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Sen. Connelly meets with Benet Academy students

A group of high school students from Benet Academy are getting the chance to learn more about state government through a youth program put on by State Senator Michael Connelly (R-Naperville). The program’s goal is to get young people engaged and involved in public service and the legislative process.

Senate Republicans look toward budget progress

In the days following Gov. Bruce Rauner’s annual budget address, Senate lawmakers once again returned their attention to negotiating a resolution to Illinois’ ongoing budget crisis.

Illinois falls short in overall well-being--but still room for optimism

Finding itself falling to the bottom of yet another state comparison ranking, Illinois ranked 34th nationally in well-being in a recently released report published by the Boston Consulting Group (BCG). However, the report stressed that there was “cause for optimism,” praising the state’s “tremendous assets” and successes of neighboring states.

AFSCME announces members vote to authorize future strike

On February 23, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees announced the highly anticipated outcome of a member-wide vote on strike authorization.

Farmers fret about mild temperatures

While many across the state are enjoying putting away their mittens and scarves, farmers are considering what Illinois’ mild winter means for this year’s farming prospects.

Anderson Principal for a Day!

This week, Senator Anderson had the opportunity to serve as “Principal for a Day” at Fulton High School.

McConnaughay discusses budget, school formula in interview with Stew Cohen

"Read more" to Senator McConnaughay's interview with Stew Cohen, where they discuss the budget and challenges facing Illinois lawmakers!

Budget data show need to resolve impasse

Recent budget data underscores the need to quickly resolve the state's ongoing budget impasse.

Governor lays out budget options

Praising current bipartisan efforts in the Senate, Gov. Bruce Rauner asked all lawmakers Feb. 15 to work with him to pass a balanced budget and structural reforms that will revitalize Illinois’ economy and grow jobs.

McConnaughay response to Governor’s budget address

Gov. Bruce Rauner’s third annual budget address on Feb. 15 underscored the urgency to pass a balanced state budget with reforms that will ensure sustainable future budgets and job growth, said State Sen. Karen McConnaughay.

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Sen. Connelly reacts to Governor Rauner’s Budget Address

“Governor Rauner once again laid out a clear plan to the General Assembly on how he envisions a budget deal. He stressed the importance of balancing the budget by cutting back on wasteful spending and enacting strong economic reforms that are necessary for Illinois to be able to create jobs.

Senator Weaver statement on budget address