The City of Sparta is a step closer to seeing water and sewer bond payments that have been owed dating back to 2017. The Fiscal Year 2019 budget plan calls for making due on the payments.
The Illinois Senate has adjourned for the summer. Senator Schimpf is back in district, holding regular office hours, touring local businesses, and meeting with constituents.
One of Senator Paul Schimpf’s “8 for ‘18” legislative priorities was ensuring that state employees received the back pay they were owed. He has been a longtime advocate for honoring the promises made to these AFSCME workers and voted in favor of the FY 2019 Budget on May 30, 2018.
Confiscated and abandoned property auctions are conducted by the IDNR approximately every five years. As required by law, all proceeds from these auctions are deposited into the State Wildlife and Fish Fund. The last auction conducted in 2013 netted $53,145.00.
As the second year of the 100th General Assembly wrapped at the end of May, lawmakers left Springfield having passed more than 600 bills and a balanced budget. Governor Bruce Rauner didn’t waste any time before signing the budget into law on Monday, June 4.
Also last week, special emphasis was placed on the authorization of critical funding for the Illinois Veterans’ Home at Quincy, and the allotment of $241 million toward projects to improve mobility of freight throughout the state.
College students who receive MAP grants will have a greater sense of financial security each school year thanks to changes to the program. The state is now guaranteeing MAP grants for four years rather than annually.
The Resolution, SJR54 called for the study of the cost, feasibility, and environmental impact of a proposed four lane divided highway from Waterloo to Murphysboro. The bill is left stuck on the House Resolutions Calendar—while lawmakers are back in their districts for summer.
The Illinois Senate remained in session this week. In addition to voting in favor of a budget and taking part in committee hearings, Senator Schimpf held a press conference regarding progress made in the Higher Education Working Group. He also voted, “yes,” to appropriate $63 million to cover back wages owed to some 24,000 state workers.
Senator Schimpf, a cosponsor of the bill, voted yes on the measure on Wednesday, May 30, as he has been a strong advocate for honoring the promises made to the men and women who put in the work, but never got the pay they were promised.
Illinois Senate passes FY2019 budget - 56-2. Sen. Schimpf has shared that his ideal budget would have spent less money and paid down some of the state’s debt. Regardless, he says this balanced budget allows both houses to avoid another impasse that would have devastated the state.
During a special meeting held in Springfield on Wednesday, May 30, the SIU Board of Trustees rejected a resolution to split the system into two separate institutions.
Illinois Department of Transportation to spending $11.05 Billion in statewide road and bridge improvements. The planned upgrades will impact infrastructure in Monroe, St. Clair, Randolph, Perry, Jackson, Union, Jefferson, Washington Counties, and more. The plan is set to start in 2019 and run through 2024.
Senate Bill 7 also known as the Illinois Gambling Act, failed to pass out of an Illinois House committee. It would have added additional owners’ licenses and called for changes to the provisions concerning the admission tax and privilege tax.
The Illinois Senate remained in session this week. In addition to taking part in committee hearings and floor action, Senator Paul Schimpf also spoke at the Memorial Day service in the Illinois Capitol and continued participating in the Higher Education Working Group.
Illinois Department of Natural Resources urges safe boating practices as the busy summer season sets in with Memorial Day weekend.
The Illinois Senate remained in session this week. In addition to taking part in committee hearings, and floor action, Senator Schimpf spoke with constituents and leaders in his communities about the SIU System and a major water main break that left parts of his district without water.
The Mount Vernon IDES office will be closed for the remainder of today, Thursday, May 17, and all day tomorrow, Friday, May 18.
The Illinois Senate remained in session this week. In addition to committee hearings, and a floor adoption of SJR54, Senator Schimpf met with Illinois DNR and SIU at Carbondale to sign a Memorandum of Understanding in Sparta.
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, disease cases from mosquito, tick, and flea bites have tripled in the U.S. during the 13 years from 2004 through 2016. Reported cases from mosquito and tick bites in Illinois have increased by more than half (58%) from 2005 to 2016.
The Illinois Senate remained in session this week. In addition to floor votes and committee hearings, Senator Schimpf met with the winners of his inaugural art competition and weighed in on the latest report from The Combined Veterans’ Capital Needs Task Force.
The Combined Veterans’ Capital Needs Task Force has released its report to the Governor's Office and the Illinois General Assembly. The report analyzes infrastructure needs and develops key strategies on how to improve the health and safety of residents at the Illinois Veterans’ Home at Quincy (IVHQ).
Winners were announced today, Tuesday, May 1, in Sen. Schimpf’s art competition. More than 30 students from Senate District 58 submitted artwork for the inaugural contest.
SIU Carbondale will soon start conducting research on two southwestern Illinois IDNR sites. Senator Schimpf is teaming up with Southern Illinois University at Carbondale (SIUC) researchers and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) to carry out a strategic planning study on the future economic vitality of two IDNR sites located in Senate District 58.
Legislative deadlines necessitated a full week of activity for the Illinois Senate in Springfield. Senator Schimpf weighed in on the proposed gun dealer licensing bill and saw one of his legislative priorities advance out of committee.
Senator Schimpf weighs in on Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs resignation. Director Erica Jefferies to resign May 18. Director Jeffries has been leading IDVA since being appointed to the post by Governor Bruce Rauner in 2015. Jefferies is an Army Veteran, a former White House Fellow, and graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point.
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