away from downstate schools

“Let me be clear, overriding Senate Bill 1 takes more than $7 million of new dollars that should be going to the schools and students in the 51st Senate District, and instead sends it to Chicago.”

Senate Republican Leader Bill Brady on SB 1 amendatory veto


Oberweis statement on Democrats overriding Governor’s Amendatory Veto of SB 1

“Batavia, Community High School District 94, West Chicago, Yorkville, Oswego, Plano. All the schools I represent receive less new funding under what the Democrats passed compared to the Governor’s amended version of Senate Bill 1."