A new Administration transitioned into power this week with Governor J.B. Pritzker being sworn into office on Jan. 14.
Also during the week, the Senate Republicans underwent their own transition, announcing new and continuing appointments to their leadership team.
Pritzker assumes office
A new Administration took control of the Governor’s office this week with recently-elected Democrat Governor taking the Oath of Office on Jan. 14 and beginning his term in public office.
Senate Republicans remain hopeful as the new Administration transitions into power, emphasizing their willingness to work with Gov. Pritzker to address key issues facing the taxpayers and businesses of Illinois.
As Gov. Pritzker assumes office and prepares to deliver his first-ever budget address before the General Assembly on Feb. 20, Senate Republicans remain cautiously optimistic that compromise and bipartisanship will be encouraged under the leadership of a Democrat-controlled General Assembly. However, members of the super-minority in the Senate underscore the need for Illinois to embrace reforms, encourage economic prosperity and provide for a balanced spending plan that does not add to the burdens placed on the shoulders of Illinois’ residents.
Lawmakers will return to the State House on Jan. 29 to resume spring session.
Republican leadership team announced
As lawmakers prepare to return to Springfield at the end of the month, Senate Republicans have announced their leadership team for the 101st General Assembly.
Senate Minority Leader Bill Brady announced his leadership team on Jan. 15, appointing eight senators to serve in leadership roles within the Caucus.
- Senator Dave Syverson, Deputy Republican Leader
- Senator Sue Rezin, Assistant Republican Leader
- Senator Chapin Rose, Assistant Republican Leader
- Senator Jason Barickman, Assistant Republican Leader
- Senator Neil Anderson, Assistant Republican Leader
- Senator Dale Righter, Senate Republican Caucus Chair
- Senator Jim Oberweis, Senate Republican Whip
- Senator Jil Tracy, Senate Republican Whip
“I’m privileged to be surrounded by such strong, innovative and vocal leaders in the Senate Republican caucus,” said Leader Brady. “As we transition under a new Administration, it’s encouraging to know that these men and women who have continuously proven themselves in the legislative process will take up further leadership responsibilities and work together to ensure that the Senate Republicans have strong representation in state government.”
Brady was elected as Senate Minority Leader on Jan. 9.
With the recent severe winter weather and the potential for more snow this weekend, Senate Republicans are sharing some helpful tips from the American Red Cross on winter storm safety.
One helpful winter safety tip is to prepare for a power outage. The American Red Cross recommends assembling an essential supplies kit that includes:
- Portable, battery-powered radio
- At least one gallon of water per person
- Small supply of nonperishable food
- First aid kit
The Red Cross also recommends not driving unless absolutely necessary. However, if you do have to drive, ensure that your vehicle is winterized and has a full tank of gas.
More helpful tips on how to prepare for the cold weather can be found at http://www.redcrossillinois.org/winter-safety.