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ISBE analysis shows compromise school funding bill more equitable for all schools

All Illinois school districts would benefit from a more equitable distribution of state education dollars under a compromise proposal introduced by State Senator Jason Barickman (R-Bloomington) to fix the state’s broken school aid formula and end the budget stalemate, according to data released by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE).

Barickman says there is some reason to be optimistic

Senator Jason Barickman joined WGN radio to preview the special session in Springfield, how different this session is from the special sessions of the last couple of years, and what needs to be done to achieve a budget deal. Listen in!

Key Republican Legislators Renew Urgent Call for Compromise Balanced Budget Plan

Upon returning to Springfield for special session on Wednesday, a group of House and Senate lawmakers offered a reminder that a compromise balanced budget with reforms is on the table and ready to be enacted.

Sen. Connelly ready to take action as lawmakers head in to special session

State Senator Michael Connelly (R-Naperville) releases the following statement ahead of returning to Springfield for special session:

Lawmakers head to Springfield, Sen. Althoff calls for a truly balanced budget

State Senator Pamela Althoff (R-McHenry) releases the following statement ahead of returning to Springfield for special session:

Senator Rezin offers a legislative update

State Senator Sue Rezin joins WSPL Morning Show Host Nick Deranek with a Legislative update, talking about the ten day special session to get a full state budget passed by the end of the fiscal year on June 30th. Also discussed is the school funding reform and the local flood coalition. Listen now!

Lawmakers head to Springfield for special session

Senator Karen McConnaughay sat down with CLTV's Paul Lisnek to talk about the upcoming special session and the Republican's compromise, bipartisan budget and reform package. Watch now!

Senator Weaver statement on special session

“I am pleased the Governor has called us into continuous session for the last 10 days of June. I see this as our best opportunity to get the budget impasse behind us. My fellow Republicans have presented ‘The Capitol Compromise’ of multiple bills based on the progress made by Senate Republicans and Democrats before negotiations broke down in May. I believe...

Sen. Barickman statement on special session

“I applaud Governor Rauner for ordering a special session. Republicans have made major concessions in our recent budget and reform plan, and I believe a good bipartisan compromise is even closer than it was when Democrats walked away from negotiations in May...

Righter issues statement on Governor calling for a Special Session

This is the right thing to do. It’s the job of the legislature to pass a balanced budget. Constitutionally, the legislature is the only entity that that can pass a balanced budget.

Rose Statement on Special Session

Clearly, sitting at home is doing nobody any good as our state hurtles towards junk bond status on July 1st. Senate Republicans have compromised. House Republicans have compromised. The Senate Democrats have compromised. Governor Rauner has compromised.

Rezin’s issues statement on Governor calling lawmakers back to Springfield

“I support Gov. Rauner calling lawmakers back to Springfield for a Special Session. Time is of the essence.

Syverson: Republicans offer real compromise and chance to end impasse

Republicans from both chambers of the Illinois General Assembly have unveiled a complete package of compromise measures which could be the next step toward ending the current budget impasse, according to State Senator Dave Syverson (R-Rockford)...

Anderson Statement on Special Session

“Since we adjourned on May 31, I have said that we need to get back to work as soon as possible. While touring my district and talking to constituents over the last two weeks, it’s clear that they are tired of partisanship, and want a real, balanced state budget,” said Sen. Neil Anderson. “I’m sorry it had to come to a special session, but I appreciate the Governor calling us back to Springfield next week and I am fully prepared to get to work and get the job done.”

Brady Statement on Special Session

“It’s unfortunate that we’re in this situation, but I applaud Governor Rauner for doing what was necessary and calling the General Assembly back to Springfield,” said Brady noting, “This week I introduced a real, full year balanced state budget that isn’t another lifeline, stop gap, or band-aid budget. My budget and the compromise reform measures my colleagues have put forth this week are the real solutions that the people of this state deserve. I’m ready to roll up my sleeves and get back to wo