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Anderson bill to aid farmers during harvest emergency signed into law

Illinois farmers will be given additional latitude to harvest crops in an effective and efficient way during a declared harvest emergency, under legislation sponsored by State Sen. Neil Anderson (Andalusia) that was signed into law Friday, August 11.

Anderson statement on Senate Bill 1 override vote

Following the Illinois Senate’s vote to override Governor Bruce Rauner’s amendatory veto of Senate Bill 1, State Senator Neil Anderson (Andalusia) offered the following comments. “This bill was held for 60 days before it was sent to the Governor. There’s no reason we should be dealing with this now, when we could have taken care of it in June. Senate Bill 1, in its original form, is not the answer to our education funding problems. A bill that bails out Chicago, at the expense of children in

Anderson statement on Senate Bill 1 amendatory veto

Following Governor Bruce Rauner’s amendatory veto of Senate Bill 1, State Senator Neil Anderson (Andalusia) offered the following comments.

Anderson to host Rock Island County ‘Coffee & Conversation’ events in August

State Sen. Neil Anderson will be joined by special guests State Rep. Tony McCombie, Mayor Mike Thoms, and County Board Member Ron Oelke at various “Coffee & Conversation” events throughout Rock Island County in August.

‘Coffee & Conversation’ changes due to special session

Due to a special session of the Illinois General Assembly that has been scheduled for Thursday, July 27, Senator Neil Anderson and Representative Tony McCombie will not be in attendance at a “Coffee & Conversation” event that is scheduled for Thursday in Rock Falls. While Anderson and McCombie will be in Springfield for session and unable to attend in person, Rock Falls Mayor Bill Wescott, as well as representatives from Anderson and McCombie’s offices will be on hand to address any concerns tha

Wall Street’s Not in the Mood

On July 5, the day before the Illinois House voted to override the Governor’s veto, Moody’s announced they were continuing to review the state's current Baa3 level for a possible downgrade despite "legislative progress toward a fiscal recovery plan based on permanent income tax rate increases." Of particular note, Moody’s states that the plan “appears to lack concrete measures that will materially improve Illinois’ long-term capacity to address its unfunded pension liabilities.”

At What Cost?

The state's personal income tax rate, which goes into effect retroactive to July 1, will increase from 3.75 percent to 4.95 percent, and the corporate income tax rate would increase from 5.25 percent to 7 percent. How will these increases affect Illinoisans? Read more to find out

Anderson Statement on Tax Hike Vote

Today, I voted against a piece of legislation that would permanently increase the income tax for people in this state. It is irresponsible to pass legislation like this without first putting in place real reforms to the way our state operates. The people deserve better.

Anderson Statement on Radogno

“As a new member, without political experience, I had a lot to learn when I became a state senator and Leader Radogno’s door was always open to guide me as I settled into the job. As the 36th District faced significant challenges, Leader Radogno’s leadership, guidance, and hard work helped pass legislation that saved more than 800 jobs in our area. I, and the entire 36th District owe her a great debt of gratitude,” said Anderson. “For me, Leader Radogno has been an invaluable resource and mentor

Anderson Statement on Special Session

“Since we adjourned on May 31, I have said that we need to get back to work as soon as possible. While touring my district and talking to constituents over the last two weeks, it’s clear that they are tired of partisanship, and want a real, balanced state budget,” said Sen. Neil Anderson. “I’m sorry it had to come to a special session, but I appreciate the Governor calling us back to Springfield next week and I am fully prepared to get to work and get the job done.”

Anderson, McCombie to Host Sterling Senior Fair June 27

State Sen. Neil Anderson (Rock Island), and State Rep. Tony McCombie (Savanna) will host a free Senior Health Fair from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. June 27 at Challand Middle School, 1700 6th Ave in Sterling.

“End” of session déjà vu

It was déjà vu at the Illinois State Capitol on May 31 as the General Assembly adjourned once again without passing a truly balanced budget or some of the critical structural reforms needed to bring jobs and financial stability back to the state. While Senate Republicans had made real attempts this spring to engage in bipartisan negotiations with Democrats on a truly balanced budget and reforms, the Legislature adjourned without completing that work.

Republicans highlight inequity in newest Democrat school plan

Republican lawmakers continue to advocate for meaningful education funding reform, saying a newly amended Democrat school funding plan pushed through the Senate in the final hours of the regularly scheduled spring legislative session is based on flawed, misleading data that disguises a massive bailout for Chicago’s school system at the expense of every other district in the state.

Business groups say spring session was bad for job-growth

As the regularly scheduled spring legislative session came to a close on May 31, a number of pro-business groups labeled it “one of the worst for employers,” citing a number of anti-employer and anti-job growth measures that cleared the Legislature this year, as well as a lack of progress on major reforms like workers’ compensation reform and property tax relief.

Anderson on End of Session

Senator Neil Anderson (Andalusia) offered the following comments as the Illinois Senate adjourned on the last scheduled day of the spring legislative session