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Illinois Lawmakers Act on Gubernatorial Vetoes

The Senate on Nov. 20 voted 44-5-1 to override Gov. Quinn’s veto of Senate Bill 2015, legislation that increases the speed limit on Illinois toll highways to 70 miles-per-hour. Senate Bill 2015 now moves to the House of Representatives for consideration.

House Education Committees Hold Hearing on SB 16

On Nov. 18, members of the House Elementary Committee and the House Elementary and Secondary Appropriations Committee held a joint hearing on Senate Bill 16, highly contentious legislation that would significantly overhaul Illinois’ current school-funding formula.

Minimum Wage Increase Moves Through Senate

On Nov. 19, Democrat legislative leaders pushed a measure through the Senate Executive Committee that would increase the state’s minimum wage from the current $8.25 per hour to $10 per hour on July 1, 2015.

Senator Righter's Two Minute Drill: The Fall Veto Session

In this week's Two Minute Drill, Senator Righter tells you why the General Assembly shouldn't pass any major pieces of legislation, until the new General Assembly and Governor are sworn into office in mid-January.

Senator Righter Previews the Veto Session

Senator Righter interviews with Cynthia Bruno on WCIA, Channel 3 in Champaign, previewing the upcoming veto session.

Veto Session Preview: Tax Increase Extension

Though an extension of the tax increase was all but assured during the fall veto or a lame-duck session if Pat Quinn had won re-election, conventional wisdom dictates Democrat leaders in the House and Senate will not be quick to act on an extension of the increase given Quinn’s recent defeat.

Veto Session Preview: Minimum Wage

The most prominent and controversial policy issue percolating in the Capitol is a possible increase of the minimum wage. Legislation (SB 68) is poised to move in the Senate that would increase the state’s minimum wage from the current $8.25 per hour to $10.65 per hour by 2016.

Veto Session Preview: SB 16 (Education Funding Reform)

Following months of public debate and discussion surrounding Senate Bill 16, an education funding reform plan that would completely rewrite Illinois’ school-aid formula, a subject matter hearing has been scheduled for November 18 at 3:00 p.m. before a joint meeting of the House Appropriations-Elementary & Secondary Education Committee and House Elementary and Secondary Education Committee.

Veto Session Preview: Vetoed Legislation

This year, Gov. Quinn vetoed just 11 of the 243 Senate Bills and 268 House Bills sent to the Governor’s desk for consideration.

Constitutional amendments approved by voters

Two new amendments to the Illinois Constitution, which were placed on the ballot by the General Assembly, were approved by voters. These amendments are effective once the election results are certified.

Fitch Ratings: Where does Illinois stack up?

On Nov. 3, Fitch Ratings issued an extensive comparison of the three states with the lowest credit ratings: Illinois, California and New Jersey. These are the only three states rated below the “AA” category by Fitch.

Fracking rules approved

Members of JCAR passed hydraulic fracturing rules on Nov. 6 as part of their consent agenda, which meant no debate on the issue took place during the meeting.

Fracking rules approved, jobs and opportunity coming to Central and Southern Illinois

With the adoption of hydraulic fracturing regulations in Illinois by the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules (JCAR), State Senator Dale Righter (R-Mattoon) praised the good people of Southern Illinois for their unwavering commitment for making today’s fracking milestone a reality.

Senator Righter Announces LIHEAP Funding Available

The Low Income Heat and Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) has begun its open enrollment period for eligible households in Illinois. During the bitter winter months, many people often find themselves overwhelmed by utility costs. LIHEAP offers some families the opportunity to cut the costs of heating their homes.

Halloween resources and safety tips to remember

Halloween fun is just around the corner. While children gear up with costumes and parties it is important to practice safe trick-or-treating in order for everyone to have a fun and safe holiday.