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ISBE analysis shows compromise school funding bill more equitable for all schools

All Illinois school districts would benefit from a more equitable distribution of state education dollars under a compromise proposal introduced by State Senator Jason Barickman (R-Bloomington) to fix the state’s broken school aid formula and end the budget stalemate, according to data released by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE)...

Senator Barickman's Senate Week in Review: June 12 - 16

This week, Senate Republicans continued their calls for compromise and cooperation to address the state’s fiscal crisis and end the ongoing budget stalemate, with several Senate and House lawmakers joining together to unveil a comprehensive balanced budget plan that includes critical structural reforms.

Senator Barickman statement on special session

“I applaud Governor Rauner for ordering a special session. Republicans have made major concessions in our recent budget and reform plan, and I believe a good bipartisan compromise is even closer than it was when Democrats walked away from negotiations in May...

Barickman helps introduce compromise budget and school funding plan

State Sen. Jason Barickman (R-Bloomington) joined with several of his colleagues to present a compromise budget package within framework laid out by Governor Bruce Rauner that includes significant areas of agreement on spending, reforms, and school funding...

Senator Barickman's Senate Week in Review: June 9

While the spring legislative session adjourned on May 31, Senate Republicans remain focused and prepared to pass a full-year balanced budget with structural reforms before the end of the fiscal year on June 30. The General Assembly is expected to return to the Capitol in late June to resume budget negotiations and legislative action...

Senator Barickman's Senate Week in Review

Despite attempts this spring from Senate Republican lawmakers to negotiate, in good faith, bipartisan reforms and a truly balanced budget, the Illinois Senate adjourned once again on Wednesday, May 31 without achieving this goal...

Republicans highlight inequity in newest Democrat school plan

Lawmakers in both chambers of the Illinois General Assembly are reviewing an inequitable Democrat school funding plan based on flawed and misleading data that disguises what is actually a massive bailout for Chicago’s school system at the expense of every one of the state’s other public schools.

Sen. Barickman statement on House Amendment 1 to Senate Bill 1

“In the last 48 hours of session, the House Democrats have doubled down on shoveling money to Chicago and its public school system. Instead of creating parity and equity for our struggling school districts, their latest version of school funding ‘reform’ creates more special deals for one district, shoveling $700 million into CPS at the expense of our state’s 851 other school districts...

Barickman: Democrats pass bad workers comp legislation

Springfield – Democrat Senators have again signaled that they are no longer interested in working with the other party to pass real solutions or a balanced budget, according to State Senator Jason Barickman (R-Bloomington). The super majority party closed out the week by passing a severely weakened and ineffective workers’ compensation bill that would do little to nothing to grow jobs...

Sen. Barickman statement on passing of massive tax hike and broken budget

“Rather than work on a truly balanced budget and meaningful reforms, Democrats have simply turned right back to their old tricks, ramming through an out of control budget along with massive tax hikes. The Senate hasn’t passed a balanced budget in over a decade, and Democrat leaders showed that they have no desire to stop their out of control spending...

Senate passes Barickman’s ‘Elder Abuse Awareness Day’

The Illinois Senate passed legislation filed by State Sen. Jason Barickman’s (R-Bloomington), to recognize June 15, 2017 as “Elder Abuse Awareness Day.”

Student bluebird projects honored by Senate

The Illinois Senate recently honored students taking part in programs to build and install bluebird houses throughout their communities, thanks to legislation filed by State Sen. Jason Barickman’s (R-Bloomington)...

Barickman: Democrats ram through partisan school funding bill

Instead of continuing negotiations on a bipartisan solution to fix the state’s broken school funding formula, Democrats rammed through another partisan bill that would continue special deals for Chicago, according to State Senator Jason Barickman (R-Bloomington)...

Senator Barickman's Senate Week in Review: May 15th

Senate Republicans remained at the negotiating table during the week, continuing their work to pass a long-term budget solution with necessary reforms, according to State Sen. Jason Barickman (R-Bloomington)...

Senate holds hearing on Barickman’s school funding bills

The Illinois Senate Education Committee held a hearing May 4 to analyze a school funding reform measure filed by State Sen. Jason Barickman’s (R-Bloomington), as well as a competing measure filed by Democrats...