Senator Barickman co-sponsors compromise legislation to reform Illinois government

SPRINGFIELD – State Sen. Jason Barickman (R-Bloomington) is co-sponsoring five bills that are the result of weeks of negotiations over several of Illinois’ biggest problems, including workers’ comp and property taxes.

“These individual bills provide an opportunity to actually turn our state around,” said Sen. Barickman. “The status quo of failure has to end, and this is a roadmap to make that happen.”

The five bills are result of lengthy negotiations between Gov. Bruce Rauner and legislative leaders from both parties.

“What we have is legislation that represents major compromises from those on both sides,” said Sen. Barickman. “This isn’t for show or political theater. These are real, commonsense reforms that can immediately provide relief to taxpayers, create jobs, grow businesses, and reform a broken political system.”

The five measures include workers’ comp reform, which would reduce rates for businesses. Illinois rates are currently the seventh-highest in the nation, and are often cited as a reason companies locate in other states. A property tax freeze would protect homeowners from crushing annual increases that hit struggling families the hardest. Tort reform would help to stop frivolous lawsuits. Other measures would tackle redistricting reform to end gerrymandering, and term limits that would help break up political gridlock.

“Term limits are an obvious choice, as Illinois citizens have repeatedly endorsed this idea,” said Sen. Barickman. “And we can finally put an end to some of the worst gerrymandering in our nation’s history, where districts are drawn for the most political gain, instead of for the best political representation of citizens.”

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