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Senator Barickman's Senate Week in Review: April 24 - 28

A simulation of education funding reform legislation run by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) during the week shows good results for school districts across the state. The evidence-based funding approach, filed by State Senator Jason Barickman (R-Bloomington), is modeled after suggestions from the Education Funding Reform Commission, a bipartisan group of lawmakers who were tasked with offering ideas on how to better Illinois’ current education funding formula. Also during the week at

ISBE simulation shows good results for Barickman’s school funding legislation

An Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) funding simulation shows State Senator Jason Barickman’s (R-Bloomington) school funding reform plan would provide a major boost to struggling schools across the state, sending more than a half a billion dollars in funding through an evidence based model without increasing costs from the previous year...

Senator Barickman's Senate Week in Review: April 10 - 14

Fixing the state’s broken school funding formula is the goal of two legislative proposals introduced this week, while another recently filed measure seeks to address the teacher shortage in Illinois’ rural school districts. In other news, the Illinois State Police is taking a proactive step to combat hate crimes in Illinois communities, and the Department of Revenue is reminding residents that the tax-filing deadline is quickly approaching...

Barickman files education funding legislation including true parity for schools

Springfield – Fixing the state’s broken school funding formula could soon become a reality, due in large part to two pieces of legislation filed by State Senator Jason Barickman (R-Bloomington)...

Senator Barickman's Senate Week in Review: April 10

This week, Senate Republicans continued to highlight their vision for a full-year, balanced budget with commonsense reforms that will put Illinois’ fiscal house in order and create a foundation for future budgeting. This forward-looking approach stands in stark contrast to House Democrats who, devoid of any new ideas and solutions, ran another stopgap budget containing no reforms to change the system...

Barickman leads new lawmakers on tour of Pontiac Correctional Center

Springfield – Several of the Illinois General Assembly’s newest lawmakers were given a rare inside look at the day-to-day operations of the Pontiac Correctional Center, thanks to a tour and visit organized by State Senator Jason Barickman (R-Bloomington). "The Pontiac Correctional Center is an important engine for this part of the state, and it plays a major role in keeping our citizens safe,” said Senator Barickman. “I want to make sure my colleagues understand the vital work done here in Po

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...