Senate Week in Review: January 29 - February 2, 2018
State of the State Address
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Along with other legislators, Senator Schimpf watched Governor Bruce Rauner deliver the State of the State Address on Wed., January 31, 2018. Senator Schimpf applauded Governor Bruce Rauner for presenting a positive vision for Illinois.
“The Governor did a great job of reminding us that we, as Illinoisans, possess the talent and resources to overcome the challenges we face,” said Schimpf. “We must remember, however, that bipartisan effort will be required. We have more work to do if we want to reignite Illinois’ economy.”
Sparta payment bill filed
Sen. Schimpf began work on his Eight for ’18 agenda by filing legislation to enable the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) to make promised payments to the City of Sparta. This annual funding was promised to Sparta with the construction of the World Shooting and Recreational Complex. In 2017, the state failed to make this payment to Sparta for the first time in 11 years.
Sen. Schimpf’s proposal, filed as Senate Bill 2430, would allow IDNR to retire the debt without having to request a new appropriation every fiscal year. IDNR is currently 12 years into a 19 year agreement to pay down the debt with the final payment due in 2025. The bill can be followed on ilga.gov.
Senate Democrats send more money to Chicago Public Schools
More than $45 million additional dollars are now projected to head to Chicago Public Schools (CPS) at the expense of the vast majority of school districts throughout the state. The move comes after Democratic majorities in the House and Senate overrode the Governor’s Amendatory Veto of Senate Bill 444 on Jan. 31, making it law. This bill added extra funding for Chicago schools to supplement the education funding compromise legislation that Sen. Schimpf supported last summer. Sen. Schimpf voted against SB 444.
Honorary Page for a Day Program
Two seniors from Valmeyer High School had the opportunity to visit the Illinois State Capitol on January 31, as Honorary Pages. The Honorary Page for a Day Program gives high school students from the Senate District the chance to learn about the legislative process and interact with lawmakers. They experience first-hand what it is like to be a legislator on the Illinois Senate Floor. High school students who are interested in the program should contact Sen. Schimpf’s Mt. Vernon office at 618-242-8115.
Willa Sauer, left and Brooke Cole, both seniors at Valmeyer High School smile big with Sen. Paul Schimpf (R-Waterloo) during their visit to the Illinois State Capitol for the Honorary Page for a Day Program on Wednesday, Jan. 31. PHOTO BY: Maddison Harner