Procurement reform can save Illinois $500 million per year

Gov. Rauner teamed with State Sen. Chapin Rose of Mahomet and other Republican lawmakers from across the state Feb. 2 to call for changes to Illinois’ antiquated and unnecessarily complex procurement system.

Illinois ranks 31st based on hiring reports

Gallup’s Jobs Creation Index released a ranking Jan. 27 of states, based on workers’ reports of hiring activity at their place of unemployment.

Comptroller cautions budget impasse means more debt

On Feb. 2, Comptroller Munger said Illinois is on track to accumulate an additional $6.2 billion in debt during Fiscal Year 2016. The debt, she says, can be attributed to lower revenues from the phase-out of the 2011 income tax increase, and the lack of a state budget approved by the General Assembly

IDOT to explore addition of managed lanes to I-55

A legislative resolution was introduced this week that would allow the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) to pursue adding managed lanes to Interstate 55 under a private-public partnership,

Rose, Righter sponsor legislation to fund higher education, MAP grants and save taxpayers hundreds of millions

Springfield, IL – To ensure critical funding for universities and community colleges, and students who receive Monetary Award Program (MAP) grants, State Sen. Chapin Rose (R-Mahomet) and State Sen. Dale Righter (R-Mattoon) are pushing a comprehensive, affordable proposal that is paid for and will direct much-needed funding to schools and the MAP program,

Illinois tops the nation in “green” buildings

Illinois led the nation for “green” buildings in 2015, according to a report from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). Illinois has 161 buildings and nearly 44 million square feet of space that has been certified as LEED, or “Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design.”

New IT Department to increase efficiency, security

In an attempt to bring Illinois out of the 1970s and into the new millennium, Gov. Rauner recently signed an Executive Order creating the state’s new IT department, DoIT, as part of a strategic, statewide technology plan to “accelerate Illinois’ modernization” or AIM.

Governor focuses on transformation and reform in “State of the State”

Gov. Rauner laid out his agenda for 2016 during the “State of the State” address on Jan. 27. During the 30-minute speech, the Governor was clear that despite an ongoing budget impasse, he isn’t standing still.

Governor Rauner to deliver State of the State address next week

On Jan. 27, Gov. Rauner will deliver his second State of the State address. Like 2015, the Governor’s address is expected to focus on job creation, making Illinois more competitive, boosting the state’s economy, and stressing the need for a balanced budget and structural reforms to state government.

Republicans offer lifeline to Chicago Public Schools

Chicago Public Schools (CPS) are facing a $480 million budget shortfall, a fiscal crisis that the state’s leading Republicans say demands an overhaul of the current system—not a bailout of CPS at the expense of taxpayers in suburban and downstate communities. Republican legislative leaders introduced a proposal on Jan. 20 that allows for the creation of an independent authority to assume control over the school district that is calling on state taxpayers to pay for its $480 million shortfall.

CPS downgraded again

Just a short time after Republican legislative leaders announced a proposal on Jan. 20 to help Chicago Public Schools with their ongoing financial crisis, Fitch Ratings downgraded CPS’ credit rating to B-plus, moving CPS deeper into “junk” status.

Human trafficking awareness efforts

In the greater Chicago area, between 16,000 and 25,000 women and girls are estimated to be exploited by human trafficking each year. The average age of entry into the commercial sex industry in the U.S. is 12 years old.

Senate Leader Radogno addresses the City Club

Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno (R-Lemont) discussed the challenges facing Illinois during her address at the City Club of Chicago on Jan. 11. Despite the state’s seven-month budget impasse, Democrat majority legislative leaders are failing to negotiate on much-needed reforms and are cancelling legislative session days.

Manufacturing numbers in Illinois continue decline

The Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability (CoGFA) released its December report showing a number of disturbing trends with Illinois’ economy and the state’s fiscal health. CoGFA’s report shows that Chicago manufacturing indicators are falling to lows that have not been witnessed since the

Efficient and Accountable Government

On Jan. 4, the final report from Gov. Bruce Rauner’s task force on local government consolidation and unfunded mandates was made public. After 11 months of meetings, public hearings and study, the Task Force’s report outlines more than two dozen recommendations for streamlining local government, empowering communities and saving taxpayer dollars.