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Senator Barickman's Senate Week in Review: January 5

Illinois residents can expect to see improved safety measures for children and Internet users in 2018 with new laws that help protect children in the foster care system, at day care and at school; as well as shield children and adults online. On Jan. 1, more than 200 bills covering a wide variety of issues became law. In addition to child-protection and on-line protections, 2017 was an active year for passing proactive measures pertaining to physical and mental health, and laws that focus on im

Senator Barickman's Senate Week in Review: December 22

As Illinois residents get ready to ring in a new year, they can also expect to see more than 200 new laws going into effect on Jan. 1. Although the General Assembly passed a wide variety of legislation during the 2017 legislative session, it proved to be an especially active year for proactive measures pertaining to physical and mental health....

New laws taking effect January 1, 2018

As Illinois residents get ready to ring in a new year, they can also expect to see more than 200 new laws going into effect on Jan. 1. Here are all the new laws taking effect at the beginning of the new year.

Barickman honored by environmental and business groups

State Sen. Jason Barickman is being honored for his work in the Illinois General Assembly by organizations representing the environmental and manufacturing sectors. Barickman received the Environmental Leadership award from The Illinois Environmental Council (IEC), largely for his work on the Natural Areas Stewardship Act. The Technology and Manufacturing Association (TMA) is recognizing Barickman for his pro-manufacturing voting record in the General Assembly.

Plaque dedicated to fire safety efforts at BOS Center

The Springfield Fire Department’s dedication to public safety was honored Dec. 8 during a ceremony on the south side of the BOS Convention Center for the unveiling a plaque commemorating “Howard’s Ladder.”

Senator Barickman's Senate Week in Review: December 1

This week Senator Barickman joined with other local officials to welcome a major business anouncement in McLean County that will benefit not only the local economy, but the state economy. With recent reports revealing a mixed bag on employment rates in Illinois, state leaders continue their efforts to improve the economy and prospects for jobs growth in the coming year. Senator Barickman remains committed to revitalizing Illinois’ business/jobs climate by passing property tax relief, workers’

Senator Barickman's Senate Week in Review: November 20

Legislation addressing sexual harassment complaints and providing tax credits for flood victims was signed into law by the Governor during the week. In other action, Senate Republican Leader Bill Brady (R-Bloomington) announced appointments for the newly created Senate Task Force on Sexual Discrimination and Harassment Awareness and Prevention. Also during the week, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) announced its priority for hunter safety for the upcoming Firearm Deer Seas

85 high school students join Senator Barickman to learn about state government

State Sen. Jason Barickman (R-Bloomington) welcomed more than 80 students from across the 53rd Senate District to the Illinois State University Alumni Center to immerse themselves in the process of developing and proposing new legislation....

Open letter on state ethics act

I supported the passage of Senate Bill 402 which created new ethics standards for sexual harassment and House Bill 137 which removed the time limit to allow the Illinois Legislative Inspector General (LIG) to investigate complaints made over the last three years when the General Assembly was without an Inspector General. I believe this was an extremely necessary and long overdue step in improving ethics standards and enforcement, and I applaud the Governor for signing these into law. I am glad

Senator Barickman's Senate Week in Review: November 10

On November 4, the Legislative Ethics Commission appointed a new Inspector General, and both chambers took up legislation during the week seeking to improve Statehouse sexual harassment policies. Also, female senators announced the creation of a bipartisan Women’s Caucus. Also during the week, Senate lawmakers took time to recognize and honor the men and women of the Armed Forces, and farmers received some assistance early in the week with a recent harvest emergency declaration...

Senator Barickman's Senate Week in Review: November 3

State lawmakers return to Springfield Nov. 7 for the final days of fall veto session. Lawmakers are expected to take up several pieces of new legislation and possibly vote on other legislation vetoed by the Governor. Also this week, the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) will begin to pour through thousands of surveys from across the state, advising them on how they can improve rest areas; the Illinois State Police is asking people to take part in a new logo contest; and new informati

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...