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Sen. Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant disappointed in Senate’s approval of Trump’s Tax Plan

jbt 120817PLAINFIELD- State Senator Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) is disappointed in the U.S. Senate’s approval of President Trump’s changes to the federal tax code that will hurt families across the 49th State Senate District.

The plan would benefit wealthy corporations at the expense of hardworking Illinois families. It is projected to increase the federal deficit anywhere from $1 to $1.78 trillion, according to figures released by the nonpartisan Joint Committee on Taxation.

Tom Cullerton disgusted with bloated handout to failed NIU executive

tcullerton crwdfndVILLA PARK- State Senator Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park) is outraged that ousted Northern Illinois University President Doug Baker will receive another state contract from the university.

A judge ruled last month that the university violated the Open Meetings Act when it approved Baker’s bloated severance package this summer soon after he announced his resignation; therefore the severance package is now null and void. Today the board of trustees met and voted unanimously in favor of a comparable contract for Baker.

Manar presented with ‘straight talk’ award for work on major reforms

manar 032417SPRINGFIELD – Senator Andy Manar’s commitment to public service and his ability to talk openly with leaders on both sides of the aisle earned him this year’s Dawn Clark Netsch “Straight Talk” award from the Illinois Campaign for Political Reform.

Manar was presented with the award Monday night. It is given annually in honor of Netsch, who was an ICPR board member and public servant who spent decades working on behalf of Illinoisans as a state senator and state comptroller. The award acknowledges her legacy as a straight talker who was known for her ability to tell it like it is.

A tireless advocate for schools and voter access, Manar was presented with the award because of his outstanding efforts on major legislation this year, including school funding reform and automatic voter registration.

“I am honored to receive the ‘Straight Talk’ award from ICPR, but it must be said that neither of these historic reforms was successful because of the work of one individual,” said Manar, a Bunker Hill Democrat. “They each passed because I had the help and support of countless state legislators, passionate advocates and grassroots organizations.”

Sarah Brune, executive director of ICPR, said that, like Netsch, Manar’s approach to government can serve as a model for honesty and openness for leaders today.

“Manar’s commitment to public service and his ability to talk openly with leaders on both sides of the aisle recall the tireless spirit of the late Netsch,” Brune said. “ICPR congratulates Senator Manar on his successes this year, and we look forward to working with him on important initiatives moving forward.”

The Illinois Campaign for Political Reform was founded in 1997 by the late U.S. Senator Paul Simon and former Lieutenant Gov. Bob Kustra. Its mission is to initiate reforms and promote public participation in government; address the role of money in politics; and encourage integrity, accountability and transparency in government. Among its areas of focus are campaign finance law, government ethics, judicial selection and voter education.

Castro to file legislation that will smooth process of investigations

castro 092017SPRINGFIELD – Needless bureaucratic hurdles are slowing ethics investigations and need to be removed, state Senator Cristina Castro said in filing legislation to streamline the process.

“We have a skilled investigator on the job. We need to empower her to do that job and deliver results quickly,” said Castro, an Elgin Democrat and the newest member of the Legislative Ethics Commission.

Here’s the problem with the current system.