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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
One of the key issues Senate Republicans remain committed to seeing through to fruition is the issue of meaningful property tax relief.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tech 2017 “Students for the Information Age” event was on May 9, drawing students and teachers from 90 schools across Illinois.
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.
Park districts and lawmakers gathered in the Capitol Rotunda on May 2 to celebrate Illinois Parks Day.