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Sen. Connelly, Sen. Tracy Announce Statewide Pension Reform Compromise Plan

Senators Michael Connelly (R-Naperville) and Jil Tracy (R-Quincy) announced they were filing a compromise statewide pension reform plan, which is modeled after a proposal agreed to on a bipartisan basis last summer.

Sen. Connelly, Rep. Ives host first two town halls of their Straight Talk Tour

Last week, State Senator Michael Connelly and State Representative Jeanne Ives held their first two town halls in Carol Stream and Wheaton as part of their Straight Talk Tour.

Senate Budget and Reform Package Update

Senate lawmakers adjourned March 2, with negotiations continuing on several critical aspects of a Senate budget and reform package—including education funding and workers’ compensation reform and property tax relief.

Sen. Connelly meets with Benet Academy students

A group of high school students from Benet Academy are getting the chance to learn more about state government through a youth program put on by State Senator Michael Connelly (R-Naperville). The program’s goal is to get young people engaged and involved in public service and the legislative process.

Connelly, Ives to host "Straight Talk Tour"

State Senator Michael Connelly (R-Naperville) and State Representative Jeanne Ives (R-Wheaton) are hosting the Straight Talk Tour, which will provide constituents with the latest information on the budget and their efforts to reform the business climate in Illinois. The Straight Talk Tour will consist of three separate town halls located in Naperville, Carol Stream, and Wheaton.

Sen. Connelly sponsors legislation to provide seniors with property tax relief

On February 17, State Senator Michael Connelly (R-Naperville) held a press conference in Naperville announcing two new pieces legislation that would provide property tax relief to seniors.

Sen. Connelly reacts to Governor Rauner’s Budget Address

“Governor Rauner once again laid out a clear plan to the General Assembly on how he envisions a budget deal. He stressed the importance of balancing the budget by cutting back on wasteful spending and enacting strong economic reforms that are necessary for Illinois to be able to create jobs.

Governor Rauner to give Budget Address

Governor Rauner's Budget Address will take place Wednesday, February 15 at noon.

Newly filed bills

Several notable bills were filed this week by Senate Republican lawmakers.

Vehicle Emission Testing Network Update

The new Vehicle Emissions Testing Program offers more efficient and less expensive tests. It includes numerous added motorist conveniences, including flexible scheduling, expanded hours on Saturdays, and a new website that offers online submission of applications for waiver, exemption, extension and reciprocity transactions.

Sen. Connelly reacts to Gov. Rauner's State of the State Address

Sen. Connelly honors the life of fallen Police Officer Raymond Murrell

Connelly: Resolution to impose term limits on leaders is a sign of cooperation

After the swearing in of new members for the 100th General Assembly, the Senate adopted its new rules, including for the first time term limits for legislative leaders. The new rule limits both the Senate President and Minority Leader to a maximum of five terms.

New laws taking effect on January 1

As citizens throughout the state of Illinois ring in the New Year, nearly 200 laws will take effect. A significant number of the new laws target crime, make changes to the criminal justice system, seek to assist law enforcement, and advance safety provisions for Illinois motorists.

Energy Plan Advances to Governor

This week, the General Assembly passed Senate Bill 2814, an energy plan aimed at putting nuclear power more in line with current standards for other low-carbon or no-carbon energy, but which critics panned as a costly multi-billion dollar “nuclear bailout.”