With less than two weeks left before the scheduled adjournment of the spring legislative session, Senate Republicans continue to work to pass a balanced budget, without another tax increase, by May 31.
In the midst of a national conversation about the role mental health plays in public safety, Illinois has received federal approval to launch a $2 billion Better Care Illinois Behavioral Health Initiative to deliver better outcomes for Medicaid beneficiaries suffering from mental health and substance abuse disorders.
Senator Jim Oberweis talks with students from Parkview Christian Academy in Yorkville about their “A Robotic Journey” project at TECH 2018, a demonstration of school technology May 10 in the State Capitol.
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This week in the Illinois Capitol, a Task Force recommended building a new facility to house veterans, Senate Republicans pushed a bill to prohibit pay increases for lawmakers, and the Senate passed legislation that lets motorists register their vehicles for more than a one-year period.
Senator Jim Oberweis is cosponsoring legislation that prohibits pay raise proposals and per diem/mileage reimbursement hikes for legislators and other elected officials.
As state lawmakers continue budget discussions in the Capitol, Senate Republicans are calling for Democrats to work with them on developing a revenue estimate for the upcoming fiscal year and pass legislation putting a cap on state spending.
Senate Republicans joined together in support of a resolution to oppose a graduated tax system that has been proposed by some candidates for statewide office.
New legislation filed this week would allow residents in Property Tax Extension Limitation Law (PTELL) counties to lower their property tax bills via referendum, an ability that is currently only given to residents in non-PTELL counties. PTELL was designed as a system to set caps on how much property taxes can increase each year.
Disabled veterans who qualified for property tax relief through the Disabled Veterans Standard Homestead Exemption would qualify for a pro-rated break if they move into their home after the first of the year.
Illinois Senate Republicans returned to the Capitol April 10, continuing to focus on the need for the General Assembly to pass a balanced budget that doesn’t put any additional tax burden on Illinois residents.
Senate lawmakers return to Springfield April 10, and will continue their efforts to finalize a state budget and finish legislative business for the spring session by a scheduled adjournment date of May 31.
Lawmakers are due back in Springfield the week of April 9.
Senate Republicans remain adamant that Illinois’ future growth cannot be based on a tax-and-spend system, urging lawmakers to stop outspending revenue and doing more to undercut the crushing burdens placed on the backs of Illinois’ taxpayers and businesses.
As part of the response to Legionnaires’ disease outbreaks at the Quincy-based Illinois Veterans’ Home, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner recently announced plans to explore building a new facility on the Quincy campus. On March 15, the Administration announced it is seeking a Master Planner to research possible development of a new state-of-the-art facility for the Quincy Veterans’ Home residents. This project would incorporate the final recommendations issued by the Infrastructure Task Force, which is to present final suggestions to the General Assembly by May 31.
A bipartisan Legislative Public Safety Group has been created from members of all four legislative caucuses to work with the Administration on furthering progress in a number of public safety areas.
The Senate passed gun-control legislation March 14 that does little to address the root causes of gun violence, but instead threatens Second Amendment rights guaranteed by the Constitution to lawful gun owners, according to Senator Jim Oberweis.
Several lawmakers met during the week for Senate committee and task force hearings on trending issues in state government, including the Legionella outbreaks, sexual harassment and firearms.
Legislative action at the Capitol during the week centered on gun safety reforms, in the wake of the February 13 shooting death of Chicago Police Department Commander Paul Bauer and the deadly school shooting February 14 in Parkland, Florida.
Senator Jim Oberweis is questioning “special-interest” legislation that would protect suppliers of durable medical equipment from price competition, and require the state to pay higher prices than a competitor might offer.
The Senate spent much of the week in the Capitol working on bills in committees, but did pass bills to protect vulnerable veterans, to put EpiPens in the hands of law enforcement, and to help victims of domestic violence.
Governor Bruce Rauner presented a Fiscal Year 2019 budget plan to lawmakers during the week that is balanced and includes several cost-saving reforms.
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.
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 Jim Oberweis welcomes Jong-Kook Lee, Consul General of the Republic of Korea in Chicago, to the Senate February 6.
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