Friday, September 8th, 2017
Rep. Wheeler’s Weekly Roundup: September 8

BUDGET ·         Governor Rauner announces borrowing plan to pay down bill backlog.  After conducting a thorough review of the out-of-balance fiscal year 2018 budget passed by the General Assembly in…

Thursday, August 31st, 2017
Rep. Wheeler’s Weekly Roundup: August 31

BUDGET – EDUCATION FUNDING ·         Historic education funding reform passes.  The new school funding formula moves towards an “evidence-based” model based on practices followed in many other states.  Illinois’ 852…

Friday, June 16th, 2017
Rep. Wheeler’s Weekly Roundup: June 16

BUDGET ·         Republican Legislators Present Compromise Balanced Budget Plan.  House Minority Leader Jim Durkin (R-Western Springs), Senate Republican Caucus Whip Karen McConnaughay (R-St. Charles), Assistant Senate Republican Leader Jason Barickman…

Friday, June 9th, 2017
Rep. Wheeler’s Weekly Roundup: June 9

Budget ·         COGFA report shows slight uptick in total Illinois tax revenue.  The monthly report by the Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability (COGFA) showed State general funds tax receipts…

Friday, June 2nd, 2017
Rep. Wheeler’s Weekly Roundup: June 2

Budget – General Assembly ·         Democrats fail to enact budget.  Here we go again. We’ve reached the May 31st session deadline and once again, the Democrat-controlled General Assembly has failed…

Friday, May 12th, 2017
Rep. Wheeler’s Weekly Roundup: May 12

Budget ·         Fresh thinking will fix Illinois.  House Republican Leader Jim Durkin and Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno For too long, Springfield politicians have been stuck in the past. They think…

Friday, May 5th, 2017
Rep. Wheeler’s Weekly Roundup: May 5

Budget – Thompson Center ·         Selling the JRTC a win-win for Illinois taxpayers and Chicago schools.  Governor Bruce Rauner announced today that Senate Minority Leader Christine Radogno and House Minority…

Friday, April 21st, 2017
Rep. Wheeler’s Weekly Roundup: April 21

Economy – Unemployment Rate ·         Illinois unemployment rate drops below 5.0 percent.  The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) reported this week that the jobless rate dropped 50 basis points…

Friday, April 7th, 2017
Rep. Wheeler’s Weekly Roundup: April 7

Budget – Stopgap ·         House Democrats advance irresponsible stopgap spending plan.  It is disappointing, but not surprising, that Democrats once again rammed another stopgap spending plan through the House –…

Friday, March 31st, 2017
Rep. Wheeler’s Weekly Roundup: March 31

Budget – Lack of progress ·         No progress on Illinois budget; Moody’s warns Illinois of further downgrades.  While the Illinois House has held a series of “pro forma” hearings on…

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