The Annie LeGere Law is another step closer to implementation as an amendment sponsored by State Senator Chris Nybo (R-Elmhurst) seeks to increase participation of medical professionals in the program that would place epinephrine auto-injectors (EpiPens) in the hands of law enforcement across the state. The amendment was approved unanimously by the State Senate on February 21.
Working to pave the way for economic growth in the City of Marion, State Sen. Dale Fowler is sponsoring legislation that would implement an extension to an existing Tax Increment Financial (TIF) District for the area.
State Sen. Sue Rezin and Mike Sutfin, Ottawa’s Building and Zoning Official, led a conference call this morning with members of the Illinois Valley Flood Resiliency Alliance (IVFRA) in response the flood event occurring now along the Illinois and Fox Rivers.
State Sen. Sue Rezin will be joined by State Rep. David Welter (R-Morris), State Rep. Lindsay Parkhurst (R-Kankakee), and several local officials for “Coffee & Conversation,” a free event open to the public March 1.
The Illinois Department of Human Rights (IDHR) announced the creation of a toll-free sexual harassment hotline to provide resources to the public, including referrals to counseling and legal services. The hotline, and accompanying website, will also allow for the reporting of sexual harassment allegations in both private and public places of employment.
“We all agree more jobs in Illinois will solve a lot of problems. At the same time, we have job openings right now that aren't being filled because the education and training of many applicants doesn't match the needs of the employers," said Weaver. “This strategic plan offers a way to bridge that gap and properly equip our workforce for the stable, good-paying jobs that are available, while enabling our businesses to expand and grow our economy...
Twenty years serving as Lee County Sheriff gives Senator Tim Bivins a unique perspective in his new role as Republican Spokesperson on the Criminal Law Committee.
State Sen. Jil Tracy's response to remarks made today by the Illinois Comptroller.
State Sen. Jil Tracy issued the following statement in response to Gov. Bruce Rauner's Budget Address presented to a joint session of lawmakers on February 14.
“The Governor provided us exactly what we needed, a proposal for a truly balanced budget and a glimpse at the choices that will have to be made to get the state spending within its means. I thank the Governor for proposing what I believe is a realistic path forward. Not everyone will be happy with the plan. We can’t keep piling up unpaid bills and we can’t ask the struggling families of this state to give us any more of their hard-earned money...
State Senator Pamela Althoff (R-McHenry) releases the following statement regarding Governor Bruce Rauner’s State Budget Address.
Lawmakers from both the Senate and the House of Representatives came together Feb. 14 for a joint session of the General Assembly, gathering to listen to the annual Budget Address.
“Governor Rauner delivered on his pledge and presented a budget proposal that is both balanced and holds the line on taxes. Illinois residents are already overtaxed and it is imperative the State of Illinois begins to live within its means. Now, with this balanced budget proposal in hand, we can begin the bipartisan process of giving Illinois residents a budget that will help stimulate our economy, grow jobs and continue providing record funding for education.”
"Governor Rauner delivered exactly what he promised, a proposal for a truly balanced budget. The current spending plan, passed by the Democrats last year, left us more than a billion and a half dollars in the hole. I applaud the Governor for his work to reduce that deficit. Some tough choices will have to be made, but that is the reality of the budget process in a state that has been spending beyond its means for years...
“The Governor’s proposed budget offered a roadmap for what will be required to enact a balanced spending plan for the next fiscal year. Everyone has been saying for years that we need to change the way the state spends money and this proposal does just that. But make no mistake, however we move forward on a budget, there will be some very tough decisions to be made...
The Illinois General Assembly’s top priorities this legislative session must be to pass economic reforms and a balanced budget, said State Senator Paul Schimpf (R-Waterloo) following Governor Bruce Rauner’s Budget Address at the Illinois State Capitol in Springfield.
State Sen. John Curran (R-Downers Grove) issued the following statement in response to Gov. Bruce Rauner's fourth annual Budget Address, presented to a joint session of lawmakers on February 14.
For the second time this year, lawmakers gathered together for a joint session of the General Assembly on February 14, this time to hear the Governor deliver his annual Budget Address.
State Sen. Jil Tracy (R-Quincy) issued the following statement in response to Gov. Bruce Rauner's Budget Address presented to a joint session of lawmakers on February 14.
Governor Bruce Rauner is asking lawmakers to reject the tax-and-spend fiscal policies of past years and pass a budget that balances spending and revenue, according to Senator Jim Oberweis.
Our road-map in 2018 for a balanced budget first and foremost, must include cuts. Tax increases are not on the table. Funding only our priorities and respecting taxpayer dollars being sent to Springfield is what the people of Illinois rightfully demand.
“The culture of ‘tax and spend’ with no reforms for taxpayers and too few cuts has to stop. I look forward to working with my Democratic colleagues on a budget that moves Illinois toward fiscal solvency.”
“Families must live within the confines of their budget. Illinois must be no different. The culture of spending more than we take in must stop. The future of Illinois depends on it.”
State Senator Pamela Althoff (R-McHenry) and State Senator Dan McConchie (R-Hawthorn Woods) thank AptarGroup and Adapt Pharma for their donation today of 1,000 doses of NARCAN Nasal Spray to the McHenry County Substance Abuse Coalition.
Out of respect to Illinois taxpayers, the General Assembly’s top priority this legislative session must be to pass a true, balanced budget, said State Senator Dan McConchie (R-Hawthorn Woods).
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