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Friday, August 2, 2019
Property Tax Relief Task Force, Scott’s Law

Name added to State Police Memorial Wall  In a ceremony held in Springfield, the family of Trooper Brooke Jones-Story unveiled the addition of her name to the list of state…


Friday, June 28, 2019
Hearing from the residents of the 106th

This week I concluded my series of town hall meetings throughout the district. Thanks to everyone who came by the meetings this month in Watseka, Paxton, Hoopeston, Pontiac and El…


Friday, May 31, 2019
An update at 7 p.m. on Friday

Watch for farm equipment on the roads This spring we have seen a lot of rain, and it has made it much harder for local farmers to plant their fields….


Friday, May 24, 2019
Graduated tax hike takes another step; working groups developing state budget

Graduated income tax increase passes House committee The proposal to raise income taxes through a graduated income tax system passed the House Revenue and Finance Committee this week with every…


Friday, May 3, 2019
Back in action

Glad to be back in Springfield After several weeks of recovery from a recent car accident, I was happy to once again be among my colleagues at the Capitol as…


Friday, April 26, 2019
U of I health care forum

I was glad to be part of a panel discussion on health care with Margaret Foran Vaughn, Sinead Rice Madigan and a group of University of Illinois Health Care Policy…


Monday, April 22, 2019
Tougher penalties for passing stopped school buses, texting while driving

Legislation would double fines for passing stopped school bus A bill which would double the fines for passing a stopped school bus which is picking up or dropping off children…


Friday, October 26, 2018
Students improve on college exams; Recognition of fallen police officers

Illinois’ ACT scores improved this yearIllinois high schoolers showed a dramatic increase in 2018 in their scores on the ACT exam, one of the nation’s two major college-preparedness tests. Illinois…


Friday, October 19, 2018
Concealed carry renewals coming up; funding for state parks

State Police preparing for spike in concealed carry renewalsIllinois’ concealed carry license law went into effect in July 2013, and now the first of the five-year licenses are coming due…


Friday, October 12, 2018
Connected schools; healthy revenue numbers

96% of Illinois K-12 schools connected to high-speed internetThe EducationSuperHighway; a national non-profit which monitors states’ progress in connecting K-12 schools across the United States to high-speed internet; reported some…