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Righter barred from speaking at Fund Eastern Illinois University Rally

State Sen. Dale Righter (R-Mattoon) issued the following statement in response to being barred from publically speaking at Friday’s Fund Eastern Illinois University Rally on campus:

Procurement reform can save Illinois $500 million per year

Gov. Rauner teamed with Republican lawmakers from across the state Feb. 2 to call for changes to Illinois’ antiquated and unnecessarily complex procurement system.

Sen. Righter opens satellite office in Fairfield

State Sen. Dale Righter has opened a new satellite office inside the Fairfield City Hall. Every other Tuesday, staff from Sen. Righter’s office will be available to answer questions, hear concerns, and take down information from 10am to noon.

Attracting business and creating jobs

Gov. Rauner signed an executive order Feb. 3 directing the Illinois Department of Commerce to work with the newly-formed Illinois Business and Economic Development Corporation (ILBEDC) to attract businesses and investment, and encourage job growth and economic development throughout Illinois

IDOT to explore addition of managed lanes to I-55

A legislative resolution was introduced this week that would allow the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) to pursue adding managed lanes to Interstate 55 under a private-public partnership,

Comptroller cautions budget impasse means more debt

On Feb. 2, Comptroller Munger said Illinois is on track to accumulate an additional $6.2 billion in debt during Fiscal Year 2016. The debt, she says, can be attributed to lower revenues from the phase-out of the 2011 income tax increase, and the lack of a state budget approved by the General Assembly

Illinois ranks 31st based on hiring reports

Gallup’s Jobs Creation Index released a ranking Jan. 27 of states, based on workers’ reports of hiring activity at their place of unemployment.

Righter, Rose sponsor legislation to fund higher education, MAP grants and save taxpayers hundreds of millions

Springfield, IL – To ensure critical funding for universities and community colleges, and students who receive Monetary Award Program (MAP) grants, State Sen. Chapin Rose (R-Mahomet) and State Sen. Dale Righter (R-Mattoon) are pushing a comprehensive, affordable proposal that is paid for and will direct much-needed funding to schools and the MAP program,

Governor focuses on transformation and reform in “State of the State”

Gov. Rauner laid out his agenda for 2016 during the “State of the State” address on Jan. 27. During the 30-minute speech, the Governor was clear that despite an ongoing budget impasse, he isn’t standing still.

New IT Department to increase efficiency, security

In an attempt to bring Illinois out of the 1970s and into the new millennium, Gov. Rauner recently signed an Executive Order creating the state’s new IT department, DoIT, as part of a strategic, statewide technology plan to “accelerate Illinois’ modernization” or AIM.

Senator Righter releases statement after Democrats pass Senate Bill 2043

“Senate bill 2043 is more game playing. This is what the Speaker is demanding. Funding for four year universities are left out of this legislation. They lose. That is unacceptable."

Righter sponsors legislation to save universities, community colleges, MAP grants from devastating cuts

Universities, community colleges, and the Monetary Award Program (MAP grants) would receive much needed funding from the State of Illinois, under legislation State Sen. Dale Righter will file this week.

Senator Righter releases statement on Governor Rauner’s State of the State speech

“Today, Governor Rauner outlined a plan that can transition Illinois from stagnation to progress. He focused on issues such as education reform, procurement reform, criminal justice reform, and improving our economy – all major issues that both parties and all citizens can agree must be improved.

Governor Rauner to deliver State of the State address next week

On Jan. 27, Gov. Rauner will deliver his second State of the State address. Like 2015, the Governor’s address is expected to focus on job creation, making Illinois more competitive, boosting the state’s economy, and stressing the need for a balanced budget and structural reforms to state government.

Republicans offer lifeline to Chicago Public Schools

Chicago Public Schools (facing a $480 million budget shortfall, a fiscal crisis that the state’s leading Republicans say demands an overhaul of the current system—not a bailout of CPS at the expense of taxpayers in suburban and downstate communities.