Kirk Dillard

Illinois State Senator | 24th District

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Illinois ranks last, while other states improve credit rating

posted on Wednesday, June 11, 2014 12:00 AM
It’s well known that Illinois continues to have the worst credit rating in the nation, but a recently published chart comparing trends across the country highlights a disturbing trend as the state’s credit rating is expected to drop, even as most other states are steadily improving their credit ratings and fiscal climates. Read More >


Dillard: Latest budget signals post-election tax increase and more credit downgrades

posted on Friday, May 30, 2014 12:00 AM
The latest budget proposal from majority Democrats relies on more borrowing and delayed payments to state agencies to avoid steep cuts— signaling a post-election tax increase and further bringing into question Illinois’ credibility among investors and rating agencies, said State Senator Kirk Dillard (R-Hinsdale). Read More >


Education funding bill doesn’t change state’s record of short-changing public schools

posted on Tuesday, May 27, 2014 12:00 AM
A controversial rewrite of the state’s school funding formula would dramatically change how school aid is distributed said State Sen. Kirk Dillard (R-Hinsdale). Dillard voted against the measure May 27 saying it creates big “winners” at the expense of other, primarily suburban, schools that will see huge reductions in state funding. Read More >


Senate Week in Review: May 19-23, 2014

posted on Friday, May 23, 2014 12:00 AM
As the General Assembly entered what should be its final week of the spring legislative session, majority Democrats appeared to be in disarray and disagreement over the fate of the state’s 2011 “temporary” tax hike. Read More >


Dillard legislation waives license plate fees for ‘Purple Heart’ recipients

posted on Tuesday, May 20, 2014 12:00 AM
Legislation to waive license plate registration and renewal fees for “Purple Heart” recipients now advances to the Governor for final approval, said House Bill 4491 sponsor State Sen. Kirk Dillard (R-Hinsdale). Read More >


Tax increase push comes on heels of Tax Freedom Day

posted on Wednesday, April 30, 2014 12:00 AM
As talk of a tax increase extension circulates through the Illinois Statehouse, State Senator Kirk Dillard (R-Hinsdale) says he expects that Tax Freedom Day in Illinois, which was April 28 this year, could very well be pushed back to May within a few years. Read More >


Dillard sponsors Constitutional Amendment to strengthen crime victims’ rights

posted on Thursday, April 10, 2014 12:00 AM
The Illinois Senate unanimously lent its support April 10 to a Constitutional Amendment that, if supported by voters in the fall, would clarify crime victims’ rights under Illinois law, according to State Sen. Kirk Dillard (R-Hinsdale), who is a sponsor of the amendment. Read More >


Senate approves Dillard bill targeting the transport of drugs

posted on Wednesday, April 09, 2014 12:00 AM
State Sen. Kirk Dillard (R-Hinsdale) successfully pushed legislation through the Senate on April 9 that will allow judges to crack down on individuals shuttling dangerous narcotics across county or state lines with the intent to distribute. Read More >


Senate approves Dillard bill dealing with involuntary admission of minors

posted on Wednesday, April 09, 2014 12:00 AM
Legislation sponsored by State Sen. Kirk Dillard (R-Hinsdale) was unanimously approved by the Senate on April 9 that will allow minors to be admitted to a mental health facility for their own safety and security, even if the peace officer taking the minor into custody didn’t personally observe the actions or behavior believed to threaten the well-being of the minor or those around him. Read More >


Dillard bill cracks down on deadly new designer drug

posted on Tuesday, April 08, 2014 12:00 AM
Reports of overdoses and fatalities among young people are associated with the growing use of a new designer drug, 25I-NBOMe (25I), which State Sen. Kirk Dillard (R-Hinsdale) said is becoming increasingly popular on college campuses and in Illinois schools. In response, Dillard introduced legislation (SB 3275), which passed the Senate unanimously on April 7, to add “25I” to the list of Schedule 1 controlled substances. Read More >


Senate Committee advances Dillard bill targeting the transport of drugs

posted on Thursday, March 20, 2014 12:00 AM
Legislation sponsored by State Sen. Kirk Dillard (R-Hinsdale) was advanced by the Senate Criminal Law Committee on March 19 that will allow judges to crack down on individuals shuttling dangerous narcotics across county or state lines with the intent to distribute. Read More >


Dillard, Syverson warn seniors signing up for Medicaid ‘Could be the most expensive health care policy on the market’

posted on Thursday, February 20, 2014 12:00 AM
State Senators Kirk Dillard (R-Hinsdale) and Dave Syverson (R-Rockford) are cautioning Illinois citizens 55 and older about the possibility their assets could be claimed by the state if they opt in to the Medicaid program as allowed under the expanded Obamacare income guidelines. Read More >


Dillard named ISCC’s ‘2014 Republican Legislator of the Year’

posted on Wednesday, February 05, 2014 12:00 AM
In honor of his community service efforts and commitment to reducing crime, State Senator Kirk Dillard (R-Hinsdale) was chosen as the recipient of the Illinois State Crime Commission/Police Athletic League of Illinois’ (ISCC/PAL) “2014 Republican Legislator of the Year” Award. Read More >


Quinn’s delay of budget address a political maneuver

posted on Wednesday, February 05, 2014 12:00 AM

A February 5 Senate vote to delay Gov. Pat Quinn’s annual budget address by five weeks was not only unnecessary, but State Senator Kirk Dillard (R-Hinsdale) said the politically motivated maneuver is a gross disservice to Illinois taxpayers during a critically important budget year.

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State of the State message misses the mark

posted on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 12:00 AM
Gov. Pat Quinn’s optimistic rhetoric in his annual State of the State Address failed to provide a realistic perspective of the challenges Illinois faces, said State Sen. Kirk Dillard (R-Hinsdale). Read More >