Recent News

Senate Week in Review: July 21 - July 25, 2014

A $1.1 billion plan to accelerate road construction was signed into law July 22, putting in place the final piece of the state’s annual budget.

Radogno/Durkin/Sandack Host Property Tax Appeal Seminars

Do you wonder if you are paying too much in property taxes? Area state lawmakers Christine Radogno, Jim Durkin and Ron Sandack will be hosting a couple of FREE seminars on July 31, 2014 to help Lisle and Darien residents to better understand their tax bill and how to appeal a property tax over assessment.

Senate Week in Review: July 14 - July 18, 2014

A legislative panel reviewing Governor Quinn’s failed anti-violence initiative put off testimony from subpoenaed former Quinn administration officials until October, complying with a request from the U.S. Attorney’s office, State Sen. Christine Radogno (R-Lemont) said.

Senate Week in Review: July 7 - July 11, 2014

Three new boating safety measures are among bills signed into law in recent days, State Sen. Christine Radogno (R-Lemont) said. Other new laws meant to assist communities with rebuilding after tornadoes, make it easier for public employees to donate to the Red Cross and allow adults greater access to the adoption records of their grandparents have also been approved.

Senate Week in Review: June 30 - July 4, 2014

With Illinois’ new fiscal year beginning July 1, Governor Quinn signed the bulk of the state budget into law on the last day of June.

Radogno and Durkin to host 2014 Community Recycling Fair

Burr Ridge, IL – State Senator Christine Radogno (R-Lemont) is teaming up with State Representative Jim Durkin (R-Western Springs) to host a FREE Community Recycle Day on Saturday, July 19 from 9 a.m. to noon at Burr Ridge Middle School.

Illinois ranks last, while other states improve credit rating

It’s well known that Illinois continues to have the worst credit rating in the nation, but a recently published chart comparing trends across the country highlights a disturbing trend as the state’s credit rating is expected to drop, even as most other states are steadily improving their credit ratings and fiscal climates.

End of Session Recap

Once again the state’s Democrat majority deferred tough decisions on Illinois’ pressing fiscal issues, passing a $35.4 billion budget on May 30 that increases spending by raiding special purpose funds, underfunding the state’s real obligations and using one-time revenues to pay for ongoing programs.

Senate GOP Demands No Lame-Duck Tax Increases

Illinois Senate Republican legislators today committed to opposing any tax increase offered in the lame-duck session of the General Assembly. Led by Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno (R-Lemont), members of the Republican caucus also called on their Democrat colleagues to join them.

Budget gimmicks allow for increased state spending, foreshadow a lame-duck tax hike

Once again Democrat lawmakers deferred tough decisions on the state’s pressing fiscal issues, passing a $35.7 billion budget May 30 that State Sen. Christine Radogno (R-Lemont) says increases spending by raiding special purpose funds, underfunding the state’s real obligations and using one-time revenues to pay for ongoing revenues.

Senate Week in Review: May 19-23, 2014

As the General Assembly entered what should be its final week of the spring legislative session, majority Democrats appeared to be in disarray and disagreement over the fate of the state’s 2011 “temporary” tax hike.

School Funding Controversy

A controversial rewrite of the state’s system of funding schools advanced out of a Senate Committee to an uncertain future before the full Senate.

Passed by the Senate Executive Committee May 7, Senate Bill 16 would radically redistribute education dollars in the state, stripping many suburban school districts of 80% or more of their state funding.

Moratorium on Medicaid Expansion

Frustrated with the failure of Governor Pat Quinn to implement the broad Medicaid reforms set forth in the 2011 law and the 2012 SMART Act—even as he advocates for an extension of the Democrats’ 67 percent tax increase – Medicaid reform advocates rolled out a new initiative. The plan would place a moratorium on all Medicaid expansions, including benefit increases, until a 2011 managed care requirement is achieved.

Audit Commission pursues subpoena power

The bipartisan Legislative Audit Commission approved two motions May 6 to grant subpoena powers for the committee’s audit of Governor Pat Quinn’s failed Neighborhood Recovery Initiative (NRI).

Bipartisan Move on Subpoena Powers

The bipartisan Legislative Audit Commission approved two motions May 6 to grant subpoena powers for the committee’s audit of Governor Pat Quinn’s failed Neighborhood Recovery Initiative (NRI).