Senate Republicans have advanced legislation to ensure that children taken into Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) custody don’t have to change schools. Currently, when a child is taken into DCFS custody, they often end up in a new home outside of their school district. […]
As families throughout the state struggle to make ends meet due to high inflation and other economic pressures, Senate Republicans have advanced legislation that would support working parents by providing greater flexibility in scheduling childcare. Most daycare centers operate from 8:00 AM to 5:30, presenting a […]
Senate Republicans are working to combat food insecurity throughout Illinois by passing legislation to increase access to food in underserved areas. Senate Bill 3265, sponsored by Senator Dale Fowler, creates a program within the Illinois Department of Agriculture tasked with developing strategies to ensure fresh, nutritious […]
State Senator Erica Harriss (56th-Glen Carbon) has passed bipartisan legislation to increase transparency for local units of government proposing changes to their tax levy. “I came to Springfield with taxes at the forefront of my mind,” said Senator Harriss. “This bill is about increasing transparency by […]
State Senator Steve McClure (R-Springfield) has advanced legislation designed to reduce costs for customers of non-profit wastewater treatment utilities. “This bill will put wastewater treatment facilities in the same category as water treatment facilities. That will save customers money and make the laws of our state […]
The streets of Springfield were filled with hundreds of supporters of the Second Amendment on April 18 as Illinois Gun Owner Lobby Day (IGOLD) took center stage.  This annual event brings together gun owners, Second Amendment advocates, and lawmakers in a collective effort to uphold constitutional […]
A mining truck manufactured by Komatsu recently emerged as the winner of the 2024 Makers Madness contest, earning the title of “the coolest thing made in Illinois.”  Beating out more than 200 other entries for the coveted title, the Peoria-made truck, was crowned through the Illinois Manufacturers’ Association’s fifth […]
While many communities rely on pesticides to manage weeds and insects, residents often find themselves in the dark about when and how these chemicals are applied. The Illinois Senate is working to bring transparency to the process by passing legislation mandating notification procedures for pesticide application.  […]
Law enforcement would be given more authority to evict squatters who are illegally residing in other people’s homes under legislation heard in the Senate Judiciary Committee during the week. The legislation targets situations where a person moves into a house while the occupants are out of […]
Members of the Illinois Senate Republican Caucus are calling attention to serious issues with a proposed funding formula for the state’s higher education system. The Senators held a press conference on April 18th to inform the public about the changes that could be coming to university funding. […]