News

  • Week of 11/21/2022

    Posted by · November 28, 2022 2:26 PM

    Events

    Groups donate Thanksgiving meals to Springfield families

    WCIA 3

    Danny Connolly

    11/21/2022

    “The drive was hosted by Contact Ministries, Meridian Health, and state Senator Steve McClure (R-Springfield).”

     

    Sen. Steve McClure

    11-22-22

    WCCU-TV (Springfield)

    Issue: Thanksgiving Day food giveaway

     

    Sen. Dale Fowler

    11-23-22

    WSIL-TV (Harrisburg) (multiple newscasts)

    Issue: Thanksgiving Day food giveaway

    Leadership

    Incoming Illinois Senate Minority Leader on his new role and the Illinois Republican Party

    Illinois Public Media, WILL 100

    Brian Mackey, Christine Hatfield, and Jose Zepeda

    11/22/2022

    “As we approach the coming legislative session, Republicans in the Illinois House and Senate have chosen new leaders for the next General Assembly in the Senate, that means state Sen. John Curran, of Downers Grove, will take over from Sen. Dan McConchie — and after McConchie spent just two years in the leadership role.”

     

    To win, Barickman says GOP needs more moderate voices

    WGLT

    Charlie Schlenker

    11/21/2022

    “State Sen. Jason Barickman said Illinois voters punished Republicans in the midterm election, in part, because of the GOP stance on abortion.”

     

    “As a result, Illinois Republicans have chosen new state House and Senate leaders — Sen. John Curran of Downers Grove and Rep. Tony McCombie of Savanna.”

     

    Sen. John Curran

    11-22-22

    WILL-TV (Urbana-Public Television)

    Issue: New Senate Republican Leader

     

    Sen. John Curran

    11-23-22

    Illinois Business Journal

    Issue: New Senate Republican Leader

     

    Sen. John Curran

    11-26-22

    WBEZ Radio (Chicago) (multiple newscasts)

    Issue: New Senate Republican Leader

     

    Sen. Dan McConchie

    11-22-22

    WILL-TV (Urbana-Public Television)

    Issue: Senate Republican leadership change

     

    Sen. Dan McConchie

    11-23-22

    Illinois Business Journal

    Issue: New Senate Republican Leader

    SAFE-T Act

    Local Illinois lawmakers hope to address SAFE-T Act during veto session

    WSIU Public Broadcasting

    Benjy Jeffords

    11/25/2022

    “State Senator Dale Fowler says he’s very confident there will be some changes during the veto session.”

     

    Sen. John Curran

    11-22-22

    The Chicago Reporter

    Issue: Potential SAFE-T Act changes

    MISC.

    State senator proposing legislation to combat fentanyl epidemic

    WCSJ News

    Ethan Kruger

    11/21/2022

    “A bill being introduced by Morris Republican State Senator Sue Rezin seeks to add teeth to laws that punish those for selling fentanyl.”

     

    Will Illinois pass a constitutional amendment on abortion?

    Illinois Times

    Rich Miller

    11/23/2022

    “The Illinois Senate Republicans’ new leader, John Curran, told Capitol News Illinois the other day that there was nothing left to do on the abortion topic in Illinois.”

     

    Sen. John Curran

    11-23-22

    Bloomington Pantagraph

    Issue: Thanksgiving Day

     

    Sen. Chapin Rose

    11-23-22

    DeWitt Daily News

    Issue: Learning the new Senate district

     

    Sen. Sally Turner

    11-23-22

    DeWitt Daily News

    Issue: Learning the new Senate district

  • Week of 11/14/2022

    Posted by · November 21, 2022 3:38 PM

    Events

    Sen. Fowler helps organize a ham/turkey giveaway for Thanksgiving

    WSIU Public Broadcasting

    Brad Palmer

    11/14/2022

    “State Senator Dale Fowler has teamed up with Meridian and Heaven’s Kitchen to give 200 hams and turkeys to those in need this Thanksgiving season.”

     

    Senator Fowler and Meridian to Give Away 200 free hams and turkeys

    WSIU

    Staff

    11/16/2022

    “State Senator Dale Fowler has teamed up with Meridian and Heaven’s Kitchen to give 200 hams/turkeys to those in need this Thanksgiving season.”

     

    Senator Fowler and Meridian free ham and turkey giveaway

    WSIL TV 3

    Staff

    11/18/2022

    “State Senator Dale Fowler has teamed up with Meridian and Heaven’s Kitchen to give 200 hams/turkeys to those in need this Thanksgiving season.”

     

    Thanksgiving meals for senior citizens in need

    23 WIFR

    WIFR Newsroom

    11/19/2022

    “Lifescapes’ clients gave away turkeys and hams at a drive-through event by the organizations staff and Illinois State Senator Dave Syverson’s office.”

    Fentanyl Epidemic

    State Senator Sue Rezin unveils legislation to battle fentanyl epidemic

    WSPL FM 985, WGLC Classic Country 100.1
    Staff

    11/16/2022

    “Illinois State Senator Sue Rezin, along with State Senator Sally Turner, have unveiled legislation that creates new offenses and penalties for those who engage in distributing and selling the powerful drug, fentanyl.”

     

    Rezin Pushing For New Fentanyl-Related Charges And Penalties

    WLPO 103.9

    Jeremy Aitken

    11/15/2022

    ‘“We cannot and should not continue to turn a blind eye to this staggering trend”. Those are words from State Senator Sue Rezin in regards to the ongoing fentanyl epidemic.’

     

    “The Republican from Morris held a press conference along with State Senator Sally Turner of Beason and McLean County State's Attorney Erika Reynolds to unveil proposed laws creating new charges and penalties for those who sell drugs with fentanyl.”

     

    State Senators announce legislation to target fentanyl

    WAND

    Staff

    11/15/2022

    “State Senator Sally Turner (R-Beason) and Senate Deputy Minority Leader Sue Rezin (R-Morris) held a press conference on Tuesday to unveil legislation that would create new offenses and penalties for those who intentionally sell scheduled drugs with fentanyl.”

     

    Two Illinois lawmakers propose bill that could fight the fentanyl epidemic

    WIFR 23

    Staff

    11/15/2022

    “Illinois State Senator Sally Turner (IL-R) and Senate Deputy Minority Leader Sue Rezin (IL-R) proposed a bill Tuesday that would allow attorneys to combat the fentanyl epidemic.”

     

    Illinois legislators renew push to fight against opioids with new bill

    WQAD 8

    David Bohlman

    11/15/2022

    “On Tuesday, Illinois State Senators Sally Turner and Sue Rezin were joined by the Mclean County State's Attorney Erika Reynolds to renew their push in the fight against opioids.”

     

    Officials create new penalties for individuals who sell fentanyl

    WICS/WCCU, KHQA 7

    Staff

    11/16/2022

    ‘“Nationally, nearly 70,000 people 18 and older died in 2021 from synthetic opioid-related incidents, with 90 percent of those being fentanyl-related. That is equivalent to one plane crashing each and every day,” said Senator Sue Rezin, R-Morris.’

     

    Illinois: New Legislation Cracks Down on Fentanyl Dealers

    WWBL

    John WWBL

    11/15/2022

    “Illinois Senator Sally Turner of Beason says the offense would be punishable by nine to 40 years in prison.”

     

    Sens. Turner, Rezin Unveil Legislation To Combat Fentanyl Epidemic

    WCSJ News

    Justin Ritz

    11/18/2022

    “In their ongoing desire to combat the ongoing fentanyl epidemic that is running rampant throughout the state and nation, State Senator Sally Turner of Beason and Sue Rezin of Morris held a press conference at the State Capitol to unveil legislation that creates two new offenses and penalties for individuals who intentionally sell scheduled drugs with fentanyl or use electronic communication devices to sell fentanyl.”

