Schimpf focuses on schools, traffic safety, payroll filings
A deal on school funding, a meeting with the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) and a briefing on the Illinois Department of Employment Security's initiative to streamline payroll filings kept Sen. Paul Schimpf (R-Waterloo) busy lately, according to a press release.
The new funding model that promises an equitable distribution of funds to school districts is a big deal in southern Illinois, Schimpf said in the release. The evidence-based model takes into account the makeup of all 852 school districts in the state.
At a meeting with IDOT, Schimpf and other legislators worked with engineers to find ideas to slow or reduce traffic flows in response to a 30 percent increase in fatalities on the I-57 corridor.
Schimpf and other legislators also learned about work to streamline payroll filings to improve the system that had required Illinois employers to deal with two agencies' systems when filing taxes and employment insurance payments. Employers can now use the same software as they deal with both the Department of Revenue and the Department of Employment Security.