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Connelly appointed Assistant Republican Leader

Illinois Senate Republican Leader Bill Brady announced today the appointment of Senator Michael Connelly (R-Naperville) to the position of Assistant Senate Republican Leader.

Connelly joins bipartisan effort to end political gerrymandering

As part of a bipartisan, eight-state effort to urge the U.S. Supreme Court to end the practice of political gerrymandering, State Senator Michael Connelly (R-Naperville) joined 65 current and former lawmakers in support of an Amicus Curie brief filed in the Supreme Court this week.

Gov. Rauner signs bill to protect taxpayers from police pension fund abuse

Gov. Bruce Rauner signed House Bill 418, which prevents retired police officers from opting into the pension system a second time if they return to the force as a police chief or join another municipality’s force.

Connelly statement on Senate Bill 1 override vote

Following the Illinois Senate’s vote to override Governor Bruce Rauner’s amendatory veto of Senate Bill 1, State Senator Michael Connelly (R-Naperville) offered the following comments.

Ives, Wehrli, Connelly to Host Town Hall on School Funding Bill

State Representatives Jeanne Ives (R-Wheaton) and Grant Wehrli (R-Naperville) along with State Senator Michael Connelly (R-Naperville) will host a Town Hall Meeting on the status of the controversial education funding reform bill, Senate Bill 1, and what is at stake for local taxpayers and school districts at 9:30am on Saturday, August 12 at Benedictine University’s Goodwin Business Building's Hall of Leaders (4th Floor), located at 5700 College Road in Lisle.

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.