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The Majority Report 01/18/15 - Ushering in a bipartisan era


A new start

A new startThe 99th session of the Illinois Senate began with an inauguration ceremony Wednesday during which newly elected Senate President John J. Cullerton proposed an ambitious agenda for the months ahead.

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Senate Democrats react to new governor

Senate Democrats react to new governorGov. Bruce Rauner was sworn into office last week. Several Senate Democrats offered advice in welcoming the Republican governor while also thanking outgoing Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn for his commitment to public service.

Senate Majority Leader James Clayborne:
Pat Quinn committed his career to helping the people of Illinois. I am looking forward to seeing Governor Rauner’s proposals for the coming year and am looking forward to working with the new administration to help create new economic development for the 57th Senate District and the State of Illinois.

Senator Tom Cullerton:
I look forward to the new energy that Governor Rauner will bring to the Capitol. I am optimistic that this will be a time of renewed bipartisanship and growth for Illinois. Governor Quinn has had a long career as a dedicated public servant and has been a progressive advocate for the people of Illinois and it was an honor to serve during his tenure."

Senate Majority Caucus Whip Mattie Hunter:
Governor Pat Quinn dedicated nearly a decade to promoting equality for African Americans, women and the LGBT communities. He has worked to improve the quality of life for struggling families and helped Illinois become as progressive as it is today. I will miss his contributions to our state. Congratulations to Governor Rauner and his administration. Now that he’s in office, we’ll have to work together to reform agencies like DCFS and invest in the most powerful resource Illinois has: its people."

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Scott Bennett newest member of the Illinois Senate

Scott Bennett newest member of the Illinois SenateAfter a lengthy interview and selection process, local officials chose Scott Bennett to fill the vacancy left when State Sen. Mike Frerichs was elected to State Treasurer. Bennett previously served as the Assistant State's Attorney in Champaign County. He currently lives in Champaign with his wife Stacy and their 15 month old twins.






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