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BudgetWatch: The Senate’s attempt at a Grand Bargain takes a hit

February 13, 2017

by Dan Frey, Director of Government Relations   A quick update on last week’s session days in Springfield. The Budget Impasse The Senate’s attempt at a Grand Bargain took a hit last week as one of the component pieces of legislation dealing with pension reform was voted down by the Senate. Senate President Cullerton began calling pieces of the deal...
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BudgetWatch: Gov. Rauner's State of the State

February 1, 2017

by Dan Frey, Director of Government Relations   Greetings all, I just thought I would provide a quick update on what happened during this week of session in Springfield. Governor’s State of the State The governor addressed a joint session of the General Assembly (GA) on Wednesday, Jan. 25, where he highlighted what he believes to be the successes of his...
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BudgetWatch: Transition from 99th to 100th General Assembly

January 18, 2017

by Dan Frey, Director of Government Relations Good morning everyone, I just wanted to take a moment and update you all on the developments that transpired in Springfield last week as the 99 th General Assembly (GA) came to a close and the 100 th GA got started. Budget Update In the Lame Duck session, there were multiple efforts to address the budget situation in each...
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BudgetWatch: End of Veto Session wrap-up

December 5, 2016

by Dan Frey, Director of Government Relations Good morning everyone, I just wanted to provide a quick update on the now completed Veto Session that wrapped up last Thursday evening. Substantive Legislation There was little movement on the budget, as expected, during Veto Session. However, a House resolution sponsored by Rep. Dave McSweeney that stated the...
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BudgetWatch: Springfield passes bill to fund the state through December

July 6, 2016

by Dan Frey, Director of Government Relations Good afternoon, everyone! I wanted to take a quick minute to update you all on the events in Springfield last week. The General Assembly (GA) came together on Wednesday and Thursday to pass a bill that partially appropriated for a short-term, stopgap budget. Governor Bruce Rauner has already signed this budget, SB 2047...
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BudgetWatch: End of session and still no budget

June 13, 2016

by Dan Frey, Director of Government Relations Just a quick update of the happenings in Springfield regarding state government since my last update early on May 31. Substantive Bills HB 6213 , our MCO quality bill, was unanimously concurred with in the House on May 31, and thus passed both houses of the legislature. That bill, along with HB 4554 (mandated PrEP Medicaid...
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BudgetWatch: As the legislative session ends today, the budget situation is a bit of a mess

May 31, 2016

by Dan Frey, Director of Government Relations Good afternoon everyone, just a quick update on the situation occurring down here in Springfield. Today is the last day this year that legislation can be passed with a simple majority.  Starting tomorrow, a super majority, meaning 3/5 of representatives and senators, will be needed to approve any substantive or appropriative legislation...
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BudgetWatch: Some progress on FY 16 human services and higher education budgets

April 25, 2016

by Dan Frey, Director of Government Relations Good afternoon everyone, I wanted to update you all on some of the developments that occurred during the week of April 18, in Springfield. It was Third Reading deadline week, meaning all bills that originated in either house needed to be passed out by the end of the day Friday in order to be considered in the opposite house moving forward...
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BudgetWatch: Important bills pass out of committees, little budget news

April 14, 2016

by Dan Frey, Director of Government Relations Good morning everyone, I just wanted to take a few minutes to update you all on a busy week in Springfield. It was committee deadline week, and as such many pieces of legislation came up for an initial vote. This was a week of movement on substantive bills, but there is also a little budget news.  Let’s dive right in to it!...
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BudgetWatch: Advocates take to digital media to fight for #PositiveBudgetIL

April 1, 2016

by Dan Frey, Director of Government Relations Good afternoon everyone!  Though the legislature has not been in session for a few weeks now, AFC has been busy in preparing for their return to Springfield on Monday, April 5. Virtual Advocacy Days AFC held its second Virtual Advocacy Day on Wednesday, March 23.  Over 100 individuals and organizations took to...
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