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Clayborne works to move Senate budget package forward

clayborne 022817SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Senate moved a number of measures forward Tuesday in an effort to get the state back on track and solve the budget stalemate.

State Senator James F. Clayborne (D-Belleville) supported measures that would fund social service agencies, bring economic investment back to the Metro East and help reduce the state’s deficit.

“It is time to get this state back on track,” Clayborne said. “We are making some tough yet necessary decisions in the Senate. Nonetheless, these are decisions to keep places like the Lessie Bates Davis Neighborhood House open and ensure the citizens in our community have a renewed sense of livelihood.”

The Senate continues to work on these measures in an effort to bring reforms to the state and put an end to the two-year budget stalemate once and for all.

“Enough is enough. We need to ensure our seniors are taken care of, that after-school programs remain funded and that our most vulnerable residents no longer face uncertainty,” he said. “I hope this plan will make it to the governor’s desk and that he will support it. We need to get this done for the people of our state.”

Clayborne: Comptroller should make November pension payment

clayborne pens pmtSPRINGFIELD, IL – Comptroller Leslie Munger announced Wednesday that she plans to skip the state’s pension payment for November. State Senator James Clayborne (D-Belleville) reacted to the Comptroller’s decision.

“We’re heading down a road we’re all too familiar with,” Clayborne said. “We know what happens when we don’t make our pension payments because that’s how we got here in the first place. The comptroller and governor should be using their business experience to bring forth innovation not reviving past mistakes we’re working to eradicate.”

Clayborne named state legislator of the year for new markets tax credit program

clayborne-leg-of-the-yrWASHINGTON D.C. - Senator James Clayborne (D-Belleville) will be traveling to Washington, D.C., in June to be honored at Novogradac & Company LLP’s New Markets Tax Credit Conference.

Clayborne was awarded the Novogradac Journal of Tax Credits Community Development Individual Achievement Award because of his support and contributions to the New Markets Tax Credit program.

The program began in 2000 and increases investments into businesses and real estate projects located in low-income communities. The program achieves this by allowing individual and corporate investors to receive a tax credit against their Federal income tax return in exchange for making equity investments in specialized financial institutions called Community Development Entities.

“As a senator I strive to be a leader, innovator and make a significant impact on public policy so that all families can and will succeed.” Clayborne said. “The program does remarkable work and I wanted to support it because I saw the impact it had on the community.”

Senator Clayborne was also named State Legislator of the Year for his support of the NMTC program. Clayborne’s strong support led to legislation that created the Illinois New Markets Development program, one of the first state NMTCs in the country.

Clayborne didn’t stop at just bringing the program to Illinois. He advocated and promoted it so well that the program received extensions for two years, which led to four state NMTC funding rounds that brought in a half-billion dollars for Illinois’ low-income communities.

“I am honored to be awarded legislator of the year,” Clayborne said. “My duty as a senator is to look out for families and individuals that need help the most. I will continue to participate in programs that do just that.”

Clayborne: Senate approves special election for comptroller

010815CM0326SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Senate approved a plan Thursday creating a special election that would let voters select a comptroller to finish the term Judy Baar Topinka would have held until 2019.

State Senator James Clayborne (D-Belleville) voted for the special election.

“Letting voters decide on this vacancy is the most sensible solution, elected officials ought to be elected,” Clayborne said.

After Topinka’s death, Gov. Pat Quinn appointed Jerry Stermer to fill the vacancy until Topinka’s current term expires Jan. 12. Earlier this week, Governor-elect Bruce Rauner announced he will appoint former Unilever executive Leslie Munger once Rauner takes office.

Under the legislation, if the position of comptroller, attorney general, secretary of state or treasurer becomes vacant with more than 28 months remaining in the term, the governor can appoint a successor to serve through the first half of the four-year term.

The special election would coincide with the next regularly scheduled general election, in this case Nov. 8, 2016. During that election, voters can choose who will serve the remaining two years of the term.

This process is similar to the way Senate vacancies are filled.

The legislation, HB 4576, was approved by a 37-15 vote; it now goes to the House for approval.

Sen. Clayborne

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57th District
Senate Majority Leader

Years served:
1995 - Present

Committee assignments: Assignments (Chairperson); Energy; Executive; Insurance; Judiciary.

Biography: Attorney; born Dec. 29, 1963, in St. Louis; B.S., political science, Tennessee State University; J.D., University of Miami; partner with his firm Clayborne, Sabo and Wagner; (Belleville); former St. Clair County Assistant State's Attorney; has four sons.