We Mourn and We March

Jun 16, 2016 Comments Off on We Mourn and We March Matt

Dear Neighbors, As the days pass and we learn more about the events at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, human nature drives us to draw conclusions and propose solutions. The complexity of this situation requires a little more thought though. There is much we still don’t know and may never know about the circumstances leading up …

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Summary of Proposals

Jun 6, 2016 Comments Off on Summary of Proposals Matt

Below is a summary of the various budgetary, education spending and revenue proposals.

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Binder Full of Blondies

Jun 3, 2016 Comments Off on Binder Full of Blondies Matt

As some of you may know, I embarked on a baking project this session. While it may seem frivolous, the goal was to get people talking to each other, to build unique relationships and to help reduce stress. Read the first post below and check out the full experience here. It’s May in Springfield and …

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Upcoming Coffee Hours

Jun 3, 2016 Comments Off on Upcoming Coffee Hours Matt

Breakers Update Flyer Rogers Park Update Flyer (1)

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Budget Vote Statement

May 25, 2016 Comments Off on Budget Vote Statement Matt

Earlier this evening, the House voted on SB 2048, passing it by a vote of 63-51. It was an appropriations bill covering the needs of state government including education, public safety and human services. While the bill included appropriations for many things I strongly support, it once again does not have the funding to support …

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Virtual Town Hall

May 20, 2016 Comments Off on Virtual Town Hall Matt

As we approach our Virtual Town Hall on Thursday, May 26th at 6pm I wanted to give an update on some of the key issues we will be discussing. The legislature and Governor are tasked with passing a state budget by the end of session on May 31st. We are quickly approaching having gone an …

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Shoulder Pads for Sullivan

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Budget Update

May 16, 2016 Comments Off on Budget Update Matt

While we continue to work towards a fully funded budget, I am pleased to report that both the House and Senate passed a human services bill that provides much needed funding for providers. The funds cover costs incurred during FY 2016, and were approved unanimously this past week. Since July 1st, 2015 the state has …

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New Legislation for 2016

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Steans Budget Analysis

Feb 29, 2016 Comments Off on Steans Budget Analysis Matt

I wanted to share this detailed summary of the Governor’s proposed budget given by my colleague State Senator Heather Steans:   Dear Friends, While we are now 8 months without a budget for our current fiscal year (FY16), the governor gave his budget address last Wednesday to present his proposed FY17 budget. Following my brief overview …

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