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  • Senator Barickman's Senate Week in Review: May 16 - 20

    It was a rollercoaster week in the Illinois Statehouse, beginning with the Governor’s veto of controversial “binding arbitration” legislation. As the General Assembly approaches the scheduled May 31 adjournment date, the Senate advanced a number of proposals, including another Monetary Assistance Program (MAP) grant measure that once again lacks any funding mechanism... read more...
  • Senator Barickman passes legislation to battle child abuse

    The Illinois Senate unanimously passed legislation sponsored by State Sen. Jason Barickman (R-Bloomington) to increase collaboration with the Department of Defense on child abuse and neglect cases filed against members of the military. read more...
  • Senator Barickman's Senate Week in Review: May 9 - 13

    Senate Democrats narrowly rammed through legislation purported to represent school funding reform, despite analysis from the state school board showing that plan was little more than a thinly-veiled bailout for Chicago schools. The bill faces an uncertain future in the House of Representatives, where lawmakers are currently reviewing other options... read more...
  • Senator Barickman's Senate Week in Review: May 2 - 6

    With just over three weeks remaining in the 2016 spring legislative session, Illinois has entered its eleventh month without a state budget. However, recent action in the Senate to advance bipartisan budget measures for higher education and social service providers have some lawmakers hopeful a timely resolution to the impasse is possible... read more...
  • Senator Barickman votes to send additional funding to downstate colleges

    State Sen. Jason Barickman (R-Bloomington) voted to send nearly $20 million more in state funding to Illinois State University, on top of the approximately $21 million recently appropriated, as part of package to provide additional funding to MAP grants and all downstate colleges... read more...

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Engaging students in state government. Senator Barickman brings high school students together to meet with government officials and to propose new legislation that will be debated at the Capitol.




Sen. Barickman welcomes a delegation of officials from the Chinese Province of Liaoning on a visit to the Illinois Capitol to enhance international cooperation between the state and province.





Sen. Barickman teams up with teachers, schools and parents on a bipartisan solution to end school funding inequity.





Sen. Jason Barickman (R-Bloomington) tours the Destihl Microbrewery in Normal, Illinois to learn about the brewing process and potential legislative issues affecting the industry.

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