$19 billion. That’s how much more money Illinois would have in its coffers since 2002 if our state’s economy grew like an average state. Even average job growth in our state would have resulted in 600,000 more jobs than we have today. That $19 billion could pay for our current budget deficit and our bill backlog in one year. That’s with no new taxes or new spending. Economic growth would have taken care of those obligations.
One of the key issues Senate Republicans remain committed to seeing through to fruition is the issue of meaningful property tax relief.
The Illinois Senate has advanced a constitutional amendment (Senate Joint Resolution Constitutional Amendment 2) that would permanently create leadership term limits, limiting the terms to five General Assemblies (10 years) for the Illinois Speaker of the House, President of the Senate, House Minority Leader and Senate Minority Leader.
The Illinois Senate began voting on a number of budget and reform measures this week that are part of the “Grand Bargain” budget plan, which has been in the works for months by Senate members on both sides of the aisle. The goal of the “Grand Bargain” is to create a bipartisan solution to the ongoing budget impasse in order to provide Illinois with a balanced budget along with structural reforms to help create jobs and boost the economy.
The Illinois Valley will now be much more competitive in bringing new jobs and new investment to the area thanks to an economic tool State Sen. Sue Rezin helped activate for the region.
State Sen. Sue Rezin is encouraging parents, members of the education community, and concerned citizens to join her for a live teleforum at 7:00 p.m., May 15, about the growing use of heroin by young people.
Throughout the budget reform process, Senate Republicans have held firm to the fact that the General Assembly must stop repeating the mistakes of the past and that it makes no sense for Democrat leaders to keep passing the same types of budgets over and over again, and expecting different results.
Senate Republicans continue their good-faith negotiations, taking the time needed to hammer out the important details of passing a full-year, balanced budget with commonsense reforms that will put Illinois’ fiscal house in order and create a solid foundation for future budgeting and economic stability.
"This legislation is a significant change from a national policy that taxpayer dollars do not fund elective abortions. I believe with Illinois’ tremendous financial crisis, the state can’t afford any expansion of Medicaid or state employee health insurance plans paying for abortion. Estimates put this legislation at millions of dollars in added costs."
Another bipartisan effort is underway to address veteran suicide. A 2016 study by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs estimated that, on average, 22 veterans take their lives every day in the United States.
Senate and House Republican Leaders joined Gov. Rauner in renewing support for the sale of the James R. Thompson Center (JRTC) in Chicago by offering a unique plan to help fund financially-strapped Chicago Public Schools (CPS).
Senate Democrats tried, and failed, this week to advance a measure (Senate Bill 1424) that would force Illinois taxpayers to pay for political campaigns.
Every lawmaker under the Capitol Dome believes Illinois needs to reform the way it funds elementary and secondary education. After years of debate, special commissions and studies, the Senate Education Committee heard testimony May 4 on a fairer method to fund schools based on known and unique economic facts of each district.
Dozens of high school students from across the 38th Senate District participated in a unique, hands-on experience in state government May 2 in Springfield, as part of State Sen. Sue Rezin’s Youth Advisory Council.
The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) would be allowed to access certain prescription drug records of families with children in custody, under legislation passed by the Senate April 26. The goal is a more thorough investigation into cases of child abuse and neglect especially when opioid use and abuse could be a factor.