Springfield, IL… After weeks of meetings with legislative Democrats failed to produce momentum on some of the state’s most pressing issues, Illinois Republicans took matters into their own hands on May 22, introducing a major legislative package founded in Governor Bruce Rauner’s “Turnaround Agenda,” which State Senator Christine Radogno (R-Lemont) said would freeze property taxes, improve Illinois’ jobs climate, and transform state government with term limits and redistricting reform.
On May 19, the Senate passed the Illinois “Right to Try” Act to help terminally-ill patients.
On May 21, after much debate, the Senate passed legislation that would decriminalize small amounts of marijuana.
House Bill 218 would eliminate any criminal penalties or treatment requirements for possession of 15 grams or less of cannabis. Under this bill, a person could be caught with 15 grams of cannabis dozens of times and the toughest punishment that could be given is a $125 fine. In addition, the arrest and records would be automatically expunged each year.
As a follow-up to 2013 legislation to speed up the adoption process for youth with “unfit” biological parents, a similar bill relating to foreign adoptions is advancing through the General Assembly.
Bobcat hunting and trapping is another step closer to becoming a reality, after legislation passed the Senate on May 21.
The Senate has unanimously passed legislation to help exploited senior citizens and persons with disabilities recover assets taken by criminals.
Springfield—Passing both Houses on May 20, legislation sponsored by State Senator Christine Radogno (R-Lemont) that protects small children from exposure to fatal diseases advances to the Governor for final approval.
At a May 19 press conference, Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno (R-Lemont) and House Republican Leader Jim Durkin (R- Western Springs) stressed the need for bipartisan FY16 budget negotiations as the end of the legislative session nears.
Springfield — Memorial Day is a time for us to honor our fallen heroes across the nation and the state of Illinois. Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno (R-Lemont) and the Senate Republican caucus will pay tribute to U.S. Military members who have passed away with a Memorial Day Remembrance Wall.
A 2009 program intended to “create jobs in low-income areas and improve energy efficiency” sparked debate in a Senate Committee May 14, when Senate Republican lawmakers raised concerns about problems within the state’s Urban Weatherization Program, recently identified by the Better Government Association (BGA).
Legislation to decriminalize small amounts of cannabis was debated in the Senate on May 14, but later held by the sponsor in response to concerns with the legislation. House Bill 218 would reduce penalties for possession of 15 grams or less of cannabis, establishing a maximum $125 fine for the offense.
Hundreds of firefighters from across the state gathered at the State Capitol grounds on May 12 for the annual Fallen Firefighter Memorial and Medal of Honor Ceremony. The event honors those who have given their lives in the line of duty and to those who heroically serve with courage, pride, and honor.
On May 14, the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) released an $8.4 billion six-year highway construction plan as part of the state’s Proposed Highway Improvement Program. Of that, $1.85 billion is to be invested in Fiscal Year 2016, which begins July 1.
A recent Associated Press report underscored the significant challenges Illinois faces when it comes to filling its anticipated multi-billion dollar budget hole. The Associated Press found that of 22 states facing budget deficits, Illinois has the worst deficit by far, at more than $6 billion.
More than 107 million visitors traveled to Illinois in 2014, a new record. With a nearly a four percent increase over 2013, the state can celebrate the fourth consecutive year of record-breaking visitor numbers.