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 Senator Chapin Rose (R-Mahomet) seeks expansion of plan to make life-saving allergy medicine less costly. (WCIA)
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)