Governor Rauner delivers budget address
On Wednesday, Governor Rauner gave his budget address – which outlined his budget proposal for the upcoming fiscal year. He proposed a balanced budget: we have an estimated $37.9 billion in revenue to work with, and he proposed to spend $37.6 billion. He also put forth a plan to roll back last year’s income tax increase. He did not propose any state facility closures and his budget would continue to fully fund K-12 education. He did propose a number of challenging actions to manage costs and revenue for the General Assembly to wrestle with.



Budget address coming up
The House was in session for some routine business this week, mostly committee hearings which will start moving legislation out to the floor. The next big event on the House calendar is the Governor’s budget address, which will be next Wednesday. The Governor told us in his State of the State address last week that he would be submitting a balanced budget proposal during his remarks.

General Assembly back in Springfield
The House and Senate reconvened for the first two days of the spring session this week. A brief session on Tuesday was followed by a handful of committee hearings – the first of many to come over the next few months. On Wednesday we overrode an amendatory veto by the Governor of a bill to implement last summer’s reforms to education funding. Fortunately, an agreement was worked out to address the concerns of all the interested parties. We will be back in session next Tuesday.

General Assembly back in session next week
The House and Senate will re-convene for the 2018 spring session on Tuesday, January 30. The House had originally been scheduled to come back for two days this week, starting on January 23, but the Speaker decided to cancel both days’ session.

Tax credits for internships
In this day and age, many careers begin with internships. Whether it is college or high school students, those entering the job market often take their first step through an internship with some entity in their preferred field. These entry-level jobs provide valuable education for students embarking on their careers, as well as useful experience for them once they have graduated.

Spring session to begin on January 23
The Illinois House will return to Springfield for the opening of the annual spring session on Tuesday, January 23. The Senate will be back a week later on January 30. Governor Rauner will offer his State of the State Address on January 31 and his budget address on February 14. During these opening weeks, members will be filing new legislation and committees will begin their consideration of the bills that are filed. Since this is the second year of the 100th General Assembly, it is possible that a few bills which were introduced last year could be brought back for consideration again this year.

2018 brings more than 200 new state laws
With the arrival of the new year, more than 200 bills which were passed by the legislature and signed by the Governor took effect. For the full list of new laws which took effect on January 1, visit www.repbennett.com and click on "New Year, New Laws 2018." Keep reading for a quick rundown of some of these new laws.