SCHIMPF WEEK IN REVIEW JUNE 12 – 16
MURPHYSBORO, IL - Illinois lawmakers will be returning to the State Capitol on June 21, to potentially resolve the now two-year plus budgetary impasse, according to State Sen. Paul Schimpf (R-Waterloo).
The Senator is leery of making predictions on the upcoming 10-day special session, but does believes that calling for extra legislative time back at the negotiating table was the correct decision. Senator Schimpf is said he is willing to remain at the State Capitol regardless of how long it takes to end the budget stalemate.
For several months, Senator Schimpf has advocated that some monies needed to be released to school districts, Southern Illinois University, and human service providers in order to keep core state functions moving.
Any legislative measures that seek a solution to the budget impasse will now require a super majority, a three-fifths vote in both legislative chambers. This requirement affixed after the General Assembly's adjournment on June 30th without passing a budget.
Rend Lake Resort to Reopen Announcement
Rend Lake is a key tourist destination which pumps an estimated annual $80 million in economic activity into the region’s economy. Senator Schimpf was pleased when the Department of Natural Resources announced a request for proposals (RFP) to reopen the now-shuttered Rend Lake Resort at Wayne Fitzgerrell State Park. The RFP application can be found by searching the DNR Website at www.dnr.illinois.gov.