From State Senator Karen McConnaughay:
This week in Springfield, Senate lawmakers focused much of their attention on moving legislation through committees as part of the vetting process. As legislation is approved by Senators on these committees, it will move to the full Senate body where it may be considered by all Senators.
However, I know many of you are primarily interested in an update on the budget. I still believe the Senate is close to coming to a resolution. However, I think it’s important to acknowledge the scope of what we’ve undertaken. Considering the import and complexity of the issues we’re taking on in this package, it is no wonder that it takes a while to get there. An agreement will take time, and work is still needed on the package before we can say that a compromise has truly been reached.
While we continue to finalize the details on a number of the proposals, two particularly important issues where we still have yet to come to reach an agreement are workers’ compensation reform and property tax relief. I cannot support any budget and reform package until consensus is reached on these pieces of legislation. It is essential that we maximize efficiencies within the workers’ compensation system while retaining protections Illinois workers benefit from. We must also give stronger tools to the Department of Insurance to fight fraud and abuse within the system.
Additionally, property taxes are a particularly heavy burden on taxpayers within the 33rd district. In fact, Illinois citizens pay some of the highest property taxes in the nation. This is why any fiscal plan that will advance a tax increase must also include a statewide property tax freeze to provide much needed relief to hard working Illinois families.
While I have been—and remain—hopeful that the General Assembly can come to a budget agreement with critical structural reforms to put our state back on track, we must make sure we get this right. We’ve made great strides, but we aren’t there yet. I have no doubt that we can resolve our differences through continued give-and-take.
I’m always here to listen to your important questions and concerns that you have regarding these ongoing discussions. Please feel free to contact my district office at 847-214-8245 or send me an email at s[email protected]
I am also still seeking feedback from you! My brief survey can still be found online–I hope you take the time to fill it out.
State Senator 33rd District
Update on the Budget Deal
Senator McConnaughay was involved in ongoing discussions for the impending budget deal. Although it was not passed this week, she provided a current status of negotiations on the compromise. Watch here
“Art is essential to children’s educational development,” said Senator McConnaughay. “Studies show that art education helps improve academic performance and student access. Not only does art education assist in creative problem solving, but it is an important part of a well-rounded education that children benefit from well into their future. I’d like to thank the dedicated teachers and administrators within the 33rd district who worked with us on this wonderful program.”
McConnaughay Recognizes CAASE as ‘Human Trafficking Hero’
This week Senator McConnaughay recognized the Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation (CAASE) as her Human Trafficking Hero recipient. CAASE pushes for a community free from all forms of sexual exploitation, including sexual assault and the commercial sex trade. Read more
“Through CAASE’s policy initiatives and local outreach, this organization continues to bring awareness to the issues of human trafficking and sexual exploitation one community at a time,” said Senator Karen McConnaughay. “While raising awareness is one component of CAASE’s mission, it is a critical part. I applaud CAASE staff efforts to prevent sexual exploitation and help survivors seek civil litigation and criminal prosecution for perpetrators of sexual violence.”
Fox Valley SCORE Offers Assistance to Small Businesses
The ability for small businesses to thrive in Illinois is essential. Small business owners within the 33rd District can take a look at Fox Valley SCORE as they are providing free confidential mentoring to enhance branding efforts for small businesses within DeKalb, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, McHenry and Will counties. Read more
March Celebrates Women’s History Month
March marks Women’s History Month, providing the opportunity to reflect upon the contributions of women throughout history, and celebrate the significant contributions women continue to make to modern society.
Local Business Discounts for Kane Veterans
Many veterans in Kane County are now eligible for discounts at local small businesses. This includes cash bonuses and rebates for auto purchases, clothing stores, entertainment, and much more! Veterans can use a military ID to receive these community discounts. Read more
Community Spotlight: Rise Jones, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Hamilton Wings
This week, Senator McConnaughay spotlights every day hero, Rise Jones, Ph.D., Co-Founder and Executive Director of Hamilton Wings. Read more
“The arts are vital to our children’s academic and emotional development, and every community needs leaders like Rise to protect and promote art enrichment and education,” said Senator McConnaughay. “Rise is not only an incredible role model for our young students, but she inspires everyone to discover their personal gifts and how they can use them to give back to the community.”