Ethics and Lobbying Reform
In the wake of federal indictments and raids, and elected official resignations, a special legislative panel heard testimony during the week addressing ethics and lobbying legal loopholes.
New Year, New Address for Illinois residents?
The state’s population decline continues to be a cause for concern as Illinois enters a new decade with nearly 160,000 fewer residents. Our state ended 2019 with the largest population loss in the country, according to newly released census data.
January 1 New Laws Edition, Part III
As a new year begins, Illinois residents may be interested to learn about several notable new laws that take effect January 1.
2020 New Laws Part II
As people throughout Illinois prepare to ring in the New Year, the Senate Republican Caucus is continuing to highlight new laws that will take effect on January 1.
2020 New Laws Part I
As a New Year approaches Illinois residents may want to know about several notable laws that take effect on January 1, 2020.
Fiscal transparency, redistricting reform, Illinois State Scholars
Watchdog group Truth in Accounting has issued a report that ranks Illinois among the least fiscally-transparent states in the nation.
November is a month of celebrating all that is good about our nation’s freedom and its democracy.
State prepares for sale of recreational cannabis January 1
With sales of cannabis for recreational use set to begin on January 1, state and local governments, along with Illinois businesses, are continuing to prepare for the new law to take effect.
Standing Strong for Ethics Reform
During the final hours of the fall Veto Session, the Senate Republican Caucus united in support of real ethics reform, standing in opposition to House Joint Resolution 93 – a measure that would create a Democrat-controlled commission to consider ethics reform.
Legislators return to the Capitol Nov. 12
Senators and Representatives return to the Capitol November 12-14 for the second and final week of the fall Veto Session.
Senate Republican bill ensures independent investigations of ethics violations
The Senate Republican Caucus took action during the week to restore public trust in an honest and ethical state government by introducing legislation to ensure independent investigations of members of the General Assembly.
Illinois announces multi-billion-dollar road construction plan
The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announced a multi-year, $23.5 billion transportation construction program Oct. 21 that proposes to spend more than $3.7 billion in the current fiscal year alone.
From the Desk of Senator Brian W. Stewart: What do you think about the proposal to consolidate pension plans?
During the upcoming fall veto session, during which we generally take action on bills vetoed by the Governor, Illinois lawmakers could also be asked to consider a proposal to consolidate suburban and downstate pension plans.
From the Desk of Senator Brian W. Stewart: Veterans to be Showcased at the Capitol
As Veterans Day approaches I am asking constituents to submit a photo and tribute to a loved one who has served in the United States Armed Forces to be displayed on the Veterans Day “Wall of Honor” in the Illinois State Capitol, November 4-15.
From the Desk of Senator Brian W. Stewart: Illinois ranked least tax-friendly state
Personal finance publication Kiplinger has ranked all U.S. states to determine which is the most, and the least, tax-friendly, based on the tax burden placed on residents.
Sen. Stewart to host Medicare seminars Oct. 9 in Mount Carroll, and Oct. 10 in Rochelle
Senator Brian Stewart will host two free community events in October to help constituents learn more about the federal Medicare program.
Week in Review | Week of September 23-27, 2019
Demonstrating a firm commitment to Illinois’ vast agricultural industry, a Taiwanese delegation recently announced their intention to purchase $2.2 billion in Illinois corn and soybeans over the next two years.
Week-in-review: Sept. 16-20
A one-time tax amnesty program is being offered to delinquent taxpayers beginning October 1. Also during the week, members of the Property Tax Relief Task Force continued to meet in hopes of addressing Illinois’ onerous property tax burden.
Children's Health & Safety Expo September 21 in Dixon!
Senator Brian Stewart and Representative Tom Demmer will host a free Children's Health & Safety Expo on Sept. 21 at Reagan Middle School, 620 Division Street in Dixon.
Senate Week in Review: September 9-13, 2019
Beginning January 1, 2020, recreational cannabis sales will be legal in Illinois. With less than four months to go before the new law takes effect, dispensaries have several regulations to abide by, such as taking part in health and safety training, before opening their doors.
Children's Health & Safety Expo September 21 in Dixon!
Senator Brian Stewart and Representative Tom Demmer invite all area families to attend a free Children’s Safety Expo from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. September 21 at Reagan Middle School, 620 Division Street in Dixon.
From the Desk of Senator Brian W. Stewart: “US Route 20 overpass dedication honors Trooper Brooke Jones-Story”
Illinois State Trooper Brooke Jones-Story was honored August 30 with the dedication of the Springfield Road Overpass on Route 20 in her honor.
From the Desk of Senator Brian W. Stewart: “State Police ask motorists to be aware as school begins”
As students across Illinois head back to school, the Illinois State Police are reminding the public to be aware of school buses, crosswalks, and children walking or riding their bikes to school.
From the Desk of Senator Brian W. Stewart: “Protecting against harassment and discrimination”
Illinois will now have stronger protections for victims of sexual harassment and discrimination with the signing of Senate Bill 75.