     

    Sen. Sally Turner

    11-16-22

    KFVS-TV (Cape Girardeau, Mo.) (1 other source)

    Issue: Fentanyl epidemic

     

    Sen. Sally Turner

    11-16-22

    WRSP-TV (Springfield) (1 other source) (multiple newscasts)

    Issue: Fentanyl epidemic

     

    Sen. Sally Turner

    11-16-22

    WMBD-TV (Peoria) (multiple newscasts)

    Issue: Fentanyl epidemic

     

    Sen. Sally Turner

    11-16-22

    WAND- TV (Decatur) (multiple newscasts)

    Issue: Fentanyl epidemic

     

    Sen. Sally Turner

    11-16-2

    WGEM-TV (Quincy) (multiple newscasts)

    Issue: Fentanyl epidemic

     

    Sen. Sally Turner

    11-15-22

    WTZZ-TV Peoria

    Issue: Fentanyl epidemic

     

    Sen. Sally Turner

    11-15-22

    KLJB-TV (Davenport, IA)

    Issue: Fentanyl epidemic

     

    Sen. Sally Turner

    11-15-22

    WCIA-TV (Champaign)

    Issue: Fentanyl epidemic

     

    Sen. Sally Turner

    11-15-22

    WLS Radio (Chicago) (multiple newscasts)

    Issue: Fentanyl epidemic

     

    Sen. Sally Turner

    11-15-22

    KWQC-TV (Davenport, Ia.)

    Issue: Fentanyl epidemic

     

    Sen. Sally Turner

    11-15-22

    WFLD-TV (Chicago)

    Issue: Fentanyl epidemic

     

    Sen. Sally Turner

    11-15-22

    WGN Radio (Chicago)

    Issue: Fentanyl epidemic

     

    Sen. Sally Turner

    11-16-22

    State Journal Register

    Issue: Fentanyl epidemic

     

    Sen. Sally Turner

    11-16-22

    KFVS-TV (Cape Girardeau, Mo.) (1 other source)

    Issue: Fentanyl epidemic

     

    Sen. Sally Turner

    11-15-22

    Ogle County Newspapers

    Issue: Fentanyl epidemic

     

    Sen. Sally Turner

    11-15-22

    WCIA-TV (Champaign)

    Issue: Fentanyl epidemic

     

    Sen. Sally Turner

    11-15-22

    Illinois Issues (3 other sources)

    Issue: Fentanyl epidemic

     

    Sen. Sally Turner

    11-15-22

    Southern Illinoisan (2 other sources)

    Issue: Fentanyl epidemic

     

    Sen. Sally Turner

    11-15-22

    Quad City Times

    Issue: Fentanyl epidemic

     

    Sen. Sally Turner

    11-15-22

    WMAY Radio (Springfield)

    Issue: Fentanyl epidemic

     

    Sen. Sally Turner

    11-15-22

    Centralia Morning Sentinel

    Issue: Fentanyl epidemic

     

    Sen. Sally Turner

    11-15-22

    WFLD-TV (Chicago)

    Issue: Fentanyl epidemic

     

    Sen. Sally Turner

    11-15-22

    StarvedRock Media (Central Illinois regional news source)

    Issue: Fentanyl epidemic

     

    Sen. Sue Rezin

    11-16-22

    WSIL-TV (Harrisburg)

    Issue: Fentanyl epidemic

     

    Sen. Sue Rezin

    11-16-22

    WRSP-TV (Springfield) (multiple newscasts)

    Issue: Fentanyl epidemic

     

    Sen. Sue Rezin

    11-16-22

    WMBD-TV (Peoria) (multiple newscasts)

    Issue: Fentanyl epidemic

     

    Sen. Sue Rezin

    11-16-22

    WAND-TV (Decatur) (multiple newscasts)

    Issue: Fentanyl epidemic

     

    Sen. Sue Rezin

    11-16-22

    WRSP-TV (Springfield) (multiple newscasts)

    Issue: Fentanyl epidemic

     

    Sen. Sue Rezin

    11-15-22

    WYZZ-TV (Bloomington)

    Issue: Fentanyl epidemic

     

    Sen. Sue Rezin

    11-15-22

    KWQC-TV (Davenport, Ia)

    Issue: Fentanyl epidemic

    Health

    Lawmakers press CMS, Aetna over diminished retiree health benefits

    WCIA 3

    Renée Cooper

    11/16/2022

    ‘“What are we going to do to offer actual choice to these people who worked for the State of Illinois their entire lives? And by the way, the deal was free,” Sen. Chapin Rose (R-Mahomet) said angrily.’

     

    CMS Agrees to Senator Rose’s Request for EIU-Area Retiree Healthcare Seminar

    My Radio Link (Mattoon)

    Staff

    11/19/2022

    “State Senator Chapin Rose (R-Mahomet) is pleased to report that CMS has agreed to his request to add an open enrollment seminar for Eastern Illinois University retirees, retired teachers, and retired state workers in and around Coles County.”

     

    Sen. Chapin Rose

    11-15-22

    WCIA-TV (Champaign)

    Issue: State retiree health insurance

     

    Sen. Chapin Rose

    11-15-22

    WSIL-TV (Harrisburg)

    Issue: State retiree health insurance

    Interviews

    Illinois State Senator Steve McClure

    WTAX 93.9

    Joey Mclaughin

    11/15/2022

    “Joey Mclaughin talks with Illinois State Senator Steve McClure about leadership in his caucus, the start of the veto session and the Safe-T act.”

    Leadership

    Curran eyes ‘balance’ as he prepares to lead Illinois Senate’s GOP minority

    Capitol News Illinois

    JERRY NOWICKI

    11/18/2022

    “Senate Minority Leader-elect John Curran will take over a caucus that’s more than doubled in size by the majority-party Democrats.”

     

    “In January, he’ll take over for Minority Leader Dan McConchie, a Hawthorn Woods Republican who was chosen for the post in November 2020, but whose caucus chose a new route by electing Curran this week.”

     

    Daily Herald opinion: With election out the way, it's time for sincerity on SAFE-T Act

    Daily Herald

    Staff

    11/19/2022

    ‘And, we're encouraged by the words of Downers Grove Republican Senate Minority Leader-elect John Curran in a report by Capitol News Illinois: "There's no reason we can't be fair and, at the same time, protect public safety. That's where this needs to ultimately land."’

     

    Opinion | Eye On Illinois: How will leadership change affect Statehouse strategy, tone?

    Shaw Media

    Scott T. Holland

    11/19/2022

    “Republicans changed General Assembly leadership this week, electing state Sen. John Curran, R-Downers Grove, as Senate minority leader and state Rep. Tony McCombie, of Savanna, to lead the House caucus.”

     

    Curran preparing to take over Senate Republicans, downplaying division within Republican Party

    The Daily Line

    Ben Szalinski

    11/17/2022

    “The Senate Republican Caucus will have a new leader in January when Sen. John Curran (R-Downers Grove) takes the helm from Senate Minority Leader Dan McConchie (R-Hawthorn Woods) after the caucus unanimously voted for Curran to be their leader at a closed-door meeting Tuesday night.”

     

    New state Senate GOP leader welcomes billionaires’ bucks but warns party must ‘diversify our fundraising’

    Chicago Sun Times

    Tina Sfondeles

    11/16/2022

    “After a bruising election that relied heavily on billionaire megadonors, newly selected Illinois Senate Minority Leader John Curran on Wednesday said Republicans must find broader financial support for candidates if the party wants to have “a bigger voice” in Springfield.”

     

    Curran ousts McConchie, McCombie follows Durkin as Republicans shake up General Assembly leadership

    The Daily Line

    Ben Szalinski

    11/16/2022

    “The Senate Republicans selected Sen. John Curran (R-Downers Grove) as their new caucus leader with current Minority Leader Dan McConchie (R-Hawthorn Wood) stepping aside. On the House side, Republicans backed Rep. Tony McCombie (R-Savanna) to be current Minority Leader Jim Durkin’s (R-Western Springs) successor.”

