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Monday, April 11, 2016
Update from the Capitol 4/11/2016

Local government bill passes House A bill I am sponsoring to reduce the paperwork burden on county governments and public defenders passed the House Judiciary Criminal Law committee Monday and…


Monday, April 4, 2016
Update from the Capitol 4/4/2016

Several bills in committee this week The House is scheduled to be in session April 4-8, with Friday being the deadline for legislation to advance out of committee. If it…


Friday, March 25, 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 21, 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 14, 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 11, 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 7, 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 3, 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…


Monday, February 22, 2016
Update from the Capitol 2/22/16

Governor delivers budget options to General Assembly    Governor Bruce Rauner addressed a joint session of the Illinois General Assembly last week, laying out his budget priorities and options to…


Wednesday, February 17, 2016
Rep. Bennett: Governor Provides Budget Options, Prioritizes Education

Statement of State Representative Tom Bennett (R-Gibson City) on Governor Rauner’s budget address Wednesday to the General Assembly: “Today, the Governor stressed that education is and will remain his top…