Illinois State Senator Kyle McCarter News

Get your act together, Springfield

By State Sen. Kyle McCarter (R-Lebanon) | May 21, 2018

As the scheduled end of the spring legislative session nears, Illinois government is without its most important tool to manage the taxpayers’ money and provide the services needed for our most vulnerable citizens: the budget.

'Confiscatory' tax proposal has critics steaming; Proposal would add 1 percent on top of homeowners' tax bills

By Ann Maher | May 14, 2018

A proposal that would make residential property owners pay an additional 1 percent special assessment over and above their existing property tax bills to help bail out five under-funded state pension systems has two conservative politicos steaming.

Clear choice for Illinois Governor is Ives

By The Madison County Record | Mar 15, 2018

Rauner has millions of dollars to push big lies but his integrity can’t be found with a microscope.

McCarter lashes out at Rauner over abortion funding bill HB40; Says he should not run for re-election

By The Madison County Record | Sep 28, 2017

I am extremely disappointed in the Governor’s decision. The new law requires abortions be paid for with tax dollars for any reason, including sex, race, or imperfection, throughout the full nine months of pregnancy.

Gov. Rauner just says no to “overreach” legislation

By The Madison County Record | Aug 29, 2017

Kudos to Gov. Bruce Rauner for exercising his amendatory veto power to spare Illinoisans the aggravation and expense of challenging a potentially unconstitutional law.

McCarter: Rauner is 'the best Republican Democrats have ever had'

By Ann Maher | Aug 29, 2017

Calling Gov. Bruce Rauner "the best Republican Democrats have ever had," fellow GOPer State Sen. Kyle McCarter believes the sanctuary state bill signed into law yesterday will negatively affect the governor's re-election hopes.

McCarter: SB1 is boon to elites and crumbs for downstate schools; Progressive tax system is real motivation

By Ann Maher | Aug 10, 2017

The real motivation behind "evidence-based" funding of schools as proposed in Senate Bill 1 is to achieve a progressive income tax system in Illinois, according to State Sen. Kyle McCarter (R-Lebanon).

Illinois' $21 billion in school debt pushes up property taxes

By Ted Dabrowski and John Klingner, Illinois Policy Institute | Jul 11, 2017

School districts’ have borrowed over $21 billion, increasing the burden on Illinois taxpayers.

Unclaimed property bill affecting life insurance policies back to '96 passes; Not without criticism

By Ann Maher | May 30, 2017

A law requiring insurance companies to locate beneficiaries of unclaimed life insurance policies as far back as 1996 has passed the Illinois General Assembly.

Metro East schools to get total of $14.4M less per year under state school funding proposal; Rauner vows to veto bill

By LGIS Newsfeed | May 23, 2017

Metro East area schools would be net losers of state funding under a bill that passed the Illinois State Senate Wednesday.

Sen. Kyle McCarter deserves U.S. ambassador appointment

By The Madison County Record | May 16, 2017

If everything works out the way he hopes, Republican State Sen. Kyle McCarter of Lebanon may be leaving the legislature and beginning a dramatic new phase in his life. He's been recommended to President Donald Trump as the ideal candidate to serve as U.S. Ambassador to Kenya.

Local activists honored by ‘Open the Books’ founder for taking a stand

By Amanda Robert | May 5, 2017

The Edgar County Watchdogs – a “group of concerned citizens” that digs for and posts news of public corruption from 21 counties on its website – recently joined more than a dozen other citizens and groups who were honored for holding local government accountable.

Springfield week in review: Crisis builds with no budget

By State Sen. Kyle McCarter | Mar 7, 2017

Disappointing. Frustrating. Intolerable. These are just a few words that come to mind when characterizing the Senate’s week (Feb. 27-March 3) of little action, especially when it comes to our number one job: the state budget. However, I still have hope that common sense and courage will win in the end, and we will get a budget that will allow Illinois to move forward economically.

Poll shows voters want balanced budget through spending cuts, not tax increases

By Ann Maher | Mar 7, 2017

A new poll shows that more than half of Illinoisans say state government spends too much money, and should close its budget deficit by only cutting spending – not raising taxes.

McCarter lashes out at Senate leaders for wasting legislators' time and taxpayers' money

By Ann Maher | Jan 26, 2017

State Sen. Kyle McCarter, who has pledged not to vote for increasing state income taxes, said he hopes lawmakers will spend the next two weeks figuring out how to make government smaller - not figuring out more creative ways to take taxpayers' money.

McCarter headed to Washington for Trump inauguration

By Ann Maher | Jan 17, 2017

State Sen. Kyle McCarter (R-Lebanon) is not too concerned about planned protests that are intended to disrupt the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump on Friday.

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