Barickman: Local Schools Pay ‘Corruption Tax” for Chicago

SPRINGFIELD, IL – A scathing report on the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) has raised concerns that area school districts are paying a “corruption tax” that subsidizes waste, mismanagement and fraud and shortchanges schools in the 53rd District and across Illinois, State Sen. Jason Barickman (R-Bloomington) says. Barickman joined other downstate and suburban lawmakers on Thursday, in a renewed […]

Barickman, Rose Introduce Legislation to Tighten Regulations on Sex Offenders

SPRINGFIELD- State Senators Jason Barickman (R-Bloomington) and Chapin Rose (R-Mahomet) have introduced legislation in the Illinois Senate to impose tougher penalties on sex offenders who fail to notify authorities when they lose work. The legislation, prompted by a request from an assistant state’s attorney at the McLean County State’s Attorney’s office and a constituent from St. […]

Barickman Meth Legislation Signed by Governor

BLOOMINGTON- Legislation to protect buyers of trailer homes from purchasing former methamphetamine labs, sponosored by State Senator Jason Barickman (R-Bloomington), has been signed into law by Governor Pat Quinn Friday. Barickman introduced Senate Bill 2101 after the Fett family from Normal came to him after buying a trailer home that had previously been used to […]

Barickman Says State Police Providing More Concealed Carry Details

SPRINGFIELD- With many uncertainties regarding the new Right-to-Carry law in Illinois, State Senator Jason Barickman (R-Bloomington) is encouraging local residents to visit the Illinois State Police (ISP) Web site specifically created to answer some of the most common questions about the new law. Visit the ISP Web site at and follow the “Concealed Carry” […]

Barickman Says Fracking is Good for Illinois Jobs

SPRINGFIELD- State Senator Jason Barickman (R-Bloomington) says legislation authorizing the use of hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking” will create jobs inIllinois. Senate Bill 1715 passed the House Thursday. The Senate approved the legislation 52-3 Friday evening. The bill would authorize fracking, a process of extracting oil and natural gas, while requiring significant oversight and environmental protections. Senator Barickman is co-sponsoring the […]

Senator Jason Barickman Invites Public to Open House and Ribbon Cutting for New Bloomington Office

BLOOMINGTON- State Senator Jason Barickman (R-Bloomington) is proud to invite the public to an open house and ribbon cutting at his new legislative office in Bloomington. The Open House along with a ribbon cutting from the McLean County Chamber of Commerce will take place Wednesday, June 5 from 4 PM to 5 PM. Area residents are invited […]

Barickman Legislation to Assist Returning Veterans in Becoming Police Officers Goes To Governor

SPRINGFIELD- The Illinois Senate has given final approval to legislation sponsored by State Senator Jason Barickman (R-Bloomington) which would allow returning veterans to become police officers by substituting service in the armed forces for some college education requirements. Senate Bill 1908, sponsored by Senator Barickman, was approved by the House May 17 and earned final […]

Barickman Critical of Lack of Action on Major Issues Facing Illinois

SPRINGFIELD- With only one week remaining in the scheduled spring legislative session, State Senator Jason Barickman (R-Bloomington) on Friday criticized Democratic legislative leaders and Governor Pat Quinn for what he calls a “stunning lack of inaction” on major issues facing the state. Barickman says Governor Quinn, Senate President John Cullerton, and House Speaker Mike Madigan have all promised […]

Barickman Votes to Stop Automatic Electric Rate Hikes

SPRINGFIELD- State Senator Jason Barickman (R-Bloomington) voted to stop customers of Commonwealth Edison and Ameren from facing steep, annual electric rate hikes. Barickman joined ten other Senators who voted against Senate Bill 9 May 21. The measure passed the legislature initially in March, but was vetoed by Governor Pat Quinn on May 6. The legislation […]

Barickman Calls for Hearing on Controversial Quinn Appointee

SPRINGFIELD- State Senator Jason Barickman (R-Bloomington) joined fellow Senators Monday calling for a confirmation hearing on Dr. David Gill’s nomination to become the Assistant Director of the Illinois Department of Public Health. Senators Darin LaHood (R-Peoria), Sam McCann (R-Carlinville), Kyle McCarter (R-Lebanon), and Chapin Rose (R-Mahomet) called on the Senate Executive Appointments Committee to hear […]