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Senate Week in Review: January 19 - 23

Springfield, Ill. - The Bruce Rauner administration begins an effort to create job opportunities for minorities and veterans while the state’s domestic energy industry is poised to bloom said State Sen. Christine Radogno (R-Lemont)

Senate Week in Review: January 12 - 16, 2015

Springfield, Ill… After 12 years of a one-party-rule system, bipartisanship was finally restored to the law-making process when Republican Governor Bruce Rauner was sworn into office on Jan. 12. Years of fiscal mismanagement and partisan decision-making has left Illinois in dire economic straits; however, there is a new sense of optimism that change is coming, and hopefully with it, fiscal recovery, State Senator Christine Radogno (R-Lemont) said.

Republican Leader Radogno announces leadership team

Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno today announced her leadership team for the 99th General Assembly.

Radogno sworn in for fourth term as Senate Republican Leader on Jan. 14

Springfield, Ill. – An advocate for bipartisan fiscal reforms and responsible budgeting earned State Senator Christine Radogno (R-Lemont) a fourth term as Senate Republican Leader during the 99th General Assembly’s inaugural ceremonies at the State Capitol on January 14.

Leader Radogno Comments on Jan. 8 Special Session

"The Senate adjourned today’s special session on a partisan note. Democrat leaders pushed through legislation in the final days of the 98th General Assembly allowing for a 2016 special election for the Office of the Comptroller, even though the Constitution clearly gives Governor-elect Rauner the responsibility to fill the Comptroller vacancy for the full four-year term....

Special election ‘muscled’ through

Senate and House Democrats used their legislative majorities to advance legislation (House Bill 4576) establishing a 2016 special election for the unexpired term of the late Judy Baar Topinka, despite objections of Senate Republicans.

Troubled DCFS Agency Limps Along

On Jan. 7 a joint panel of the Senate and House of Representatives met to hear nearly five hours of testimony based on a series of troubling stories called “Harsh Treatment” by the Chicago Tribune.

‘Judy’s Amendment’ to merge Comptroller and Treasurer dashed

Another alternative pushed by Republicans would be to hold a special election in 2016 to vote on a Constitutional Amendment to merge the Comptroller’s office with the Treasurer’s office.

Blood Donor Month

January is National Blood Donor Month.Here in Illinois, the winter months often put stress on local hospitals because supplies run low.

Quinn Appoints Stermer, Calls Special Session on Comptroller Vacancy

At a press conference Dec. 19, Gov. Quinn appointed his budget director Jerry Stermer to serve as Illinois Comptroller until Jan. 12, 2015.

Senate Week in Review: December 15 – 19

Springfield, Ill. - Lawmakers will return to Springfield Jan. 8 in response to a Dec. 18 proclamation by Gov. Pat Quinn, calling the General Assembly back to consider a 2016 election for the...

GOP Leaders react to Special Session Call

“The Illinois Constitution requires the Governor-elect to appoint a new comptroller to a four-year term. A partisan and constitutionally-dubious eleventh hour law would face a certain legal challenge and force the people of Illinois to endure a protracted and legal battle that no one wants...

Eavesdropping law sent to Governor

Confusion relating to a change in the state’s eavesdropping law has some people up in arms. However, Senate Bill 1342, which was sent to Governor Quinn this week, is actually an improvement to what the Illinois Supreme Court recently determined was an unconstitutionally restrictive area of state law.

Laws Taking Effect on Jan. 1, 2015

On Jan. 1, 2015, more than 200 new laws will take effect in Illinois touching many areas of state government from education and public safety, to transportation and wildlife. Following are a few of the notable measures taking effect when the new year begins.

Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno reflects on the beloved Judy Baar Topinka

"Judy Baar Topinka was one of the first politicians I ever became aware of - she was my state Senator before I came into politics. She was beautiful, funny and an independent thinker...