Following the Governor’s press conference on the second day of July special session calling for Senate President Cullerton to release Senate Bill 1, State Senator Jil Tracy released the following statement in support of the Governor’s demands.
The State Capitol set the stage as former DuPage County Board Vice-Chairman John Curran was sworn in as the new State Senator for the 41st Senate District on July 26. He begins work immediately as the Governor’s special session gets underway.
Today, Gov. Bruce Rauner signed House Bill 643, which freezes legislative per diems at their existing levels. The bill, which was overwhelmingly approved by lawmakers of both parties, protects taxpayers and is fiscally responsible for Illinois.
Gov. Bruce Rauner today announced that the State will waive penalties and interest for taxpayers who cannot file or pay on time as a result of the July 2017 floods. The waiver applies to affected taxpayers for payments or returns due between July 11, 2017, and December 31, 2017.
To avoid creating an unnecessary crisis for Illinois schools, State Sen. Bill Brady (R-Bloomington) and State Sen. Jason Barickman (R-Bloomington) are calling on the Senate Democrat majority to remove their parliamentary hold on Senate Bill 1, an evidence-based school funding measure, so that the governor can issue an amendatory veto that would make it fair and equitable to all 852 Illinois school districts...
“Charlie’s Law,” legislation cosponsored by State Senator Chris Nybo (R-Elmhurst) broke ground today by making Illinois the first state in the nation to require health insurers to cover life-saving treatments for children who suffer from autoimmune disorders associated with streptococcal infections. Governor Bruce Rauner penned the bill to law at the Drury family household in Lombard on July 18.
Schools across State Sen. Jim Oberweis’ 25th Senate District and throughout the state would receive more funding under Gov. Rauner’s school funding reform plan, according to numbers unveiled July 17. Rauner says he will issue an amendatory veto of Senate Bill 1, an education funding reform plan passed by Democrats that sends millions of extra dollars to the financially mismanaged Chicago Public Schools at the expense of suburban and downstate students.
Changes that would be made by Gov. Bruce Rauner through an amendatory veto of Senate Bill 1, an education funding reform bill, would result in nearly twice the amount of new funding for schools in State Sen. Dale Righter’s 55th Senate District.
Republican lawmakers are urging Senate Democrats to stop playing games with Illinois’ school funding dollars and send the Governor Senate Bill 1, Democrat’s flawed education funding proposal. Senate Republicans say Democrat’s are creating an unnecessary crisis for Illinois schools by using a procedural maneuver to keep the bill from advancing so the Governor can take action on the measure.
Despite a 32 percent increase in income taxes, the Democrats’ budget may not significantly reduce the state’s backlog of bills and does nothing to address the unpaid pension liability that restricts that state’s ability to pay for basic services.
Notably, the Democrats' budget was not buttressed by significant structural reforms for which Republican lawmakers have been advocating—such as property tax relief to offset the Democrats’ massive income tax hike.
The state’s two-year budget impasse came to an end this week as the General Assembly, despite vetoes by Gov. Bruce Rauner and objections by a majority of Republican legislators, passed a budget that contained a permanent 32 percent income tax increase, while failing to incorporate any meaningful government reforms.