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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.

Senate Week in Review: June 12-16, 2017

This week, Senate Republicans continued their calls for compromise and cooperation to address the state’s fiscal crisis and end the ongoing budget stalemate, with several Senate and House lawmakers joining together to unveil a comprehensive balanced budget plan that includes critical structural reforms.

Senate Week in Review: June 5-9, 2017

While the spring legislative session adjourned last week, Senate Republicans remain focused and prepared to pass a full-year balanced budget with structural reforms before the end of the fiscal year on June 30.

Senate adjourns May 31 without passing balanced budget, government reforms

Despite months of good-faith negotiations by Senate Republican lawmakers to pass a truly balanced budget and government reforms, the Senate adjourned May 31 without achieving this goal.

Senator Oberweis asks Senate President to compromise on property tax reform (VIDEO)

Senator Jim Oberweis asks Senate President John Cullerton to work out a compromise on property tax reform with Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno.

Senate Week in Review: May 22-26, 2017

Senate Democrat leaders reverted to their old tax-and-spend playbook during the week, advancing another unbalanced budget reliant on the state’s second largest tax increase ever.

Senator Oberweis asks his Senate colleagues to think about the long-term fiscal health of Illinois (VIDEO)

During debate on the Senate floor May 23, Senator Jim Oberweis asks his Senate colleagues to think about the long-term fiscal health of Illinois.

Senator Oberweis invited to speak at annual End Hunger Lobby Day

The annual End Hunger Lobby Day May 17 at the Capitol drew more than 250 civic leaders and advocates who dedicate their time and work to ending hunger in their communities.

Senator Oberweis supports some budget reforms, opposes others

Months of negotiations have brought lawmakers close to a long-term budget solution with necessary government reforms that would have improved with more talks but were called for a vote on May 17, according to Senator Jim Oberweis.

Senate Week in Review: May 8-12, 2017

Senate Republicans remained at the negotiating table during the week, continuing their work to pass a long-term budget solution with necessary reforms.

Oberweis: We remain at negotiating table

Senate Republicans remained at the negotiating table during the week, continuing their work to pass a long-term budget solution with necessary reforms, despite some attempts to short-circuit the talks, according to Senator Jim Oberweis.

Senate Week in Review: May 1-5, 2017

Illinois Senators completed final action more than 100 bills during the week, held a public hearing on school funding reform, and honored police officers who gave their lives in the line of duty.