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Friday, November 20, 2020
Pandemic continues to worsen; Madigan allies indicted

Coronavirus outbreak continues worsening in Illinois One week ago the Illinois Department of Public Health reported 15,415 new cases of coronavirus in Illinois in a single day – a new…


Friday, November 13, 2020
Fall session cancelled; Madigan investigation remains stalled

Fall veto session cancelled I am disappointed to report that the fall session of the General Assembly has been cancelled. We were scheduled to meet next week and the week…


Tuesday, November 10, 2020
BIG program slow to provide help; Contact tracing figures released

Business Interruption Grant program slow to provide assistance A report from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) has shown that the state has been slow to help…


Friday, October 30, 2020
Poor rating for IDES; IHSA bringing back basketball

Department of Employment Security gets negative performance review The Better Government Association (BGA) has released a study finding that the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) was not prepared for…


Tuesday, October 27, 2020
Coronavirus cases continue to rise; State reports unemployment decline

Department of Public Health warning of significant increase in coronavirus cases The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) reported late last week that of the more than 7 million coronavirus…


Friday, October 23, 2020
Back to Business; Extending telehealth

Getting back to business Since the spring we have seen many Illinois businesses reopen, entirely or partially, from the shutdown, but many are still struggling. Sadly some have not been…


Tuesday, October 20, 2020
Silence from ethics commission; More emergency loans

Joint Commission on Ethics and Lobbying Reform goes quiet In response to a series of high-profile ethics scandals last year the General Assembly created the Joint Commission on Ethics and…


Friday, October 16, 2020
FOID card process needs revamping; Warnings about debt

Renewing the call for FOID card application process reform As we have dealt with the coronavirus pandemic this year, we have seen many state government operations struggle. One of these…


Tuesday, October 13, 2020
Calls growing for IDES hearings; Preparing for earthquakes

More voices calling for hearings into IDES Last month I joined with other legislators in calling for public hearings into the failures of the unemployment assistance system at the Illinois…


Friday, October 9, 2020
Madigan investigation paused; Women’s Small Business Month

Madigan investigation halted until after election Earlier this week I updated you on the developments in the House Special Investigating Committee’s inquiry into the conduct of Speaker Michael Madigan. Just…