Senate Republican Committee assignments were announced for the new 101st General Assembly, warming centers can provide help managing the predicted bitterly cold weather across the state, and it’s tax filing season.
Righter reappointed as Republican lead on Senate’s major budget committee
Sen. Dale Righter (R-Mattoon) will serve as the Minority Spokesperson for the Senate Appropriations I Committee in the 101st General Assembly.
“I’m honored to continue to serve in this position, working to help craft responsible spending policies for Illinois’ state agencies,” said Sen. Righter. “As we transition under a new Administration, I look forward to working with the newly-elected Governor in this continuing leadership role. My goal is to represent the hardworking taxpayers and businesses of this state, emphasize the need for fiscal responsibility and allocate funding based on a balanced, accountable budget proposal.”
Sen. Righter, who has served as the Minority Spokesperson for the Senate Appropriations I Committee since 2016, also serves as the Minority Spokesperson for the Senate Executive Committee and the Senate Assignments Committee. Righter will also continue to serve on the Appropriations II, Human Services, Insurance and Executive Appointments committees.
New Legislation Introduced
While the new legislative session has yet to begin in earnest, there are already 75 new legislative measures filed with the Senate, while in the House of Representatives, 484 proposals have been filed for consideration. Over the next several months, the legislation will be heard by dozens of committees – in each chamber – before final votes are taken, most of which occur in May.
New legislation is assigned to committees, based on subject matter. Each committee will hold one or more public hearings, hear testimony – for and against the proposals – before taking an initial vote. Once a proposal wins committee approval, it moves on to the respective chambers for additional debate and approval. The Illinois General Assembly has a detailed explanation of the legislative process on the “How a Bill Becomes a Law” webpage.
Lawmakers return to the State Capitol Jan. 29. Senate Committee hearings are already scheduled.
Warming Centers Provide Relief
Some of the coldest temperatures of the winter season are predicted over the next week in Illinois. Designated warming centers are located throughout Illinois. Warming centers are listed alphabetically, by county, at https://www2.illinois.gov/services/GOV/warming-center.
According to the Illinois Emergency Management Agency, there have been 664 cold-related deaths in Illinois over the last ten years (2008-2017).
Income Tax Filing Begins
Both the Illinois Department of Revenue (IDOR) and the federal Internal Revenue Service (IRS) begin accepting 2018 individual income tax filings on Jan. 28.
Illinois taxpayers can file their Forms IL-1040 for free using the IDOR’s website MyTax.Illinois.gov. Federal income tax filers can use www.irs.gov/freefile to find the IRS Free File software product that matches their situation.
According to IDOR, state taxpayers can use the state website to make payments, check the status of their Illinois Individual Income Tax refunds using the Where's My Refund? link, and look up their Illinois-Personal Identification Numbers, amounts of any estimated tax payments they have made, and (when necessary) amounts reported on Form1099-G.
More than six million individual Illinois income tax returns were filed in 2018 with 86 percent of them filed electronically. IDOR anticipates direct-deposit refunds will be issued approximately four weeks from the time an “error-free, electronically-filed return” is submitted. The filing deadline to submit 2018 individual state and federal income tax returns is April 15.