     

    General Assembly returns to Springfield with several issues on tap a week after election shakes up membership

    The Daily Line

    Ben Szalinski

    11/15/2022
    “In the Senate, a group of lawmakers are also set to remove Senate Minority Leader Dan McConchie (R-Hawthorn Woods) from his leadership position. McConchie’s caucus gained one seat in the chamber, but The Illinoize reported Thursday that 13 of the 20 Republican senators signed on to a letter backing Sen. John Curran (R-Downers Grove) to be the caucus’ next leader.”

     

    After big losses last week, Illinois GOP vows big changes with new legislative leaders: ‘We certainly have a lot to rebuild’

    Chicago Sun Times

    Tina Sfondeles

    11/15/2022

    “Illinois Senate Republicans on Tuesday night selected Curran to lead their caucus, replacing Senate Minority Leader Dan McConchie of Hawthorn Woods.”

     

    Curran Named New Illinois Senate Republican Leader

    Effingham Radio

    Staff

    11/16/2022

    “The Illinois Senate Republicans are choosing state Senator John Curran to be their leader for the 103rd General Assembly.”

     

    “He is replacing outgoing leader and state Senator Dan McConchie.”

     

    ILGOP Selects New General Assembly Leadership

    WLDS/WEAI

    Benjamin Cox

    11/16/2022

    Curran will replace Senator Dan McConchie of Hawthorne Woods.”

     

    After Election Losses, Illinois Republicans Pick New State Senate and House Leaders

    WTTW

    Amanda Vinicky

    11/15/2022

    “Tony McCombie of Savanna as the new minority leader, and senators elected state Sen. John Curran of Downers Grove as their new leader, replacing, respectively, Jim Durkin and Dan McConchie.”

     

    Sen. Dan McConchie

    11-17-22

    WRPW Radio (Bloomington/Normal)

    Issue: Senate Republican leadership

     

    Sen. Dan McConchie

    11-17-22

    Muddy River News (Quincy/Hannibal)

    Issue: Senate Republican leadership

     

    Sen. Dan McConchie

    11-17-22

    DeWitt Daily News

    Issue: Senate Republican leadership

     

    Sen. Dan McConchie

    11-15-22

    WTTW-TV (Chicago)

    Issue: Senate Republican Leader

     

    Sen. Dan McConchie

    11-15-22

    WGN-TV (Chicago) (1 other source)

    Issue: Senate Republican Leader

     

    Sen. Dan McConchie

    11-15-22

    Quad City Times (2 other sources)

    Issue: Senate Republican Leader

     

    Sen. Dan McConchie

    11-15-22

    Southern Illinoisan

    Issue: Senate Republican Leader

     

    Sen. Dan McConchie

    11-15-22

    Daily Herald (2 other sources)

    Issue: Senate Republican Leader

     

    Sen. John Curran

    11-17-22

    WICD-TV (Champaign) (multiple newscasts)

    Issue: Senate Republican leadership

     

    Sen. John Curran

    11-17-22

    WCCU-TV (Springfield)

    Issue: Senate Republican leadership

     

    Sen. John Curran

    11-17-22

    WRPW Radio (Bloomington/Normal)

    Issue: Senate Republican leadership

     

    Sen. John Curran

    11-17-22

    Muddy River News (Quincy/Hannibal)

    Issue: Senate Republican leadership

     

    Sen. John Curran

    11-17-22

    DeWitt Daily News

    Issue: Senate Republican leadership

     

    Sen. John Curran

    11-16-22

    WRSP-TV (Springfield) (2 other sources)

    Issue: New Senate Republican Leader

     

    Sen. John Curran

    11-16-22

    WHBF-TV (Quad Cities) (1 other source)

    Issue: New Senate Republican Leader

     

    Sen. John Curran

    11-16-22

    WAND-TV (Decatur) (multiple newscasts) ( 2 other sources)

    Issue: New Senate Republican Leader

     

    Sen. John Curran

    11-15-22

    WCIA-TV (Champaign)

    Issue: New Senate Republican Leader

     

    Sen. John Curran

    11-15-22

    WTTW-TV (Chicago)

    Issue: Senate Republican Leader

     

    Sen. John Curran

    11-15-22

    WICD-TV (Champaign) (2 other sources)

    Issue: Senate Republican Leader

     

    Sen. John Curran

    11-15-22

    WGN-TV (Chicago) (1 other source)

    Issue: Senate Republican Leader

     

    Sen. John Curran

    11-15-22

    Quad City Times (2 other sources)

    Issue: Senate Republican Leader

     

    Sen. John Curran

    11-15-22

    Southern Illinoisan

    Issue: Senate Republican Leader

     

    Sen. John Curran

    11-15-22

    Daily Herald

    Issue: Senate Republican Leader

     

    Sen. John Curran

    11-15-22

    WUEZ Radio (Carterville) (2 other sources)

    Issue: Senate Republican Leader

     

    Sen. Sue Rezin

    11-15-22

    Chicago Tribune (Jim Nowlan opinion)

    Issue: Leadership of the Illinois Republican Party

    PRB

    Illinois parole board has quorum, expects elevated clemency requests

    The Center Square

    Greg Bishop

    11/15/2022

    ‘State Sen. Jason Barickman, R-Bloomington, told PRB Chair Edith Crigler that it's like a game of “cat and mouse.”’

     

    Illinois parole board has quorum, expects elevated clemency requests

    Illinois Radio Network

    Greg Bishop

    11/18/2022

    ‘State Sen. Jason Barickman, R-Bloomington, told PRB Chair Edith Crigler that it's like a game of “cat and mouse.”’

     

    Sen. Jason Barickman

    11-15-22

    WMAY Radio (Springfield) (9 other sources)

    Issue: Illinois Prisoner Review Board expects elevated clemency requests

    SAFE-T Act

    Safe-T Act talks at IL fall veto session to restart after Thanksgiving

    WSIL TV 3

    Danny Valle

    11/15/2022

    “Senator Chapin Rose (R-Champaign) says lawmakers weren't given enough time to read the bill. On the day the act passed both chambers in 2020, the senate voted just one hour after receiving the final bill.”

     

    Lawmakers to tackle SAFE-T Act in fall veto session

    News Channel ABC 20

    Noelle Forde

    ‘"What I'm hoping is that there will be a major bill to really fix it," said Senator Steve McClure, R-Springfield. "Because there's been a couple of bills that have passed but none of them have really fixed the major flaws in the legislation, so that's one major thing to get done."’

     

    Illinois legislators consider changes to law that abolishes cash bail

    KSDK 5 On Your Side

    Mark Maxwell

    11/15/2022

    “Senator Steve McClure (R-Springfield), a former prosecutor, suggested the law should expand to give judges discretion whether to detain a defendant before their trial on all felony charges.”

     

    Three legislative session days remain before Illinois' no-cash bail enacts Jan. 1

    The Center Square

    Andrew Hensel

    11/19/2022

    “Republicans have called for repealing the measure due to how Democrats handled it, said state Sen. John Curran, R-Downers Grove.”

     

    With three session days left, SAFE-T Act changes could be forthcoming, ‘technical’ in nature

    Capitol News Illinois

    JERRY NOWICKI

    11/16/2022

    “Senate Minority Leader-elect John Curran, meanwhile, said in an interview with Capitol News Illinois that his caucus has generally been “frozen out” of negotiations on the SAFE-T Act’s cash bail provisions.”

     

    Sen. John Curran

    11-17-22

    WJBD Radio Salem (5 other sources)

    Issue: SAFE-T Act issues

     

    Morris state senator to continue focusing on SAFE-T Act after reelection

    WSPY News

    Ethan Kruger

    11/16/2022

    “Morris Republican State Senator Sue Rezin says she wants to see continued work on the SAFE-T Act in her next term.”

    UI Trust Fund

    Gov. Pritzker aims to boost funds, pay debts ahead of forecasted $1.7 Bill surplus

    WSIL TV 3

    Danny Valle

    11/15/2022

    “Senator Chapin Rose (R-Champaign) says the state should plan to use the projected surplus to pay down debt like the Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund.”

