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Thursday, February 10, 2022
School mask mandate; More problems with unemployment

Judge rules against school mask mandate, Attorney General immediately appeals Late last week a Sangamon County judge suspended the statewide school mask mandate but the Illinois Attorney General filed an…


Friday, February 4, 2022
State of the State; Unemployment decline still trails our neighbors

Governor Pritzker delivers State of the State and budget address Governor JB Pritzker delivered his State of the State address on Wednesday. The speech had been planned for the Illinois…


Friday, January 28, 2022
New bills; New district

Introducing many bills this spring session With the start of the new year and the spring session I have introduced several bills which I will work to pass before we…


Friday, January 21, 2022
Action needed on public safety; unemployment trust fund debt

House Republicans call for repeal of policing overhaul following increase in crime Last year on the final day of the lame duck 101st General Assembly a comprehensive overhaul of policing…


Thursday, January 20, 2022
How to watch virtual House committee hearings

Due to the pandemic many House committee hearings have been moved online. Members of the public can watch these hearings and can even participate remotely. Below are some links to…


Friday, January 14, 2022
State revenue vs. inflation; Better protection for DCFS workers

State revenue goes up, but so does inflation The December report from the Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability (COGFA) found that the ongoing coronavirus recovery was helping bring in…


Friday, January 7, 2022
General Assembly reconvenes; COVID alters session schedule

Spring session underway The 2022 spring session of the Illinois General Assembly began this week, with the House and Senate returning to Springfield on Wednesday. This year’s session calendar has…


Friday, December 17, 2021
Storm assistance available; Bringing down trailer fees

Storm disaster proclamation includes portions of our area, help available Residents of Ford, Iroquois, Livingston and Woodford counties are among those Illinoisans covered by the state’s disaster proclamation due to…


Tuesday, December 14, 2021
Disaster proclamation makes assistance available in four local counties following weekend storm

Residents of Ford, Iroquois, Livingston and Woodford counties are among those Illinoisans covered by the state’s disaster proclamation due to last weekend’s severe storms. Those in the affected counties who…


Friday, December 10, 2021
Motorcycle safety; Protecting animals; Helping military families

More than 200 new laws take effect on January 1 Every year the General Assembly passes dozens or even hundreds of new laws with effective dates of January 1. This…