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Gov. Rauner signs SB 1783, extending tax credit program to preserve historic buildings

Gov. Bruce Rauner signed Senate Bill 1783, bipartisan legislation which extends the River Edge Redevelopment Zone tax credit program. The tax credit program has helped preserve historic buildings and grow local economies in the five communities where the credit is applicable: Peoria, Rockford, Elgin, Aurora and East St. Louis.

Sen. McConnaughay recognizes Hoyleton Youth & Family Services as a "Human Trafficking Hero"

This week, Senator McConnaughay recognizes Hoyleton Youth & Family Services as her “Human Trafficking Hero” recipient. Founded in 1895, Hoyleton Youth & Family Services has grown to serve over 2,500 individuals annually through the 18 agency programs.

McConnaughay spotlights everyday hero, Dr. Agnieszka "Aga" Silbert

This week, Senator McConnnaughay spotlights Dr. Agnieszka "Aga" Silbert, who is a cardiologist from West Dundee.

Total Eclipse of the Sun

On Monday, August 21, 2017, a solar eclipse will be visible across the entire U.S. The last total solar eclipse seen coast to coast in the U.S. was in 1918. Starting shortly before noon and lasting until 2:45 p.m. central time, people in Illinois can see the moon pass in front of the sun.

Sen. McConnaughay response to the Senate’s vote on Senate Bill 1

“Senate Bill 1 is a partisan school funding plan that directs hundreds of millions of dollars to one school district, Chicago Public Schools, at the expense of students in Kane, McHenry and throughout the state. I did not support Senate Bill 1 when it passed in May, and I still do not believe Senate Bill 1 is the best we can do for the state’s 852 school districts...."

McConnaughay spotlights everyday hero, John Kahl, Batavia Officer of the Year

This week, Senator McConnnaughay spotlights Officer John Kahl, who was recently honored with the Robert A. Popeck Police Officer of the Year for 2016. Kahl said he was surprised to receive this distinguished award.

Senator McConnaughay recognizes Her Story Theater as ‘Human Trafficking Hero’

This week, Senator McConnaughay recognizes Her Story Theater as her “Human Trafficking Hero” recipient. Her Story Theater uses art to effect social change, and expose the world of domestic sex trafficking.

Sen. McConnaughay Statement on Governor Rauner’s Amendatory Veto on School Funding Legislation

Saying all Illinois schools need fiscal stability and certainty, State Senator Karen McConnaughay urged her Senate colleagues to accept the Governor’s changes to Senate Bill 1, which put all schools on an equal playing field—or come to the negotiating table in good faith to work on a bipartisan alternative.

McConnaughay spotlights everyday hero, Scott Corbin, Owner of The Jank Guitar Store

This week, Senator McConnaughay spotlights Scott Corbin, who is the owner of The Jank Guitar Store located in St. Charles. In addition to owning the store, Corbin and is a professional studio guitarist and teacher.

McConnaughay spotlights everyday heroes, Patrick and Robyn Flinn of the Flinn Family Chief Nurse Executive Endowed Fund

This week, Senator McConnaughay spotlights Patrick and Robyn Flinn, creators of the Flinn Family Chief Nurse Endowed Fund at Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Northwestern Delnor Hospital.

A detailed budget analysis

Recently, the state’s budget impasse came to an end as the General Assembly overrode Governor Rauner's veto of a budget containing a permanent 32 percent income tax increase, while failing to incorporate any meaningful government reforms. During the past few months I was optimistic we could find a bipartisan compromise on a balanced budget with real reforms. Unfortunately, another last-minute agenda without reforms was pushed through.

Senator McConnaughay recognizes Selah Freedom as ‘Human Trafficking Hero’

This week, Senator McConnaughay recognizes the organization Selah Freedom as her most recent “Human Trafficking Hero” recipient. Selah Freedom is a national organization that provides sex trafficking education and training throughout the country, as well as teen prevention, outreach and safe housing throughout the Midwest and Southeastern United States.

Find out how much more your school district would recieve

Would you like to know how much more money your school district would get under the our school funding plan? You can click here to enter your town, city or school district and see how the plan will help your children, as compared to SB 1.

McConnaughay spotlights everyday hero, Mark Doyle, founder of NLU’s Human Services Management Master’s program

This week, Senator McConnaughay spotlights Mark Doyle, founder of the new Human Services Management Master’s program at National Louis University.

McConnaughay spotlights everyday hero, Jim McCullough, celebrated Choral Conductor at St. Charles East High School

This week, Senator McConnaughay spotlights Jim McCullough, St. Charles East High School’s celebrated and recently-retired choral conductor.