Tracy responds to Senate Democrats’ ineffectual workers’ comp legislation

Instead of continuing talks on real workers’ compensation reform that will reduce costs for employers, the Senate Democrat majority approved House Bill 2525, which contains content that State Senator Tracy said would actually weaken the current system.

Re-opening state employment to disabled individuals

In some positive action during the week, the Senate passed legislation to re-launch a program to help people with mental and physical disabilities find employment.

Unfunded mandate relief

Another important measure was advanced by the Senate to require the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity to publish cost estimates highlighting the impact unfunded mandates have on local governments.

Veterans’ state hiring preferences

Seeking to help the brave men and women who served their country with honor, the Senate unanimously passed legislation that would extend veteran hiring preference rules to veterans of the National Guard and reservists.

Tracy responds to Senate Democrat unbalanced budget and income tax hike

In response to the Senate Democrats’ budget package and legislation that would impose an income tax increase, State Senator Jil Tracy offered the following statement.

Measure allowing for permanent term limits for legislative leaders moves

The Illinois Senate has advanced a constitutional amendment (Senate Joint Resolution Constitutional Amendment 2) that would permanently create leadership term limits, limiting the terms to five General Assemblies (10 years).

Senate takes action on budget and reform package

The Illinois Senate began voting on a number of budget and reform measures this week that are part of the “Grand Bargain” budget plan, which has been in the works for months by Senate members on both sides of the aisle.

Work continues on property tax reform

One of the key issues Senate Republicans remain committed to seeing through to fruition is the issue of meaningful property tax relief.

Senate advances significant pension reform plan

Senate Republicans applauded and widely supported the passage of a pension reform measure that passed out of the Senate as part of the “grand bargain” package on May 17.

Illinois tourism growing

On May 8, Gov. Bruce Rauner kicked off National Travel and Tourism Week by releasing domestic Illinois tourism figures that show robust growth in visitor spending in 2016.

Changing the short-term budgeting mindset

Throughout the budget reform process, Senate Republicans have held firm to the fact that the General Assembly must stop repeating the mistakes of the past.

Good-faith negotiations continue

Senate Republicans continue their good-faith negotiations, taking the time needed to hammer out the important details of passing a full-year, balanced budget with commonsense reforms that will put Illinois’ fiscal house in order and create a solid foundation for future budgeting and economic stability.

Senator Tracy attends Tech 2017 "Students for the Information Age"

Tech 2017 “Students for the Information Age” event was on May 9, drawing students and teachers from 90 schools across Illinois.

Senator Tracy participates in Youth in Care & Alumni Legislative Shadow Day

In recognition of National Foster Care Month, Senate and House lawmakers hosted the Youth in Care & Alumni Legislative Shadow Day this week at the Capitol.

Tracy participates in Illinois Parks Day at the Capitol

Park districts and lawmakers gathered in the Capitol Rotunda on May 2 to celebrate Illinois Parks Day.