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Friday, October 18, 2019
State Police examining new firearm dealer law; Growing concerns about crop yields

State Police developing rules for new firearm dealer licensing law Last year, over my strong opposition and the opposition of most of the Republicans in the House, the state enacted…


Friday, October 11, 2019
Speaking in Eureka and Ashkum

I was glad to have the opportunity to deliver a Springfield update to the Rotary Club in Eureka and the Lions Club in Ashkum recently. There was a lot to…


Friday, October 11, 2019
Crop report shows improvement; Donating another pay raise check

USDA reports improvement in crop conditions Earlier this year we were all very concerned about the extremely wet spring and the potential damage to the 2019 planting season in our…


Friday, October 4, 2019
New addition to Peterson Elementary

It was great to join Paxton-Buckley-Loda superintendent Cliff McClure, members of the PBL school board, faculty, staff and local residents in the grand opening of the new addition to Clara…


Friday, October 4, 2019
Opening new agricultural markets; time for FAFSA applications

Taiwan trade mission comes to Ford County, will purchase $2.2 billion in ag products Finding markets for Illinois agricultural products, both domestically and overseas, is essential to the continued success…


Friday, September 27, 2019
Visit to Pontiac Junior High

Every time I visit a school in our district and talk with the students I come away feeling very optimistic about our region’s future. Senator Barickman and I had that…


Friday, September 27, 2019
Helping paraprofessional educators; eliminating the trade-in tax

Restoring a pathway for paraprofessional educators Back in the spring the General Assembly passed legislation which eliminated a basic skills test for educators. The bill was passed in part due…


Friday, September 20, 2019
Drive-thru flu shot clinic

Flu season is on the horizon once again, and the Livingston County Health Department, in cooperation with the Bank of Pontiac and the Pontiac Chamber of Commerce, is helping local…


Friday, September 20, 2019
Our most serious fiscal challenge

Illinois’ number one fiscal challenge The single greatest fiscal challenge which state government in Illinois faces today is our underfunded pension system. This is a crisis which was created over…


Friday, September 13, 2019
Visit with Gibson City Lions, Prairieview Fall Festival

We had a very busy spring session in the Capitol this year, and it makes for a pretty extensive Springfield update presentation. This week I visited with the Gibson City…