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School Funding Update

Governor Bruce Rauner formed a new commission last summer which was tasked with recommending a comprehensive solution to reform Illinois’ school funding formula. This commission has recently submitted their recommendations to the Governor and General Assembly. This report is currently being used as a guide to form new legislation that will revamp the current school funding formula.

Illinois’ Early Spring Storms Cause Destruction

North Central and Southern Illinois residents are cleaning up after a series of tornados touched down in LaSalle, Jackson, Perry, Franklin, Hamilton and White counties. The storms left two Illinoisans dead in LaSalle and White counties.

State Employment Workshop

Workshop covers process of navigating State of Illinois employment application process.

Conference of Women Legislators Scholarship Award Program

The Conference of Women Legislators are now accepting applications for part-time and full-time students.

Sen. Althoff reacts to Gov. Rauner’s State Budget Address

“Today, the Governor made it clear again to the General Assembly that the state is in dire need of a balanced budget. The consequences of going without one are to the tune of $11 million per day. That is an injustice to the Illinois taxpayer.

Plan to widen Rt 47 to ease congestion

Woodstock and communities along Route 47 in McHenry Country are growing across residential, commercial, and tourism sectors, which means Route 47 is experiencing an increase in traffic, congestion, and accidents.

Education Funding Reform Commission issues framework for school funding solution

The Education Funding Reform Commission issued its report to the General Assembly Feb. 1, highlighting ideas for how the legislature could craft a bipartisan solution to the issue of creating a new and improved school funding formula. The bipartisan framework issued by the Commission comes after the group of 25 lawmakers from both parties and chambers and five members appointed by Gov. Bruce Rauner, met for 75 hours over the last six months.

Early voting begins for Consolidated Primary Election.

Early voting has begun for the February 28th, 2017 Consolidated Primary Election in McHenry County. You can cast your ballot at the McHenry County Clerk's Office and starting February 13 other sites throughout the county will offer early voting.

State of the State

Governor Bruce Rauner delivered his third State of the State address this week and used the opportunity to highlight some key accomplishments achieved by his administration.

Althoff: Excited about progress, but challenges lie ahead

Sen. Althoff hosts Youth Advisory Council for high school students

On January 19, 38 students from the 32nd Senate District took part in State Senator Pamela Althoff’s first Youth Advisory Council at the McHenry County College Shah Center, which gave students a hands-on learning experience about public policy and the legislative process.

Budget compromise unveiled in Senate

If the state’s historic budget impasse is to end any time soon, it could largely be due to a package of legislation unveiled in the Senate for the first time on January 9th. In addition to providing a full year budget with matching revenue, the measures tackle a broad range of issues, including term limits for legislative leaders, a statewide two-year property tax freeze, workers compensation reform, pension reform, and reforms to trim the cost of government.

Senate institutes term limit rule for leaders

After the swearing in of new members, the Senate adopted its new rules, including for the first time term limits for legislative leaders. The new rule limits both the Senate President and Minority Leader to a maximum of five terms.

Illinois Bicentennial Commission holds its first meeting

The Illinois Bicentennial Commission kicked off their work today as the first meeting was held at the Old State Capitol.

Sen. Althoff applauds the extension of EDGE tax credits

State Senator Pamela Althoff (R-McHenry) applauds the General Assembly for passing a bill that would extend the EDGE tax credit program for another four months, giving legislators more time to implement a new and improved program.