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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…


Friday, January 10, 2020
Speaking with students in Milford

Just before the holiday break I visited with Kathy Brown and Kristi Van Hoveln’s 8th grade students at Milford Grade School. We talked a lot about state government, but also…


Friday, January 10, 2020
Property tax task force disappoints; pension consolidation signed

A disappointing end for the property tax relief task force Six months ago I was appointed to a new Property Tax Relief Task Force to study the state’s property tax…


Friday, January 3, 2020
Arrival of 2020 brings REAL ID deadline

As we enter the new year it is a good time to visit the Secretary of State’s Driver Services Facility in your community and apply for the new REAL ID…


Friday, January 3, 2020
New laws protect the elderly, help small road districts and school districts

State enacts 256 new laws with the start of the new year Welcome to 2020! With the arrival of the new year this week, 256 new state laws took effect….


Friday, December 20, 2019
Donation of this month’s pay raise

I mentioned last week that I am donating my share of a pay increase which legislators received this year, even though we did not deserve it. I have pledged each…


Friday, December 20, 2019
New laws effective January 1; Commission to study birth-to-5 education funding

256 new laws take effect January 1 In all, Illinois will enact 256 new laws when we enter 2020. I told you about some of these last week. Below are…


Friday, December 13, 2019
Donating the pay raise

Over the summer, state legislators in Illinois got a pay raise which we did not deserve. Legislation I sponsored which would have stopped the raise from going into effect was…


Friday, December 13, 2019
New laws coming in 2020 include traffic safety and protecting kids

New law will double fines for passing school buses, other traffic safety changes More than 200 new laws will go into effect on January 1. They include small technical changes…