Friday, March 25th, 2016
Update from the Capitol 3/25/16

Procurement reform could save Illinois more than $670 millionAs Illinois’ debt grows, there is a plan on the table that could save the state hundreds of millions of dollars without…

Monday, March 21st, 2016
Update from the Capitol 3/21/16

As Illinois’ fiscal condition continues downhill, unpaid bill total nears $9 billionThe Ledger, a spreadsheet summary posted online by Comptroller Leslie Munger, now shows Illinois with almost $7.5 billion in…

Monday, March 14th, 2016
Update from the Capitol 3/14/16

Area Lawmakers Call for Higher Education Compromise Several of my legislative colleagues and I held a press conference in Normal on Friday to once again call for Democrats to return…

Friday, March 11th, 2016
Local Lawmakers Renew Call for Compromise on Higher Ed, Immediate Return to Springfield

At a press conference in Normal today, area Republican lawmakers emphatically reinforced their willingness to compromise on the issue of Higher Education funding.  Local Representatives and Senators stressed that there…

Monday, March 7th, 2016
Update from the Capitol 3/7/16

House Democrats advance budget-busting spending plan  We’re now in our ninth month without a comprehensive state budget plan in place, and instead of working across the aisle to pass a…

Thursday, March 3rd, 2016
Rep. Bennett: Democrats pass unfunded bills, skip town for four weeks

Statement of State Representative Tom Bennett on Democrats’ unfunded higher education appropriations bills: “Our higher education funding crisis has reached critical mass. Students, universities, and community colleges need emergency funding…