Friday, July 21, 2017
Waiting on school funding reform; agency merger completed

School funding reform bill hanging in limboThe legislature has been in summer recess for the past couple of weeks. During that time I have taken the opportunity to visit several…

Friday, July 14, 2017
Thanking first responders; college exam bill becomes law

Thank you to our first respondersFar too often we are reminded of the risks that our first responders take to keep us safe. In the past few weeks, those of…

Tuesday, July 11, 2017
AUDIO: Rep. Bennett discusses the 2017 Special Session

Rep. Tom Bennett (R-Gibson City) discusses the summer 2017 special session of the Illinois legislature in which the House and Senate voted to raise taxes and enact a state budget…

Friday, July 7, 2017
Budget and revenue bills pass; 9-1-1 legislation becomes law

House overrides Governor’s budget, tax vetoesAs you have probably read and heard, the House passed a budget and a tax increase on Sunday night. The spending bill, Senate Bill 6,…

Friday, June 30, 2017
Session continued, deal said to be close but not finalized

Session to continue at least one more day as negotiations continueI want to give you a quick update on where things stand as of Friday afternoon. This morning, by a…

Saturday, June 24, 2017
Rep. Bennett Recaps First Three Days of Special Session

Friday, June 23, 2017
Special session gets underway; Republicans introduce new compromise plan

Special session gets off to slow startThe Governor has called the House and Senate into special session for each of the last 10 days of June, or until a balanced…

Friday, June 16, 2017
Legislature called into special session; state tax revenue increases slightly

Special sessions called for late JuneGovernor Rauner has called the House and Senate into special session beginning Wednesday June 21 and continuing through the end of June. As you know,…

Monday, June 12, 2017
Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshal: Deadline to Apply for Pyrotechnic License is June 15

The Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshal (OSFM) is reminding all qualified cities, towns and villages that the deadline to apply for Limited Pyrotechnic Distributor licenses is June 15,…

Friday, June 9, 2017
Illinois debt rating downgraded again; procurement reform passes

Another debt downgrade for IllinoisBefore adjourning the spring session without a budget agreement in place, state officials were warned by the major credit rating agencies that the state would face…