Friday, June 7th, 2019
General Assembly adjourns for the summer; Saying “No” to legislative pay hike

Last minute compromises salvage a rough spring session For most of the spring session of the General Assembly, family farms and small businesses had a rough time. A minimum wage…

Friday, May 31st, 2019
An update at 7 p.m. on Friday

Watch for farm equipment on the roads This spring we have seen a lot of rain, and it has made it much harder for local farmers to plant their fields….

Friday, May 24th, 2019
Watseka awarded flood prevention grant

Persistence, commitment and dedication paid off for the city and the citizens off Watseka this week as we celebrated the official awarding of $5.3 million to the city for a…

Friday, May 24th, 2019
Graduated tax hike takes another step; working groups developing state budget

Graduated income tax increase passes House committee The proposal to raise income taxes through a graduated income tax system passed the House Revenue and Finance Committee this week with every…

Friday, May 17th, 2019
Touring Iroquois County

Session was unexpectedly cancelled last Friday, so I spent the day visiting some of our neighbors in Iroquois County as part of National Small Business Week. We are lucky to…

Friday, May 17th, 2019
Graduated tax hike hearing; infrastructure plan starting to move

Hearing set for graduated income tax hike On Monday the House Revenue and Finance Committee will meet to hear discussion of the proposed graduated income tax increase, officially known as…

Friday, May 10th, 2019
TECH 2019 students visit the Capitol

I was proud this week to welcome to the Capitol several groups of local students visiting for Tech Day 2019. Students from schools across the state came to Springfield to…

Friday, May 10th, 2019
More bills out of committee; Good news on revenue and pensions

Committee passes infant death investigation bill This week the House was busy with committee hearings for bills which have come over from the Senate. Dozens of these bills cleared committee…

Friday, May 3rd, 2019
Back in action

Glad to be back in Springfield After several weeks of recovery from a recent car accident, I was happy to once again be among my colleagues at the Capitol as…

Friday, April 26th, 2019
U of I health care forum

I was glad to be part of a panel discussion on health care with Margaret Foran Vaughn, Sinead Rice Madigan and a group of University of Illinois Health Care Policy…