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Governor Rauner is trying to enact real, business-friendly, responsible reforms that will move Illinois in a better direction and create a stronger, more vibrant future for the citizens of our state. I am more than happy to be co-sponsoring this legislation. Rather than participating in good-faith negotiations, the Democrats are pushing the same kind of irresponsible, dishonest budgets and tax hikes that will keep Illinois from thriving. The difference is clear: we must dig ourselves out of this hole rather than digging the hole deeper.
In other legislative business, the Senate passed legislation that would create a hunting and trapping season for bobcats in Illinois. Illinois is currently only one of seven states without a bobcat hunting season. Additionally, legislation further protecting senior citizens from exploitation heads to the House of Representatives after unanimously passing the Senate.
Your input is vital to the work I do. Please contact my office or myself with questions or concerns. Make sure your voice is heard in Springfield!
You can also visit my legislative website at www.brady.senategop.org.
from Senator Jason Barickman 53rd District
June 26th, 2015
Illinois parents, teachers, and the entire education community received some welcome news this week, when Governor Bruce Rauner signed legislation into law that will fund schools for the next year. The good news here is obvious, our schools will receive their money and will be able to open on time.
While this is good news for Illinois schools, the appropriations in this budget bill still fall short of the recommendations Governor Rauner laid out in his February budget address. Governor Rauner had proposed spending $344 million more than last year on elementary and secondary education, and $312 more on early childhood education, both of which I fully support.
The spending bill sent to him by Democrats only increased elementary and secondary education funding by $244 million, and early childhood education by $25 million.
Our Governor had a difficult choice to make. This education bill was part of the Democrats’ $3+ billion underfunded budget. Their leadership has made it clear that so far they have no interest in enacting the type of pro-job reforms that will finally right our fiscal condition, they only want another tax increase.
In their fight to protect their own special interests, Democrat leaders were willing to use schools as pawns to try to force the Governor and Republicans to raise taxes without needed reforms. The idea is that if no agreed budget was in place, schools might not open. Now the Governor has ensured that our schools will open and our teachers will get paid.
I applaud the Governor’s move, but I am saddened that we were ever put in this position. School funding will still be prorated, meaning schools get less than they are owed by the state. Estimates put that proration at 92%, which is still better than the 87% they received last year.
I implore Democrat leaders to agree to fundamental reforms, pass a balanced budget, and strive to enact meaningful education funding reform. True bipartisan cooperation could finally put an end to proration, so we can pay our schools what they are owed as part of a balanced budget process. We all know what needs to be done, but we need help from the other side of the aisle to get there.
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News from State Rep. Dan Brady
Thank you for your confidence in me
I would like to say thank you to all the very generous and kind individuals who have emailed, called or stopped me to convey their confidence in me to represent them in the United States Congress. I also thank those who reached out to me to say they thought I should remain as State Representative in the 105th Legislative District to work on the many challenges facing the State of Illinois.
After much discussion with my family, friends, supporters, advisors, and others, I have made my decision not to place my name on the ballot for the special election for the vacancy in the 18th Congressional District.
There were many factors involved in my decision, including my family, my present responsibility as State Representative and my business partnership as Funeral Director at Kibler-Brady-Ruestman Funeral Home.
I also wish to thank the citizens of the 18th Congressional District, Republicans and Democrats alike. There are many gracious people-some I have known for years and others whom I just had the chance to meet. The kindness and offers to help will never be forgotten.
This exploration has taught me much in a short time and I will not rule out any future elective office. I am thankful for the privilege to serve the people as State Representative of the 105th Legislative District and I look forward to continuing my work in the State House.Thank you for your confidence in me
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For more information phone 309.874.2174 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Sugar Grove Nature Center is located in beautiful, historic Funks Grove, just south of Bloomington-Normal. For a map and directions to the Nature Center, membership and program information visit us on-line at www.sugargrovenaturecenter.org.
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