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Syverson: ISBE data shows compromise school funding bill is the best option

Data from the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) shows that a recent compromise school funding proposal would substantially benefit all local schools, according to State Senator Dave Syverson (R-Rockford)...

Senator Syverson’s Week in Review: June 12 – 16

This week, Senate Republicans continued their calls for compromise and cooperation to address the state’s fiscal crisis and end the ongoing budget stalemate, with several Senate and House lawmakers joining together to unveil a comprehensive balanced budget plan that includes critical structural reforms...

Syverson: Republicans offer real compromise and chance to end impasse

Springfield- Republicans from both chambers of the Illinois General Assembly have unveiled a complete package of compromise measures which could be the next step toward ending the current budget impasse, according to State Senator Dave Syverson (R-Rockford)...

Senator Syverson’s Week in Review: June 5 – 9

While the spring legislative session adjourned last week, Senate Republicans remain focused and prepared to pass a full-year balanced budget with structural reforms before the end of the fiscal year on June 30. The General Assembly is expected to return to the Capitol in late June to resume budget negotiations and legislative action...

Senator Syverson’s Week in Review: May 29 – June 2

SPRINGFIELD, IL – Despite attempts this spring from Senate Republican lawmakers to negotiate, in good faith, bipartisan reforms and a truly balanced budget, the Illinois Senate adjourned once again on Wednesday, May 31 without achieving this goal...

Syverson: Democrat leaders end legislative session with no real action other than a Chicago school bailout

The 2017 spring legislative session ended without a balanced budget or any substantive reforms thanks to continued stalling from Democrat leaders, according to State Sen. Dave Syverson (R-Rockford)...

Senator Syverson’s Week in Review: May 22 - 26

SPRINGFIELD, IL – Continuing their annual tradition, the Illinois Senate Democrats went back to their old tax-and-spend playbook, advancing another unbalanced budget reliant on the state’s second largest tax increase ever, according to State Sen. Dave Syverson (R-Rockford)...

Senator Syverson: Democrats reject compromise, pass massive tax hike

“It’s extremely disappointing that Democrats have decided to walk away from budget negotiations and pass a partisan budget with no reforms, along with a large tax increase that is retroactive to January 1st and includes new sales taxes. Their budget eliminates the cuts that were agreed to in bipartisan negotiations, and can only remotely be called ‘balanced’ because it completely ignores existing bills...

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...