Mixed news about the economy and jobs, new laws improving Illinois’ business and government climates, and remembering our military heroes are among the action during the week in the Capital City.
Illinois has several new laws that address a backlog of applications for nursing home care, boost protections for DCFS workers, provide more first responders with medicines for allergy-related emergencies, and create a new lottery game to benefit families of fallen police officers.
Illinois has several new laws on the books that allow affected counties to consolidate their election commissions with their county clerk’s offices, expand a Historic Tax Credit program, and recognize the Illinois Department of Innovation and Technology as a state agency.
Governor Bruce Rauner signed a number of measures into law during the week, including legislation that opponents say will strip away citizens’ constitutionally-guaranteed Second Amendment rights.
A new report from an economic research group highlights the increasingly high tax burden Illinois businesses are facing – a key factor in the continued push by Senate Republicans for pro-jobs and pro-economic reforms at the Statehouse.
The United States Supreme Court issued two landmark First Amendment rulings during the week, and the federal government approved a plan to protect rural hospitals.
Senate lawmakers joined their House counterparts in Chicago during the week for an emotional hearing in response to a recent media investigation revealing systemic sexual abuse and assaults have taken place within the Chicago Public School system over the last decade.
Those state employees who are expected to receive back pay under the Fiscal Year 2019 budget can expect payments in coming months once their employers submit necessary paperwork.
As the spring legislative session wrapped up last week, state lawmakers left Springfield having passed more than 600 bills and a $38.5 billion spending plan for Fiscal Year 2019, which was signed into law on June 4.
During the closing days of the spring session, lawmakers honored a police officer who stopped a school shooting May 16 in Dixon, a bipartisan Higher Education Working Group announced reforms, and the Governor presented an $11 billion construction plan to build and improve the state’s transportation infrastructure.
Honoring the quick thinking and brave actions of the Dixon, Illinois, school resource officer who thwarted a school shooting two weeks ago, Gov. Bruce Rauner has proclaimed May 30, 2018, as Officer Mark Dallas Day in Illinois.
As the Senate’s scheduled May 31 adjournment approaches, Senate Republicans are working with their colleagues across the aisle and in the House, as well as the Governor, to negotiate a balanced, responsible budget compromise.
Senator Tim Bivins welcomes Olivia Charles, a 9th-grade student at West Carroll High School, to the Senate Chambers in the State Capitol.
A bipartisan group of Senate and House lawmakers continued its work on the budget, and the four legislative leaders met with Governor Bruce Rauner during the week in an attempt to meet the May 31 deadline for passing a spending plan for Fiscal Year 2019.
In the midst of a national conversation about the role mental health plays in public safety, Illinois has received federal approval to launch a $2 billion Better Care Illinois Behavioral Health Initiative to deliver better outcomes for Medicaid beneficiaries suffering from mental health and substance abuse disorders.
This week in the Illinois Capitol, a Task Force recommended building a new facility to house veterans, Senate Republicans pushed a bill to prohibit pay increases for lawmakers, and the Senate passed legislation that requires retired lawmakers to pay for their health insurance coverage.
Beginning next year, state lawmakers would no longer automatically get free healthcare when they retire, under legislation sponsored by Senator Tim Bivins and approved by the Illinois Senate.
As state lawmakers continue budget discussions in the Capitol, Senate Republicans are calling for Democrats to work with them on developing a revenue estimate for the upcoming fiscal year and pass legislation putting a cap on state spending.
Nearly two dozen lawmakers came together last week to oppose tax plans that would likely hurt job growth; legislation was filed to allow voters in some counties to lower their property tax burdens; and the Senate passed a bill that would offer property tax relief to disabled veterans.
Illinois Senate Republicans returned to the Capitol April 10, continuing to focus on the need for the General Assembly to pass a balanced budget that doesn’t put any additional tax burden on Illinois residents.
Senator Tim Bivins (Dixon) and Senator Dave Syverson (Rockford) welcome students from the Pecatonica FFA chapter to the Capitol April 11.
Senator Tim Bivins told members of the Senate Task Force on Sexual Discrimination and Harassment Awareness and Prevention April 10 that legislators should not be serving on the Legislative Ethics Commission.
Senate lawmakers return to Springfield April 10, and will continue their efforts to finalize a state budget and finish legislative business for the spring session by a scheduled adjournment date of May 31.
Illinois Senators were busy in their districts during the week, meeting with constituents, talking with local groups, checking in with business and community leaders, and more.
As Senate Republican Lawmakers continue to meet with constituents and local organizations throughout their respective districts, Governor Bruce Rauner announced plans to explore construction of a new veterans’ facility on the Quincy-based campus recently under scrutiny for a Legionnaires Disease outbreak.
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