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DoIT moving ahead with transformation

The Governor’s Administration is advancing the state’s information technology system into the 21st Century amid a major push to modernize a technology infrastructure that has components predating Microsoft’s Windows Operating Systems.

License plate sticker renewal reminder

Senate Republicans are reminding Illinois motorists that, due to the budget impasse, the Secretary of State’s office is NOT mailing license plate sticker renewal notices.

Site Selection ‘high marks’

A published report in Site Selection magazine this month points to Illinois’ potential for economic opportunity and recovery. Illinois ranked in the Top 5 in Site Selection’s annual assessment of the states’ ability to attract new facilities.

Continually ignore history

I read former Gov. Pat Quinn’s budget director’s effort to convince us Quinn was a great success (The Herald-News, March 15). No surprise, Illinois Democratic leaders continually ignore history after their disastrous 12 years of one-party rule.

Illinois and Israel

In other news, any company currently boycotting Israel is now banned from doing business with the State of Illinois. The Illinois Investment Policy Board approved the ban at its March 18 meeting. Illinois becomes the first state to take such action.

Illinois’ Financial House

Illinois Comptroller Leslie Munger recently testified that in the absence of a budget, the Comptroller is paying bills under more than a dozen court orders, consent decrees and continuing appropriations. This is resulting in additional debt being incurred by the state.

Making Education Funding a Priority Requires Action

Republican and Democrat lawmakers agree the state’s nearly 20 year-old system of funding K-12 education has become increasing inequitable, but that’s where the agreement ends.

Reforms Aim to Improve Care for At-Risk Youth

Senate Republican proposals to help Illinois’ most vulnerable children are the foundation of a Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) initiative to provide greater stability and improve outcomes for Illinois foster children.

Fully fund Foundation Level to best serve Illinois students, school districts

While acknowledging the need for a new state funding formula for education, Senate Republicans said the best way to serve Illinois’ students in the short-term is by fully funding the current education formula established to equalize school districts’...

Universities caution lawmakers, call for budget resolution

Senator Dan Duffy and his colleagues continue to call upon Democrat lawmakers to join the discussion and work to find compromise on the issues of higher education and K-12 education funding as education agencies, such as the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE), and state universities came before the Appropriations II Committee on March 10 to present their Fiscal Year 2017 budget requests.

DCFS has improved under Rauner

DCFS Director George Sheldon painted an encouraging picture during his testimony in front of the Appropriations I Committee on March 8.

House takes month-long hiatus

Speaker Michael Madigan and House Democrats received well-deserved criticism during the week from Republican lawmakers who called a news conference to address the month-long hiatus scheduled in the House of Representatives.

Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability Update

The Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability (COGFA) released an update during the week to their initial Fiscal Year 2016 revenue estimate.

Illinois set to join the Nurse Licensure Compact

For more than six years, a number of lawmakers have been pushing for Illinois to join the dozens of other states that are part of the Nurse Licensure Compact. This would allow registered Illinois nurses to work in other states in the Compact and permit licensed nurses from other Compact states to practice in Illinois.

AFSCME-backed union arbitration bill once again heads to Governor

Once again, a controversial “binding arbitration” measure heads to Governor. An identical measure was advanced by legislative Democrats in late 2015, but it failed to become law after Democrats couldn’t muster enough support to override Gov. Rauner’s veto of the legislation.