McConnaughay Reports

A communication from State Senator Karen McConnaughay:

Karen McConnaughay

Karen McConnaughay

We are now more than three weeks into a new fiscal year. As this budget stalemate continues, what has become clear is that there are stark differences between how the two political parties approach the budget situation.

I continue to believe that the best way to solve this problem, and put Illinois on a more firm fiscal footing, is to pass fundamental reforms to how state government operates, and to approve a balanced, constitutional budget.

We can’t continue to rely on the same failed policies that have put us in this situation. It’s time to sit down and come up with a real bipartisan compromise to end this stalemate.

As this budget stalemate continues, I hope you will contact me or my office with questions or concerns you may have. You can also visit my legislative website at

Karen McConnaughay
State Senator for the 33rd District

Budget stalemate continues

Gov. Bruce Rauner and Republican lawmakers are seeking a constitutional 12-month budget anchored on solid governmental and business reforms to improve the state’s economy, freeze property taxes, and implement term limits and take “politics” out of the process of drawing legislative boundaries.

Read more about the ongoing stalemate here…

Human trafficking bills signed into law

Gov. Rauner took action on a number of bills during the week, including signing into law several co-sponsored by Sen. McConnaughay that aim to fight human trafficking in Illinois.

Human Trafficking Hotline (SB 43): Requires the Illinois Department of Human Services to cooperate with the Illinois Department of Transportation to promote public awareness of the national human trafficking hotline.

Human Trafficking Defense (SB 1588): Creates an affirmative defense for people charged with prostitution if they can prove that they engaged in prostitution as a result of human trafficking.

Click here for more of the bills signed into law this week…

Four companies close during 10-day period

Four Illinois companies have recently announced that they will close down their manufacturing operations in Illinois, news that further highlights the need to pass reforms to improve Illinois’ jobs-climate.

Read which four companies are leaving Illinois at this link…

Law could help save millions

A new law that would end state payments to benefit recipients who are deceased could save taxpayers millions of dollars.

Read more about this law here…

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