    Veto Session

    Sen. Steve McClure

    11-16-22

    KSDK-TV (St. Louis, Mo.) (multiple newscasts)

    Issue: Veto Session/Ending Cash Bail

     

    Sen. Steve McClure

    11-16-22

    KHQA-TV (Quad Cities)

    Issue: Veto Session/Ending Cash Bail

     

    Sen. Steve McClure

    11-15-22

    WICD-TV (Champaign) (1 other source)

    Issue: Veto Session/Ending Cash Bail

    MISC.

    Illinois GOP Taking Stock, Looking to Future After ‘Very Disappointing’ Election

    WTTW

    Paul Caine

    11/14/2022

    “Republican state Sen. Jason Plummer agreed that the Republican Party in Illinois simply does not have the electoral infrastructure to compete effectively.”

     

    Sen. Steve McClure

    11-14-22

    Edwardsville Intelligencer

    Issue: Amazon layoffs (Note: Amazon has a huge warehouse in the Edwardsville area)

     

    Sen. Dan McConchie

    11-17-22

    Crain’s Chicago Business

    Issue: Abortion

  • Week of 11/07/2022

    Posted by · November 14, 2022 10:51 AM

    Veterans Affairs

    State Senator Sue Rezin seeks family photos and stories of veterans to be showcased in Springfield

    WSPL FM 985, WGLC Classic Country 100.1

    Staff

    11/07/2022

    “To help pay tribute to veterans and honor their legacies and sacrifices, State Senator Sue Rezin is encouraging constituents to submit a photo and story of their loved one who served our nation so they can be displayed in the rotunda of the Illinois Capitol from November 10th through November 28th in honor of Veterans Day.”

     

    Sen. Fowler seeks photos, stories of veterans to be showcased at Capitol

    WSIL TV 3

    Staff

    11/09/2022

    “In honor of Veterans Day and the sacrifices made by those who served, Senator Dale Fowler is asking people to submit a photo and story of their loved one to be displayed at the Illinois State Capitol.”

     

    Submit photos of veterans to be showcased at Illinois Capitol

    KFVS 12

    Amber Ruch

    11/09/2022

    “According to a release from Senator Dale Fowler, the photos and stories will be displayed in the rotunda of the Capitol from November 10-28 in honor of Veterans Day.”

     

    “Illinois State Senator Terri Bryant is also working on the project.”

     

    State Sen. Dale Fowler seeks photos of southern Illinois veterans for Veterans Day display in Capitol rotunda

    WPSD Local

    Leanne Fuller

    11/10/2022

    “Illinois State Sen. Dale Fowler is asking his constituents to submit photos and stories of loved ones who are veterans. Photos will be displayed in the Illinois Capitol rotunda through Nov. 28 in honor of Veterans Day.”

     

    Sen. Dale Fowler

    11-9-22

    KFVS-TV (Cape Girardeau, Mo.)

    Issue: Veterans exhibit at the Capitol

     

    Sen. Dale Fowler

    11-10-22

    WPSD-TV (Paducah, Ky.)

    Issue: Veterans exhibit at the Capitol

     

    Sen. Sally Turner

    11-11-22

    WQRF-TV (Rockford)

    Issue: Veterans exhibit at the Capitol

    MISC.

    District 95 receives praise

    The Prairie Press

    Nancy Zeman

    11/07/2022

    “The board also received congratulations from State Senator Chapin Rose, State Representative Brad Halbrook and U.S. House Rep. Mary Miller.”

     

    Sen. Chapin Rose

    11-11-22

    Champaign News-Gazette

    Issue: Illinois retiree health care coverage/letter to editor

  • Week of 10/31/2022

    Posted by · November 07, 2022 10:49 AM

    Education

    Could the COVID-19 vaccine be mandated for school children in Illinois?

    KFVS 12

    Colin Baillie

    10/31/2022

    ‘“Honestly it’s a little bit of smoke and mirrors on Governor Pritzker’s part, because he knows he doesn’t have the authority to mandate children to get that particular vaccine,” said Illinois State Senator Terri Bryant.’

     

    Sen. Terri Bryant

    11-1-22

    WEEK-TV (Peoria)

    Issue: School child immunization/Covid and Pritzker

     

    Sen. Terri Bryant

    10-31-22

    KFVS-TV (Cape Girardeau, Mo.)

    Issue: School child immunization/Covid and Pritzker

     

    Sen. Terri Bryant

    11-1-22

    WHOI-TV (Peoria)

    Issue: School child immunization/Covid and Pritzker

     

    Sen. Terri Bryant

    11-1-22

    WEEK-TV (Peoria)

    Issue: School child immunization/Covid and Pritzker

    Events

    Illinois leaders teach 37th district high school students about political science, public service

    WQAD8

    Charles Hart

    11/01/2022

    “Illinois State Senator Win Stoller invited several high school students throughout the 37th district to learn about public policy and the legislative process.”

     

    Sen. Win Stoller

    11-1-22

    WQAD-TV (Quad Cities) (multiple newscasts)

    Issue: Youth Advisory Council

     

    Fowler engages students in state government through Student Advisory Council

    Metropolis Planet

    SCENE STAFF

    10/31/2022

    “State Sen. Dale Fowler (R-Harrisburg) hosted over 90 students from 19 high schools Monday, Oct. 24, on the campus of Southern Illinois University Carbondale as a part of his annual Student Advisory Council.”

    Health

    Senator Rose Statement on AETNA and Carle Agreement

    My Radio Link (Mattoon)

    Staff

    11/02/2022

    “State Senator Chapin Rose (R-Mahomet) released the following statement regarding the agreement announced between AETNA and Carle.”

     

    Sen. Chapin Rose

    11-3-22

    WCIA-TV (Champaign)

    Issue: Health care insurance for state retirees/his legislation

     

    Senator Rose Files Bill to Offer Healthcare Choice to Retirees

    Effingham Radio

    Staff

    10/31/2022

    “In response to ongoing issues with the State of Illinois’ failure to provide adequate healthcare coverage for state retirees, State Senator Chapin Rose (R-Mahomet) has filed legislation to allow them to choose their health insurance provider.”

     

    Senator Rose Statement on AETNA and Carle Agreement

    Effingham Radio

    Staff

    10/31/2022

    “State Senator Chapin Rose (R-Mahomet) released the following statement regarding the agreement announced between AETNA and Carle.”

     

    Marron, Rose file bills to force health insurance options for retirees

    WCIA 3

    Cole Henke, Renée Cooper, Danny Connolly

    10/31/2022

    “Senator Chapin Rose (R-Mahomet) also filed a bill that would offer a voucher to the state’s retirees for a standard cost and use the voucher to an insurance plan of their choosing.”

     

    Sen. Chapin Rose

    11-1-22

    WCIA-TV (Champaign) (multiple newscasts)

    Issue: Health insurance for state retirees

     

    Sen. Chapin Rose

    10-31-22

    Champaign News Gazette

    Issue: Health insurance for state retirees

     

    Sen. Chapin Rose

    11-1-22

    WCIA-TV (Champaign) (multiple newscasts)

    Issue: Health insurance for state retirees/deal reached

     

    Sen. Chapin Rose

    11-1-22

    Champaign News Gazette

    Issue: Health insurance for state retirees

     

    Sen. Chapin Rose

    11-3-22

    WCIA-TV (Champaign) (multiple newscasts)

    Issue: State retiree health insurance

    Veterans Affairs

    State Senator looking for photos and stories of veterans to be highlighted at Illinois Capitol

    WSPY News

    Staff

    11/03/2022

    “Morris State Senator Sue Rezin is asking residents of the 38th District to submit photos and stories of their loved ones who served in the military.”

     

    State Senator asking for photos for the ‘Honoring All Who Served’ Veterans Day Display at State Capitol

    WCMY News

    Steven Devine

    11/03/2022

    “The ‘Honoring All Who Served’ Veterans Day Display will on display at the Illinois State Capitol rotunda again this year. And 38th District St. Sen. Sue Rezin of Morris is asking local constituents to send photos for the display.”

