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Friday, October 5, 2018
More than 500 bills signed this year; time for flu shots

Over 500 bills signed from 2018 spring sessionLast week the Governor took action on the last of the 612 bills which passed both houses of the legislature this spring. Overall,…


Thursday, September 27, 2018
Unemployment rate declines; winter utility assistance available

Employment picture continues to improveThe Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) has announced that the state’s unemployment rate continued its decline, reaching 4.1 percent in August, the lowest figure on…


Friday, September 21, 2018
Illinois helping the Carolinas; taking local issues to Washington

Illinois forces helping with hurricane responseSoldiers and helicopters from the Illinois National Guard are among those assisting with the disaster recovery following Hurricane Florence in North Carolina. Illinois-based volunteers from…


Friday, September 14, 2018
Representative Marron sworn in; Teach Illinois report now available

Welcome Representative MarronThe 104th district, which borders our 106th district to the southeast, has a new representative. State Representative Mike Marron was sworn in on Friday to the seat vacated…


Friday, September 7, 2018
Raised highway weight limits for harvest time; more student aid funds

Weight limit restrictions eased during harvest seasonGovernor Rauner has signed House Bill 5749, which raises weight-limit restrictions on Illinois highways during harvest time. This is a measure which will help…


Friday, August 31, 2018
EMS bill signed; Preparing farms for the future

EMS bill signed into lawGovernor Rauner has signed into law two more bills which I sponsored this spring, including a bill to better help those having medical emergencies on their…


Friday, August 24, 2018
Corrections legislation signed; unemployment keeps going down

Governor signs Corrections data bill, “pollinator-friendly” legislationThe Governor signed another of my bills late last week, House Bill 4888. Under this legislation, the Department of Corrections (IDOC) is directed to…


Thursday, August 16, 2018
Many bill signings; Safe Routes to School

Governor signs Bennett-sponsored legislationFour more bills which I sponsored this spring have been signed into law by Governor Rauner. Senate Bill 2713 creates a Greenways and Trails Advisory Council at…


Friday, August 10, 2018
Visiting businesses around the district; State Fair gets underway

Monster trucks in Ford CountyI recently had the chance to visit with Tom Meents and his facilities in Paxton. It is an amazing operation. The visit helped me develop a…


Friday, August 3, 2018
Governor Signs Illinois Route 66 Centennial Commission bill into law; Supporting Local 4-H

Governor Signs Illinois Route 66 Centennial Commission bill into law Gov. Bruce Rauner signed legislation on Tuesday creating the Illinois Route 66 Centennial Commission. I was an active co-sponsor of…