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50th District Update: October 13

This week, legislation was introduced in the Senate and the House banning the use of taxpayer dollars to finance elective abortions. The legislation reverses key portions of a new, controversial law that expanded taxpayer funding to pay for voluntary abortion procedures. In other state news, a new task force targeting the rise of opioid deaths in Illinois met this week. It’s estimated that in 2017 nearly 1,900 people in Illinois will die due to an opioid overdose...

Sen. McCann encourages families to submit stories of veterans to be showcased at Illinois Capitol

To help remember veterans, tell their incredible stories, and honor their legacy and sacrifice this upcoming Veterans Day, State Senator Sam McCann (R-Plainview) is encouraging constituents to submit a tribute and photo of their loved one who served our country to be displayed in the rotunda of the Illinois Capitol Nov. 1-Nov. 13.

McCann: “Most recent school funding ‘compromise’ a bridge too far.”

“There have been many pieces of legislation that have advanced over the last several years in the Illinois General Assembly that sought to bring equity and balance to the way in which we fund our schools and I have voted for most of them. I didn’t vote for them because I thought they were perfect bills, but because I knew how important the subject matter was. And because I knew it would take years for it all to come together, I wanted to be a part of advancing the conversation and the cause,”

Sen. McCann’s statement on veto override to SB1

“Our current school funding formula is broken. If it we don’t replace it with an evidence-based model, our schools will lose out on the majority of their state funding. This veto did not move this process forward. While Senate Bill 1 is not perfect, it is the only bill that has passed the Illinois General Assembly..."

Sen. McCann’s statement on budget votes

SPRINGFIELD – State Sen. Sam McCann (R-Plainview) released the following statement after the Illinois Senate voted on budget and tax hike legislation. “I can’t in good conscience vote for a 32% income tax hike. Illinois has an outdated and punitive tax structure that unfairly harms our working families...

McCann: Senate passes legislation to save 911 services

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Senate has approved legislation to make sure that 9-1-1 systems do not go offline after June 30. According to State Senator Sam McCann (R-Plainview), the bipartisan bill will also help modernize the state’s telecommunications system...

McCann: New school funding legislation shows best results

SPRINGFIELD – According to State Senator Sam McCann (R-Plainview), data from the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) shows that a new school funding proposal provides more money for all schools through a more equitable system than previous legislation...

McCann files legislation to force continuous session until budget is resolved

State Senator Sam McCann (R-Plainview) has filed bipartisan legislation to keep lawmakers and the Governor at the Illinois Capitol until a balanced budget is passed, without additional costs to the taxpayers...

50th District Update: Deja Vu

Dear Friends, I just want to give you a quick update on what is going on at the Capitol. May 31st, the normal end to the regular session of the Illinois General Assembly, has passed and we still don't have a budget in place. It had been appearing that this was the direction we were headed for a while now. This is beginning to feel like a twisted version of the movie Groundhog Day, where every day we just keep reliving the same mistakes of the past...

Sen. McCann’s statement on passage of Senate Bill 1839

SPRINGFIELD – State Sen. Sam McCann (R-Plainview) released the following statement after the Illinois Senate passed a bipartisan bill to protect 9-1-1 services...

Senate passes McCann-sponsored legislation to reduce unclaimed life insurance benefits

The Illinois Senate passed legislation sponsored by State Senator Sam McCann (R-Plainview) to make sure insurance companies are doing their due diligence in paying out life insurance policies...

McCann statement on passage of bipartisan property tax freeze

“This is good legislation that finds a solid middle ground in the property tax debate. This is only a two-year freeze, so it won’t devastate our schools or local governments, but it will give us enough time to see how the idea is working and decide whether to extend it...

Senate passes McCann’s legislation to rebuild human service program

The Illinois Senate passed legislation filed by State Sen,. Sam McCann (R-Plainview) to re-launch a program to help people with mental and physical disabilities find employment. “I believe we have a duty to help people who simply want to work and contribute to our society but are struggling to overcome severe disabilities,” said Sen. McCann. “This will allow these individuals to join the workforce and work for the good of the public...

McCann files legislation to streamline Governor and Lt. Governor offices

Voters could soon have the choice of deciding whether to realize potential improved efficiency and savings of merging the operations budgets of the Governor and Lieutenant Governor, thanks to legislation filed by State Senator Sam McCann (R-Plainview)...

50th District Update: Remaining Open

This week I filed legislation to place a referendum on the ballot during the next general election in November 2018. This referendum would ask voters to decide whether to create a new, elected Director for the Department of Agriculture. This is something that 12 other states have done, including two states bordering Illinois...