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Senate Week in Review: March 20-24, 2017

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.

Senate Week in Review: February 20-24, 2017

Senate lawmakers are preparing to return to Springfield on Feb. 28, hoping to make progress toward ending Illinois’ ongoing budget impasse.

Senate Week in Review: February 6-10, 2017

This week, a bipartisan effort continued in the Illinois Senate to develop a balanced budget, with spending cuts and structural reforms, which will get the state moving forward again. And while progress continues to be made, Senate Republicans say more work needs to be done before the entire budget package should be voted on in the Senate.

Senate Week in Review: January 23-27, 2017

A budget framework continued to be debated and fine-tuned this week as lawmakers gathered input on a package of bills that would help set Illinois on the right fiscal course. Governor Rauner also gave his third State of the State address and called on lawmakers to put partisanship aside for the good of Illinois residents while imploring the Senate to continue their bipartisan efforts to find consensus on the budget framework.


Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno today announced her Republican leadership team for the 100th General Assembly.


State Senator Christine Radogno, recognized by her Republican peers for her steadfast leadership and dedication to the families of Illinois, has been sworn in for a fifth term as Senate Republican Leader. Radogno’s selection comes as legislators in both chambers celebrated the 100th General Assembly’s inaugural ceremonies at the State Capitol on Wednesday, January 11.

Senate Week in Review: January 2 – 6, 2017

Lawmakers return to Springfield January 9 with two days to conclude the work of the 99th General Assembly prior to the new 100th General Assembly being sworn-in on January 11.

Laws taking effect on January 1, 2017

When the clock strikes midnight on January 1, 2017, nearly 200 new laws will take effect in the state of Illinois. These laws address issues ranging from veterans’ affairs to families and children, hunting and trapping, and public safety. Other new laws make changes to the criminal justice system, seek to assist law enforcement and advance safety provisions for Illinois motorists.

National Federation of Independent Business Awards Radogno “Guardian of Small Business Award”

In recognition of Senator Christine Radogno’s (R-Lemont) excellent pro-business voting record, the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) has awarded Radogno with their “Guardian of Small Business Award.”

Recycled Flag Program

Veterans with an American flag that needs to be replaced can take advantage of our Recycled Flag program.


Governor Bruce Rauner has HB 6303, which strengthens the laws against gun trafficking in Illinois. The bill enhances penalties for firearms trafficking and aims to reduce the growing gun violence epidemic. This will help keep our kids and communities safe by allowing our law enforcement agencies to take action on those who are trafficking guns.

Budget agreement ensures schools will open on time; Protects taxpayers

Illinois lawmakers approved a $50.6 billion stop-gap budget on Thursday that makes a historic investment in K-12 education, provides money for early childhood education, funds MAP grants

Republican leaders file legislation to fund K-12 Education; Critical services

Illinois Republican leaders Christine Radogno (R-Lemont) and Jim Durkin (R-Western Springs) filed legislation on Tuesday that would provide

Radogno measure will help law enforcement prevent illegal guns from entering Illinois

Springfield – Preventing guns from entering Illinois illegally to be sold on the black market is the aim of a bill championed by Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno (R-Lemont).

Section of Route 251 to honor Witczak brothers

The section of Route 251 from Tonica to Mendota in LaSalle County would be known as the Witczak Brothers Memorial Highway, under a resolution (SJR 48) adopted by the Senate May 18.