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Friday, November 18, 2022
Veto session gets underway; New House Republican Leader

Thank you Sunday night I was involved in a car accident on my way home from an event in Iroquois County. I spent some time in the hospital before coming…


Thursday, November 10, 2022
Democrats retain control in Springfield; Veto session coming up

Democrats continue their hold on Springfield While some of Tuesday’s races remain too close to call, enough results have come in to confirm that Democrats will retain their control of…


Friday, November 4, 2022
Concerning state report card; Energy prices on the rise

Illinois state report card shows poor results from lockdowns Every year the Illinois State Board of Education releases the state’s report card, an annual report on how well our schools…


Friday, October 28, 2022
Jobs lag national figure; Congress presses for debt repayment

Illinois unemployment now a full percentage point worse than national average As the national economy has struggled to recover from the pandemic shutdowns, Illinois has struggled more than the nation…


Friday, October 21, 2022
Additional Madigan indictment; Gas prices moving up again

Additional charges filed against former House Speaker Michael Madigan Back in March, former Illinois House Speaker Michael J. Madigan was indicted on several federal corruption charges related to a bribery…


Friday, October 14, 2022
Good crop report; Inflation affecting state revenue

First USDA crop report of 2022 gives Illinois good news The U.S. Department of Agriculture has issued its first crop report for the fall 2022 harvest season, and it shows…


Friday, October 7, 2022
Unemployment debt payment; Remember to get your flu shot

Illinois makes another partial payment on unemployment debt During the pandemic Illinois had to borrow nearly $5 billion from the federal government to pay the huge number of unemployment claims…


Friday, September 30, 2022
SAFE-T Act repeal efforts; Increases in gaming revenue

Sign the petition to repeal the SAFE-T Act Early last year Illinois enacted a bill known as the SAFE-T Act which was advertised as criminal justice reform. In reality, it…


Friday, September 23, 2022
Pension system underfunding; Another corruption charge

Latest pension report shows continued unfunded balances One of the biggest fiscal challenges Illinois faces is our large unfunded pension liability. The state has five pension funds, and combined they…


Friday, September 16, 2022
Cash bail ending January 1; National Preparedness Month

Illinois to end cash bail, make it harder to keep dangerous criminals off streets January 1 In the closing hours of the 2021 lame duck session of the legislature, Democrats…