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Illinois enacts new law ensuring life-saving treatment to children with PANDAS

Thanks to legislation co-sponsored by State Senator Michael Connelly (R-Naperville) and signed into law on July 18 by Governor Bruce Rauner, Illinois is now the first state in the nation to require all individual and group plans of health insurance to cover life-saving treatments for children who suffer from PANDAS disease (Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorder Associated with Streptococcal).

House overrides Governor's vetoes, budget with tax increase becomes law

State Senator Michael Connelly (R-Naperville) releases the following statement in response to the House overriding the Governor’s veto to enact a budget, which includes a 32 percent income tax hike.

Sen. Connelly responds to budget plan

State Senator Michael Connelly (R-Naperville) releases the below statement following the House and Senate passing a budget plan, which includes a major tax increase:

Lawmakers head into Special Session, Sen. Connelly ready to take action

State Senator Michael Connelly (R-Naperville) releases the following statement ahead of returning to Springfield for special session:

Sen. Connelly provides statement following General Assembly adjournment

State Senator Michael Connelly (R-Naperville) releases the following statement after the General Assembly ends its spring legislative session:

Sen. Connelly provides statement on Senate Bill 1

State Senator Michael Connelly (R-Naperville) releases the following statement in opposition to Senate Bill 1, which passed both chambers on May 31:

Legislation to Close Costly Pension Double-Dipping Loophole Clears the General Assembly

Legislation to close a costly public pension double-dipping loophole in Illinois cleared its final legislative hurdle Friday and will soon head to the Governor for his signature. House Bill 418 was guided through the General Assembly by Representative Grant Wehrli and Senator Michael Connelly. The measure will prevent retired law enforcement officers collecting a police pension, who accept a new active-duty position, from being eligible for a second police fund pension.

Connelly 5G Technology Bill Flies Out of the Senate

The Illinois Senate this week passed Senate Bill 1451, which would create a streamlined process for telecommunication companies to deploy small wireless facilities across the state. Chief co-sponsor of the bill, State Senator Michael Connelly (R-Naperville), says this legislation paves the way and lays the groundwork for next generation (5G) wireless networks.

Sen. Connelly's statement on Senate Democrat budget package

State Senator Michael Connelly (R-Naperville) releases the following statement on the Senate Democrat package:

Benet Academy students visit the Capitol

A group of high school students from Benet Academy made the trip down to Springfield this week for the final part of State Senator Michael Connelly’s Student Advisory Council. The goal of the program is to get young people engaged and involved in public service and the legislative process.

Senate passes legislation to strengthen laws against the financial exploitation of the elderly & disabled

Legislation sponsored by State Senator Michael Connelly (R-Naperville) that received overwhelming bipartisan support in the Senate would strengthen laws against the financial exploitation of the elderly or disabled.

ISBE simulation shows good results for recently introduced school funding legislation

An Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) funding simulation shows a school funding reform plan introduced by State Senator Jason Barickman (R-Bloomington) would provide a major boost to struggling schools across the state, sending more than a half a billion dollars in funding through an evidence based model without increasing costs from the previous year.

Sen. Connelly, Rep. Wehrli to host Town Hall for Ashbury residents

Do you live in the Ashbury Subdivision? If so, you're invited to attend a town hall hosted by Senator Michael Connelly (R-Naperville) and Representative Grant Wehrli (R-Naperville).

Sen. Connelly talks about budget on Chicago Tonight, WTTW

Sen. Connelly applauds Senate on passing repeat gun offender bill

It’s time something is done to deal with the out-of-control gun violence in Chicago, said State Senator Michael Connelly (R-Naperville), which is why he negotiated a bipartisan measure that would help get violent, repeat gun offenders off the streets. Senate Bill 1722—which recently passed the Senate with overwhelming support—does just that.