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Senate Week in Review: September 11-15, 2017

A large data breach announced September 7 by consumer reporting agency Equifax has caused millions of Americans’ sensitive information to be compromised, and state officials are urging residents to be proactive and take necessary precautions to prevent identity fraud or further damage from the data breach.

Governor moves to more quickly pay off state debt

Governor Bruce Rauner announced a refinancing plan during the week that would allow the state to pay down some of its $15.4 billion backlog of overdue bills, including obligations to the state’s vendors and other providers.

Senator Bivins guides new laws, asked to serve as Committee leader

In a year dominated by budget negotiations and historic school-funding reform, Senator Tim Bivins was busy guiding 10 new laws through the General Assembly.

Senate Week in Review: August 28 – September 1, 2017

An historic bipartisan agreement to replace Illinois’ outdated school-funding formula with a more equitable evidence-based model has been approved by lawmakers and signed into law by the Governor.

School-funding compromise on its way to Governor

After countless hours of public meetings and legislative debate, a bipartisan agreement to fix the state’s broken school-funding formula is now on its way to the Governor, according to Senator Tim Bivins.

Senate Week in Review: August 21-25, 2017

Education funding progresses during the week, and job creation increases but remains a problem for Illinois.

Senate Week in Review: August 14 - 18, 2017

Despite the Illinois Senate’s vote to override the Governor’s Amendatory Veto of Senate Bill 1 (SB 1) this week, Senate Republicans continue to call on all sides of this important issue to work together toward a bipartisan solution that will bring parity to the state’s school funding formula.

Senate Week in Review: August 7-11, 2017

With the Illinois Senate scheduled to vote August 13 on a partisan school funding plan that gives special favors to the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) at the expense of suburban and downstate schools, Senate Republicans remain opposed to Senate Bill 1.

Governor's changes ensure all school districts receive equitable state funding

An amendatory veto August 1 by Governor Bruce Rauner, changing education funding reform legislation will ensure every school district in the state receives fair and equitable school funding

Lawmakers return to Springfield to work on education funding reform

Lawmakers returned to Springfield during the week for a special legislative session called by Governor Bruce Rauner, and Republican legislators joined him in calling for Democrat leaders to take action needed to ensure all schools open on time.

Senate Week in Review: July 17 - 21, 2017

To avoid creating an unnecessary crisis for Illinois schools, Senate Republicans 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.

Senate Week in Review July 10-14, 2017

Illinois residents’ paychecks will take a permanent hit due to the Democrat legislative leaders’ 32 percent income tax hike.

Senate Week in Review: July 3-7, 2017

The state’s two-year budget impasse came to a temporary end this week as the General Assembly, despite vetoes by Governor 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.

Sen. Bivins’ statement on budget

Senator Tim Bivins released the following statement after the Senate voted July 4 to pass a permanent income tax hike and a budget without passing any substantial government reforms.

Senate Week in Review: June 26-30, 2017

Illinois will enter Fiscal Year 2018 without a budget in place; however, budget negotiations continue and Senate Republicans remain committed to passing a balanced budget along with critical reforms.