Rep. Halbrook (center standing) at the signing
of HB 643 by Gov. Rauner at the State Capitol.
Today, Governor Rauner signed House Bill 643, which was co-sponsored by State Representative Brad Halbrook (R-Shelbyville) and recieved bipartisan support in both chambers. The bill eliminates a cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) for fiscal year 2018. The bill also puts a cap on per diems received by legislators during session.

Rep. Halbrook said that passing HB 643 was the fiscally responsible thing to do for Illinois as a whole which is evident by the overwhelming bipartisan support it received.

“It has been clear to everyone involved that signing House Bill 643 into law was the right thing to do,” Halbrook said. “Illinois’ finances are not in order and to think we as legislators should give ourselves a pay raise is offensive to taxpayers. I applaud the Governor for signing HB 643 and both sides of the aisle for showing tax payers the respect they deserve.”

Along with eliminating the cost of living adjustments for FY18, the bill sets legislative per diem rates at $111 per session and mileage reimbursement at $0.39 dollars per mile, which are the same rates that have been used since 2012.

Watch the WAND Channel 17 (NBC) video of the signing here.
Today, State Representative Brad Halbrook (R- Shelbyville), a member of the Government Consolidation & Modernization Committee, joined Governor Bruce Rauner and other members of the House and Senate at Mt. Zion Junior High to talk about modernizing the school aid formula in Illinois through proposed legislation (Senate Bill 1).

“Today is about properly funding our schools…all 852 Illinois districts not just one,” declared Rep. Halbrook. “We have a chance to make sure that all districts receive equitable and adequate funding and that’s why I stand for all the students in Illinois, and particularly central & east central Illinois.”

“Schools in our area suffer under Senate Bill (SB) 1 as it is written because it sends more dollars to a mismanaged Chicago Public School (CPS) pension system. With the Governor’s amendatory veto the 102nd district will see this additional $2 million. Please stand with me to fix SB 1 so students in each school district can thrive. This will make sure school opens on time and that students get the education they need and deserve.”

Rep. Halbrook and his colleagues in the House and Senate are joining with the governor in calling on Democrats to stop holding education funding hostage and release the bill. This is a chance to make sure that all districts in Illinois receive equitable and adequate funding and to help low income students across the state, including those in Chicago, access the quality education they deserve.

You may watch the press conference by clicking here.

The Illinois State Police Merit Board is currently processing applications
for Cadet Class 127, tentatively scheduled for February 4, 2018. In order
to be considered for Cadet Class 127, the Merit Board must receive your
completed application and required documentation by July 15, 2017.

Education Requirement Update
Effective July 1, 2017, Any person who has been honorably discharged who
served in a combat mission by proof of hostile fire pay or imminent danger
pay during deployment on active duty, or has served 3 years of full
active and continuous military duty and received an honorable discharge,
meets the collegiate educational requirement of the Department of State
Today, the Illinois House of Representatives considered overriding the vetoes by the governor on a budget and a tax hike that would increase personal income taxes 32% and corporate income taxes from 5.25 percent to 7 percent. State Representative Brad Halbrook (R- Shelbyville), a member of the Government Transparency Committee, continued to oppose these increases by voting no on the override motions.

“This is a massive, permanent tax hike that will push more taxpayers out of state and more businesses out of business,” said Rep. Halbrook. “There is not enough spending reductions in this plan…no property tax relief, no regulatory reform to grow jobs and no term limits…I had to support the Governor’s veto of this bad plan,” Halbrook added.

We need reform because we have the worst job growth of any state in the country. Since 2000, we have grown virtually no jobs. If our economy had just grown at the national average the last 17 years, we would have enough money to balance our budgets. People are leaving the state every day and are going to places with jobs and growth like Indiana and Texas. There is no reason we shouldn’t be creating jobs here in Illinois.

State Representative Brad Halbrook (R-Shelbyville) released the following statement on the passage of Senate Bills 6 and 9.

“Just hours before session today, Speaker Madigan and the House Democrats filed an appropriations and revenue plan for the fiscal year of 2018. This was not a compromise plan. The budget that passed the house does not reform workers’ compensation, or address our billion dollar pension debt, and it certainly does not provide any relief for property owners.

“In reality, all the budget does is raise taxes on citizens across the board without addressing any of the real issues facing the state. Today, Speaker Madigan got exactly what he wanted, a budget that raises taxes and maintains the status quo that has failed the state for 15 years. The budget that passed today is a bad deal for families, it is a bad deal for businesses, and it is a bad deal for the future of Illinois.”