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Friday, February 28, 2020
Census forms coming in the mail; Re-introducing some bills

Watch for your Census form in the mailbox Over the next few weeks, forms from the U.S. Census Bureau will begin arriving in mailboxes across the country. It is critical…


Friday, February 21, 2020
School construction task force meets

I am glad to be a member of the state’s School Construction Task Force, which has been meeting since the fall. We met again last week to continue the discussion…


Friday, February 21, 2020
Governor’s Budget Address; Repealing the trailer tax

Governor Pritzker delivers his 2020 budget address On Wednesday we heard Governor Pritzker’s 2020 state budget address, the Governor’s proposal for next year’s state budget. It is important to remember…


Friday, February 14, 2020
Spaghetti and conversation in Goodfield

I attended the 70th annual community spaghetti supper in Goodfield recently. There was great support from the community and a wonderful turnout. Thanks to the organizers for letting me help…


Friday, February 14, 2020
Rules for sports betting; state revenue up last month

Gaming Board announces rules for initial sports betting in Illinois The Illinois Gaming Board, the agency which oversees betting in Illinois, has issued its rules for the conduct of newly-legalized…


Friday, February 7, 2020
Support for youth center in Gilman

I had a great time with Ray Smith and his team of volunteers, as well as the more than 70 youth they serve at The Garage in Gilman. It is…


Friday, February 7, 2020
Automatic Voter Registration error; Coronavirus in Illinois

Investigation of the Automatic Voter Registration program A few weeks ago we learned that Illinois’ Automatic Voter Registration (AVR) program had made a serious error in registering potential voters. The…


Friday, January 31, 2020
Speaking at 8th grade career day

Every time I speak to a group of students I am encouraged about the future of our state and our nation. Our democracy can only endure if the younger generation…


Friday, January 31, 2020
State of the State Address; Bills to address land banks, carbon sequestration

Governor Pritzker offers State of the State Address On Wednesday Governor Pritzker offered his vision for the state as we enter the new spring session. There were some items I…


Friday, January 24, 2020
Great crowd at the Watseka FFA lunch

We had great turnout for the Watseka FFA lunch and auction. This is an important cause because these students are the future leaders of Illinois’ largest and most important industry….