News

Friday, August 12, 2022
Watch out for first responders; Sale of the Thompson Center

Please keep our first responders safe on the roadways Last summer I was one of the many Illinoisans who was assisted on the roadside by an Illinois State Trooper after…


Friday, August 5, 2022
Update-DCFS Director questioned, New FOIA guideline, School supply tax break, and more..

Embattled DCFS director grilled by Legislative Audit Commission over massive failures Since December, nine children have died under DCFS’ watch. Meanwhile, DCFS Director Marc Smith has been held in contempt…


Friday, July 29, 2022
County Fair season in our area; Driver’s License deadline extended

Another great County Fair season One of the best parts of summer in east-central Illinois is our county fairs – there is nothing quite like it. The food, the competitions,…


Friday, July 22, 2022
Latest scam warning; New figures on regional unemployment

Secretary of State issues warning on another scam targeting Illinoisans It seems that scammers never stop trying to fraudulently obtain our personal information. The latest warning comes from the Illinois…


Friday, July 15, 2022
Latest revenue report; DCFS Director held in contempt yet again

More good news-bad news from latest report on state revenue For months the state’s nonpartisan budget watchdog agency, the Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability (COGFA) has been issuing much…


Thursday, June 30, 2022
Around the district; Summertime safety

Much to see and do around the district Summertime in east-central Illinois is one of the best times of the year for getting out and around the district. There is…


Friday, June 24, 2022
$2 billion in fraudulent unemployment claims; Jobless rate steady

Illinois paid out almost $2 billion in fraudulent unemployment claims A state audit released a few days ago has revealed that fraudsters stole close to $2 billion in federal money…


Friday, June 17, 2022
Gas prices continue to rise; “Shrinkflation” hits stores

Average gas price passes $5 per gallon, legislation to help is still stuck in committee A few days ago Illinois joined a handful of other states which now have average…


Friday, June 10, 2022
PRB reform needed; Report on bond sales and revenue

Reform needed at Prisoner Review Board Late last month the state’s Prisoner Review Board (PRB) voted to release two convicted murderers from prison, just the latest example of why we…


Friday, June 3, 2022
Preparing for tornadoes; Latest unemployment report

Preparing for severe weather As we move into the final weeks of spring, the potential for severe weather increases in the Midwest, and Illinois is no exception. The Illinois Emergency…