The opioid epidemic experienced another alarming upsurge, as the federal Centers for Disease Control recently released a report that shows an 66 percent spike in opioid overdose cases at Illinois emergency rooms, and an upward trend across the country.
"Governor Rauner delivered on his pledge and presented a budget proposal that is both balanced and holds the line on taxes. Illinois residents are already overtaxed and it is imperative the State of Illinois begins to live within its means. Now, with this balanced budget proposal in hand, we can begin the bipartisan process of giving Illinois residents a budget that will help stimulate our economy, grow jobs and continue providing record funding for education."
Lawmakers returning to Springfield for the second week of the Legislative Session heard testimony in the Veterans Affairs Committee about the previous Legionella outbreaks at the Quincy Veterans’ Home and began advancing legislation through Senate Committees.
Gov. Bruce Rauner delivered his fourth State of the State Address Jan. 31, highlighting several accomplishments over the past few years and laying out a road-map of what he’d like to see Illinois achieve in 2018.
“Today, Governor Rauner reached out to both sides of the political divide in an effort to move Illinois in the right direction. By working in a bipartisan manner, we need to pass a truly balanced budget, as well as provide meaningful property tax relief, both of which will help grow our economy and create jobs,” said Brady (R-44th District). “As we saw with the historic passage of school funding reform last year, by working together we can accomplish great things for the residents of Illinois.
“While an aisle may have separated us politically, Sen. Donne Trotter and I shared a passion to serve the people of Illinois, and to make our state a better place. Throughout his tenure, Donne was always a voice of reason, which was befitting the stature of the august chamber that is the Illinois Senate. Now, as he closes this chapter on his Senate career, he will no doubt begin writing another that will undoubtedly make a difference in the lives of those he comes into contact with on a daily basis.”
The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) informed Senate Republicans this week that implementation of the new funding law will occur; a new measure would bring high-speed Internet access to rural school districts; proposal would give Illinois motorists the option to register their vehicles for more than one year; and Chicago makes Amazon’s top 20 list as they look to build a second headquarters.
Right now, human trafficking is occurring across our state and our nation. During January, National Human Trafficking Awareness Month, we must stand by survivors and commit to combating this modern-day slavery in Illinois.
The Illinois Senate this week passed legislation to honor a Navy Seal and two police officers who were tragically killed in the line of duty.
This week, the Illinois Comptroller’s Office released $421 million, the last and final quarter payment for fiscal year 2017 mandated categorical (MCAT) payments to schools —the most delayed payments from the previous school year, 2016-2017. If they have not already, school districts should receive payment in the next few days.
The General Assembly’s Legislative Audit Commission (LAC) met this week, and reviewed the second of two scathing audits of the controversial Neighborhood Recovery Initiative (NRI) program.
Autumn means football and cooler weather, but IDOT is warning drivers that it also means mating season for Illinois deer, which brings a drastic increase in the chances for deer vs. vehicle crashes.
Lawmakers will return to the State Capitol for the annual fall “veto session,” and are expected to either take up votes to override or accept a number of vetoes to legislation issued by Gov. Rauner.
“Generations of brave men and women have answered the call to serve our nation and we owe them a great debt of gratitude,” said Brady. “On Veterans Day, let’s show them that a grateful nation honors them and remembers their sacrifices.”
State Sen. Bill Brady (R-Bloomington) is encouraging residents of the 44th Senate District to clean out their file cabinets and bring outdated documents to a document-shredding event to be held on Sept. 30.
State Sen. Bill Brady was unanimously selected as Senate Minority Leader by his peers in the Illinois Senate on Tuesday. Brady, who had been serving as the designated Republican Leader since July, thanked his Senate colleagues for their support and pledged to do his best in leading the Senate Republican Caucus.
Senate Republican Leader-Designee Bill Brady and House Republican Leader Jim Durkin on Governor Rauner’s Amendatory Veto of Senate Bill 1.
“There is no question, this General Assembly must now double its efforts to ensure our schools open on time with a fair and equitable funding formula. After finally receiving the school funding legislation, the Governor took swift action and laid out a path to achieve that goal. Our caucuses stand with the Governor's recommendations and will oppose efforts
To avoid creating an unnecessary crisis for Illinois schools, State Sen. Bill Brady (R-Bloomington) and State Sen. Jason Barickman (R-Bloomington) are calling on the Senate Democrat majority to remove their parliamentary hold on Senate Bill 1, an evidence-based school funding measure, so that the governor can issue an amendatory veto that would make it fair and equitable to all 852 Illinois school districts.
“Over the years, it has been a privilege and an honor to work alongside Leader Christine Radogno. Chris has a track record of being an incredibly hard working, principled and bipartisan leader who truly believes in working across the aisle to do what is best for the people of this state. I want to thank her for her years of service to the state of Illinois, and wish her and her family nothing but the best as she moves on into this next phase.”
“The best thing we can do for our local school districts is to provide them with the most comprehensive, fair and equitable funding formula possible. Senate Bill 1124 is that formula,” said Brady, who said it incorporates the priorities of legislators representing both chambers and both political parties.
“The people of Illinois want a balanced budget, and that is what is on the table here. This isn’t another lifeline, stopgap, or band-aid. This is a real, balanced budget and reforms to grow our economy, create jobs and put Illinois on a more firm fiscal footing going forward,” said Senator Brady. “We’re back in Springfield this week and it’s time to do what is right and pass a balanced budget for the people of Illinois.”
“It’s unfortunate that we’re in this situation, but I applaud Governor Rauner for doing what was necessary and calling the General Assembly back to Springfield,” said Brady noting, “This week I introduced a real, full year balanced state budget that isn’t another lifeline, stop gap, or band-aid budget. My budget and the compromise reform measures my colleagues have put forth this week are the real solutions that the people of this state deserve. I’m ready to roll up my sleeves and get back to wo
As the beginning of another fiscal year without a state budget looms, Senator Bill Brady (Bloomington) has taken action, introducing a compromise balanced budget, designed to work with reforms introduced today in the House. Brady’s full, balanced Fiscal Year 2018 budget protects the state’s most vulnerable citizens, while reining in spending and setting Illinois on a more firm fiscal footing going forward.
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