Anderson reacts to Governor’s Budget Address
“Increasing spending and relying on the approval of the Governor’s massive tax increase is extremely irresponsible. The continuous cycle of tax more, spend more has got to end. Illinoisans have been taxed enough. The status quo here in Illinois is that it’s never enough, when in reality, it’s very possible to balance the budget under our current revenues, we just have to live within our means.”
Overtime wages not taxable under Anderson bill
In an effort to lessen the tax burden on Illinois workers, State Senator Neil Anderson filed legislation that would exempt overtime wages from state income tax.
OSFM stresses importance of fire safety for older Illinoisans
The Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM) is reminding older Illinoisans about the importance of fire safety.
Nominations open for Senior Illinoisans Hall of Fame
Nominations are now being accepted for the 2020 Senior Illinoisans Hall of Fame awards hosted by the Illinois Department on Aging.
Illinois sites added to National Register of Historic Places
A dozen sites in Illinois have been added to the National Register of Historic Places of 2019 based on recommendations from the State Historic Preservation Office.
Senate Republican lawmakers join bipartisan push to pass Fair Maps amendment
This week, Senate Republicans joined a group of bipartisan lawmakers announcing the filing of a new constitutional amendment, Senate Joint Resolution Constitutional Amendment 18, which would take sitting legislators out of Illinois’ legislative map-drawing process and prevent them from drawing their own districts.
Illinois reminds taxpayers to take advantage of Earned Income Tax Credit
Tax season has begun as federal and state W-2 forms arrive in the mail, but according to the Illinois Department of Revenue (IDOR), thousands of eligible taxpayers fail to claim the both the Illinois Earned Income Credit (EIC) and the Federal Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC).
First round of funding in statewide broadband expansion announced
On Jan. 5, it was announced that $50 million in funding is being released for the first round of matching grants of Illinois’ $420 million statewide broadband expansion. Applicants for the grant are anticipated to include Internet service providers, rural cooperatives, nonprofits and local governments.
Anderson files bill to eliminate FOID card
As lawmakers made their way back to Springfield this week for the start of the 2020 spring legislative session, State Senator Neil Anderson filed a bill to repeal the outdated and redundant Firearm Owners Identification (FOID) Act.
Anderson reacts to State of the State Address
“We heard a lot of talk about the need for ethics reform, but now it’s time to put those words into action. The recent investigations and indictments of state lawmakers make it clear that if there’s ever been a time to crack down on government corruption and enact real reforms, it’s now."
January 1 New Laws
As 2019 comes to a close and we prepare for a new year, several notable laws take effect January 1 that Illinois residents may want to know about. The new laws kicking off 2020 cover everything from recreational cannabis sales, to transportation safety and increased traffic penalties.
Attorney General releases Safe Shopping Guide
The Attorney General’s office has released its annual Safe Shopping Guide highlighting hazardous toys, children’s products and household items that have been recalled during the past year to help Illinois families ensure a safe holiday shopping season.
Anderson hosts high school students for annual Youth Advisory Council
Approximately 50 high school students from across the 36th Senate District participated in a unique, hands-on experience in public policy, state government, and leadership on November 19 during State Senator Neil Anderson’s annual Youth Advisory Council.
Sen. Anderson encourages families to submit stories of veterans to be showcased at Illinois Capitol
As Veterans Day approaches, and we look for ways to honor Illinois veterans and tell their incredible stories, State Sen. Neil Anderson is asking constituents to submit a photo and tribute to a loved one who has served in the United States Armed Forces to be displayed on the Veterans Day “Wall of Honor” in the Illinois State Capitol Nov. 4-15.
Gov. signs Anderson bill allowing schools to supply undesignated glucagon
This week, the Governor signed legislation, sponsored by State Senator Neil Anderson, allowing schools across the state to store an undesignated supply of glucagon to treat students with diabetes.
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Anderson: Huge victory for 36th District under Capital Plan
During the extended legislative session on Sunday, June 2, the Illinois Senate approved of a capital plan that will greatly benefit the residents of the 36th Senate District. State Senate Neil Anderson released the below statement following its passage.
Anderson strongly opposes abortion expansion bill
“The step the General Assembly took this week shows an extreme lack of compassion for our most innocent. The massive expansion of abortions under this proposal is heart rending. Don’t trust rhetoric that tells you this legislation’s sole intent was to keep abortion legal in Illinois if Roe v. Wade is overturned. What it really does is expand legal abortion to allow late-term abortions for any reason, partial birth abortions, and sex-selective abortions. Life is sacred and this is wrong. I voted no.”
Anderson hosts “My Inspirational Teacher” Essay Contest winners in Springfield
State Sen. Neil Anderson hosted the winners of his “My Inspirational Teacher” Essay Contest at the Capitol on Thursday, May 23. Students across the 36th Senate District were asked to write an essay about a teacher who has inspired them in a meaningful way. Five students were chosen as this year’s winners, and four of them made the trip to the Capitol to be honored along with the teachers they highlighted in their essays.
Sen. Anderson legislation creates task force in Quad Cities to help prevent outsourcing
Legislation seeking to curb the number of jobs being outsourced to other states is now on its way to the Governor’s desk. House Bill 1554, sponsored by State Senator Neil Anderson, would create the Quad Cities Outsourcing Prevention Task Force.
Sen. Anderson hosts high schoolers at Capitol for Youth Advisory Council
Nearly 40 high school students from across State Sen. Neil Anderson’s 36th Senate District traveled to Springfield on Wednesday, May 1, to participate in his annual Youth Advisory Council (YAC). Sen. Anderson’s bi-annual YAC gives students a unique, up-close and hands-on perspective of what it would be like to work in various roles in state government.
Sen. Anderson, Rep. McCombie to host series of Coffee and Conversation events
State Senator Neil Anderson and State Representative Tony McCombie will be hosting a series of Coffee and Conversation events around the 36th Senate District and the 71st House District throughout the month of April. Anderson and McCombie invite all constituents to attend one of the events closest to them.
Sen. Anderson’s district office announces spring “Traveling Office Hours”
This spring, the 36th District Office of State Senator Neil Anderson will continue to host “Traveling Office Hours” throughout the district. Office staff will be on hand at different locations to answer questions and hear constituents’ concerns.
Anderson named Illinois Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus Co-Chair
This week, State Senator Neil Anderson was elected to serve as the co-chair of the Illinois Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus, which is the General Assembly’s largest caucus. Sen. Anderson will serve alongside State Representative Jerry Costello.
Anderson: Proposed budget adds to the burden of taxpayers and employers
State Senator Neil Anderson released a statement regarding Governor J.B. Pritzker’s State Budget Address.