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.
From the Desk of Senator Brian W. Stewart: “Property taxes, parks, pets and pollution prevention”
A new state task force will look for ways to provide property tax relief to homeowners and report its findings by the end of the year.
From the Desk of Senator Brian W. Stewart: “New laws, flooding update, and upcoming agriculture events”
A new law that seeks to make Illinois’ roadways safer for emergency personnel was signed into law on July 30. I attended the signing ceremony in Rockford. As a retired law enforcement officer, I take the loss of every brother or sister in blue personally.
From the Desk of Senator Brian W. Stewart: “Credit, crops and corndogs!”
Millions of Illinoisans impacted by the 2017 Equifax breach could soon be in line for a cash payment, as the credit monitoring company announced during the week a federal lawsuit settlement that includes restitution for consumers impacted by the breach.
Senator Stewart to host free Mobile Driver Services Facility July 23 in Stockton
Senator Brian Stewart will be hosting a free Mobile Driver Services Facility event July 23 in Stockton.
From the Desk of Senator Brian W. Stewart: “Let the people decide!”
In the wake of a recent federal Supreme Court ruling, Illinois Senate Republicans are renewing their call to pass a state Constitutional Amendment to allow voters to decide who draws legislative boundary maps.
From the Desk of Senator Brian W. Stewart: “It's important to be prepared!”
Recent strong earthquakes in California are prompting calls for earthquake awareness from the Illinois Emergency Management Agency. IEMA is also focusing this month on young people learning how to prepare for all emergency situations.
Senate Week in Review: July 8-12, 2019
Recent strong earthquakes in California are prompting calls for earthquake awareness from the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA), which is also focusing this month on young people learning how to prepare for all emergency situations.
From the Desk of Senator Brian W. Stewart: “… we shall be a city upon a hill.”
Fourth of July is a celebration of independence, a time to pay tribute to our nation, its founders and the men and women who in so many ways have made her great.