“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...
“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...
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...
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...
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
As Illinois residents get ready to ring in a new year, they can also expect to see more than 200 new laws going into effect on Jan. 1.
Although the General Assembly passed a wide variety of legislation during the 2017 legislative session, it proved to be an especially active year for proactive measures pertaining to physical and mental health....
As Illinois residents get ready to ring in a new year, they can also expect to see more than 200 new laws going into effect on Jan. 1. Here are all the new laws taking effect at the beginning of the new year.
State Sen. Jason Barickman is being honored for his work in the Illinois General Assembly by organizations representing the environmental and manufacturing sectors.
Barickman received the Environmental Leadership award from The Illinois Environmental Council (IEC), largely for his work on the Natural Areas Stewardship Act. The Technology and Manufacturing Association (TMA) is recognizing Barickman for his pro-manufacturing voting record in the General Assembly.
The Springfield Fire Department’s dedication to public safety was honored Dec. 8 during a ceremony on the south side of the BOS Convention Center for the unveiling a plaque commemorating “Howard’s Ladder.”
This week Senator Barickman joined with other local officials to welcome a major business anouncement in McLean County that will benefit not only the local economy, but the state economy.
With recent reports revealing a mixed bag on employment rates in Illinois, state leaders continue their efforts to improve the economy and prospects for jobs growth in the coming year.
Senator Barickman remains committed to revitalizing Illinois’ business/jobs climate by passing property tax relief, workers’
Legislation addressing sexual harassment complaints and providing tax credits for flood victims was signed into law by the Governor during the week.
In other action, Senate Republican Leader Bill Brady (R-Bloomington) announced appointments for the newly created Senate Task Force on Sexual Discrimination and Harassment Awareness and Prevention.
Also during the week, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) announced its priority for hunter safety for the upcoming Firearm Deer Seas
State Sen. Jason Barickman (R-Bloomington) welcomed more than 80 students from across the 53rd Senate District to the Illinois State University Alumni Center to immerse themselves in the process of developing and proposing new legislation....
I supported the passage of Senate Bill 402 which created new ethics standards for sexual harassment and House Bill 137 which removed the time limit to allow the Illinois Legislative Inspector General (LIG) to investigate complaints made over the last three years when the General Assembly was without an Inspector General. I believe this was an extremely necessary and long overdue step in improving ethics standards and enforcement, and I applaud the Governor for signing these into law. I am glad
On November 4, the Legislative Ethics Commission appointed a new Inspector General, and both chambers took up legislation during the week seeking to improve Statehouse sexual harassment policies. Also, female senators announced the creation of a bipartisan Women’s Caucus.
Also during the week, Senate lawmakers took time to recognize and honor the men and women of the Armed Forces, and farmers received some assistance early in the week with a recent harvest emergency declaration...
State lawmakers return to Springfield Nov. 7 for the final days of fall veto session. Lawmakers are expected to take up several pieces of new legislation and possibly vote on other legislation vetoed by the Governor.
Also this week, the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) will begin to pour through thousands of surveys from across the state, advising them on how they can improve rest areas; the Illinois State Police is asking people to take part in a new logo contest; and new informati