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Springfield Office:
Senator 26th District
108B Capitol Building
Springfield, IL   62706
(217) 782-8010
(217) 782-4243 FAX
District Office:
111 North Avenue
Suite 211
Barrington, IL  60010
(847) 277-7100
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Senate Week in Review: October 13-17, 2014

More clouds gathered over the Quinn Administration as a result of a controversial home weatherization program, while a new report from a major bond rating agency offered a grim forecast of the state’s job creation prospects, according to State Sen. Dan Duffy (R-Lake Barrington).

In other news, a bipartisan legislative committee put the state’s hydraulic fracturing rules on hold for another month.

Senate Week in Review: October 6-10, 2014

Two days of testimony before the bipartisan Legislative Audit Commission provided some answers, but raised many more questions about Gov. Pat Quinn’s failed anti-violence initiative, according to State Sen. Dan Duffy (R-Lake Barrington).

The Commission heard from seven former members of Gov. Quinn’s Administration during the hearings Oct. 8-9 in Chicago, but failed to receive clear answers as to how and why Quinn’s Neighborhood Recovery Initiative (NRI) quickly ballooned from $20 million to almost $55 million seemingly overnight, nor how neighborhoods and providers were actually chosen to participate.

Lawmakers also questioned how the stated objectives of the program meshed with the Quinn Administration’s rush to put the program in place in the weeks prior to the 2010 governor’s election.

The program’s director, Barbara Shaw, testified that NRI was based on preventive measures that would not show results for years. But witnesses consistently said it was rushed into place as an emergency measure to stem violence – a goal that the program could not meet even if it had been properly implemented.

Senate Week in Review: September 29 – October 3, 2014

Gov. Pat Quinn’s scandal-plagued Neighborhood Recovery Initiative is poised to once again take center stage as federal prosecutors cleared the way for the bipartisan Legislative Audit Commission to resume their investigation of the program, according to State Sen. Dan Duffy (R-Lake Barrington).

In advance of an Oct. 8 Audit Commission hearing, recently uncovered reports show that Governor Quinn has shuffled millions of dollars into a re-branded version of his failed Neighborhood Recovery Initiative (NRI) and appears to be accelerating the pace of handouts as the election nears.

State spending records reveal $5 million in funds that were supposed to have gone statewide to help at-risk youth have been shifted to programs in Chicago that are virtual clones of the NRI, including several to the same contractors whose misuse of funds from the previous program sparked multiple criminal investigations.

Senate Week in Review: September 22-26, 2014

A new study has once again ranked Illinois at the bottom of the nation when it comes to the state’s business practices, according to State Sen. Dan Duffy (R-Lake Barrington).

Additionally, some state retirees will be interested to learn that the state’s Department of Central Management Services (CMS) recently confirmed that nearly $60 million in refunded health insurance premiums will be returned in response to a recent State Supreme Court ruling that a 2012 law to start deducting healthcare from retirees' pension checks was unconstitutional.

Study: Illinois is second-worst state for businesses

The nonpartisan American Economic Development Institute has released its yearly list of best and worst states in which to do business, ranking Illinois as 49th out of 50 states.

Senate Week in Review: September 8-12, 2014

Two new economic reports serve as reminders of how far Illinois still must go to get its fiscal house in order, according to State Sen. Dan Duffy (R-Lake Barrington).

A report from the General Assembly’s bipartisan fiscal forecasting agency shows a drop in state tax revenues during the first two months of the new fiscal year, and a report from Moody’s Investor Services highlights just how deeply in debt state and local pension systems are in Illinois, when compared to other states.

Tax receipts fall

Two months into the state’s new fiscal year, Illinois state government base revenues have dropped by $279 million from the previous year, according to the latest report from the legislature’s Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability (CoGFA).

The drop in revenues was not unexpected, according to CoGFA, because revenues last fiscal year benefited from a one-time boost related to the state’s tax Refund Fund.

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