Senator Oberweis: Fraud Prevention Program September 21 in West Chicago

Representatives from the Illinois Comptroller’s office will be on hand September 21 in West Chicago at a free Fraud Prevention Program sponsored by Senator Jim Oberweis and Representative Mike Fortner.

Senate Week in Review: September 11-15, 2017

A large data breach announced September 7 by consumer reporting agency Equifax has caused millions of Americans’ sensitive information to be compromised, and state officials are urging residents to be proactive and take necessary precautions to prevent identity fraud or further damage from the data breach.

Governor moves to more quickly pay off state debt

Governor Bruce Rauner announced a refinancing plan during the week that would allow the state to pay down some of its $15.4 billion backlog of overdue bills, including obligations to the state’s vendors and other providers.

Senate Week in Review: August 28 – September 1, 2017

An historic bipartisan agreement to replace Illinois’ outdated school-funding formula with a more equitable evidence-based model has been approved by lawmakers and signed into law by the Governor.

School-funding compromise on its way to Governor

After countless hours of public meetings and legislative debate, a bipartisan agreement to fix the state’s broken school-funding formula is now on its way to the Governor, according to Senator Jim Oberweis.

Senate Week In Review: August 21-25, 2017

Education funding progresses during the week, and job creation increases but remains a problem for Illinois.

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.