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Senate Lawmakers Continue Work On Budget Framework

Illinois Senate lawmakers will begin holding committee hearings on a budget framework designed to reestablish fiscal stability and certainty, and get Illinois moving forward again.

Governor Signs Bill To Protect Children From Lead

This week Senate Bill 550 was signed into law, establishing additional standards to further protect Illinois children from possible exposure to lead in drinking water.

Illinois Tax Filing Season Begins

The Illinois Department of Revenue will begin accepting 2016 state individual income tax returns on Monday, January 23rd, the same date that the Internal Revenue Service begins accepting federal individual income tax returns.

Budget compromise unveiled in Senate

If the state’s historic budget impasse is to end any time soon, it could largely be due to a package of legislation unveiled in the Senate for the first time on January 9th. In addition to providing a full year budget with matching revenue, the measures tackle a broad range of issues, including term limits for legislative leaders, a statewide two-year property tax freeze, workers compensation reform, pension reform, and reforms to trim the cost of government.

Madigan pushes stop-gap budget

Despite the show of bipartisan cooperation in the Illinois Senate, House Speaker Michael Madigan (D-Chicago) used the lame-duck session to instead push through another stop-gap budget proposal.

EDGE program extended

Senate Bill 513, legislation to reinstate the EDGE (Economic Development for a Growing Economy) tax credit program, which has been hailed by supporters as the state’s best tool in bringing businesses to the state and encouraging exiting companies to expand, was passed by both chambers of the Illinois General Assembly. The action was necessary because the EDGE program had expired at the end of 2016.

100th General Assembly inauguration

A new General Assembly was sworn in on Januray 11th with several new faces. The Illinois Senate Republican Caucus has three new members.

Senate institutes term limit rule for leaders

After the swearing in of new members, the Senate adopted its new rules, including for the first time term limits for legislative leaders. The new rule limits both the Senate President and Minority Leader to a maximum of five terms.

Radogno announces leadership team for 100th General Assembly

Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno today announced her Republican leadership team for the 100th General Assembly.

Rose: Term limits enacted on Senate Leadership, Senate stands in stark contrast with the House

State Sen. Chapin Rose issued the following statement Jan. 11 after the Senate adopted Senate Resolution 3, which enacts term limits of 10 years on the offices of Senate President and Senate Minority Leader.

Statement on inauguration of the 100th General Assembly

“I am extremely honored and humbled to once again be representing the people of this great region in the Illinois Senate,” said Sen. Barickman...

Senate Republicans welcome new members

The Senate Republican Caucus welcomed three new members, Dale Fowler, Jil Tracy, and Paul Schimpf as the 100th General Assembly kicked off on January 11, 2017.

Senate enacts term limits for its leadership

State Sen. Dale Righter issued the following statement Jan. 11 after the Senate adopted Senate Resolution 3, which enacts term limits of 10 years on the offices of Senate President and Senate Minority Leader.

Rezin sworn in as State Senator of 38th Senate District for 100th General Assembly

State Sen. Sue Rezin was sworn into office Jan. 11 inside the Senate chamber of the Illinois capitol. Rezin was one of dozens of Senators who were sworn into office as part of the inauguration of the 100th Illinois General Assembly.

Righter sworn in as State Senator of 55th Senate District

State Sen. Dale Righter was sworn into office Jan. 11 in the Senate chambers of the Illinois Capitol. Righter was one of dozens of Senators who were sworn into office as part of the inauguration of the 100th Illinois General Assembly.