• Statement from Sen. Barickman on the Governor’s budget address

    “The Governor’s proposed budget offered a roadmap for what will be required to enact a balanced spending plan for the next fiscal year. Everyone has been saying for years that we need to change the way the state spends money and this proposal does just that. But make no mistake, however we move forward on a budget, there will be some very tough decisions to be made... read more...
  • Statement from Sen. Barickman on the State of the State address

    “I think the Governor offered a good look at some of the recent high points for state government, including the passage of a bipartisan school funding overhaul that will help deliver funding to where it is needed most. But he also made it clear that many of the biggest challenges facing our state remain. I agree that we must continue to fight to break the broken status quo that has paralyzed our state for far too long... read more...
  • Senator Barickman's Senate Week in Review: January 26

    Lawmakers are preparing to return the Capitol next week for the beginning of the 2018 legislative session, which includes the Governor’s annual State of the State address on Jan. 31. Also during the week, lawmakers continued to hear testimony and gather information on the idea of legalizing recreational cannabis, legislation is filed aimed at closing the gender wage gap, and both the state and federal governments will begin accepting tax returns next week... read more...
  • Senator Barickman's Senate Week in Review: January 19

    The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) informed Senate Republicans this week that implemention of the state’s new school funding law will occur; a new measure would bring high-speed Internet access to rural school districts; proposal would give Illinois motorists the option to register their vehicles for more than one year; and Chicago makes Amazon’s top 20 list as they look to build a second headquarters... read more...
  • Senator Barickman's Senate Week in Review: January 5

    Illinois residents can expect to see improved safety measures for children and Internet users in 2018 with new laws that help protect children in the foster care system, at day care and at school; as well as shield children and adults online. On Jan. 1, more than 200 bills covering a wide variety of issues became law. In addition to child-protection and on-line protections, 2017 was an active year for passing proactive measures pertaining to physical and mental health, and laws that focus on im read more...

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Engaging students in state government. Senator Barickman brings high school students together to meet with government officials and to propose new legislation that will be debated at the Capitol.

Sen. Barickman welcomes a delegation of officials from the Chinese Province of Liaoning on a visit to the Illinois Capitol to enhance international cooperation between the state and province.

Sen. Barickman teams up with teachers, schools and parents on a bipartisan solution to end school funding inequity.

Sen. Jason Barickman (R-Bloomington) tours the Destihl Microbrewery in Normal, Illinois to learn about the brewing process and potential legislative issues affecting the industry.

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