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  • Update from Senator Weaver: February 23

    Lawmakers were back at the Capitol this week for three days, with activity mostly centered on committee hearings, which is typical for the early portion of a new legislative session. However, the Illinois Senate did advance several measures, including a bill to put EpiPens into the hands of state law enforcement, a proposal to protect vulnerable veterans and legislation seeking to protect victims of domestic violence. Additionally... read more...
  • Update from Senator Weaver: February 19

    Gov. Bruce Rauner laid out his Fiscal Year 2019 budget plan last week to the General Assembly during his annual budget address. Most notably, the plan, presented in a joint session on Feb. 14, was balanced and included several cost-saving reforms. In addition, Senator Weaver joined the Illinois Community College Board to deliver a new, five-year strategic plan aimed at improving adult education. In other news... read more...
  • Local education professionals help Weaver advance strategic education plan

    “We all agree more jobs in Illinois will solve a lot of problems. At the same time, we have job openings right now that aren't being filled because the education and training of many applicants doesn't match the needs of the employers," said Weaver. “This strategic plan offers a way to bridge that gap and properly equip our workforce for the stable, good-paying jobs that are available, while enabling our businesses to expand and grow our economy... read more...
  • Update from Senator Weaver: February 8

    Lawmakers returning to Springfield for the second week of the Legislative Session heard testimony in the Veterans Affairs Committee about the previous Legionella outbreaks at the Quincy Veterans’ Home and began advancing legislation through Senate Committees. Also this week, the Illinois State Board of Education announced plans to overhaul the controversial PARCC testing system. read more...
  • Senator Weaver statement on the State of the State address

    “The Governor outlined his successes but stood firm in addressing the challenges that remain. While we have taken significant action to improve how we fund our schools, enacted major criminal justice reforms, and improved the effectiveness of state government the need for term limits, property tax reform and rooting out corruption still exist.... read more...

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