     

    Senator Rezin Asking Families for Veteran Pictures

    WCSJ News

    Tina Morrison

    10/31/2022

    “In honor of Veterans Day and to help pay tribute to the sacrifices and legacies of veterans, State Senator Sue Rezin (R-Morris) is encouraging families of veterans to submit a photo and story, of their loved one who served our nation, so it can be displayed in the rotunda of the Illinois Capitol, November 10 through November 28, 2022.”

     

    Sen. Sue Rezin

    11-3-22

    WCMY Radio (Ottawa)

    Issue: Veteran’s Day exhibit at the Capitol

     

    Sen. Sue Rezin

    11-3-22

    WCSJ Radio (Morris)

    Issue: Veteran’s Day exhibit at the Capitol

     

    Sen. Sue Rezin

    10-31-22

    WCSJ-AM (Ottawa)

    Issue: Veterans Day display at the Capitol

     

    Family photos, stories of veterans requested to be showcased at Illinois Capitol

    KFVS 12

    Marsha Heller

    10/31/2022

    “Illinois State Senator Terri Bryant is working on a project to help pay tribute and to honor veterans in her district.”

     

    Sen. Terri Bryant

    11-7-22

    WSIU Radio (Carbondale)

    Issue: Veteran’s Day exhibit at the Capitol

     

    Sen. Terri Bryant

    10-31-22

    KFVS-TV (Cape Girardeau, Mo.)

    Issue: Veterans Day display at the Capitol

     

    Sen. Dave Syverson

    11-4-22

    Ogle County Newspapers

    Issue: Veteran’s Day exhibit at the Capitol

     

    Sen. Sally Turner

    11-7-22

    Bloomington Pantagraph

    Issue: Veterans Appreciation Breakfast at the Arrowsmith Community Center

     

    Sen. Jil Tracy

    11-1-22

    Muddy River News

    Issue: Veterans Day display at the Capitol

    MISC.

    Former Prosecutors & Appellate Court Justice Speak Out Against Meddling in Illinois Supreme Court Races

    The Southland Journal

    Don Tracy

    11/01/2022

    “Former Kane County State’s Attorney Joe McMahon, former Appellate Court Justice Bob Spence, and State Sen. John Curran, who served as an Assistant State’s Attorney in Cook County, all spoke out against the millions of dollars Governor Pritzker, Speaker Welch, President Harmon, and other Democratic lawmakers have spent to elect Justice Mary K. O’Brien and Judge Elizabeth Rochford.”

     

    Barickman suggests revamping state's cannabis regulation

    WGLT

    Charlie Schlenker

    10/31/2022

    “Marijuana is too expensive in Illinois, according to Republican state Sen. Jason Barickman of Bloomington, who says he'd support lowering taxes on legal cannabis in the state.”

     

    Illinois Freedom Caucus meets on SAFE-T Act

    WAND

    Carlee Bronkema

    11/01/2022

    “Speakers of the event included Illinois State Representatives Dan Caulkins and Brad Halbrook, State Senator Steve McClure, State Representative Candidate Lisa Smith, and Macon County State's Attorney Scott Rueter.”

     

    Sen. Dale Fowler

    11-2-22

    KBSI-TV (Cape Girardeau, Mo.)

    Issue: Meat processing plant in Williamson County

     

    Sen. Dale Fowler

    11-2-22

    KWQC-TV (Davenport, Ia.)

    Issue: Line of Duty Compensation Act/funding compensation claims

     

    Sen. Neil Anderson

    11-2-22

    OurQuadCities (Davenport, Ia.) (website is affiliated with WHBF-TV and KLJB-TV/Quad Cities)

    Issue: Line of Duty Compensation Act/funding compensation claims

     

    Sen. Chapin Rose

    11-5-22

    Champaign News Gazette

    Issue: Community newspapers (Proft)

  • Week of 10/24/2022

    Posted by · November 01, 2022 3:23 PM

    Events

    High school students join Barickman to try their hand at lawmaking

    Hoopeston Chronicle

    Jordan Crook

    10/26/2022

    “State Senator Jason Barickman (R-Bloomington) welcomed dozens of high school students to take a deep dive government and try their hand at the lawmaking process.”

     

    Sen. Jason Barickman

    10-27-22

    Champaign News Gazette

    Issue: Youth Advisory Council

     

    STATE SEN. FOWLER HOSTS HOSTS HIGH SCHOOLS STUDENTS AT SIUC FOR STUDENT ADVISORY COUNCIL

    US 97.7

    Staff

    10/26/2022

    “State Senator Dale Fowler hosted over 90 students from 19 high schools Monday on the campus of Southern Illinois University Carbondale as a part of his annual Student Advisory Council.”

    Sen. Dale Fowler

    10-25-22

    WSIL-TV (Harrisburg) (multiple newscasts)

    Issue: Youth Advisory Council

     

    Students learn about state government during mock legislative committee hearing

    My Journal Courier

    Darren Iozia

    10/28/2022

    “In an effort to teach students from across the 50th Senate District about state government, Steve McClure, R-Springfield, hosted upward of 100 students Tuesday at the state Capitol to simulate government in action as part of McClure's Youth Advisory Council program.”

     

    McClure Hosts Youth Advisory Council Mock Committee Hearing at UIS with High School Students

    WLDS/WEAI News

    Benjamin Cox

    10/29/2022

    “State Senator Steve McClure, Representative C.D. Davidsmeyer, State Senator Sally Turner, and former Illinois Governor Jim Edgar gathered at the University of Illinois Springfield on Wednesday as a part of McClure’s Youth Advisory Council program.”

     

    Sen. Steve McClure

    10-26-22

    WHBF-TV (Davenport, IA) (multiple newscasts)

    Issue: Youth Advisory Council

     

    Sen. Steve McClure

    10-26-22

    WICS-TV (Springfield) (multiple newscasts)

    Issue: Youth Advisory Council

     

    Sen. Steve McClure

    10-26/10-30-22

    WCIA-TV (Champaign) (multiple newscasts)

    Issue: Youth Advisory Council

     

    Sen. Steve McClure

    10-26-22

    WMBD-TV (Peoria) (multiple newscasts)

    Issue: Youth Advisory Council

     

    Sen. Steve McClure

    10-26-22

    WQRF-TV (Rockford)

    Issue: Youth Advisory Council

     

    Sen. Steve McClure

    10-26-22

    KLJB-TV (Davenport, IA)

    Issue: Youth Advisory Council

     

    Sen. Steve McClure

    10-26-22

    WCCU-TV (Springfield)

    Issue: Youth Advisory Council

     

    Sen. Steve McClure

    10-28-22

    Jacksonville Journal-Courier

    Issue: Youth Advisory Council

     

    Sen. Steve McClure

    10-29-22

    WLDS/WEAI Radio (Jacksonville)

    Issue: Youth Advisory Council

     

    Sen. Terri Bryant

    10-27-22

    WSIL-TV (Harrisburg)

    Issue: Youth Advisory Council

     

    Sen. Sally Turner

    10-28-22

    Jacksonville Journal-Courier

    Issue: Youth Advisory Council

     

    Sen. Sally Turner

    10-29-22

    WLDS/WEAI Radio (Jacksonville)

    Issue: Youth Advisory Council

    SAFE-T Act

    Rezin says SAFE-T Act and economy frequent topics during listening tour

    WSPY News

    Ethan Kruger

    10/24/2022

    “Morris Republican State Senator Sue Rezin says that the SAFE-T Act and the economy were the two hot topics during a recent tour around the 38th Illinois Senate District.”

     

    Sen. Sue Rezin

    10-25-22

    WCSJ Radio (Ottawa)

    Issue: Listening Tour/SAFE-T Act and the economy

     

    Sen. Sue Rezin

    10-24-22

    WCSJ Radio (Morris) (1 other source)

    Issue: Concerns about the SAFE-T Act/Economy during listening tour

     

    Senator Plummer Hosting Town Hall Concerning Safe-T Act

    Vandalia Radio

    Erica Foltz

    10/24/2022

    “State Senator Jason Plummer says that is why he is hosting a Town Hall to discuss the safety act.”

