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Friday, February 14, 2020
Spaghetti and conversation in Goodfield

I attended the 70th annual community spaghetti supper in Goodfield recently. There was great support from the community and a wonderful turnout. Thanks to the organizers for letting me help…


Friday, February 14, 2020
Rules for sports betting; state revenue up last month

Gaming Board announces rules for initial sports betting in Illinois The Illinois Gaming Board, the agency which oversees betting in Illinois, has issued its rules for the conduct of newly-legalized…


Friday, February 7, 2020
Support for youth center in Gilman

I had a great time with Ray Smith and his team of volunteers, as well as the more than 70 youth they serve at The Garage in Gilman. It is…


Friday, February 7, 2020
Automatic Voter Registration error; Coronavirus in Illinois

Investigation of the Automatic Voter Registration program A few weeks ago we learned that Illinois’ Automatic Voter Registration (AVR) program had made a serious error in registering potential voters. The…


Friday, January 31, 2020
Speaking at 8th grade career day

Every time I speak to a group of students I am encouraged about the future of our state and our nation. Our democracy can only endure if the younger generation…


Friday, January 31, 2020
State of the State Address; Bills to address land banks, carbon sequestration

Governor Pritzker offers State of the State Address On Wednesday Governor Pritzker offered his vision for the state as we enter the new spring session. There were some items I…


Friday, January 24, 2020
Great crowd at the Watseka FFA lunch

We had great turnout for the Watseka FFA lunch and auction. This is an important cause because these students are the future leaders of Illinois’ largest and most important industry….


Friday, January 24, 2020
FOID delays continue; Census day is approaching

FOID card renewal delays continue, check your status online Illinois firearm owners are continuing to encounter delays in applying for renewals of their Firearm Owners’ Identification (FOID) cards and concealed…


Thursday, January 16, 2020
Discussing land banks with local treasurers

I was glad to have several of our local county treasurers join us in Springfield last Friday to meet with the Illinois Housing Development Authority for a discussion about land…


Thursday, January 16, 2020
State revenue up; action needed on property tax relief

Improving national economy leads to more state revenue The Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability (COGFA) released its report for the final month of 2019 last week, and it found…