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Friday, December 13, 2019
Donating the pay raise

Over the summer, state legislators in Illinois got a pay raise which we did not deserve. Legislation I sponsored which would have stopped the raise from going into effect was…


Friday, December 13, 2019
New laws coming in 2020 include traffic safety and protecting kids

New law will double fines for passing school buses, other traffic safety changes More than 200 new laws will go into effect on January 1. They include small technical changes…


Friday, December 6, 2019
Hometown in the Heartland photo contest winners

Congratulations to all the winners of our districtwide 2019 Hometown in the Heartland photo contest. The winners include Grace Mund of Odell, Jennie Kearney and Anniah Barker from El Paso,…


Friday, December 6, 2019
School construction task force meets; stopping abuse of “seclusion rooms”

School construction task force to meet again Earlier this year I was appointed to the School Construction Task Force, which has been meeting to examine the status of state funding…


Friday, November 22, 2019
Land banks and economic development

We recently met with officials from several east central Illinois counties to help provide information about land banks, their purpose and how they could help with economic development. It was…


Friday, November 22, 2019
State Police urging caution on roads; DCFS investigation still ongoing

State Police—in the midst of deadliest year in history – remind drivers to move over The Illinois State Police have compiled maps of incidents such as squad car crashes and…


Friday, November 15, 2019
Vermilion County State’s Attorney testifies in committee

On Wednesday I was proud to be joined by Vermilion County State’s Attorney Jacqueline Lacy in the House Judiciary-Criminal Committee. She came to Springfield to testify in support of House…


Friday, November 15, 2019
Health insurance open enrollment; local state’s attorney testifies in committee

Get Covered Illinois health insurance open enrollment now underway The open enrollment period for the Get Covered Illinois health insurance marketplace is underway from now until December 15. The marketplace…


Friday, November 8, 2019
Encouraging safe driving

Representative Lindsay Parkhurst and I met in Chebanse on Wednesday with Fire Chiefs Jay Hanson and Tim Kent as well as the Illinois Department of Transportation and the State Police…


Friday, November 8, 2019
Pension consolidation bill introduced; Encouraging safe driving

Legislation introduced for pension consolidation Legislation has been filed to consolidate more than 600 police and firefighter pension funds in Illinois. The legislation, Senate Amendment 1 to Senate Bill 616,…