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.
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 Republicans remained at the negotiating table during the week, continuing their work to pass a long-term budget solution with necessary reforms.
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.
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.
A simulation of education funding reform legislation run by the Illinois State Board of Education during the week shows good results for school districts across the state.
Two reports released during the week demonstrate Illinois’ need to enact critical reforms in order to improve the state’s fiscal footing.
Fixing the state’s broken school funding formula is the goal of two legislative proposals introduced during the week, while another recently filed measure seeks to address the teacher shortage in Illinois’ rural school districts.
While Senate Republican lawmakers are looking to build bipartisan momentum toward a future budget and reform package, that spirit of cooperation did not extend to pension reform measures that failed to advance out of a Senate Committee during the week.
Legislators wasted much of their time in committees during the week as a series of “subject matter only” hearings were held on elements of Governor Bruce Rauner’s budget proposal.
The Chicago Cubs organization brought its World Series trophy to Springfield March 8 to celebrate the team's 2016 victory.
Senate lawmakers adjourned March 2, with negotiations continuing on several critical aspects of a Senate budget and reform package—including education funding and workers’ compensation reform and property tax relief.
Working to find more common ground in resolving a two-year budget gridlock, Senate lawmakers took separate votes February 28 on about half of the measures that make up the budget framework .
With state debt rising and Illinois’ bill backlog growing each day, the pressure of operating without a budget continues to build.
Praising current bipartisan efforts in the Senate, Governor Bruce Rauner asked all lawmakers February 15 to work with him to pass a balanced budget and structural reforms that will revitalize Illinois’ economy and grow jobs.