State Reps Chris Miller, Darren Bailey, Blaine Wilhour, and Brad Halbrook launch Restore Illinois statewide bus tour Xenia, IL – This week several lawmakers will hit the road to rally voters and talk... Read More.
Illinois lawmakers – citing the state’s pension costs, budget shortfalls, and empty unemployment trust – are asking for more than $40 billion in no-strings-attached aid from the federal government. In a letter to the state's Congressional delegation, Senate President Don Harmon said Illinois state government... Read More.
A bipartisan group of southern Illinois state lawmakers have formed a nonprofit organization to give out grants to businesses there that are struggling amid the pandemic. Southern Illinois Strong is selling T-shirts in partnership with the Southern Illinois Community Foundation and will give the... Read More.
State Sen. Dale Righter (R-Mattoon) is co-sponsoring legislation that would prohibit a pay raise for lawmakers. Under current law, lawmakers are scheduled to receive a Cost of Living Adjustment increase, or COLA, to their salary July 1. House Bill 5760 would ensure... Read More.
Gov. Bruce Rauner today issued an executive order declaring it impermissible for state legislators to represent clients before the Illinois Property Tax Appeal Board, which hears appeals of assessment decisions made in the state’s 102 counties. Calling the practice a “clear conflict... Read More.
Gov. Bruce Rauner sent Senate Bill 444 back to the General Assembly today, stating in a veto message that efforts to correct for errors and unintended consequences in last summer’s historic school funding reform law did not go far... Read More.
State Representative Dave Severin (R-Benton) and his colleagues in the legislature were invited by Alliance Resource Partners to tour Hamilton County Coal Mine #1, on Thursday, December 7. Those attending with Rep. Severin were Sen. Dale Fowler (R-Harrisburg), and Rep. Brad Halbrook (R-Shelbyville). “I had... Read More.
Today, Gov. Bruce Rauner again called on lawmakers to send him Senate Bill 1, the school funding reform bill. If the bill is not sent to Gov. Rauner’s desk soon, public schools throughout the state may not open in time for the new... Read More.
One day after House and Senate Republicans unveiled a compromise balanced budget plan to end the budget impasse, Governor Bruce Rauner today called lawmakers back to Springfield for a 10-day special session from Wednesday, June 21st through the June 30th fiscal year deadline.
Before the Illinois General Assembly adjourns for the summer, lawmakers should pass Senate Bill 1012, a bill that gives state workers an escape from Illinois’ flailing pension system. State Sen. Dale Righter, R-Mattoon, is the sponsor of the bill, which would do... Read More.