News

Update from Senator Weaver: November 17

Legislation addressing sexual harassment complaints and providing tax credits for flood victims was signed into law by the Governor during the week. In other action, Senate Republican Leader Bill Brady (R-Bloomington) announced appointments for the newly created Senate Task Force on Sexual Discrimination and Harassment Awareness and Prevention. Also during the week; the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) announced its priority for hunter safety for the upcoming Firearm Deer Season

Update from Senator Weaver: November 10

SPRINGFIELD, IL –On November 4, the Legislative Ethics Commission appointed a new Inspector General, and both chambers took up legislation during the week seeking to improve Statehouse sexual harassment policies. Also, female senators announced the creation of a bipartisan Women’s Caucus...

Update from Senator Weaver: November 3

State lawmakers return to Springfield Nov. 7 for the final days of fall veto session. Lawmakers are expected to take up several pieces of new legislation and possibly vote on other legislation vetoed by the Governor. Also this week, the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) will begin to pour through thousands of surveys from across the state, advising them on how they can improve rest areas; and new information is available on how people can protect themselves from a recent data breach.

Updated information on protecting yourself from Equifax data breach

Illinois residents are urged to be vigilant following a massive data breach of consumer reporting agency Equifax. Equifax announced on September 8 that it suffered a breach affecting at least 143 million Americans. Information compromised in the breach includes Social Security numbers, driver’s license numbers, names, dates of birth, credit card numbers and addresses...

Senate passes legislation to honor local fallen heroes

The Illinois Senate has passed legislation sponsored by State Sen. Chuck Weaver (R-Peoria) to name two sections of roads, one after a Navy Seal and another after two police officers who were tragically killed in the line of duty...

In case you missed it: Leslie Munger's editorial on government spending trasparency

For the sake of transparency, let’s be clear: Bills with clever titles that fail to do what they say they do are commonplace political tools in Illinois. So it comes as no surprise that the Debt Transparency Act, passed by the legislature, is neither about debt nor transparency...

Update from Senator Weaver: October 13

This week, legislation was introduced in the Senate and the House banning the use of taxpayer dollars to finance elective abortions. The legislation reverses key portions of a new, controversial law that expanded taxpayer funding to pay for voluntary abortion procedures. In other state news, a new task force targeting the rise of opioid deaths in Illinois met this week. It’s estimated that in 2017 nearly 1,900 people in Illinois will die due to an opioid overdose...

Update from Senator Weaver: October 6

SPRINGFIELD, IL –This week, Illinois prepared to help with recovery efforts in Puerto Rico; the start of breast cancer awareness month highlights the need for preventive screenings; and Illinois residents were encouraged to honor their loved ones who served in the Armed Forces...

Weaver encourages families to share veterans’ stories at Capitol

To help remember veterans, tell their incredible stories, and honor their legacy and sacrifice this upcoming Veterans Day, State Senator Chuck Weaver (R-Peoria) is encouraging constituents to submit a tribute and photo of their loved one who served our country to be displayed in the rotunda of the Illinois Capitol Nov. 1-Nov. 13...

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...