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Friday, May 13, 2022
Audit into outbreak at Veterans Home; School construction bill signed

Audit outlines series of failures in state’s response to COVID outbreak at Veterans Home In the fall of 2020 more than 30 veterans lost their lives at the LaSalle Veterans…


Friday, May 6, 2022
Pontiac town hall coming up Tuesday; Calls for DCFS Director to resign

Reminder: Pontiac Correctional Center town hall is Tuesday May 10 On Tuesday May 10 Senator Jason Barickman and I will be hosting a town hall meeting for members of the…


Friday, April 29, 2022
Mask mandates on transit lifted; Illinois tops in property taxes

Illinois’ transit mask mandates lifted Last week a federal judge struck down the federal mask mandate on airplanes. The judge who made the ruling did not say anything either way…


Friday, April 22, 2022
Bill helps protect DCFS workers; Little action on ethics reform

Legislation passes to better protect DCFS caseworkers A few months ago I told you about the tragic death of Deidre Silas, a Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) caseworker…


Friday, April 15, 2022
Budget passes in all-night session; Weak criminal justice bills pass

House pulls all-nighter, passes budget at 6 a.m. Saturday After a marathon session Friday night and into Saturday morning, the House passed a $46.5 billion budget that increases spending by…


Friday, April 8, 2022
Session nearing conclusion – Friday morning update

Final hours of session underway Today is scheduled to be the final day of the spring session of the General Assembly. Before things get too hectic around the Capitol I…


Friday, April 1, 2022
State Police anniversary; One week of session remaining

State Police celebrate 100th birthday Today is the 100th birthday of the Illinois State Police. The state’s premier traffic safety and law enforcement agency was created on April 1, 1922,…


Friday, March 25, 2022
Firefighter tax credit; Unemployment insurance debt

Bill would create tax credit for volunteer firefighters This week I spoke at a press conference in support of Senate Bill 3027, legislation I am co-sponsoring to create a tax…


Friday, March 18, 2022
Unemployment program problems; Preparing for spring floods

Some Illinoisans still waiting for unemployment answers one year later As the pandemic hit and the lockdowns began, hundreds of thousands of Illinoisans lost their jobs. Many were forced into…


Friday, March 11, 2022
Education bills pass; Standing with Ukraine

Bennett-sponsored education bills pass House I am proud to be the lead sponsor and the chief co-sponsor of a pair of bipartisan bills to help our schools. Both passed the…