Democrats continue to push tax hike
posted on Friday, April 18, 2014 12:00 AM
As part of an ongoing push to rationalize the permanent extension of what was promised to be a temporary income tax hike, Illinois Senate Democrats released figures that purport to show unavoidable education cuts if the hike expires.
However, critics point out that the cuts would only occur if legislators are unwilling to prioritize education spending; something that Senate Republicans say they are willing to do.
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Illinoisans just don't trust their government
posted on Thursday, April 17, 2014 12:00 AM
It may not come as a surprise that a new Gallup survey shows people living in Illinois have less trust in their government than those living in any other state. However, the depth of that distrust is sobering. When asked how much trust and confidence they have in their state government, 70% of Illinoisans surveyed said they had either “not very much” or “none at all.”
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The Wall Street Journal asks “What’s the matter with Illinois?”
posted on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 12:00 AM
This week The Wall Street Journal took a look at how Illinois’ tax policies compare to some of our neighbors. The WSJ article seems to underscore what Republicans have been saying for years—higher taxes won't pave the way to a more prosperous Illinois. Read More >
Disparity widens under proposed education funding "reform"
posted on Tuesday, April 15, 2014 12:00 AM
A bipartisan effort to address inequities in the state’s School Aid Formula has morphed into a partisan plan that could increase existing inequities in funding and force taxpayers statewide to subsidize pension payments for Chicago teachers. At issue is SB 16, which contains a major rewrite in how the state would fund education. Read More >
Senate Week in Review: March 31 - April 4
posted on Friday, April 04, 2014 12:00 AM
As Senators approach an April 11 deadline to move Senate
Bills to the Illinois House, lawmakers spent much of their time in Senate Committee or voting on legislation on the Senate floor to advance the measures out of the Chamber.
Republican lawmakers also unveiled a comprehensive legislative package of bills to help jump start Illinois’ economy and create jobs; Senate GOP lawmakers took Gov. Pat Quinn to task for using a legal loophole in order to avoid Senate scrutiny of his state agency director appointees; a pension reform plan for the City of Chicago stalled; and a bipartisan education panel lost its bipartisanship.
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Radogno, Durkin Unveil Jobs Plan
posted on Tuesday, April 01, 2014 12:00 AM
Illinois House Republican Leader Jim Durkin (R-Western Springs) and Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno (R-Lemont) Tuesday introduced a comprehensive legislative package of bills to help jump start Illinois’ economy and create jobs. Read More >
Radogno says don’t buy into the Governor’s doomsday budget scenario
posted on Wednesday, March 26, 2014 12:00 AM
At a Statehouse media availability following Gov. Pat Quinn’s March 26 budget address, State Sen. Christine Radogno (R-Lemont) said that Quinn and his Democrat colleagues are focusing on worst case budget scenarios in order to build their case for an extension of their 2011 income tax hike. Read More >
Senate Republican Facebook Budget Forum
posted on Monday, March 24, 2014 12:00 AM
The budget address is scheduled for Wednesday, March 26 at noon. That evening several of my Senate Republican colleagues will be hosting a Facebook "Budget Forum" where you can ask questions or voice concerns about the state’s budget and fiscal climate. All you have to do to participate is to go to www.facebook.com/ILSenateGOP at 7 PM and in the designated area you can leave your questions as comments. My fellow lawmakers will do their best to get to every inquiry. This is just one way Senate Republicans are trying to make state government more accessible and clear to the people we serve. Read More >
NRI continues to draw headlines
posted on Friday, March 14, 2014 12:00 AM
Governor Quinn’s controversial “Neighborhood Recovery Initiative (NRI)” continued to draw negative headlines during the past week. The controversy over the NRI program also prompted Chicago Sun-Times Columnist Mark Brown to describe state grants as “where the bodies are buried— along with the money to pay them. This is where government waste goes to hide.” Read More >
NRI audit turned over to federal investigators
posted on Monday, March 10, 2014 12:00 AM
In response to a joint request by House and Senate Republicans, the Auditor General Bill Holland turned over his report of Governor Quinn’s anti-violence Neighborhood Recovery Initiative (NRI) to federal investigators and the state executive inspector general. Read More >