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Rose Files ‘Term Limits’ Constitutional Amendment

Calling for a need to end the ability of one person to amass devastating power in Illinois, State Sen. Chapin Rose is pushing for a constitutional amendment that would impose term limits on all lawmakers - not just those in leadership.

Building momentum toward a budget compromise

A Senate budget hearing this week focused on the state economy, with additional time dedicated to an overview of a budget plan offered up by The Civic Federation, a non-partisan research organization. Senate Republican lawmakers welcomed the discussion, but noted their disappointment that there was no conversation about reforming state government or cutting government spending.

Illinois Department of Insurance Issues Spring Travel Tips

Spring Break is a popular time for young adults to get away from the cold and travel to somewhere warmer. If you have a child traveling this spring, the Illinois Department of Insurance suggests you review their tips before your child leaves.

Changes advanced to state’s school funding formula

For more than a year, lawmakers have sought a bipartisan fix to the state’s education funding formula—agreed by legislators on both sides of the aisle to be both inequitable and unfair.

State prioritizes Illinois’ cybersecurity

In today’s web-and-data-driven world, cybersecurity must be a top priority in both the private and public sector. The state’s current antiquated technology systems put Illinois citizens and their information at risk—something Governor Rauner and the team at the Department of Innovation and Technology (DoIT) are seeking to change.

New legislation to protect property owners’ rights from utility company installations

To provide greater protections for private-property owners when utility companies seek to install power lines, legislation was introduced to slow the process and give property owners more rights.

Senate Committees approve bills by March 17 deadline

Senate committees approved more than 200 pieces of legislation this week in anticipation of the March 17 deadline to pass all substantive Senate bills out of committee. The topics ranged from education and criminal law to pensions and gaming.

EDGE Tax Credit Program agreements are now available online

In an effort to achieve better government and transparency for taxpayers and businesses, the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) and the Rauner Administration recently announced the online publication of EDGE tax credit incentive agreements.

Senate Committee debates Unbalanced Budget Response Act

Making it clear the best approach would be to continue to work toward a full-year, balanced state budget for Illinois, lawmakers debated legislation in the Senate Executive Committee this week that would offer the Governor a plan of action in the event no accord can be reached on a state budget.

Rose: Central Illinois can be bioprocessing world leader, creating thousands of jobs for region

As a catalyst to help Illinois compete for up to 20,000 jobs in a new industry sector, State Sen. Chapin Rose hosted the state’s top economic and agriculture leaders on a tour of the Integrated Bioprocessing Research Lab (IBRL) at the University of Illinois in Urbana and the James R. Randall Research Lab and Midwest Inland Port at ADM in Decatur March 13.

Sen. Rose to host traveling office hours

Staff from Sen Rose's office will be traveling the district the next few weeks for Traveling Office Hours. They will be available to take citizen’s concerns, answer questions, and provide information on issues. Appointments are not required.

Illinois innovation index reveals good news

Illinois has experienced record growth in entrepreneurial activity at its universities according to the Illinois Science and Technology Coalition (ISTC), which released its Illinois Innovation Index on March 8. The Illinois Innovation Index reports on key metrics of the state’s innovation economy.

Senate Criminal Law Committee hears controversial legislation

On March 9, the Senate Criminal Law Committee heard testimony on Senate Bill 1722. A key component of this measure is a request by Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson that would impose stiffer sentences for felons convicted of gun crimes, which Supt. Johnson believes would hold repeat gun offenders accountable.

State Senate Kills Welfare Reform

A package of legislation aimed at cracking down on people abusing public aid, spearheaded by State Sen. Chapin Rose, was deep-sixed into subcommittee this week in the state Senate.

Budget update from the Capitol

On Feb. 28, the Senate took action on nearly half of the 13 pieces of legislation that are part of the Senate budget framework, passing legislation dealing with local government consolidation, “pension parity” for Chicago Public Schools, a gaming expansion, procurement reform, and Fiscal Year 2017 supplemental appropriation legislation.