ICYMI: Attracting more teachers goal of proposed legislation

Senator Dale Righter (R-Mattoon) has introduced legislation that would make open doors for potential teachers in Illinois. Read more at the Journal Gazette.

Southern Illinois coal forum highlights need for cooperation

Coal production and consumption was on the minds of panelists and community members who attended an April 24 Southern Illinois coal forum, hosted by State Senators Dale Fowler (R-Harrisburg) and Paul Schimpf (R-Waterloo).

Getting Around Illinois

With summer construction right around the corner, the Illinois Department of Transportation has updated its “Getting Around Illinois” website, giving motorists the opportunity to stay on top of road construction locations, trucking routes and other weather-related road conditions.

Reports highlight need for reforms

Two reports released this week demonstrate Illinois’ need to enact critical reforms in order to improve the state’s financial footing.

Barickman talks K-12 funding, budget

Senator Jason Barickman (Bloomington) joined Central Illinois Proud to talk about funding education in Illinois and the need for change in order to make the state’s school funding system more adequate and more equitable for all Illinois students.

Schimpf praises work of IDOC employees following recent tour

State Sen. Paul Schimpf (R-Waterloo) offered the following comments after he toured two Illinois Department of Corrections facilities in Chester and Pinckneyville on April 12.

Barickman files education funding legislation including true parity for schools

Fixing the state’s broken school funding formula could soon become a reality, due in large part to two pieces of legislation filed by State Senator Jason Barickman (R-Bloomington).

Senator Connelly joins Chicago Tonight to talk fiscal matters

Sen. Connelly applauds Senate on passes repeat gun offender bill

It’s time something is done to deal with the out-of-control gun violence in Chicago, said State Senator Michael Connelly (R-Naperville), which is why he voted in favor of a bipartisan measure that would help get violent, repeat gun offenders off the streets.

REMINDER: Just One Week Left to File Your Income Tax Return

The Illinois Department of Revenue (IDOR) is reminding taxpayers to file as soon as they can. More than 4 million taxpayers have already filed their 2016 Illinois individual income tax returns and have received refunds totaling over $760 million. An estimated 2 million Illinois tax returns have yet to be filed before the April 18th dead

Righter legislation to help rural teacher shortage

Rural school districts struggling to find good teachers to hire would see a much larger pool of applicants, under legislation sponsored by State Sen. Dale Righter.

Sen. McConnaughay's 2017 Spring Youth Advisory Council

Senate Republicans welcome visitors to the Capitol

This week, Senate Republican lawmakers welcomed visitors from all across Illinois, including members of the Military Order of the Purple Heart and Illinois veterans; Miss Illinois; youth athletic stand-outs and future policymakers; and DuPage County Board Members.

Fowler looks forward to progress of Alexander-Cairo Port District

Alexander County is another small step closer to moving forward with economic progress, thanks to the continued work of State Sen. Dale Fowler (R-Harrisburg).

Schimpf meets with Mike Corriveau of the YMCA of Jefferson County on April 5.

State Sen. Paul Schimpf (R-Waterloo) met with Mike Corriveau of the YMCA of Jefferson County on April 5.