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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...

Barickman passes legislation to stop abuse of outdated court rules

State Sen. Jason Barickman’s (R-Bloomington) legislation to stop governments from abusing outdated court rules to throw out citizen and business appeals has been passed by a unanimous vote of the Senate...

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...