Dale Righter

Illinois State Senator | 55th District

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Illinoisans just don't trust their state government

posted on Thursday, April 17, 2014 12:00 AM
It may not come as a surprise that a new Gallup survey shows people living in Illinois have less trust in their government than those living in any other state. However, the depth of that distrust is sobering. When asked how much trust and confidence they have in their state government, 70% of Illinoisans surveyed said they had either “not very much” or “none at all.” Read More >

The Wall Street Journal asks “What’s the matter with Illinois?”

posted on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 12:00 AM
This week The Wall Street Journal took a look at how Illinois’ tax policies compare to some of our neighbors. The WSJ article seems to underscore what Republicans have been saying for years—higher taxes won't pave the way to a more prosperous Illinois. Read More >

Righter hosting FREE consumer clinics in Olney and Robinson

posted on Thursday, April 10, 2014 12:00 AM
State Senator Dale Righter (R-Mattoon) will be joining the Citizens Utility Board and the Office of the Attorney General in hosting a free consumer clinic on April 24th at the Richland County Senior Center from 10 a.m. to Noon in Olney and from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Robinson Community Center in Robinson, IL. Read More >

Democrats driving Common Core legislation through legislature

posted on Wednesday, April 09, 2014 12:00 AM
Despite reports from teachers, administrators and parents that Illinois school districts are not ready for the Common Core evaluation standards that are to be implemented next school year, State Sen. Dale Righter (R-Mattoon) said Senate Democrats pushed a bill advancing Common Core assessments through the legislative process on April 9. Every Illinois student grades three through 11 will be required to take the Common Core (PARCC) test next year. Read More >

Quinn hiding appointees from public scrutiny

posted on Thursday, April 03, 2014 12:00 AM
Governor Pat Quinn continues to rely on a legal loophole to avoid public scrutiny of his state agency director appointees, said State Senator Dale Righter (R-Mattoon). Read More >

Quinn sketches out doomsday budget scenario to support permanent tax hike, increased spending

posted on Wednesday, March 26, 2014 12:00 AM
Gov. Pat Quinn used his March 26 budget address to set the stage for a permanent extension of his 2011 income tax hike, painting a dire picture of severe cuts to state programs if the 67 percent tax increase is phased out as he promised it would be in 2011. Read More >

Senate Republican Facebook Budget Forum

posted on Monday, March 24, 2014 12:00 AM
You may be aware that the Governor’s budget address is scheduled for Wednesday, March 26 at Noon. That evening Senator Righter will being joining several of his Senate Republican colleagues for a Senate Republican Facebook Budget Forum, where YOU can ask questions or voice concerns about the state’s budget and fiscal climate. All you have to do to participate is to go to www.facebook.com/ILSenateGOP at 7 PM and in the designated area you can leave your questions as comments. The senators will do their very best to answer every inquiry. This is just one way Senate Republicans are trying to make state government more accessible and clear to the people we serve. We hope you can make it! Read More >

Senator Righter's Two Minute Drill Video Blog

posted on Friday, March 21, 2014 12:00 AM
In this week's edition of the Two Minute Drill, Senator Righter talks more about the Democrats' actions to block his legislation to move forward with the state's much-needed Medicaid reform legislation--and explains why this issue should be important to every Illinois resident. Read More >

Democrats’ block Righter bill to reverse Quinn’s Medicaid backpedal

posted on Thursday, March 20, 2014 12:00 AM
Senate Democrats blocked legislation during a March 19 Senate Human Services Committee sponsored by State Sen. Dale Righter (R-Mattoon) that would have reversed the Quinn Administration’s actions undermining the key aspect of the state’s bipartisan Medicaid reform law aimed to reduce fraud. Read More >

Weekly Wrap-Up: March 10 - 14, 2014

posted on Friday, March 14, 2014 12:00 AM
Gov. Pat Quinn’s controversial Neighborhood Recovery Initiative (NRI) continued to draw negative headlines during the past week. Also fiscal reports from the Illinois Comptroller and the University of Illinois show that Illinois faces an uphill climb on the road to fiscal health. Read More >

Prioritizing Illinois | An editorial from Senator Dale Righter

posted on Wednesday, March 12, 2014 12:00 AM
As the legislature’s spring session moves forward, the most prominent and important debate is clear – whether those who voted for the largest tax increase in Illinois in 2011 and promised taxpayers it would be temporary, will actually keep that promise. Read More >

Senate approves Righter legislation making permanent ‘Panther Promise’ tuition affordability program

posted on Tuesday, March 11, 2014 12:00 AM
The Illinois Senate recently unanimously approved legislation sponsored by State Sen. Dale Righter (R-Mattoon) to make permanent the “Panther Promise” tuition discount program at Eastern Illinois University (EIU) to help students and families most in need of assistance. Read More >

