News

Friday, March 20, 2020
Friday morning: Four coronavirus deaths in Illinois; updates for seniors, schools

My district offices are closed to in-person visits, but are still accessible by phone at (815) 432-0106 (Watseka) and (815) 844-9179 (Pontiac). Thank you. Illinois death toll now stands at…


Thursday, March 19, 2020
Thursday updates from state government; legislature cancels next week’s session

New information website for state government’s response to coronavirus The state of Illinois has unveiled a new website which collects all the latest information in one place. Visit coronavirus.illinois.gov to…


Wednesday, March 18, 2020
Retailers ask Illinoisans to avoid hoarding; more news from state agencies

If you would like to have this update sent to you directly, click here and enter your e-mail address. You will receive directly the next newsletter. Thank you. The statewide…


Tuesday, March 17, 2020
Tuesday morning’s recap of coronavirus news from around the state

As this situation continues to develop, I will try to pass along to you the most up-to-date news from state government’s response. I would encourage you to visit my website…


Monday, March 16, 2020
Coronavirus update from state government – Monday afternoon

News has been coming from state agencies over the weekend and this morning as state government continues to work to meet the challenges presented by the coronavirus outbreak. Below is…


Friday, March 13, 2020
Busy week for ag

Last weekend I spoke at the Livingston County Farm Bureau’s legislative breakfast. It was a good opportunity to visit and provide a Springfield update, as well as hear what is…


Friday, March 13, 2020
Coronavirus update; bills moving and not moving

Legislators briefed on coronavirus developments in Illinois State and local health officials have been working overtime to protect the public from the coronavirus (also known as COVID-19) outbreak, and they…


Friday, March 6, 2020
Touring Illinois’ carbon sequestration facility

A couple of weeks ago I told you about legislation I am sponsoring which would create regulatory rules for the process of carbon sequestration in Illinois. This clean-energy process allows…


Friday, March 6, 2020
Protecting downstate; Fighting wrongful convictions

Protecting downstate communities One of the most common concerns I hear from constituents has to do with Chicago’s dominance of Illinois government. Because so much of the state’s leadership comes…


Friday, February 28, 2020
Congratulations to Rob Schmitt

Our area is fortunate to have some excellent facilities for treating our health care needs. One of these is Gibson Area Hospital in Gibson City. I was honored recently to…