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Friday, July 23, 2021
Unemployment up slightly; Ethics reforms still needed

Unemployment increases by small amount in June Illinois’ unemployment rate went up by 0.1% in June, now standing at 7.2%. Gains continued to be made in the Leisure and Hospitality…


Friday, July 16, 2021
Calling for local control of re-openings; Ethics watchdog quits

CDC, ISBE issue re-opening guidance for schools; resolution calls for local control Last Friday the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued long-awaited guidance for schools nationwide which…


Friday, July 9, 2021
Looking for answers on masks; First day with no COVID deaths

Residents asking if students must wear masks in school this fall One question which is on the minds of many people in our area and throughout the state is whether…


Saturday, July 3, 2021
Happy Independence Day Weekend!

Wishing your family a happy and safe 4th of July Weekend!


Thursday, July 1, 2021
Happy 4th of July, 600 bills sent to Gov, Credit rating improves

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Friday, June 25, 2021
Unemployment holds steady; Speaking up for small business

Illinois unemployment holds steady in May The May unemployment report for the state of Illinois revealed that the state’s unemployment rate held steady at 7.1% with the number of non-farm…


Thursday, June 24, 2021
Speaking up for Illinois small businesses

This week I joined twenty of my fellow legislators in writing to Governor Pritzker to ask him to help our small businesses who are struggling to find enough staffing to…


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…