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Senate Week in Review: August 14-18, 2017

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.

Oberweis statement on Democrats overriding Governor’s Amendatory Veto of SB 1

“Batavia, Community High School District 94, West Chicago, Yorkville, Oswego, Plano. All the schools I represent receive less new funding under what the Democrats passed compared to the Governor’s amended version of Senate Bill 1."

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.

Senator Oberweis’ statement on education funding reform negotiations

Senator Jim Oberweis released the following statement after negotiations did not result in an agreement on education funding reform.

Lawmakers return to Springfield to work on education funding reform

Lawmakers returned to Springfield this 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 that all schools are able to open on time.

Oberweis: Schools across state fare better under amended education funding reform

Schools across State Sen. Jim Oberweis’ 25th Senate District and throughout the state would receive more funding under Gov. Rauner’s school funding reform plan, according to numbers unveiled July 17. Rauner says he will issue an amendatory veto of Senate Bill 1, an education funding reform plan passed by Democrats that sends millions of extra dollars to the financially mismanaged Chicago Public Schools at the expense of suburban and downstate students.

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. Oberweis’ statement on budget

Senator Jim Oberweis 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.

Illinois will enter Fiscal Year 2018 without budget

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.

Senate Week in Review: June 19-23, 2017

During the first week of the special session called by the Governor, State Republican lawmakers redoubled their efforts to resolve the state’s budget impasse by offering a compromise balanced budget plan with reforms, and a data-driven system to fund all Illinois schools more equitably.

Senate Week in Review: June 19-23, 2017

During the first week of the special session called by the Governor, State Republican lawmakers redoubled their efforts to resolve the state’s budget impasse by offering a compromise balanced budget plan with reforms, and a data-driven system to fund all Illinois schools more equitably.

Senator Oberweis: Funding reform gives more state money to local schools

Schools across the 25th Senate District will receive more money from the state, under a compromise proposal that will overhaul Illinois’ current broken education funding formula, according to Senator Jim Oberweis.

Senator Oberweis on 'Newsmakers': Budget impasse means loss of jobs and businesses (VIDEO)

Senator Jim Oberweis talked with “Newsmakers” host Ellee Pai Hong during a recent interview in the Capitol about how the budget impasse is hurting businesses and jobs in Illinois.