The Senate unanimously advanced on April 22 two bipartisan measures to bridge funding for higher education and critical human services. While Senate Republican lawmakers noted the proposals aren’t perfect solutions, they stressed the legislation includes the money necessary to finance the spending—a “reset” in budgeting that is much-needed in Illinois.
The need for institutional reforms in Illinois was reinforced earlier in the week, when anti-violence programs administered by former Gov. Pat Quinn were once again the subject of a critical audit. Additionally, overpayments to local governments and schools that occurred under the Quinn Administration have some Senate Republican lawmakers questioning whether the $168 million in overpayments were the product of incompetence, or a deliberate effort by Quinn to funnel money to Chicago during an election year.
Even as these reports surfaced, several “good-government” reforms – any of which could be the important first step in changing the course of Illinois – were blocked during the week by partisan maneuvering. Instead, Senate Majority lawmakers passed one constitutional amendment to change legislative and congressional districts, over Senate GOP objections that the proposal still allows politicians to draw their own districts.
In other news, I sponsored legislation that passed the Senate regarding a bipartisan bill in support of Criminal Justice Reform. The bill that would provide inmates with a state-issued ID card upon release would also help individuals re-entering society get back on their feet. Click here to read more information.
As always, I hope you will contact me or my office with any questions or concerns you may have. You can also visit my legislative website at www.senatormcconnaughay.com.
State Senator for the 33rd District