Senate Week in Review: May 20-24th

It is important for us to remember the fallen who have given us the ultimate sacrifice so we can enjoy the benefits of living in the greatest country in the world. Thank you to all the veterans past and present. You will never be forgotten.

As a veteran myself, I was proud this past week as our caucus unveiled its annual Wall of Remembrance in honor of Memorial Day. The Wall of Remembrance features a moving display of photos and stories of men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice. Visitors also have the opportunity to share their own stories and memories of loved ones and friends who have fallen in the line of duty, or to simply express gratitude by filling out notes to post on the Wall.

With just four days remaining until the General Assembly is scheduled to adjourn the spring legislative session on May 31, several controversial issues remain unresolved.

Lawmakers have not yet acted on issues like an overhaul of Illinois income tax system from a flat to a graduated tax system, legalization of recreational cannabis, sports betting, or a much needed capital plan. Additionally, lawmakers must approve a budget for Fiscal Year 2020 in the remaining days.

As I mentioned a couple of weeks ago, students are another step closer to learning about hunting safety, under a measure that has now passed both the House and Senate. I am the Senate sponsor of HB 3462, which gives school districts the option to include hunting safety classes in their curriculum as a unit of instruction on hunting education. This bill should soon be off to the Governor.