"It’s disappointing Senate Democrats chose to bailout Chicago Public Schools, giving that district millions in special deals, which comes at the detriment of schools and students across Illinois, especially downstate."
Senate Republican lawmakers say that while they remain committed to finding compromise on a school funding bill that fixes the state’s broken school aid formula, they will not support a vote this weekend on the Democrat majority’s Senate Bill 1—which masks a Chicago school bail out as funding reform. Voting to support Senate Bill 1 in its original form is the only vote the Senate will be allowed to take, according to the Democrat majority.
Residents ages 16 and 17 can now become organ and tissue donors, under the Drive for Life Act signed into law this week.
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 now has a new set of rules for its purchasing system. Senate Bill 8 was signed into law this week and makes the state procurement process more efficient and transparent, while also saving money for Illinois taxpayers.
State Sen. Dale Righter (R-Mattoon) is encouraging senior citizens to come to their free Senior Health Fair on Thursday, August 10 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the Elks Lodge (2102 S. Banker Street) in Effingham.
Underscoring the need for economy-boosting structural reforms, Illinois gained 56,600 jobs over the past year, but the state’s jobs growth rate continues to lag the nation, according to the latest unemployment rates from released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES).
Gov. Rauner followed through with his promise to alter a school funding bill sent to him early this week, swiftly issuing an amendatory veto of education funding reform legislation on Aug. 1. With his changes, the Governor laid out a plan that benefits every student across the state.
The Illinois State Fair, a tradition dating back to 1853, gets underway Aug. 10 in Springfield. The 11-day event, which brings hundreds of thousands of people though its gates, celebrates agriculture, the state’s number one employer and driver of the state’s economy.
Lawmakers returned to the Capitol July 26 after Gov. Rauner issued a proclamation calling for a special legislative session on school funding in Illinois. Though Senate Republicans were disappointed that little was accomplished during the week, prior to adjourning on Friday the Governor asked key Republican lawmakers to reach out to their Democrat colleagues to negotiate on a bipartisan school funding reform plan that could be presented to him by July 31.
Even though a state budget is in place, Democrats are preventing schools from getting state funding by playing political games with a new formula that is required by law to be enacted before they can receive the bulk of their funding for the coming school year. Senate Republicans are asking Democrat leaders to stop manufacturing an unnecessary crisis and take action, to ensure Illinois schools receive their state funding and their doors open on time.
Legislation signed into law this week will ensure that children are able to receive life-saving treatments for autoimmune disorders connected to streptococcal infections known as PANDAS.
Changes that would be made by Gov. Bruce Rauner through an amendatory veto of Senate Bill 1, an education funding reform bill, would result in nearly twice the amount of new funding for schools in State Sen. Dale Righter’s 55th Senate District.
Senator Dale Righter released the following statement after the Senate approved a full-year balanced budget July 4.
Despite the looming deadline of June 30 marking the end of Fiscal Year 2017, no complete balanced budget and reform package has advanced from the General Assembly to Gov. Bruce Rauner’s desk.