     

    Senator Plummer Says No Cash Bail, Added Costs Main Concerns of Safe-T Act

    Vandalia Radio

    Erica Foltz

    10/25/2022

    “State Senator Jason Plummer says it gets his attention that so many of the State’s Attorneys in Illinois from both parties have voiced concerns.”

     

    Advisory: Sen. Plummer to Host Town Hall on SAFE-T Act in Vandalia

    Effingham Radio

    Staff

    10/25/2022

    “State Senator Jason Plummer; Fayette County State’s Attorney Joshua Morrison;Fayette County Sheriff David Russell”

     

    Plummer Town Hall On Safe-T Act

    WGEL

    Staff

    10/25/2022

    “Illinois State Senator Jason Plummer will attend a Town Hall session Wednesday, October 26 at 6:30 p.m. in the Kaskaskia College Vandalia Education Center.”

     

    SAFE-T Act Town Hall is this evening, Sen Plummer says the plan never got the proper scrutiny from lawmakers

    Vandalia Radio

    Todd Stapleton

    10/26/2022

    “State Senator Jason Plummer says plan, which includes several different plans for law enforcement and also includes No Cash bail, never got any scrutiny from lawmakers before it’s early morning passage.”

     

    Sen. Jason Plummer

    10-26-22

    Edwardsville Intelligencer (1 other source)

    Issue: SAFE-T Act Town Hall

     

    Sen. Jil Tracy

    10-26-22

    Muddy River News (Hannibal/Qincy)

    Issue: SAFE-T Act Town Hall

    Veterans Display

    State senator wants to showcase stories of veterans at state Capitol

    Shaw Local News Network

    Staff

    10/27/2022

    “State Sen. Brian Stewart, R-Freeport, is asking constituents to submit photos and stories of their loved ones who performed uniform military service for a Veterans Day display on the first floor of the Capitol building.”

     

    Sen. Sue Rezin

    10-28-22

    Starved Rock Media (Regional radio station group)

    Issue: Veterans Day display at the Capitol

     

    Sen. Sue Rezin

    10-30-22

    Ogle County Newspapers (1 other source)

    Issue: Veterans Day display at the Capitol

     

    Sen. Jil Tracy

    10-28-22

    Jacksonville Journal Courier

    Issue: Veterans Day display at the Capitol

    MISC.

    Sen. Dan McConchie

    10-24-22

    Medline Newsroom (Medline corporate media)

    Issue: Long-term care advocacy

     

    Sen. Sue Rezin

    10-27-22

    WCMY Radio (Ottawa)

    Issue: Starved Rock infrastructure improvements

     

    Sen. Sue Rezin

    10-29-22

    Ogle County Newspapers

    Issue: Starved Rock infrastructure improvements

     

    Sen. Don DeWitte

    10-26-22

    Ogle County Newspapers

    Issue: Local redistricting

     

     

  • Week of 10/17/2022

    Posted by · November 01, 2022 3:22 PM

    Events

    High School Students Join Barickman to Try Their Hand at Lawmaking

    Cities 92.2

    Tom Davis

    10/21/2022

    “State Senator Jason Barickman (R-Bloomington) welcomed dozens of high school students to take a deep dive government and try their hand at the lawmaking process.”

     

    Sen. Jason Barickman

    10-21-22

    WRPW Radio (Bloomington/Norma)

    Issue: Youth Advisory Council

     

    Panel believes SAFE-T Act should be repealed

    Herald-Whig

    MIKE SORENSEN

    10/19/2022

    “At a town hall meeting hosted by state Sen. Jil Tracy, R-Quincy, Wednesday at John Wood Community College, officials joined the chorus of other law enforcement and judicial officials across the state opposed to the changes.”

     

    ‘I’ve never seen anything like it … I’m appalled that it got passed’: Panel pleads for changes to be made to SAFE-T Act before Jan. 1

    Muddy River News

    David Adam

    10/20/2022

    “Yates joined Gary Farha and Todd Eyler from the Adams County State’s Attorney’s office, Brown County Sheriff Justin Oliver and State Sen. Jil Tracy, host of the event, for a discussion about the act, a nearly 800-page law which passed the Illinois Legislature on Jan. 13, 2021.”

     

    Sen. Jil Tracy

    10-21-22

    Muddy River News (Quincy/Hannibal)

    Issue: SAFE-T Act town hall

     

    Sen. Jil Tracy

    10-20-22

    KHQA-TV (Hannibal, Mo.)

    Issue: SAFE-T Act town hall

     

    Sen. Jil Tracy

    10-20-22

    Muddy River News (Quincy-Hannibal)

    Issue: SAFE-T Act town hall

     

    Sen. Jil Tracy

    10-20-22

    WGEM-TV (Quincy) (multiple newscasts)

    Issue: SAFE-T Act town hall

     

    Sen. McClure hosts SAFE-T town hall

    WTAX News Radio

    Staff

    10/19/2022

    “Following a disruption by the Faith Coalition for the Common Good, State Senator Steve McClure (R-Springfield) hosted a town hall meeting in the clubhouse at Piper Glenn Golf Course Wednesday night.”

     

    Advocates and opponents of Pretrial Fairness Act in Illinois spar in local town hall

    State Journal-Register

    Patrick Keck

    10/20/2022

    “State Sen. Steve McClure and state Rep. Sandy Hamilton, both Springfield Republicans, were joined by Sangamon County Sheriff Jack Campbell and state's attorneys Dan Wright and Gray Noll of Morgan County during a question and answer session before a standing-room-only crowd.”

     

    McClure Hosting Town Hall Event on SAFE-T Act on Wednesday in Springfield

    WLDS/WEAI News

    Benjamin Cox

    10/17/2022

    “State Senator Steve McClure is hosting a town hall-style event on Wednesday in Springfield about the SAFE-T Act.”

     

    Sen. Steve McClure

    10-17-22

    WLDS/WEAI Radio (Jacksonville)

    Issue: SAFE-T Act town hall

     

    Sen. Steve McClure

    10-17-22

    Jacksonville Journal-Courier

    Issue: SAFE-T Act town hall

     

    More meetings set to discuss Illinois’ no cash bail law

    The Center Square

    Greg Bishop

    10/18/2022

    “State Sen. Steve McClure, R-Springfield, hosts a town hall in Springfield on Wednesday with officials from local law enforcement.”

     

    “In Crystal Lake on Thursday, Senate Minority Leader Dan McConchie, R-Hawthorn Woods, and state Sen. Craig Wilcox, R-McHenry, host a town hall meeting.”

     

    Motion Filed to Consolidate SAFE-T Act Suits in Kankakee County

    WLDS/WEAI News

    Benjamin Cox

    10/21/2022

    “State Senator Steve McClure held a town hall Wednesday night at Piper Glen Golf Course in Springfield that was disrupted by demonstrators from the Faith Coalition for the Common Good who say Illinois Republicans are attempting to dismantle the SAFE-T Act.”

     

    Sen. Steve McClure

    10-19-22

    WIND Radio (Chicago)

    Issue: SAFE-T Act forum

     

    Sen. Steve McClure

    10-18-22

    WMAY Radio (Springfield) (5 other sources)

    Issue: SAFE-T Act forum

     

    Sen. Steve McClure

    10-20-22

    WMAY Radio (Springfield)

    Issue: SAFE-T Act town hall

     

    Sen. John Curran

    10-18-22

    Fox 32 (Chicago) (1 other source)

    Issue: SAFE-T Act town hall

     

    Sen. Craig Wilcox

    10-18-22

    WMAY Radio (Springfield) (5 other sources)

    Issue: SAFE-T Act forum

     

    Sen. Dan McConchie

    10-18-22

    WMAY Radio (Springfield) (5 other sources)

    Issue: SAFE-T Act forum

    Mental Health

    Pritzker’s oversight of social services questioned amid abuse allegations at Choate mental health facility

    Chicago Tribune

    A.D. Quig and Sarah Macaraeg

    10/21/2022

    ‘“I have to lay it at the feet of the governor because the buck stops with him,” state Sen. Terri Bryant of Murphysboro said of the incidents at Choate, which is just west of her district.’

