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Update from Senator Weaver: July 21

SPRINGFIELD, IL –To avoid creating an unnecessary crisis for Illinois schools, Senate Republicans are calling on the Senate Democrat majority to remove their parliamentary hold on Senate Bill 1, an evidence-based school funding measure, so that the governor can issue an amendatory veto that would make it fair and equitable to all 852 Illinois school districts. Also this week, new legislation was signed into law to ensure life-saving treatments for children...

Update from Senator Weaver: Budget

The state’s two-year budget impasse came to a temporary end this week as the General Assembly, despite vetoes by Gov. Bruce Rauner and objections by a majority of Republican legislators, passed a budget that contained a permanent 32 percent income tax increase, while failing to incorporate any meaningful government reforms...

Senator Weaver statement on budget vote

“Once again, just as major progress was made at the negotiating table on real bipartisan solutions, Democrats walked away to run their own unbalanced budget bill. This budget plan is unbalanced, won’t reduce the massive bill backlog..."

New school funding legislation offers better funding for every local district

State Senator Chuck Weaver (R-Peoria) is encouraging families to check out the results of school funding reform legislation that is being discussed in Springfield, including new compromise legislation, Senate Bill 1124, that helps every school district in Illinois...

Compromise education funding proposal is better for all schools

Analysis from the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) clearly shows that all local schools would receive more financial help under a recent compromise school funding bill sponsored by State Senator Chuck Weaver (R-Peoria). The legislation is designed to fix the state’s broken school aid formula and provide a more equitable system for all 852 Illinois schools. The legislation is part of the recently introduced “Capitol Compromise” aimed at breaking the budget impasse and reforming state gove

Senator Weaver statement on special session

“I am pleased the Governor has called us into continuous session for the last 10 days of June. I see this as our best opportunity to get the budget impasse behind us. My fellow Republicans have presented ‘The Capitol Compromise’ of multiple bills based on the progress made by Senate Republicans and Democrats before negotiations broke down in May. I believe...

Senate committee hears testimony on Weaver’s legislation for the future of Peoria’s water system

The Illinois Senate Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform held a special hearing on two bills filed by State Sen. Chuck Weaver (R-Peoria) that aim to help Peoria residents learn more about the costs of their water system and the potential for a city purchase of the system...

Senator Weaver statement on Democrat budget

“The other side just passed an absolutely massive tax hike, adding completely new taxes, while refusing to support workers compensation reform or substantive property tax relief for struggling homeowners...

Senate passes pension reform legislation

Springfield – The Illinois Senate has passed pension reform legislation that could save taxpayers well over $1 billion per year, according to State Sen. Chuck Weaver (R-Peoria)...

Senator Weaver passes 5 common sense bills

The Illinois Senate has unanimously passed five bills sponsored by State Sen. Chuck Weaver (R-Peoria) to help service men and women, improve healthcare, and fix issues with existing state laws...

Senator Weaver invites high school students to take on state government

Around three dozen high school students came to Springfield this week to try their own hands at crafting and passing legislation as part of State Senator Chuck Weaver’s (R-Peoria) Youth Advisory Council (YAC)...

Senator Weaver statement on passing of Congressman Bob Michel

“Bob Michel remains an inspiration for statesmanship and cooperation. His dedication to his community, his country, and his principles will be sorely missed...

Senator Weaver statement on budget address

“Governor Rauner has outlined what a budget proposal needs to contain for him to sign it into law, and I believe he made it clear that the current ‘Grand Bargain’ plan in the Senate simply isn’t ready yet...

Senator Weaver statement on Caterpillar announcement

State Senator Chuck Weaver (R-Peoria) released the following statement after Caterpillar cancelled the construction of a new global headquarters in Peoria and announced the relocation of some leadership positions to Chicago:

Senator Weaver statement on Governor’s “State of the State” address

“I think Governor Rauner has done a good job of laying out the major issues that have plagued our state for years. And he was right to point out that we have made some accomplishments in the last two years, including record funding for our schools. We have also however...