Righter, lawmakers call for eliminating CPS funding block grant

posted on Friday, March 07, 2014 12:00 AM
On the heels of a scathing Inspector General Report of Chicago Schools, State Sen. Dale Righter (R-Mattoon) and other Senate GOP lawmakers on March 6 began a renewed push to prioritize education funding and eliminate the Chicago Public School block grant, which allows CPS to end-run the school-aid formula. Read More >

Senator Righter welcomes crowd at IGOLD Rally in PCCC, Capitol

posted on Thursday, March 06, 2014 12:00 AM
State Sen. Dale Righter welcomed a large crowd of gun owners and supporters from across the state at the Prairie Capitol Convention Center on March 5, as part of Illinois Gun Owners Lobby Day (IGOLD). The group later marched to the Capitol building. Sponsored by the Illinois State Rifle Association and IllinoisCarry.com, IGOLD is an annual event where gun owners travel to Springfield to lobby their legislative representatives in the Illinois Senate and House of Representatives. Read More >

Audit of Quinn’s $95 million NRI program suggests politics drove Democrats’ investment in the taxpayer-financed program

posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 12:00 AM
State Sen. Dale Righter (R-Mattoon) joined his Republican colleagues Feb. 25 in calling for the Executive Inspector General (EIG) to take a closer look at Gov. Pat Quinn’s controversial Neighborhood Recovery Initiative (NRI) following an audit released Feb. 25 that found serious management and implementation problems within the $95 million program. Righter said that evidence of potential criminal activity could merit further review by the U.S. Attorney.

Click "Read more" for more on the audit--including a video overview from Senator Righter. Read More >

Phasing out the 2011 tax increase is top priority in 2014

posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 12:00 AM
Preparing for the phase-out of the Democrats' 2011 income tax increase at the end of this year will be the most pressing issue of the spring legislative session. Watch the most recent edition of Senator Righter's "Two Minute Drill" video blog by clicking "Read More" to find out why this is so important for everyone living in Illinois. Read More >

Righter legislation seeks to rectify education funding inequities

posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 12:00 AM
Seeking to rectify inequities in education funding, State Sen. Dale Righter (R-Mattoon) has introduced legislation that will increase parity in how state education dollars are distributed. Read More >

Comptroller Helps Taxpayers Track Refunds

posted on Monday, February 10, 2014 12:00 AM
Taxpayers can now check the status of their individual Illinois income tax refund by visiting Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka’s new “Find Your Illinois Tax Refund” website, said State Senator Dale Righter (R-Mattoon). Read More >


posted on Tuesday, February 04, 2014 12:00 AM
On Wednesday, January 29th, Governor Pat Quinn (D – Chicago) delivered his annual State of the State address, outlining a “comeback trail” for Illinois that includes a higher minimum wage and millions in new spending. However, what was most notable about his speech isn't what he mentioned, but what was missing. Namely, a path to address Illinois' floundering economy and lack of job opportunities for its citizens. Read More >

Senator Righter's Legislative Survey

posted on Friday, January 31, 2014 12:00 AM

Dear Friends,

Please fill out the following survey and share your thoughts on some of the most critical issues facing our community and state. I greatly benefit from your feedback, which helps me to better represent your interests.

Please click "Read More" below to be directed Senator Righter's legislative survey

Best Regards,

Dale Righter

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posted on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 12:00 AM
Gov. Pat Quinn's State of the State address focused on what he sees as the successes of expanding government programs, but avoided the realities of Illinois' economic troubles, according to State Sen. Dale Righter (R-Mattoon). Read More >

Propane Emergency declaration provides regulatory relief amid concerns of shortage, price spikes

posted on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 12:00 AM
A recently issued propane emergency declaration will provide regulatory relief, which State Senator Dale Righter (R-Mattoon) said should ease concerns relating to the state’s critical shortage of propane. Illinois now joins the many other states that have issued emergency declarations in response to the reported propane shortages and increasing fuel costs that have accompanied the season’s historically cold temperatures. Read More >

State of the State preview

posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 12:00 AM
The annual State of the State address will bring lawmakers back to Springfield on Wednesday, January 29. State Senator Dale Righter (R-Mattoon) said that if the past is any indication, the Governor’s message will likely consist of positive rhetoric, but offer few details on how the administration plans to solve the state’s most pressing issues. Read More >

Income tax filing season delayed until Jan. 31

posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 12:00 AM
The Internal Revenue Service and the Illinois Department of Revenue have postponed the start of income tax filing to Jan. 31 – a 10-day delay for federal returns and two weeks for the state. Read More >

Senate Week in Review: Jan. 13-17, 2014

posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 12:00 AM
This week’s news featured a variety of policy issues, ranging from workers’ compensation reform and school funding fairness, to an update on the tax hike and concealed carry. State Sen. Dale Righter (R-Mattoon) also noted a recent Illinois Supreme Court battle in December over the decision on whether to compensate workers who suffer injuries while traveling has once again drawn attention to Illinois’ flawed workers’ compensation system. Read More >