Illinois/ Capital Connection

February 3rd 2017

February 03, 2017

 

Senate could vote on budget framework
Through budget cuts and critical structural reforms that will bring stability to the state, the Illinois Senate could vote next week on a bipartisan budget framework that would produce a balanced state budget, move Illinois forward economically and in job creation, and turn Illinois around fiscally. Read more
Watch now:  Senate GOP lawmakers Chris Nybo (Lombard) and Karen McConnaughay (St.Charles) joined Chicago Tonight to discuss the ongoing negotiations.
Read more: A budget resolution can’t come too soon—this week Fitch Ratings downgraded Illinois’ $26 billion in general obligation bonds to BBB from BBB+.
Education Funding Reform Commission issues framework for school funding solution
After more than 75 hours of meetings over the last six months, a group of 25 lawmakers issued their recommendations for how the General Assembly could craft a bipartisan solution to create more equitable and adequate funding for Illinois students. Read more
Read more: Senator Dan McConchie (R-Hawthorn Woods) says now the real work on education funding begins.
Read more: The commission’s fruitful discussions have established an excellent basis for work on a lasting solution, said Senator Karen McConnaughay (R-St. Charles).
Make the right call this Super Bowl Sunday
The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) reminds you there is only one right play – pass your keys to a sober driver if you plan on drinking alcohol as part of your Super Bowl celebration. Read more
Top: Senator Paul Schimpf talks spending cuts and reforms with Mayor Stephens on WXAN. Bottom: Senator Dale Fowler started off one morning this week with Tom MIller on Newsradio WJPF.
In the news
State Senator Paul Schimpf (R-Waterloo) says he’s optimisticlawmakers can find common ground and compromise. (Mt. Vernon Register-News)
State Senators Dale Fowler (R-Harrisburg) and Paul Schimpf toured the Choate Mental Health and Developmental Center in Anna this week. (The Gazette-Democrat)
State Senator Chapin Rose (R-Mahomet) seeks expansion of plan to make life-saving allergy medicine less costly. (WCIA)
State Senator Paul Schimpf stresses importance of job-creating reforms. (WBGZ)
State Senator Jason Barickman (R-Bloomington) says school funding commission has made “great progress.” (WJBC)
State Senator Dale Fowler joined WJPF’s Tom Miller on the Morning Newswatch to talk about the state’s challenges. (WJPF am 1020/am 1340)
State Senator Jil Tracy (R-Quincy) seeks to get in touch with area residents. (WGEM)

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