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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...

Veto session ends on a partisan note, but the future looks brighter for Illinois

The 98th General Assembly largely completed its work during the fall veto session, but not without controversy.

Senate Week in Review: December 1 – 5, 2014

Senate Republicans stressed that lawmakers shouldn’t move forward with major policy initiatives on partisan roll-calls during a fall “lame-duck” veto session, Democrats pushed through a number of significant and controversial measures prior to the Senate's December 4 adjournment.

Slow it Down this Thanksgiving

Approximately 8.3 million motorists will be traveling in suburban Illinois this Thanksgiving holiday. While construction on tollways will be suspended beginning Wednesday at noon, transportation officials are urging motorists to play it safe. In 2013, 723 people were injured in motor vehicle crashes in Illinois—there were seven fatalities.

Senate Week in Review: November 24 - 28, 2014

Holiday safety, the Rauner Transition Team hits the ground running, red-light cameras and fracking, in these week's Week in Review.

Senate Week in Review: November 17-21, 2014

The first week of the fall veto session ended with lawmakers on the Senate Executive Committee advancing legislation that would increase the state’s minimum wage to $11 over the next three years.

Minimum wage increase moves through Senate

On Nov. 19, Democrat legislative leaders pushed a measure through the Senate Executive Committee that would increase the state’s minimum wage from the current $8.25 per hour to $10 per hour on July 1, 2015.

Illinois Lawmakers Act on Gubernatorial Vetoes

The Senate on Nov. 20 voted 44-5-1 to override Gov. Quinn’s veto of Senate Bill 2015, legislation that increases the speed limit on Illinois toll highways to 70 miles-per-hour. Senate Bill 2015 now moves to the House of Representatives for consideration.

2014 Veto Session Preview

Despite previous speculation, it is unlikely an extension of the tax increase will be on the agenda. However, a minimum wage hike could be considered by the General Assembly, and the House of Representatives has planned a November 18 “subject-matter-only” hearing on a controversial education funding reform measure, Senate Bill 16.

Honoring America’s Servicemen and Servicewomen

Senator Christine Radogno offers her sincere thanks to the American military veterans who have answered the call to duty. As a democracy, our country stands out from other nations that have been devastated and crippled by tyranny. It was the selfless patriotism and unparalleled courage of our veterans that secured the many freedoms we enjoy each and every day.

Fracking rules approved

Members of JCAR passed hydraulic fracturing rules on Nov. 6 as part of their consent agenda, which meant no debate on the issue took place during the meeting.