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New law will increase educational access for adults, bring successful diploma programs to Illinois

A new law was signed recently that will enable adults who did not finish high school to acquire high school diplomas. The law also allows for the creation of quality adult diploma programs.

Republican lawmakers unveil reforms to higher education

Republican lawmakers this week jumpstarted what they intend to be a thoughtful and bipartisan conversation about the state’s higher education system, introducing Senate Bill 2234 and pushing for reforms to the state’s higher education system.

EDGE Tax Credit Signing

House Bill 162 was a bipartisan measure that supporters say is a critically important tool to helping boost economic development in Illinois by encouraging job creation, growth and competitiveness.

Civil Asset Forfeiture Revamp Becomes Law

House Bill 303, signed by the Governor on September 19, seeks to strike the proper balance between targeting criminal enterprise and safeguarding the rights of innocent property owners.

Consumer Alert: Massive Equifax Data Breach

Illinois residents are urged to be vigilant following a massive data breach of consumer reporting agency Equifax.

Tracy appointed to Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability

Senate Republican Leader Bill Brady (R-Bloomington) appointed State Senator Jil Tracy (R-Quincy) to the Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability (CGFA) to replace State Senator Pamela Althoff.

Tracy responds to approved school funding agreement

In response to the House and Senate approval of Senate Bill 1947, a bipartisan school funding plan to address Illinois’ broken school funding formula, Tracy released the following statement.

Leaders resume education funding talks

Education funding talks progressed during the week to the point where “an agreement in principle on historic school funding reform” was reached between the four legislative leaders and Gov. Bruce Rauner.

Job creation measure passes Senate

A bipartisan measure that extends tax credits for companies and brings jobs to Illinois is now headed to the Governor after it passed the Senate this week.

Senate Republicans continue push for school funding parity

Senate Democrats voted this week to override the governor’s amendatory veto of Senate Bill 1. Senate Republicans remain open to bipartisan negotiations on a new proposal that will deliver the necessary and equitable funding many school districts seek.

Tracy calls for bipartisan compromise, points to Senate Bill 1’s shortcomings

Senator Tracy says that while they remain committed to finding compromise on a school funding bill that fixes the state’s broken school aid formula, she will not support a vote this weekend on the Democrat majority’s Senate Bill 1.

Residents ages 16 and 17 allowed to register as organ donors, under new law

Residents ages 16 and 17 can now become organ and tissue donors, under the Drive for Life Act signed into law this week.

New law allows parolees to receive free birth certificates

In an effort to make it easier for individuals out of prison to re-enter society, Gov. Bruce Rauner signed Senate Bill 1413, which allows men and women to receive their birth certificates for no fee upon their release from the Department of Corrections.

Illinois State Fair kicks off

The 2017 Illinois State Fair is now underway. The fair officially kicked off Aug. 10 with the annual Twilight Parade, which signifies the beginning of the 10-day annual showcase of Illinois agriculture and unique entertainment.

Tracy responds to Governor’s amendatory veto of Senate Bill 1

Following the Governor’s press conference announcing he has issued an amendatory veto to Illinois’ school funding bill (Senate Bill 1), Senator Jil Tracy released the following statement urging swift action from the General Assembly.