“Let me be clear, overriding Senate Bill 1 takes more than $7 million of new dollars that should be going to the schools and students in the 51st Senate District, and instead sends it to Chicago.”
Gov. Bruce Rauner signed Senate Bill 8, a bipartisan bill co-sponsored by State Sen. Chapin Rose, that makes the state procurement process more efficient and transparent, thus saving money for Illinois taxpayers.
Residents ages 16 and 17 can now become organ and tissue donors, under the Drive for Life Act signed into law this week.
State Sen. Chapin Rose (R-Mahomet) is encouraging senior citizens to come to their free Senior Health Fair on Thursday, August 10 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the Elks Lodge (2102 S. Banker Street) in Effingham.
Underscoring the need for economy-boosting structural reforms, Illinois gained 56,600 jobs over the past year, but the state’s jobs growth rate continues to lag the nation, according to the latest unemployment rates from released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES).
The Illinois State Fair, a tradition dating back to 1853, gets underway Aug. 10 in Springfield. The 11-day event, which brings hundreds of thousands of people though its gates, celebrates agriculture, the state’s number one employer and driver of the state’s economy.
Lawmakers returned to the Capitol July 26 after Gov. Rauner issued a proclamation calling for a special legislative session on school funding in Illinois. Though Senate Republicans were disappointed that little was accomplished during the week, prior to adjourning on Friday the Governor asked key Republican lawmakers to reach out to their Democrat colleagues to negotiate on a bipartisan school funding reform plan that could be presented to him by July 31.
Even though a state budget is in place, Democrats are preventing schools from getting state funding by playing political games with a new formula that is required by law to be enacted before they can receive the bulk of their funding for the coming school year. Senate Republicans are asking Democrat leaders to stop manufacturing an unnecessary crisis and take action, to ensure Illinois schools receive their state funding and their doors open on time.
Legislation signed into law this week will ensure that children are able to receive life-saving treatments for autoimmune disorders connected to streptococcal infections known as PANDAS.
I’ve had a lot of people ask me why I voted “no” on the income tax and budget last week. Without a doubt, the state desperately needed a budget so why, then, would I vote “no”? Well, let’s start with a short answer and then dive into the details.
The state’s two-year budget impasse came to a temporary end this week as the General Assembly, despite vetoes by Gov. Bruce Rauner and objections by a majority of Republican legislators, including Sen. Rose, passed a budget that contained a permanent 32 percent income tax increase, while failing to incorporate any meaningful government reforms.
“Despite a 32% tax increase, this budget leaves billions in unpaid bills and complete uncertainty as to whether K-12 schools will be able to open in the fall. Having been in the room negotiating with both sides to reach a bi-partisan agreement on the budget, it goes without saying that we need a real solution for the people of Illinois. And we almost got one..."
Despite the looming deadline of June 30 marking the end of Fiscal Year 2017, no complete balanced budget and reform package has advanced from the General Assembly to Gov. Bruce Rauner’s desk.
While Illinois often has the dubious distinction of lagging behind its neighbors in national rankings, Illinois significantly outperformed neighboring Missouri when it comes to preventable accidents. The National Safety Council’s annual report has given the Land of Lincoln a “B” in the category, compared to an “F” for the Show-Me state, which finished dead last. Illinois was one of seven states, plus Washington D.C. to earn a “B.”
Legislation designed to keep 9-1-1 centers in operation was advanced to the Governor this week, to extend the authorization for 9-1-1 centers as well as provide a roadmap to advance the state’s aging telecommunications network.