Senate Week in Review
"Grand Bargain" slowly moving forward
Senate lawmakers adjourned March 2, with negotiations continuing on several critical aspects of a Senate budget and reform package). On Feb. 28, the Senate took action on nearly half of the 13 pieces of legislation that are part of the Senate budget framework, passing legislation dealing with local government consolidation, “pension parity” for Chicago Public Schools, a gaming expansion, procurement reform, and Fiscal Year 2017 supplemental appropriation legislation.
Officer Scot Fitzgerald Memorial Highway Dedicated
State Senator Sam McCann (R-Plainview) helped unveil a new sign renaming Illinois Route 267 at Nortonville Road as “Officer Scot Fitzgerald Memorial Highway” on Friday, March 3 starting at 11am. Officer Fitzgerald’s family will participate in the ceremony.
Officer Fitzgerald was killed in an auto accident while responding to an emergency call. He was a police officer with the village of South Jacksonville and a Scott County Deputy Sheriff.
"Officer Fitzgerald sacrificed his life to make our communities safe," said State Senator Sam McCann. "I hope his courage and dedication will continue to inspire others to serve their fellow man."
The memorial dedication was the result of legislation passed by Senator McCann during the previous General Assembly.
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.
Senators representing the affected communities returned to their district after the storms to tour the damaged areas and offer assistance and support. The Illinois Emergency Management Agency and other state and local entities have been coordinating rescue and clean-up efforts.