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Historic sites generate state revenue

According to The State Journal-Register, a recent report from the National Park Service notes that $13.8 million were added to the capital city’s local economy in 2015 from visitors to the Lincoln Home Historic Site.

One hundred nineteen days to tax freedom day

This year “Tax Freedom Day” in Illinois falls on April 29, meaning Illinois residents worked 119 days to pay off their total tax bill in 2016. The longer it takes the pay their taxes, means the less money taxpayers are taking home for food, clothing, housing and other necessities.

Illinois holds highest median property tax rate

Senate Republican lawmakers say these figures hit home for the people of Illinois. According to CoreLogic, a home valued at $200,000 will, on average, pay annual total property taxes of $2,620. However, in Illinois, that homeowner would pay $5,340.

Funding for higher education/MAP grants signed

On April 25, Gov. Bruce Rauner signed an appropriations bill providing funding for higher education and MAP grants. The bipartisan solution ensures that universities, colleges, and community colleges remain open through September, at which point they’ll start collecting their fall tuition money.

Honor Your Hero - Memorial Day Wall of Remembrance

For the second year, the Senate Republicans are honoring the military service and sacrifice of all our men and women in uniform who have passed away. Our mission is to unite the state of Illinois in remembrance and appreciation of the fallen and to serve their families.

Righter statement on passage of SB 2059: funding for EIU, other institutions, Community Colleges and MAP Grants

Sen. Righter says this legislation gets critical dollars to Eastern Illinois University and other institutions in dire need of funding right now. It’s a major step forward and helps EIU for the immediate future. It’s not as much as some wanted, but it is something we can afford for the moment.

Senate advances stop-gap funding for higher education and human services

On April 22, the House and the Senate approved a bipartisan, bicameral solution for funding higher education that was the result of cooperation and productive conversation between rank-and-file

Significant breakdowns’ within Quinn’s anti-violence initiative

A recent audit revealed $2.2 million in unrecovered grant dollars associated with several programs created during the Quinn Administration that were intended to help combat violence. Senate Republicans

Overpayments by Quinn Administration raise questions

During Fiscal Year 2014, former Governor Quinn’s Administration overpaid at least $168 million in Personal Property Replacement Tax (PPRT) payments to thousands of local governments and schools

Powerful tool of change being abused

The Senate this week advanced one amendment to the Illinois Constitution that would change the process of drawing the state’s legislative and congressional district lines, though Republican lawmakers

ICC to improve several rail crossings across Righter’s 55th Senate District

Eighteen railroad crossings in the 55th Senate District are slated for safety improvements as part of the Illinois Commerce Commission’s Crossing Safety Improvement Program for Fiscal Years 2017-2021.

Righter legislation gets critical funding to EIU, other institutions and MAP Grants

To ensure funding for higher education and students who receive a Monetary Award Program (MAP) grant, State Sen. Dale Righter (R-Mattoon) filed legislation (Senate Bill 3423) April 19 that would appropriate critical dollars, based on the current need, for four-year universities and community colleges. The legislation would also fund MAP grants at 100 percent.

Education funding proposal heard

The first of what is expected to be several education funding reform plans was heard this week in the Senate Executive Committee. Senate Republican lawmakers, who have been vocal about the need to

Groundhog Day in the Illinois Senate

On Wednesday, April 13, Senate Republicans felt as if they had awoken in the 1993 comedy classic “Groundhog Day,” when Democrats advanced yet another hollow promise, once again pushing through a

Training for pharmacists allows dispensing of heroin overdose antidote

In an effort to save lives when responding to a narcotics overdose emergency, including morphine and heroin, Illinois pharmacists can now complete a web-based training course that will allow them to dispense Naloxone