Senate Week In Review: January 22-26, 2018
WATERLOO, Ill. - Senator Paul Schimpf (R-Waterloo) hopes the Illinois General Assembly can accomplish more than it did in 2017 when both houses return next week.
"Over the past three years, I’ve consistently stated our route to fiscal stability was an all-of-the-above approach that included tax cuts and pro-business reforms. Unfortunately, last year's session produced only tax hikes, without spending cuts or significant reforms," said Schimpf. "If we want to grow our economy, we must pass measures that will make Illinois an attractive destination to companies that are looking to expand and create jobs."
The Illinois Senate and the Illinois House both go into session on Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018. Governor Bruce Rauner is scheduled to deliver his State of the State address on Wednesday, Jan. 31.
Four County Coalition
Sen. Schimpf began the week of Jan. 22, in Perry County by speaking with a grassroots group, the Four County Coalition, about the Southwest Illinois Connector, a proposed four-lane highway connecting Carbondale to the Metro East. Schimpf plans to file legislation this spring to advance planning for the proposal.
Legislative Working Group
Sen. Schimpf also attended a legislative working group meeting in Springfield to discuss the needs of higher education in Illinois. Southern Illinois University in Carbondale is the largest employer in the 58th Senate District.
"SIU Carbondale is the largest economic engine in Southern Illinois and our region's economic well-being is tied to their success," said Schimpf.
Eight for ’18 Media Tour
Senator Schimpf wrapped up the week by meeting with local newspapers throughout the district to discuss his legislative priorities for the spring session. Over the course of two days, Schimpf traveled to meet with reporters from 11 different media outlets throughout the region, providing them with an opportunity to discuss current events.
Sen. Schimpf's 2018 legislative priorities, known as "Eight for '18" can be found at: bit.ly/8For18
Schimpf finished the week by attending the opening ceremonies for an indoor youth baseball tournament to benefit Special Olympics Illinois at the S I Center at the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds. The Du Quoin State Fairgrounds hosts events year-round and brings economic activity to the region.
In his ceremony remarks, Schimpf said, "One of the best things about being an elected official is getting to participate in events such as this. I’m proud to be your state senator."