Friday, August 16, 2019
Calling all photographers!

Introducing the Hometown in the Heartland photography contest This fall I am launching the “Hometown in the Heartland” 106th District Photo Contest. Winning photos will be displayed throughout all of…

Friday, August 9, 2019
Getting a complete count for the Census; new rules for foster homes

Statewide census efforts picking up momentum Every ten years, the U.S. Constitution requires the federal government to conduct a census of the population of the entire United States of America….

Wednesday, July 24, 2019
State’s prison population declines; senior fair coming up soon

Illinois prison population down 20 percent Over the past five years we have seen a significant decline in the headcount of prisoners in the Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) system….

Friday, July 19, 2019
More new laws; Studying property tax relief

Governor working his way through many bills which passed this spring Many of the bills which passed both houses in the spring session have specific effective dates – usually July…

Friday, July 12, 2019
Several new laws took effect on July 1; an update on fair maps

New laws require five-hour school day, pay raise for DCFS workers Under a change to state law which became effective July 1, students in Illinois public schools must now receive…

Wednesday, July 3, 2019
New texting-while-driving law; latest unemployment report

Tougher texting-while-driving law takes effect Over the years, Illinois drivers have seen the dangers that come with distracted driving, especially the sending and receiving of text messages while behind the…

Friday, June 28, 2019
Help in paying for college; Summer safety tips

Cutting down on student debt, and keeping our graduates here in Illinois College students all over Illinois are hopefully enjoying the summer vacation, but they and their families are also…

Friday, June 21, 2019
Many bills headed to the Governor; Local transportation funding on the way

Flood prevention bill and coal ash cleanup bill awaiting action by the Governor I was proud to have six bills which I sponsored pass both the House and the Senate…

Friday, June 14, 2019
Many pro-jobs reforms enacted; What is the Lockbox Amendment?

Job-creating reforms enacted in the closing days of session Last week I told you that I believed we had achieved more pro-jobs reforms in the last 36 hours of session…

Friday, June 7, 2019
General Assembly adjourns for the summer; Saying “No” to legislative pay hike

Last minute compromises salvage a rough spring session For most of the spring session of the General Assembly, family farms and small businesses had a rough time. A minimum wage…