The Governor and legislative leaders met four times during the past week in Springfield in an attempt to move forward with the framework of a balanced, full-year budget with structural reforms. Reforms are an integral part of passing a balanced budget, which in turn would help set Illinois on a sustainable path toward prosperity.
The General Assembly passed an energy plan this week that aims to stop electric rates from skyrocketing while saving thousands of jobs throughout the state. Senate Bill 2814, would help put nuclear power more in line with current standards for other low-carbon or no-carbon energy options like wind and solar. In addition, it would help foster the expansion of the existing renewable energy sources in the state.
Setting aside an agreement made in good faith to secure the June agreement on the stopgap budget, this week Democrat leaders advanced legislation bailing out Chicago Public Schools to the tune of $215 million. The proposal was introduced as part of the budget negotiating process, though it was understood that support from Republican leaders and the Governor was contingent on passage of a sweeping state pension reform package by early January.
On Nov. 29, the House of Representatives failed to override the governor’s amendatory veto of Senate Bill 250, the Automatic Voter Registration (AVR) bill. There are concerns the measure, as drafted, would run afoul of federal election law, while at the same time opening the door to voter fraud. Ensuring the proper mechanisms were included in the measure was the key reason Senate Republicans supported the Governor’s amendatory veto.
Senator Chris Nybo has received the Voice of Senior Care Award from the Illinois Health Care Association for his support of senior citizens and issues that affect them.
Charles Francis Bruns, a native of Villa Grove and a World War II veteran, and Jill Knappenberger, a Champaign resident who also served during World War II were honored on the Senate floor Nov. 29 by State Sen. Chapin Rose.
Three of the four legislative caucus leaders met again today with Governor Bruce Rauner as negotiations continue to reach a budget compromise by the end of next week. Unfortunately, House Speaker Michael Madigan did not attend today’s meeting, stalling progress toward negotiating a balanced budget.
Lawmakers returned to their districts to observe the Thanksgiving holiday this week, but will return to Springfield Nov. 29 when the second week of the scheduled Veto Session convenes in Springfield.
Holiday shoppers often head to their favorite retailers to take advantage of the “Black Friday” deals following Thanksgiving; however, shoppers are encouraged to “Shop Small” on Saturday, Nov. 26 as part of the “Small Business Saturday” effort.
According to the recently released travel outlook from auto group AAA, as many as 48.7 million Americans plan on traveling more than 50 miles or more from their home during the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, the highest Thanksgiving travel volume since 2007.
First things first, TAKE THE TURKEY OUT! It may already be time to take the turkey out of the freezer so that it will be thawed in time for Thanksgiving. Allow approximately 24 hours for each 4 to 5 pounds of turkey when thawed in the refrigerator. A 20 to 24 pound turkey could take 5 to 6 days to thaw. Never thaw a turkey at room temperature.
Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno joined Bill Cameron on “Connected to Chicago" recently. Click here to listen in!
Due in large part to her years of fighting to protect the rights of Illinois residents and improve the state’s economic outlook, as well as her leadership during the current budget crisis, Senate Republicans unanimously re-elected Senator Christine Radogno as the leader of their caucus.