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Senator Syverson’s Week in Review: May 15 - 19

This week the Illinois Senate took action on a number of measures that make up the Senate’s budget and reform package, which has been the subject of months of negotiations. Senate Republicans supported initiatives where compromise was reached, but urged the Senate majority to continue with negotiations on critical measures that have yet to be agreed upon...

Senate passes legislation to allow Rockford casino, along with procurement and pension reform

The Rockford area may soon be closer to finally locking down a casino license, providing a major boost to the local economy, thanks to legislation sponsored by State Sen. Dave Syverson (R-Rockford) that passed the Senate on May 17...

Syverson: Instead of cuts, Senate considering new spending

Despite facing a historic budget impasse that has left the state with a $13 billion bill backlog, Democrats in the Illinois Senate are asking taxpayers to increase spending by funding political campaigns, according State Senator Dave Syverson (R-Rockford)...

Senator Syverson’s Week in Review: May 8 - 12

Senate Republicans remained at the negotiating table during the week, continuing their work to pass a long-term budget solution with necessary reforms, according to State Sen. Dave Syverson (R-Rockford)...

Syverson: Progress being made in budget talks, but slowly

Lawmakers in the Illinois Senate are getting closer to a deal to end the budget impasse, according to State Senator Dave Syverson (R-Rockford), but he adds that there are a number of key issues that need to be addressed before finalizing any budget...

Senator Syverson’s Week in Review: May 1 - 5

Illinois Senators completed final action on legislation during the week, while also holding a public hearing on school funding reform, and honoring those police officers who gave their lives in the line of duty. ..

Senator Syverson’s Week in Review: April 24 - 28

A simulation of education funding reform legislation run by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) during the week shows good results for school districts across the state. The evidence-based funding approach is modeled after suggestions from the Education Funding Reform Commission, a bipartisan group of lawmakers who were tasked with offering ideas on how to better Illinois’ current education funding formula. Also during the week at the Statehouse...

Senator Syverson’s Week in Review: April 17 - 21

Springfield, IL. – Two reports released this week demonstrate Illinois’ need to enact critical reforms in order to improve the state’s financial footing, the Illinois Department of Transportation wants to help motorists get around Illinois, and Route 66 makes the endangered landmark list.

Senator Syverson’s Week in Review: April 10 - 14

Fixing the state’s broken school funding formula is the goal of two legislative proposals introduced this week, while another recently filed measure seeks to address the teacher shortage in Illinois’ rural school districts...

Senator Syverson’s Week in Review: April 4 - 7

Springfield, IL. – This week, Senate Republicans continued to highlight their vision for a full-year, balanced budget with commonsense reforms that will put Illinois’ fiscal house in order and create a foundation for future budgeting. This forward-looking approach stands in stark contrast to House Democrats who, devoid of any new ideas and solutions, ran another stopgap budget containing no reforms to change the system...

Senator Syverson’s Week in Review: March 26 - 31

While Senate Republican lawmakers are looking to build bipartisan momentum toward a future budget and reform package, that spirit of cooperation did not extend to pension reform measures that failed to advance out of a Senate Committee this week.

Senator Syverson’s Week in Review: March 20 - 24

As the General Assembly and the Governor struggle to come together on a budget compromise that prioritizes reductions to government spending and waste, while also advancing associated structural reforms intended to provide the state with long-term fiscal solvency and stability, momentum seems to be building in favor of compromise pension proposals introduced by Senate Republican lawmakers that could form the foundation for positive negotiations moving forward...

Ridiculous legislation being pushed in Springfield this year

Taxpayer funds could be used to fund political campaigns while state revenue is slashed, and pets could receive court-appointed special advocates, if some of the Illinois General Assembly’s worst bills make it to law this spring, according to State Senator Dave Syverson (R-Rockford)...

Senator Syverson’s Week in Review: March 10 - 17

Springfield, IL. – Senate lawmakers were busy in legislative committee hearings this week, advancing more than 200 proposals out of committee in anticipation of a March 17 deadline. As Senate negotiations continue on a full-year, balanced state budget, legislation was considered this week that would give the Governor the tools to manage the budget in the event a budget agreement cannot be reached...

Senator Syverson’s Week in Review: March 6 - 10

Legislators spent much of their time in committees this week as a series of “subject matter only” hearings were held on elements of Gov. Bruce Rauner’s budget proposal. Gov. Rauner has consistently advocated for a multi-pronged approach to getting Illinois to a balanced budget, stressing that a combination of budget cuts and reforms...