“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.
“I am proud to have one of our own representing Illinois as a delegate to Israel,” said Illinois Senate Republican Leader Bill Brady. “Bipartisan opportunities such as these help foster a better understanding of the issues we face here at home and internationally. Sen. McConnaughay will be participating in some very important conversations and will bring back a better understanding of the importance of the relationships created between Israel and Illinois.”
Nearly two dozen lawmakers came together this week to oppose tax plans that would likely hurt job growth; legislation was filed to allow voters in some counties to lower their property tax burdens; and the Senate passed a bill that would offer property tax relief to disabled veterans.
Senate GOP Leader Bill Brady talks with Craig Dellimore about his hopes of passing a balanced state budget that doesn't include a tax increase on hard working Illinois families.
As Senate Republican Lawmakers continue to meet with constituents and local organizations throughout their respective districts, Governor Bruce Rauner announced plans to explore construction of a new veterans’ facility on the Quincy-based campus recently under scrutiny for a Legionnaires Disease outbreak. Also announced was the creation of a bipartisan Legislative Public Safety Group, tasked with developing legislative proposals to advance public safety throughout Illinois in a number of areas.
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.
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