     

    Sen. Terri Bryant

    10-21-22

    Decatur Herald & Review (2 other sources)

    Issue: Choate Mental Health Center/Pritzker oversight

     

    Sen. Terri Bryant

    10-21-22

    Southern Illinoisan (1 other source)

    Issue: Choate Mental Health Center/Pritzker oversight

    Public Safety

    Sen. Chapin Rose

    10-19-22

    Piatt County Journal-Republican

    Issue: Violence against police

     

    Sen. Sue Rezin

    10-20-22

    WCSJ Radio (Ottawa)

    Issue: Amending the SAFE-T Act

     

    State senator says SAFE-T Act amendment is in the works

    WSPY News

    Ethan Kruger

    10/19/2022

    “Morris Republican State Senator Sue Rezin says an amendment to the SAFE-T Act is in the works.”

     

    Sen. Steve McClure

    10-23-22

    WIND Radio (Chicago) (1 other source)

    Issue: SAFE-T Act

     

    Sen. Steve McClure

    10-21-22

    WLDS/WEAI Radio (Jacksonville)

    Issue: SAFE-T Act lawsuits

     

    Sen. Dan McConchie

    10-22-22

    Daily Herald

    Issue: SAFE-T Act impact on county finances

    MISC.

    Wheels keep turning on connector

    Monroe County Republic-Times

    Andrew Unverferth

    10/19/2022

    “State Senator Terri Bryant and other government officials have played a role in revitalizing the project for its most recent attempt.”

     

    Illinois puts another $3.4 million toward Cairo port project

    The Southern Illinoisan

    LES O'DELL

    10/19/2022

    “State Sen. Dale Fowler applauded the release of the additional funds.”

     

    Sen. Chapin Rose

    10-21-22

    DeWitt Daily News

    Issue: School Report Card results/Pritzker fails Illinois children

     

    Sen. Sue Rezin

    10-18-22

    Ogle County Newspapers

    Issue: Ottaway YMCA groundbreaking

  • Week of 10/10/2022

    Posted by · October 17, 2022 3:22 PM

    Ethics

    'Sickened, but not surprised': What lawmakers are saying about new charges against Madigan

    Daily Herald

    Russell Lissau

    10/14/2022

    “Senate Republican Leader Dan McConchie of Hawthorn Woods said he wasn't surprised by the new charges.”

     

    Springfield’s scourge: Recent spate of federal charges and accusations of abusive behavior highlights ongoing problems

    Chicago Tribune

    Ray Long and Dan Petrella

    10/14/2022

    “Senate Republican leader Dan McConchie of Hawthorn Woods has called the governor “hypocritical” because his “failure to lead” enables corruption to permeate the state.”

     

    Sen. Dan McConchie

    10-14-22

    Daily Herald

    Issue: Madigan ethics charges/AT&T

    Events

    Southern Illinois Made Expo makes its in-person return this weekend

    WSIL TV 3

    Evie Allen

    10/11/2022

    “The event is a partnership between State Senator Dale Fowler and several southern Illinois Chambers of Commerce.”

     

    Wilcox Opens Office as Toys for Tots Drop-off Point

    McHenry County Blog

    Cal Skinner

    10/15/2022

    “It may seem too early to start thinking about Christmas, but State Senator Craig Wilcox (R-McHenry) wants to make sure every Illinois child has something special to unwrap this holiday season.”

     

    Wilcox and McConchie Sponsoring SAFE-T Act Presentation

    McHenry County Blog

    Cal Skinner

    10/14/2022

    “If you have questions and want to separate fact from fiction once and for all, please attend a SAFE-T Act Town Hall Meeting Senator Dan McConchie and I are co-hosting on Thursday, October 20 in Crystal Lake.”

     

    Local officials to host virtual panel on SAFE-T Act

    WSPY NEWS

    Staff

    10/13/2022

    “Morris State Senator Sue Rezin will be joined by Kendall County Sheriff Dwight Baird and Kendall County State's Attorney Eric Weis.”

     

    Sen. Sue Rezin

    10-15-22

    Ogle County Newspapers

    Issue: Traveling office hours/Plano

     

    State Sens. McConchie, Wilcox to host Conversations Untapped

    Northwest Herald

    Shaw Local News Network

    10/11/2022

    “State Sens. Dan McConchie and Craig Wilcox will host a Conversations Untapped event from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Spirit Water, 3300 Three Oaks Road in Cary.”

     

    Sen. Sue Rezin

    10-10-22

    Ogle County Newspapers

    Issue: Participation in the Senior Resource Fair resource fair in Yorkville.

    Health

    St. Margaret’s Health to explore reclassifying area facility to a Rural Emergency Hospital

    WALLS 102

    Staff

    10/12/2022

    “State legislators – Representative Lance Yednock and Senator Sue Rezin – to facilitate the incorporation of the REH designation into the Illinois Hospital Licensing Act.”

     

    Chilling audio provides glimpse into abuse at state-run facility

    Capitol News Illinois

    BETH HUNDSDORFER

    10/10/2022

    “State Sen. Terri Bryant, a Republican from Murphysboro whose district includes Choate, said she was alarmed by the department’s handling of this case.”

     

    Sen. Terri Bryant

    10-12-22

    Chronicle Media (Cook County)

    Issue: Choate Mental Health Center abuse/phone audio released

     

    Sen. Terri Bryant

    10-11-22

    KWMU Radio (St. Louis Public Radio) (3 other sources)

    Issue: Choate Mental Health Center abuse/audio released

     

    Sen. Sue Rezin

    10-12-22

    WCMY Radio (Ottawa) (1 other source)

    Issue: St. Margaret’s Hospital in Spring Valley and Peru pursuing a Rural Emergency Hospital designation

     

    Sen. Sue Rezin

    10-10-22

    Ogle County Newspapers

    Issue: St. Margaret’s Hospital in Spring Valley and Peru pursuing a Rural Emergency Hospital designation

     

    Sen. Terri Bryant

    10-12-22

    MSN.com

    Issue: Mental Health Now campaign/supporting

     

    Sen. Jil Tracy

    10-12-22

    MSN.com

    Issue: Mental Health Now campaign/supporting

    Interviews

    Illinois State Senator Steve McClure

    93.9 WTAX News Radio

    Joey Mclaughlin

    10/13/2022

    “Joey Mclaughlin talks with Illinois State Senator Steve McClure about his upcoming town hall meeting on the SAFE-T act, and about his youth advisory council.”

    SAFE-T ACT

    Lawsuits looking to block SAFE-T Act stacking up as Pritzker signals changes ahead

    The Center Square

    Greg Bishop

    10/10/2022

    ‘“Many of our constituents are going to read about legislation that consisted of more than 700 pages that was debated at 4:30 a.m., and they’re going to read, watch, and listen to those news reports about this legislation and immediately cast suspicion about what’s being done in the eleventh hour of this lame-duck session,” the lawsuits quote state Sen. Jason Barickman, R-Bloomington, from that January 2021 debate.’

