On Jan. 27, Gov. Bruce Rauner used the State of the State Address as an opportunity to highlight all of the things that make Illinois great, and remind us of the challenges that we must overcome this year to maximize those great assets. I believe the Governor did a good job in reaching across the aisle and asking for collaboration on reforms that will move the state forward and make Illinois the great state it once was.
Continuing with the theme of “transformation,” Gov. Rauner also announced the formation of the state’s new IT department, the Department of Innovation Technology (DoIT) this week. DoIT is part of a strategic, statewide initiative designed to usher Illinois’ IT systems into the modern era.
Also this week, legislative Democrats pushed through a measure that makes an empty promise to the state’s higher education community, pushing through funding authority for community colleges and student MAP grants, but lacking a source of money to actually pay for the appropriation. An alternative plan proposed by my Republican colleagues and I would free up the money to fund MAP grants, community colleges and the state’s public universities by giving the Governor more broad authority in individual budget lines.
In more positive news this week, Illinois leads the nation for “green” buildings in 2015 for the third year in a row, according to a report from the U.S. Green Building Council. Green construction is expected to support 413,000 total jobs in Illinois. This spring, I plan to highlight some of the “green” initiatives happening in the 33rd District. So stay tuned for updates!
As always, I hope you will contact me or my office with questions or concerns you may have. You can also visit my legislative website at www.senatormcconnaughay.com.
State Senator for the 33rd District