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Sen. Oberweis: Governor presents balanced budget

Governor Bruce Rauner is asking lawmakers to reject the tax-and-spend fiscal policies of past years and pass a budget that balances spending and revenue, according to Senator Jim Oberweis.

Senate Week in Review: February 5-9, 2018

Lawmakers returning to Springfield for the second week of legislative session heard testimony in the Veterans Affairs Committee about Legionella outbreaks at the Quincy Veterans’ Home and began advancing legislation through Senate Committees.

Senator Oberweis welcomes Consul General of Korea

Senator Jim Oberweis welcomes Jong-Kook Lee, Consul General of the Republic of Korea in Chicago, to the Senate February 6.

Senate Week in Review: January 29 – February 2, 2018

Governor Bruce Rauner delivered his fourth State of the State Address January 31, highlighting several accomplishments over the past few years and laying out a roadmap of what he’d like to see Illinois achieve in 2018.

Ban lawmakers from involvement in property tax appeals

Senator Jim Oberweis has introduced ethics legislation that would make it illegal for elected representatives or senators to be involved with litigating property tax appeals.

Senator Oberweis: Lawmakers must come together for good of Illinois

Lawmakers must come together for the good of Illinois, restoring fiscal responsibility and approving fundamental changes in the way state government works, according to Senator Jim Oberweis.

Annual State of State address is January 31

Lawmakers are preparing to return to the Capitol next week for the beginning of the 2018 legislative session, which includes the annual State of the State address January 31.

Senate Week in Review: January 15-19, 2018

The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) informed Senate Republicans during the week that implementation of the new funding law will occur; and a new measure would bring high-speed Internet access to rural school districts.

Senate Week in Review: January 8-12, 2018

A joint Senate and House of Representatives hearing to learn more about the incidence of Legionnaires’ disease at the Quincy Veterans’ Home was held during the week in Chicago.

Improved safety measures for children and Internet users

Illinois residents can expect to see improved safety measures for children and Internet users in 2018 with new laws that help protect children in the foster care system, at day care and at school; as well as shield children and adults online.

New laws shift to budget-conscious mindset

As the holiday season winds down, Illinois residents aren’t the only ones shifting back to a budget-conscious mindset.

New laws promote health and well-being

As Illinois residents get ready to ring in a new year, they can also expect to see more than 200 new laws going into effect on January 1.

News laws for 2018

Illinois citizens will begin 2018 with more than 200 new laws taking effect.

Illinois kicks off a year-long Illinois Bicentennial celebration

Illinois turns 200 this year and to mark the occasion, the Illinois Bicentennial Commission kicked off a year-long celebration December 3.

Senate Week in Review: November 27 – December 1, 2017

With recent reports revealing a mixed bag on employment rates in Illinois, state leaders continue their efforts to improve the economy and prospects for jobs growth in the coming year.