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Friday, June 18, 2021
State and county fairs return; Heat safety

State, county fairs return for summer 2021 After both state fairs were cancelled last year due to the pandemic, both the Illinois State Fair in Springfield and the DuQuoin State…


Wednesday, June 16, 2021
Energy bill stalls; Change to budget bill

House meets on Wednesday, no energy bill Talks are continuing on an energy bill after it failed to gain enough support to be brought up for a vote earlier this…


Friday, June 11, 2021
Six Bennett bills headed to the Governor; Full re-opening at last

A few Bennett bills make it through both houses I was proud to have nine bills I sponsored pass the House earlier this spring. Unfortunately not all of them made…


Friday, June 4, 2021
Pritzker breaks pledge, signs gerrymandered map

Governor signs unfair, partisan map after clearly pledging not to do so After repeatedly pledging to do the opposite, Governor Pritzker today signed House Bill 2777, the gerrymandered, partisan redistricting…


Wednesday, June 2, 2021
Spring session comes to a close; Budget adopted, Gerrymandered map passed

Illinois House completes spring session The House adjourned on Tuesday after finishing its spring session. Here is a quick recap of what was done (and not done) in the closing…


Friday, May 28, 2021
Friday morning update as legislative session enters the home stretch

House nears adjournment deadline The House is scheduled to adjourn for the summer on Monday May 31. After that date the state Constitution makes it more difficult to pass bills…


Friday, May 21, 2021
Changes to state mask mandate; Big crush of bills to end session

Most (but not all) state mask mandates lifted For more than a year we have been living under executive orders issued by the Governor with very little input from legislators…


Friday, May 14, 2021
Bridge phase of reopening starts today; Vaccination milestone

Illinois to enter bridge phase of re-opening today Illinois is taking one more step toward a full re-opening today as we move into the ‘Bridge to Phase 5’ stage of…


Friday, May 7, 2021
Calls to investigate LaSalle COVID outbreak; Re-opening IDES offices

House calls for investigation into COVID outbreak at LaSalle Veterans Home The House approved a resolution calling for the Illinois Auditor General to begin a performance audit of the Illinois…


Friday, April 30, 2021
Vaccination progress; Partisan redistricting

Progress continuing on vaccinations More than 30% of all Illinoisans have now received their coronavirus vaccinations and are considered to be fully vaccinated. In all, more than 9 million vaccine…