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Update from Senator Weaver: September 22

New laws were signed this week to spur economic development, and protect property owners while targeting criminal activity. In other news, the Illinois Department of Transportation is working to keep young passengers safe with a statewide “National Seat Check Saturday” initiative on Sept. 23 that boasts nearly 100 free car-seat safety checks throughout Illinois...

Update from Senator Weaver: September 15

Consumer reporting agency Equifax announced last week that there has been a large data breach, causing millions of Americans’ sensitive information to be compromised. The security leak included Social Security numbers, driver’s license numbers, names and dates of birth, credit card numbers and address—all of which puts Americans at risk of identity theft. At this time, state officials urge residents to be proactive and take necessary precautions to prevent identity fraud or further damage from t

Update from Senator Weaver: Sept. 8

As part of an effort to pay down Illinois’ $15.4 billion bill backlog, Gov. Bruce Rauner announced a refinancing plan this week that would allow the state to pay down overdue obligations to the state’s vendors and other providers. Also during the week, Illinois schools have begun to receive their overdue funding. On Sept. 7, the Comptroller’s Office transmitted $541 million in payments to schools that were due on Aug. 10 and 20. Funds for the Sept. 10 payment were also expected to go out by the

Weaver: Senate passes bipartisan school funding compromise

Springfield – A bipartisan agreement to fix the state’s broken school funding formula is now on its way to the Governor, after the Illinois Senate passed Senate Bill 1947...

Weaver-sponsored legislation to improve and update government signed into law

Several Illinois laws and programs are getting an update, along with the launch of a new volunteer program to help clean up hiking trails, thanks to legislation sponsored by State Sen. Chuck Weaver (R-Peoria) and recently signed into law by Gov. Bruce Rauner...

Update from Senator Weaver: August 18

Despite the Illinois Senate’s vote to override the Governor’s Amendatory Vetoof Senate Bill 1 (SB 1) this week, Senate Republicans continue to call on all sides of this important issue to work together toward a bipartisan solution that will bring parity to the state’s school funding formula. The Illinois Senate also passed a bipartisan measure that will help retain and create jobs, and Illinois residents are preparing for next week’s solar eclipse...

Weaver: Senate rejects improved version of school funding legislation

On Sunday, August, 13, Chicago Democrats forced through a override of Governor Rauner’s amendatory veto of Senate Bill 1, stripping away funding for needier districts to support special deals for Chicago, according to State Senator Chuck Weaver (R-Peoria)...

Update from Senator Weaver: August 11

SPRINGFIELD, IL –With the Illinois Senate scheduled to vote this Sunday on a partisan Democrat school funding plan that gives special favors to the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) at the expense of suburban and downstate schools, Senate Republicans remain opposed to Senate Bill 1. Saying Senate Bill 1 is not the result of bipartisan compromise, they are reiterating their dedication to developing a school funding formula that treats all school districts fairly and equitably...

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...