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Barickman encourages families to share veterans’ stories at Capitol

To help remember veterans, tell their incredible stories, and honor their legacy and sacrifice this upcoming Veterans Day, State Senator Jason Barickman (R-Bloomington) is encouraging constituents to submit a tribute and photo of their loved one who served our country to be displayed in the rotunda of the Illinois Capitol Nov. 1-Nov. 13...

Senator Barickman's Senate Week in Review: Sept. 22

New laws were signed this week to spur economic development, and protect property owners while targeting criminal activity. In other news, the Illinois Department of Transportation is working to keep young passengers safe with a statewide “National Seat Check Saturday” initiative on Sept. 23 that boasts nearly 100 free car-seat safety checks throughout Illinois...

Senator Barickman's Senate Week in Review: Sept. 15

A new law, sponsored by State Senator Jason Barickman (R-Bloomington), modifies police education requirements to allow for candidates to apply if they have at least an associate’s degree or have 60 credit hours toward a bachelor’s degree—rather than strictly requiring an associate’s degree. This allows for police departments to hire from a larger and more competitive job pool. Consumer reporting agency Equifax announced last week that there has been a large data breach, causing millions of Ameri

Barickman’s legislation to boost police recruiting signed into law

Springfield – Police Department’s will soon have an easier time hiring qualified police officers, thanks to legislation sponsored by State Sen. Jason Barickman (R-Bloomington) and signed into law by Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner...

Governor signs Barickman’s legislation to stop abuse of court rules by governments

Springfield – Units of Government will no longer be able to abuse certain outdated court rules to throw out appeals filed by citizens, thanks to State Sen. Jason Barickman (R-Bloomington) and legislation he sponsored that was recently signed into law by Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner...

Statement from Sen. Barickman on Purvis announcement:

Sen. Jason Barickman (R-Bloomington) issued the following statement following the announcement that Beth Purvis is leaving ISBE:

Barickman-sponsored Natural Areas Stewardship Act signed into law

Springfield – The state’s natural areas will get some new help with protection and conservation thanks to legislation sponsored by State Sen. Jason Barickman (R-Bloomington) and signed into law by Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner...

Historic Barickman-sponsored school funding reform signed into law

Springfield – Illinois schools will soon begin receiving state aid payments through a school funding formula that sends education dollars where they are needed most, thanks to legislation co-sponsored by State Senator Jason Barickman (R-Bloomington) and signed into law by Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner...

Barickman: Historic school funding reform agreement finally clears General Assembly

A historic bipartisan agreement to replace the state's broken school funding formula with a more fair and equitable evidence-based model has now passed both chambers of the Illinois General Assembly, according to State Senator Jason Barickman (R-Bloomington)...

Statement from Sen. Barickman on passage of school funding reform in House

“I am encouraged that the House of Representatives voted to advance bipartisan school funding reform legislation to the Senate. It is important to remember that the status quo is no longer an option...

Senator Barickman's Senate Week in Review: Aug. 25

SPRINGFIELD, IL – Education funding progresses, job creation increases but remains a problem for Illinois, and a rush of bill signings and new laws top the news during the week...

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

Despite the Illinois Senate’s vote to override the Governor’s Amendatory Vetoof Senate Bill 1 (SB 1) this week, Senate Republicans continue to call on all sides of this important issue to work together toward a bipartisan solution that will bring parity to the state’s school funding formula. The Illinois Senate also passed a bipartisan measure that will help retain and create jobs, and Illinois residents are preparing for next week’s solar eclipse....

Barickman urges Democrats to negotiate in good faith to end school funding crisis

Lawmakers need to work quickly to find common ground on a compromise to fund schools, after Senate Democrats voted to override the Governor’s amendatory veto of Senate Bill 1, according to State Sen. Jason Barickman (R-Bloomington)...

Statement from Senate and House Republican Education Funding Reform Negotiators

"We've long known that Democrats would attack the Governor's amendatory veto. The question is whether they'll work with us in good faith on a bipartisan agreement. The time for pointing fingers is over. We need to work together, in good faith, to reach a bipartisan solution to this unnecessary crisis...

School funding legislation on Governor’s desk

After a weekend of promising negotiations that fizzled on Monday, Senate Democrats finally sent school funding legislation to the Governor, according to State Sen. Jason Barickman (R-Bloomington)...