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  • Senator Barickman's Senate Week in Review: July 17 - 21

    To avoid creating an unnecessary crisis for Illinois schools, Senate Republicans are calling on the Senate Democrat majority to remove their parliamentary hold on Senate Bill 1, an evidence-based school funding measure, so that the governor can issue an amendatory veto that would make it fair and equitable to all 852 Illinois school districts. Also this week, new legislation was signed into law to ensure life-saving treatments for children... read more...
  • Brady and Barickman urge Democrat leaders to stop playing games with school funding

    To avoid creating an unnecessary crisis for Illinois schools, State Sen. Bill Brady (R-Bloomington) and State Sen. Jason Barickman (R-Bloomington) are calling on the Senate Democrat majority to remove their parliamentary hold on Senate Bill 1, an evidence-based school funding measure, so that the governor can issue an amendatory veto that would make it fair and equitable to all 852 Illinois school districts... read more...
  • Senator Barickman's Senate Week in Review: July 19

    SPRINGFIELD, IL – Illinois residents’ paychecks will take a permanent hit due to the Democrats’ 32 percent income tax hike included in their budget last week, but a closer look at the Democrats’ spending plan reveals a state budget that is not balanced, may not make a significant dent in the state’s nearly $14.5 billion in unpaid bills and is filled with numerous mistakes and errors that will make it difficult, if not impossible, to enact some parts of their budget... read more...
  • Senator Barickman's Senate Week in Review: July 10

    The state’s two-year budget impasse came to a temporary end this week as the General Assembly, despite vetoes by Gov. Bruce Rauner and objections by a majority of Republican legislators, passed a budget that contained a permanent 32 percent income tax increase, while failing to incorporate any meaningful government reforms... read more...
  • Sen. Barickman statement on budget vote

    tate Senator Jason Barickman (R-Bloomington) released the following statement after Senate Democrats passed an unbalanced budget: “It’s extremely disappointing that after all the progress we have made in negotiations, Democrats would simply ram through an unbalanced budget that doesn’t offer any fixes or reforms for the systemic issues that continue to plague Illinois... read more...

Evidence-Based Education Funding


Senate Bill 1 passed the Illinois General Assembly by a partisan vote. Since then, Democrat leaders have held the bill in the Senate instead of sending it to the Governor. In it's current form, the legislation diverts hundreds of millions of dollars from 851 Illinois schools and sends it to Chicago. Senator Weaver urges Senate leaders to send the bill to the Governor so he can use his amendatory veto power to turn the legislation into a fairer plan for all Illinois schools. Under this plan, all schools would receive significant help from the state with no school losing any funding.


Click here to see how your school would fare under our plan.

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





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