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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…


Friday, May 27, 2022
Baby formula scam warning; Legislation to lower gas prices

Attorney General warns about baby formula scams With the recent nationwide shortage of baby formula, many scammers have risen up to take advantage of those searching far and wide to…


Friday, May 20, 2022
Hearings into Pontiac prison status; Farmers market bill signed

Calling for hearings on Pontiac Correctional Center status On the heels of our very successful town hall meeting last week in Pontiac, a bipartisan group of legislators from around the…


Friday, May 13, 2022
Audit into outbreak at Veterans Home; School construction bill signed

Audit outlines series of failures in state’s response to COVID outbreak at Veterans Home In the fall of 2020 more than 30 veterans lost their lives at the LaSalle Veterans…


Friday, May 6, 2022
Pontiac town hall coming up Tuesday; Calls for DCFS Director to resign

Reminder: Pontiac Correctional Center town hall is Tuesday May 10 On Tuesday May 10 Senator Jason Barickman and I will be hosting a town hall meeting for members of the…


Friday, April 29, 2022
Mask mandates on transit lifted; Illinois tops in property taxes

Illinois’ transit mask mandates lifted Last week a federal judge struck down the federal mask mandate on airplanes. The judge who made the ruling did not say anything either way…


Friday, April 22, 2022
Bill helps protect DCFS workers; Little action on ethics reform

Legislation passes to better protect DCFS caseworkers A few months ago I told you about the tragic death of Deidre Silas, a Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) caseworker…