Kirk Dillard

Illinois State Senator | 24th District

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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.

You can read more--and watch Sen. Dillard's reaction--by clicking "Read More."

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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 >

Income tax filing season delayed until Jan. 31

posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 12:00 AM
The Internal Revenue Service and the Illinois Department of Revenue have postponed the start of income tax filing to Jan. 31 – a 10-day delay for federal returns and two weeks for the state. Read More >

Spotlight on workers’ compensation and school funding

posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 12:00 AM
Recent news featured a variety of policy issues, ranging from workers’ compensation reform and school funding fairness, to redistricting reform, State Senator Kirk Dillard said. Read More >

Senate Week in Review: Dec. 30, 2013-Jan. 3, 2014

posted on Friday, January 03, 2014 12:00 AM
Governor Quinn finished out the final days of 2013 by signing a dozen bills into law before the New Year began. Read More >

Senate Week in Review: Dec. 23-27, 2013

posted on Friday, December 27, 2013 12:00 AM
State budget and spending issues are expected to dominate the coming legislative session as the New Year begins. Read More >

Wintery weather forecast calls for caution behind the wheel

posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 12:00 AM
With temperatures dropping and forecasts looking grim, Senate Republicans are reminding Illinois motorists to be cautious when driving in snow or when roads are icy. You can find information on how to stay safe behind the wheel at the IDOT winter driving tips webpage and the Department’s “Getting Around Illinois” site. Read More >

New Laws for 2014

posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 12:00 AM
More than 200 new laws go into effect January 1, including increasing the state's speed limits, legalizing medical marijuana, opening up government grants to greater scrutiny and banning cell phone use while driving. Download the complete list. Read More >

Dillard named ‘Outstanding State Senator’ by DuPage County Farm Bureau

posted on Wednesday, December 18, 2013 12:00 AM
In recognition of his 100 percent voting record on legislative issues that impact Illinois’ agriculture industry, State Sen. Kirk Dillard (R-Hinsdale) recently received a “2013 Outstanding State Senator Award” from the DuPage County Farm Bureau. Read More >

State’s credit rating unchanged

posted on Monday, December 16, 2013 12:00 AM

The nation’s three major bond rating agencies weighed in less than a week after major changes to the state’s public employee pension system were approved, though State Senator Kirk Dillard said there was no significant change to the state’s worst-in-the nation credit rating.

Moody’s Investors Service, Fitch Ratings and Standard and Poor’s conclude the bill’s passage raises cautious optimism for Illinois’ business climate, but it is not yet enough to change the state's credit rating, which is the lowest in the nation.

These agencies will keep a watchful eye on Illinois’ fiscal climate as lawmakers decide how to tackle the state’s most significant financial issue this spring—the 2011 67% income tax increase that is scheduled to sunset in 2015.

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Attorney General Warns Consumers about Hazardous Children’s Toys

posted on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 12:00 AM
Attorney General Lisa Madigan has issued her annual Safe Shopping Guide—hoping to address the growing concerns of recalled children’s products being sold on secondhand websites such as eBay, Craigslist and Amazon. Read More >

Dillard votes against pension proposal

posted on Tuesday, December 03, 2013 12:00 AM
Lingering questions about the constitutionality of the pension reform proposal considered by lawmakers Dec. 3, and concerns about the lack of public vetting of the legislation forced State Senator Kirk Dillard’s (R-Hinsdale) “no” vote on Senate Bill 1. Read More >

Dillard sponsors legislation to encourage Univar’s relocation to Downers Grove

posted on Tuesday, December 03, 2013 12:00 AM
Legislation co-sponsored by State Sen. Kirk Dillard (R-Hinsdale) encouraging the relocation of the State of Washington corporation Univar’s headquarters to Downers Grove was approved by the Illinois Senate December 3. Read More >

“Small Business Saturday” is November 30

posted on Wednesday, November 27, 2013 12:00 AM
The Friday following Thanksgiving is known as “Black Friday;” a day regarded as the kick-off to the Christmas shopping season, it has become the busiest shopping day of the year. For those out and about this weekend, new legislation adopted this fall encourages shoppers to think locally when they begin their Christmas shopping. Read More >

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving

posted on Tuesday, November 26, 2013 12:00 AM
Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on the countless blessings and freedoms we have in this nation. Many of us are fortunate enough to associate Thanksgiving with endless feasts, Black Friday shopping and holiday traditions with family and friends—and unfortunately forget to recognize the meaning behind such festivities. Read More >

Weekly Wrap-up: November 18 - 22, 2013

posted on Friday, November 22, 2013 12:00 AM
With the Thanksgiving holiday fast approaching, the countdown for new laws going into effect has begun in earnest. Dozens of new laws passed during the previous year go into effect each January. Measures passed this year include legislation designed to increase transparency of the state’s budget process and reduce violence in the workplace. Read More >

Weekly Wrap-up: November 11 - 15, 2013

posted on Friday, November 15, 2013 12:00 AM
An agreement on a pension reform measure could be close to finalization. The state’s four legislative leaders recently told lawmakers from both chambers to be prepared to return to Springfield for a possible vote during the first week of December. Read More >

Honoring America’s Veterans

posted on Saturday, November 09, 2013 12:00 AM
On Monday, November 11 we salute the brave servicemen and women who committed their lives to serving the American people. Veterans Day is a time of remembrance, and an opportunity to express our gratitude for the sacrifices U.S. veterans have made to protect the civil liberties and freedoms enjoyed by this great nation. Read More >