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Sen. Barickman statement on filing of school funding amendment

“Working to develop a bipartisan, bicameral solution to our broken school funding formula has been a long and arduous process. I am cautiously optimistic this amendment is another step forward in our combined efforts...

Barickman welcomes high school students to Capitol to take part in state government

More than 70 students from across the 53rd Senate District travelled to the Capitol March 8 to take action on legislation in a mock committee hearing, as part of State Sen. Jason Barickman’s Youth Advisory Council (YAC)....

Barickman statement on Gov. Rauner’s budget address

"The budget address is always important because it allows the governor to present his vision for the state’s fiscal future and his funding priorities. Any budget plan will require approval from both the Senate and House, as well as the Governor. In light of the current budget negotiations taking place in the Senate, the Governor’s plan offers us guidance on what he will be willing to sign into law, and what new avenues the leaders need to explore during talks...

Barickman statement on Caterpillar’s plans to move HQ to Chicago

"It’s extremely disappointing to see jobs moving out of Central Illinois, even if they will remain in the state. This just goes to show that no jobs or businesses can be taken for granted...

Barickman named to Forestry Development Council

State Sen. Jason Barickman (R-Bloomington) has been appointed to the Illinois Forestry Development Council.. "Our forests are a major asset to the state’s economy and ecology,” said Barickman...

Senator Barickman's Senate Week in Review: January 27, 2017

A budget framework continued to be debated and fine-tuned this week as lawmakers gathered input on a package of bills that would help set Illinois on the right fiscal course. Governor Rauner also gave his third State of the State address...

Barickman statement on Governor's State of the State address

It was good to hear the governor highlight some of the accomplishments of the last two years, while noting the challenges that still lie ahead, and all that we need to accomplish to move our state forward...

Sen. Barickman appointed to leadership role in Senate

Families in the 53rd Senate District may now have more influence on what happens in Springfield, as State Sen. Jason Barickman (R-Bloomington) was appointed to a new leadership position in the 100th General Assembly by Senate Minority Leader Chsitine Radogno (R-Lemont)...

Senator Barickman's Senate Week in Review: January 9 - 13, 2017

After nearly 18 months without a full budget, a broad ranging bipartisan package of reforms, spending and revenue was unveiled in the Senate. Legislators from both sides of the aisle hailed the legislation as the first step toward ending the state’s historic budget impasse. Meanwhile, the 99th General Assembly came to an end as the 100th General Assembly was sworn into office with several new faces...

Statement on inauguration of the 100th General Assembly

“I am extremely honored and humbled to once again be representing the people of this great region in the Illinois Senate,” said Sen. Barickman...

Budget/Reform compromise package filed in Senate

A series of reform and budgetary bills aimed at ending the state’s long budget impasse have been filed in the Senate, according to State Sen. Jason Barickman (R-Bloomington)...

Senator Barickman's Senate Week in Review: January 6, 2017

Lawmakers return to Springfield January 9 with two days to conclude the work of the 99th General Assembly prior to the new 100th General Assembly being sworn-in on January 11. Though it’s unknown what issues may come up during the early week “lame duck” session, Senate Republicans reaffirm that their top priority is passage of a full-year balanced budget containing the reforms needed to grow the state’s economy and alleviate the property tax burden on homeowners, all of which will help put Illin

New Laws for 2017

s citizens throughout the state of Illinois ring in the New Year, nearly 200 laws will take effect. A significant number of the new laws target crime, make changes to the criminal justice system, seek to assist law enforcement, and advance safety provisions for Illinois motorists. Other new laws...

Senator Barickman's Senate Week in Review: Dec 5 - 9

With only a few weeks left until some of the state’s spending authority runs out, Gov. Bruce Rauner and the four leaders continued to meet in Chicago to discuss a full-year budget plan accompanied by reforms; however, meetings have been put on hold while the Governor and Republican leaders await a budget proposal from Democrat legislative leaders. Also this week...

Senator Barickman's Senate Week in Review: November 14 - 18

Due to stalling by Democrat leaders, the first week of the fall veto session ended early without any real action on the state budget. Republican lawmakers joined the Governor in urging their Democrat counterparts to work with them on crafting a balanced state budget and transformational reforms, underscoring that the appropriations authority required to pay for many state operations, human service providers, and state vendors will run out on December 31. Meanwhile...