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Fowler passes first bill

After the usual, friendly “freshman hazing” by his Senate colleagues, State Sen. Dale Fowler (R-Harrisburg) passed his first bill through the Illinois Senate on April 27.

Anderson passes bill to aid farmers during harvest emergency

Illinois farmers will be given additional latitude to harvest crops in an effective and efficient way during a declared harvest emergency, under legislation sponsored by State Sen. Neil Anderson (Andalusia), and passed by the Illinois Senate on April 27.

Senator Weaver invites high school students to take on state government

Around three dozen high school students came to Springfield this week to try their own hands at crafting and passing legislation as part of State Senator Chuck Weaver’s (R-Peoria) Youth Advisory Council (YAC)...

Senate approves Tracy bill to authorize electronic hunting license

Hunters may soon enjoy a streamlined process to get their hunting licenses thanks to legislation sponsored by Tracy and passed through the Illinois Senate this week.

Senate Republicans welcome Statehouse visitors

Guests frequently visit Springfield to meet with their State legislators. Click "read more" to view some of the special visitors to the Capitol this week!

Senate approves bills sponsored by Senator Bivins

With a little more than a month to go in the scheduled spring legislative session, several important bills sponsored by Senator Tim Bivins have been passed by the Senate and are now awaiting action in the House of Representatives.

Tracy bill to improve DCFS investigation into child abuse passes Senate

The Illinois Senate has unanimously passed legislation sponsored by State Sen. Jil Tracy (R-Quincy) that seeks to provide for a more thorough investigation into cases of child abuse and neglect where opioid use and abuse may be a factor.

‘Taxpayer Bargain’ budget plan moves forward Legislation filed with State Senate

Eighteen new legislative proposals representing the “Taxpayer Bargain” budget were filed April 26 by State Sens. Kyle McCarter and Dan McConchie.

Schimpf passes first bill as state senator

With a 57-0 vote, State Sen. Paul Schimpf (R-Waterloo) passed his first bill through the Illinois Senate on April 26.

Rezin legislation ensures property tax relief for disabled veterans during a move

Disabled veterans who qualified for the Disabled Veterans Standard Homestead Exemption for their previous home would qualify for a pro-rated exemption for their new home, under legislation sponsored by State Sen. Sue Rezin.

Anderson hunting bill passes Illinois Senate

Hunters may be provided with additional tools to help control coyote overpopulation thanks to legislation sponsored by State Sen. Neil Anderson (Andalusia) and approved by the Illinois Senate April 26.

Senate passes legislation that allows for multi-year vehicle registration

On April 26, the Senate unanimously approved legislation sponsored by State Senator Dan McConchie (R-Hawthorn Woods) that would provide an owner of a vehicle the option to register their vehicle for up to five years, instead of the current practice of registering a vehicle every year.

COWL extends scholarship application period

The Conference of Women Legislators (COWL) has extended its scholarship application deadline to May 15, 2017 (date it must be postmarked). Applicant qualifications and application requirements are available on the COWL website.

Senate passes McCann legislation to expand access to veterans courts

Veterans may soon have easier access to the extra services and support provided by veterans courts, thanks to legislation sponsored by State Sen. Sam McCann (R-Plainview) that passed the Senate unanimously...

ISBE simulation shows good results for Barickman’s school funding legislation

An Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) funding simulation shows State Senator Jason Barickman’s (R-Bloomington) school funding reform plan would provide a major boost to struggling schools across the state, sending more than a half a billion dollars in funding through an evidence based model without increasing costs from the previous year...