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Friday, March 24, 2017
Fallen Paxton-area officers recognized; Unpaid bill backlog grows

Legislation to honor fallen Paxton-area police officers presented in HouseIn 1979, a shootout on Interstate 57 claimed the lives of Illinois State Trooper Michael McCarter, Paxton Patrolman William Caisse and…


Friday, March 17, 2017
‘Grand bargain’ on the ropes; more jobs created

‘Grand bargain’ talks hit a snagSince the beginning of the year, the Illinois Senate has been in bipartisan talks to work out a deal on both the budget and the…


Friday, March 10, 2017
Proposed Medicaid changes; preparing for severe weather

Governor proposes changes to MedicaidGovernor Rauner has introduced a proposal to have more Medicaid cases move through managed care. The Governor called for expanding the state’s existing Medicaid managed care…


Thursday, March 9, 2017
Bennett Recognizes Eureka Native and World Series MVP Ben Zobrist

State Representative Tom Bennett (R-Gibson City) recognized Eureka native Ben Zobrist on the House floor Wednesday as part of the General Assembly’s celebration of the Chicago Cubs’ 2016 World Series…


Friday, March 3, 2017
Good government legislation; honoring fallen first responders

Some good government legislation headed to the House floorWhile we continue to work to find agreement on a state budget, the House is acting to put into place legislation to…


Friday, February 24, 2017
Reforming state government; Helping prospective police officers

Package of government reform bills filedWith the start of the new General Assembly, House Republicans have introduced a package of bills and constitutional amendments intended to fix our broken state…


Friday, February 17, 2017
Governor’s Budget Address; a bill for state employee pay

Governor delivers Budget AddressGovernor Rauner went before a joint session of the legislature on Wednesday to deliver his annual budget address. He touched on a number of issues, but emphasized…


Friday, February 10, 2017
Continuing state worker pay; school funding reform commission report

Legislation filed to continue paying state workersI have joined several of my colleagues in sponsoring House Bill 1787, legislation which makes state workers’ salary payments a continuing appropriation. This would…


Friday, February 3, 2017
House adopts flawed rules; Attorney General threatens state employee pay

House adopts Madigan’s rulesIn a vote that very closely followed party lines, rules governing the 100th General Assembly were adopted by the House last week. The approved rules were written…


Friday, January 27, 2017
State of the State Address; legislation to help protect correctional workers

Governor delivers State of the State AddressGovernor Rauner went before a joint session of the legislature on Wednesday to deliver his third State of the State Address. The Governor struck…