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Senate Advances Significant Pension Reform Plan

Senate Republicans widely supported the passage of a pension reform measure that passed out of the Senate as part of the “grand bargain” package on May 17. The legislation is expected to save taxpayers roughly $1 billion per year.

Work Continues on Property Tax Reform

One of the key issues Senate Republicans remain committed to seeing through to fruition is the issue of meaningful property tax relief.

Senate takes action on budget and reform package

The Illinois Senate began voting on a number of budget and reform measures this week that are part of the “Grand Bargain” budget plan, which has been in the works for months by Senate members on both sides of the aisle.


The Illinois Senate has advanced a measure spearheaded by Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno that would allow for permanent term limits of all four state legislative leaders.


The Illinois Senate acted on a number of pieces of the so-called ‘Grand Bargain’ legislative package, according to State Sen. Paul Schimpf (R-Waterloo).


Despite calls for continued meetings on an agreed budget solution, the Illinois Senate approved yet another unbalanced budget, according to State Sen. Dale Fowler (R-Harrisburg).

Senate passes pension reform legislation

The Illinois Senate has passed pension reform legislation that could save taxpayers well over $1 billion per year, according to State Sen. Chuck Weaver (R-Peoria)...

Brady Statement on ‘Grand Bargain’ Votes

“We've made a lot of progress, but this has to be a good deal for the taxpayers, and that means having a balanced budget and fundamental reforms that will move Illinois forward."

Barickman: Democrats ram through partisan school funding bill

Instead of continuing negotiations on a bipartisan solution to fix the state’s broken school funding formula, Democrats rammed through another partisan bill that would continue special deals for Chicago, according to State Senator Jason Barickman (R-Bloomington)...

Senate acts on “Grand Bargain” budget bills, McConchie criticizes lack of significant spending cuts

Once again, the Illinois Senate was presented with a budget plan that continues down the path of increasing taxes first and insufficiently cutting spending, said State Senator Dan McConchie (R-Hawthorn Woods) following today’s budget votes.

Sen. Oberweis supports some budget reforms, opposes others

Months of negotiations have brought lawmakers close to a long-term budget solution with necessary government reforms that would have improved with more talks but were called for a vote on May 17, according to Senator Jim Oberweis.

Syverson: Instead of cuts, Senate considering new spending

Despite facing a historic budget impasse that has left the state with a $13 billion bill backlog, Democrats in the Illinois Senate are asking taxpayers to increase spending by funding political campaigns, according State Senator Dave Syverson (R-Rockford)...

Benet Academy students visit the Capitol

A group of high school students from Benet Academy made the trip down to Springfield this week for the final part of State Senator Michael Connelly’s Student Advisory Council. The goal of the program is to get young people engaged and involved in public service and the legislative process.

Rezin: enterprise zone activation for LaSalle County, surrounding area to spur jobs, investment

The Illinois Valley will now be much more competitive in bringing new jobs and new investment to the area thanks to an economic tool State Sen. Sue Rezin helped activate for the region.

Radogno, Durkin: Fresh thinking will fix Illinois

Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno (Lemont) and House Republican Leader Jim Durkin (Western Springs) say a new approach is needed in Springfield in their May 11 op-ed in State-Journal Register