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.

Senate Week in Review: February 5-9, 2018

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.

Senate Week in Review: January 29-February 2, 2018

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.

Statement by Senate Republican Leader Bill Brady on Gov. Rauner’s State of the State Address

“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.

Statement by Senate Republican Leader Bill Brady on the retirement of State Senator Donne Trotter.

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.”

Senate Week in Review: January 15-19, 2018

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.

Senate Passes Legislation to Honor Local Fallen Heroes

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.

Comptroller Releases Critical School Funding

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.

LAC Confirms Continued Problems With Neighborhood Recovery Initiative

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.

IDOT warns drivers to watch out for deer

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.

Veto session begins next week

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.

Sen. Brady encourages families to submit stories of veterans to be showcased at Illinois Capitol

“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.”

Brady to host free Shred Truck Event in Bloomington

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.

Sen. Brady speaks on the Senate floor about bipartisan education funding compromise.

Illinois Senate Unanimously Elects Bill Brady as Senate Republican Leader

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.