As citizens throughout Illinois toast the New Year, 253 new laws will take effect on Jan. 1.
The following is a statement by Senate Republican Leader Bill Brady (R-44th District) and House Republican Leader Jim Durkin (R-82nd District) on the passing of George H. W. Bush, 41st President of the United States.
“Today we mourn the passing of an extraordinary American hero. George H. W. Bush dedicated himself to serving our nation, and the legacy he leaves behind will be forever cherished by every American..."
Leader Bill Brady joined the Steve Cochran Show to talk about veto session and the future of Illinois.
“I am humbled and honored to have the full support and confidence of my Senate Republican colleagues. A leader is only as strong as the team around him, and I’m truly fortunate to have such a talented and hard-working caucus supporting me,” said Brady (R-44th District). “As we prepare for a new General Assembly, with a newly-elected Democrat Governor, Senate Republicans are willing to work in collaboration with the other side of the aisle on the important issues facing Illinois families. However, collaboration should not be confused with capitulation. Senate Republicans will continue the fight for reforms that attract businesses and jobs, and we will continue to stand up for the hard-working, over-taxed, residents of Illinois. We can move Illinois forward if we work together to find common ground.”
Senate Republican Leader Bill Brady is encouraging constituents to submit a tribute and photo of their loved ones who served our country to be displayed on the Veterans Day “Wall of Honor” in the Illinois Capitol Nov. 5-16.
In just three years, the number of kindergarten through 12th grade school districts in Illinois able to access the internet at speeds of 100 kbps per student has improved by 25 percent—going from 71 percent to 96 percent. The report, done by EducationSuperHighway, tracks progress toward K-12 connectivity across the United States.
The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is recommending residents ages six months and older get an influenza (flu) vaccine, and nasal spray is once again an option.
Are you looking for a job in Illinois? Are you looking to move elsewhere in the state? WalletHub released a list of more than 120 Illinois cities, ranking them based on their labor-market health.
Illinois will receive $43.5 million through a federal grant to be used in the fight against opioid abuse. About $29 million of that will go to increase the availability of addiction treatment and to help reduce overdose-related deaths through prevention, treatment, and recovery initiatives.
The Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity’s Office of Community Assistance announced today that the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) will begin scheduling appointments and accepting applications for winter heating assistance for seniors and people with disabilities beginning October 1, 2018.
“I want to thank Mayor Rahm Emanuel for his service to the residents of Chicago, and for his decades of public service as a whole. I wish him nothing but the best as he begins the next chapter in what's already been an amazing journey."
The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) announced the launch of the “Driving a Cleaner Illinois” program this week, aimed at improving air quality in the state by primarily removing old diesel engines from service.
Friday, August 31, marks International Overdose Awareness Day, an annual global event that aims to raise awareness of overdose and reduce the stigma of a drug-related death.
The day coincides with the recent signing of a monumental new law to curb opioid addiction in Illinois. Senate Bill 336 creates the Alternatives to Opioids Act of 2018, adding those who might otherwise seek opioids for pain management to the list of those eligible for medical marijuana.
Several measures were signed into law during the week, including legislation focused on keeping students in-state, addressing the growing opioid crisis and mental health issues in Illinois, and a proposal to give motorists the option for a two-year vehicle registration.
Illinois has several new laws on the books including a good-government reform measure that allows affected counties to consolidate their election commissions with their county clerk’s offices, a bill creating the Historic Tax Credit Act and legislation recognizing the Illinois Department of Innovation and Technology (DoIT) as a state agency.
Clean out your file cabinets and help the environment by bringing your outdated documents and papers to the Sherman County Market parking lot on August 4th for safe and confidential shredding. Limit is two boxes per resident, no electronics.
State Senator Bill Brady’s 44th Senate District will see nearly $211 million in road and bridge improvements the upcoming fiscal year. The projects are part of Illinois Department of Transportation’s (IDOT) Improvement Program.
“These projects will provide important infrastructure repair throughout our communities,” said Brady.
With the signing of a new state budget, Illinois families, students and businesses can be proud of the work we have done to help move our state forward.
Senator Bill Brady (R-44th District) will be hosting a free tax reform event on Wednesday, June 13th at the Morton Freedom Hall in Morton.
“The budget we passed contains no tax increase and is born of bipartisan compromise. As we move forward, it is vital we continue to work together to ensure this balanced budget is accomplished. This budget came about because we built trust and I believe we’ve got the start of something special here.”
The Interstate 55 overpass at Towanda (Exit 171) will now be known as the “Officer Patrick Michael Righi Barnard Memorial Overpass” after the Illinois Senate adopted House Joint Resolution 67, which was sponsored by State Sen. Bill Brady (R-Bloomington).
Illinois Senate Republicans officially opened their fourth annual Memorial Day Wall of Remembrance display in the state Capitol Rotunda on Thursday. Joining Senate Republican Leader Bill Brady in opening the display was Gov. Bruce Rauner and Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs Chief of Staff Renysha Brown.
“I believe that reinstating society’s most serious penalty for the most serious of violent crimes, with the proper safeguards, is an appropriate response to the horrific violence we have witnessed far too often in recent times. The Governor’s action today recognizes the need for a multi-pronged approach to dealing with deadly assaults. As part of that, those who choose to murder innocent victims in mass attacks or kill law enforcement officers should know they face the severest of sentences.”
State Sen. Bill Brady is co-sponsoring a measure in the Illinois Senate that would prohibit lawmakers from receiving a Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) in the Fiscal Year 2019 budget.
Illinois Senate Republican Leader Bill Brady and Illinois House Republican Leader Jim Durkin filed joint resolutions this week to adopt a revenue estimate in order to begin the budgeting process for fiscal year 2019.
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