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Memorial Day Wall of Remembrance

For the second year, the Senate Republicans are honoring the military service and sacrifice of all our men and women in uniform who have passed away. Our mission is to unite the state of Illinois in remembrance

Powerful tool of change being abused

The Senate this week advanced one amendment to the Illinois Constitution that would change the process of drawing the state’s legislative and congressional district lines, though Republican lawmakers

Overpayments by Quinn Administration raise questions

During Fiscal Year 2014, former Governor Quinn’s Administration overpaid at least $168 million in Personal Property Replacement Tax (PPRT) payments to thousands of local governments and schools

Significant breakdowns’ within Quinn’s anti-violence initiative

A recent audit revealed $2.2 million in unrecovered grant dollars associated with several programs created during the Quinn Administration that were intended to help combat violence. Senate Republicans

Senate advances stop-gap funding for higher education and human services

On April 22, the House and the Senate approved a bipartisan, bicameral solution for funding higher education that was the result of cooperation and productive conversation between rank-and-file

Radogno votes “yes” on bipartisan funding for higher ed, MAP grants, and human services

The Illinois General Assembly approved two pieces of bipartisan, fully-funded legislation on Friday, April 22 to provide a bridge to Illinois’ universities, community colleges, and MAP grant

Radogno and Durkin to Host Annual Community Recycle Event May 7

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 event on Saturday, May 7 from 9 a.m.

Roskam calls for bipartisan action

In a letter to House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton, Congressman Peter Roskam, a former member of the Illinois General Assembly, called for bipartisan compromise to end

Groundhog Day in the Illinois Senate

On Wednesday, April 13, Senate Republicans felt as if they had awoken in the 1993 comedy classic “Groundhog Day,” when Democrats advanced yet another hollow promise, once again pushing through a

Education funding proposal heard

The first of what is expected to be several education funding reform plans was heard this week in the Senate Executive Committee. Senate Republican lawmakers, who have been vocal about the need to

Radogno legislation to normalize life for foster children passes Senate

Springfield, IL…Legislation sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno (R-Lemont) that aims to bring normalcy to the lives of children in Illinois’ foster system has passed the Illinois Senate.

Republicans introduce legislation to fund critical social services

Providing Illinois social services with critical funding—and offering a way to pay for it—was part of a proposal introduced during the week by legislative Republican leaders. Leader Radogno and Leader Durkin appealed to Democrat legislative leaders to

Democrats offer CPS bailout in latest education funding reform

In what has been a “perennial occurrence,” as noted by reporter Dan Petrella of Lee Enterprises, State Sen. Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) unveiled another attempt to re-write the school aid formula on April 5.

Legislation involving smoking age, criminal history of college applicants advance at Statehouse

With an April 8 deadline to advance non-budgetary legislation out of committee for consideration by the Senate, it was a busy week at the Statehouse.

Gov. Quinn’s controversial grant program back in the news—reinforces need for reform

A confidential draft of a new audit obtained by the Chicago Tribune sheds more light on mismanagement of the controversial Neighborhood Recovery Initiative (NRI), launched in 2010 by former Gov. Quinn.