AFSCME announces members vote to authorize future strike

On February 23, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees announced the highly anticipated outcome of a member-wide vote on strike authorization. Members of the state’s largest employee union, representing approximately 38,000 public service workers in Illinois state government, voted to give their union bargaining committee the authority to call a future strike. However, the ballot outcome does not mean a strike is imminent. A union representative emphasized that state

Illinois falls short in overall well-being

Finding itself falling to the bottom of yet another state comparison ranking, Illinois ranked 34th nationally in well-being in a recently released report published by the Boston Consulting Group (BCG). However, the report stressed that there was “cause for optimism,” praising the state’s “tremendous assets” and successes of neighboring states. Using the BCG’s Sustainable Economic Development Assessment, Illinois was compared nationally based on four categories: economics, investments, sustain

Senate Republicans look toward budget progress

In the days following Gov. Bruce Rauner’s annual budget address, Senate lawmakers once again returned their attention to negotiating a resolution to Illinois’ ongoing budget crisis. Senate leaders and lawmakers from both parties have been negotiating for weeks, working to craft a bipartisan budget framework and associated reform package that would finally bring stability and relief to the people of Illinois. Senate GOP legislators have stressed that cuts to state and local government targetin

Fighting heart disease

Illinois legislators, representatives from the state Department of Public Health, and health advocates gathered in Capitol Feb. 15 to spread awareness of the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women campaign, and to encourage Illinois women to unite in the fight against heart disease and stroke.

Growing bio-based economy

Legislation has been introduced to grow Illinois’ bio-based economy, building upon the state’s strong agricultural base and seeking to provide new products and markets derived from grain commodities and their by-products. Senate Bill 1656 provides incentives to Illinois businesses to produce and sell new renewable products made from biomass and other renewable sources.

Budget data show need to resolve impasse

Senator Brady stands ready to work with the Governor and his fellow lawmakers to put aside the divisive rhetoric and make the kind of tough decisions necessary to pass a balanced budget and enact the critical reforms that will provide stability and growth to our state.

Budget Options

Gov. Rauner outlined budget options to a joint session of legislators in the House of Representatives, during his third annual Budget Address Feb. 15. For two years, the Governor has asked lawmakers to work with him to fulfill a state constitutional obligation to pass a balanced budget. Yet his efforts have been met with resistance and a lack of cooperation, much to the detriment of Illinois citizens. Encouraged by budget talks in the Senate, he is once again asking lawmakers from both chambe

Budget Address Response

Thank you to Jak Tichenor from the Public Policy Institute and Amanda Vinicky from WTTW Chicago for speaking with me after Governor Rauner's Budget Address.

Long Range Transportation

Senator Brady said the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) is asking for additional input from the public in developing its Long Range Transportation Plan. Feedback and comments can be provided at It’s an interactive site allowing participants to vote for ideas to improve transportation in Illinois or submit new ideas. The site is available through March 8, 2017. The responses will be considered as the agency develops future transportation policies, goals and

Newly filed bills

Notable bills filed by Senate Republican this week include the following:   •     Senate Bill 869 – Requires a State and FBI fingerprint-based criminal history record check as a conditio

‘Advice and Consent’

In other action, the Senate approved 19 individuals nominated by Gov. Bruce Rauner to serve on a variety of state boards and commissions. Under the Illinois Constitution, one of the Senate’s duties is to give “advice and consent” to gubernatorial appointments. Legislative activity during the 2017 spring session is also beginning to pick up with more than 1,000 Senate bills introduced during the week.

State Budget Update

The Senate voted Feb. 8 on four of 13 measures that make up the budget framework Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno (R-Lemont) and Democrat Senate President John Cullerton (D-Chicago) have been negotiating. Opposed to taking a piecemeal approach, Senate Republicans held firm in their call for the budget package to be voted on in its entirety, not as individual pieces of legislation.

Dan Long, COGFA discusses Illinois Pensions

Dan Long, COGFA discusses Illinois Budget

Nancy Bunn and the Illinois Governor's Mansion Renovation



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