“The Governor’s proposed budget represents a starting point for further negotiations. We heard a lot in his speech about more spending, more tax increases and concepts tried in the past. And while we as legislators now begin digging into the details, I have grave concerns about the pension plan and I remain opposed to a graduated income tax. The people of Illinois are demanding their elected officials address the fiscal crisis facing our state. If we are going to put Illinois on a path forward; then we need to learn from history, not repeat it.”
Voice your support for getting a Constitutional Amendment on the ballot to give you the chance to vote on a new system to draw our legislative maps.
The Senate Republican Caucus is asking the people of Illinois to speak up and help put a fair maps amendment on the ballot for the next election, giving people the power to pick their legislators instead of letting lawmakers pick their voters.
“Healthy democracy requires competitive elections and new ideas. Our current system, which gives the party in power ultimate authority to redraw legislative maps, inhibits that,” said Senate Republican Leader Bill Brady (R-Bloomington). “We need to take the power of drawing legislative maps away from politicians and give the people of this state the opportunity to vote on a new redistricting system.”
Not every child learns at the same speed and not every child can succeed in a public school, but children can learn. They need to be in the proper environment, a setting that meets their needs. Students and their parents deserve to have options so students can reach their full potential.
Unfortunately, many families do not have options because of their financial situations.
The Invest in Kids Act helps remedy that. It’s a program that should be expanded so more students have the opportunity to receive the education that fits their needs. At the very least, it should be allowed to complete its five-year pilot run.
Invest in Kids, approved by the Illinois General Assembly in 2017, has helped about 5,500 students in Illinois.
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).
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