     

    Sen. Jason Barickman

    10-10-22

    WMAY Radio (Springfield) (9 other sources)

    Issue: SAFE-T Act lawsuits

     

    Sen. Jason Barickman

    10-11-22

    AdVantage News (Metro East online news) (3 other sources)

    Issue: SAFE-T Act lawsuits piling up

     

    Sen. Chapin Rose

    10-13-22

    Champaign News-Gazette

    Issue: SAFE-T Act

     

    Sen. Chapin Rose

    10-13-22

    WCIA-TV (Champaign) (multiple newscasts)

    Issue: SAFE-T Act/Decatur police officers shot in attack

     

    Sen. Jil Tracy

    10-10-22

    Muddy River News (Hannibal/Quincy)

    Issue: SAFE-T Act Forum at John Wood Community College

     

    Sen. Jil Tracy

    10-13-22

    WGEM-TV (Quincy)

    Issue: SAFE-T Act

     

    Sen. Steve McClure

    10-16-22

    Kewanee Star-Courier (1 other source)

    Issue: SAFE-T Act/ ACLU supports reform

     

    Sen. Sue Rezin

    10-14-22

    WCSJ Radio (Ottawa)

    Issue: SAFE-T Act/Virtual panel

     

    Sen. John Curran

    10-13-22

    Positively Naperville

    Issue: SAFE-T Act forum

     

    Sen. Steve McClure

    10-13-22

    Pure Oldies 107.5FM (Springfield/Capitol Radio Group stations)

    Issue: SAFE-T Act

     

    Sen. Sue Rezin

    10-13-22

    WSPY Radio (Aurora)

    Issue: SAFE-T Act forum

     

    Sen. Chapin Rose

    10-13-22

    WCIA-TV (Champaign) (multiple newscasts)

    Issue: SAFE-T Act/Decatur police officers shot

    Tax Rebates

    Deadline to file for Illinois tax rebates Monday

    WTWO 2 (WCIA)

    Danny Connolly

    10/14/2022

    “Senator Chapin Rose (R-Mahomet) said many people in his district have contacted him about the property and income tax rebates and is warning Illinoisans to check their filing status before Monday.”

     

    Senator Rose Warns Taxpayers: October 17 Key Deadline for Tax Rebates

    Decatur Radio

    Staff

    10/14/2022

    “State Senator Chapin Rose (R-Mahomet) is hearing from a lot of confused taxpayers about the State of Illinois Tax Rebate program.”

     

    Sen. Chapin Rose

    10-14-22

    WWVR Radio (Terre Haute, In.) (4 other sources)

    Issue: Property tax rebates

     

    Sen. Chapin Rose

    10-14-22

    Champaign News-Gazette

    Issue: Property tax rebates

    MISC.

    Sen. Jil Tracy

    10-10-22

    Jacksonville Journal-Courier

    Issue: Funding for WIU’s Center for Performing Arts

     

    Sen. Terri Bryant

    10-11-22

    Raw Story (online news) (Meltwater says there are 12 other sources – with a reach of more than 2.5 million)

     

    Sen. Jil Tracy

    10-12-22

    WLDS/WEAI Radio (Jacksonville)

    Issue: Cass County Courthouse Square

     

    Sen. Steve McClure

    10-13-22

    Illinois Times

    Issue: Heartland Greenway Pipeline protests

     

    Sen. Jil Tracy

    10-14-22

    WGEM-TV (Quincy) (multiple newscasts) (1 other source)

    Issue: Top legislative issues

     

  • Week of 10/03/2022

    Posted by · October 12, 2022 10:25 AM

    Events

    Sen. Don DeWitte

    10-7-22

    Elgin Courier-News

    Issue: Shred event/food drive at Gail Borden library

     

    Sen. Don DeWitte

    10-6-22

    Ogle County Newspapers

    Issue: Shred event and food drive

     

    Sen. Sue Rezin

    10-7-22

    Ogle County Newspapers

    Issue: Traveling Office hours, Oct. 18 at Plano Public Library

    Public Safety

    Heartland juvenile detention center called ‘a facility in crisis’ in 15-page inspection report

    KFVS 12

    Colin Baillie

    10/03/2022

    ‘“The recent report highlighting some very troubling and serious findings within the Franklin County Juvenile Detention Center is disappointing and unacceptable,” said Senator Dale Fowler (R-Harrisburg).’

     

    State legislators and law enforcement discuss the impact of the Safe-T Act with business leaders

    WSIU Public Radio

    Benjy Jeffords

    10/05/2022

    ‘“At a discussion with business leaders Wednesday morning State Senator Dale Fowler said he’s confident there will be more changes to it at the next session.”’

     

    Sen. Dale Fowler

    10-6-22

    WSIL-TV (Harrisburg) (multiple newscasts)

    Issue: SAFE-T Act

     

    Sen. Dale Fowler

    10-5-22

    WSIU Radio (Carbondale) (1 other source)

    Issue: SAFE-T Act

     

    Sen. Dale Fowler

    10-5-22

    WSIL-TV (Harrisburg) (2 other sources)

    Issue: SAFE-T Act

     

    Sen. Jason Barickman

    10-2-22

    WCMY Radio (Ottawa)

    Issue: SAFE-T Act

     

    Problems aplenty with 'not-so-safe SAFE-T Act'’

    The News Gazette

    Staff

    10/04/2022

    “We asked state Sen. CHAPIN ROSE, R-Mahomet: What’s the one aspect you welcome — or dread — more than any other in the SAFE-T Act, the transformational criminal-justice reform law that takes effect on Jan. 1, 2023?”

    MISC.

    Sen. Jil Tracy

    10-9-22

    OurQuadCities.com (1 other source)

    Issue: Funding for WIU’s Center for Performing Arts

     

    Sen. Jil Tracy

    10-9-22

    WLDS/WEAI Radio (Jacksonville)

    Issue: Funding for WIU’s Center for Performing Arts

  • Week of 09/26/2022

    Posted by · October 03, 2022 2:34 PM

    Ethics

    Sen. Barickman sounds off on ethics, prisons and immigration

    WGLT

    Charlie Schlenker

    09/27/2022

    “Bloomington state Sen. Jason Barickman says the recent indictment of another senator shows current ethics laws do a poor job of holding lawmakers accountable to the people they serve.”

     

    State senator suggests more local control in fighting corruption

    WSPY News

    Ethan Kruger

    09/28/2022

    “Morris State Senator Sue Rezin wants local state's attorneys to have more ability to prosecute corruption on the state level.”

     

    Sen. Sue Rezin

    9-28-22

    WSPY Radio (Aurora) (1 other source)

    Issue: Ethics/Local state's attorneys-prosecute corruption on the state level.

    Events

    Rochelle overpass dedicated to late Illinois Senator

    23 WIFR

    WIFR Newsroom

    09/27/2022

    “Family and friends of Roe as well as Mayor John Bearrows, State Rep. Tom Demmer (R-Dixon) and Illinois Sen. Brian Stewart (R-45) shared stories about Roe’s commitment to Rochelle during his time as a senator- resulting in the construction of the overpass, a much-needed improvement to connect the community.”

     

    Ceremony held dedicating overpass to late Sen. John B. ‘Jack’ Roe

    Rochelle News-Leader

    Jeff Helfrich

    09/30/2022

    “Mayor John Bearrows spoke at the event along with State Rep. Tom Demmer and State Sen. Brian Stewart, who co-sponsored House Joint Resolution 57 in Springfield to designate the Illinois Route 251 overpass in Rochelle in honor of Sen. Roe.”

     

    Senator Turner Hosts Law Enforcement Advisory Council Meeting

    Cities 92.9

    Tom Davis

    09/30/2022

    “In her ongoing effort to foster open dialogue between local law enforcement officials and state’s attorneys regarding issues impacting their professions and public safety, State Senator Sally Turner (R-Beason) hosted a Law Enforcement Advisory Council meeting on September 28 at her district office in Lincoln.”

     

    Sen. Sally Turner

    9-30-22

    WRPW Radio (Bloomington/Normal)

    Issue: Law Enforcement Advisory Council

     

    Sen. Jil Tracy

    9-27-22

    WGEM-TV (Quincy)

    Issue: Senior Health Fair

    Immigration

    Experts see immigrants having an impact on state economy

    News Channel ABC 20

    David Pierce

    09/27/2022

    “Conversely, Illinois State Senator Dave Syverson (R-Rockford) believes immigrants will become a burden to Illinois taxpayers.”

     

    Sen. Dave Syverson

    9-27-22

    WICD-TV (Champaign) (1 other source)

    Issue: Immigrants will be a costly burden on Illinois taxpayers

    Interviews

    NEWSRADIO WJPF INTERVIEW WITH TERRI BRYANT

    WJPF NewsRadio

    Staff

    09/28/2022

    “Illinois State Senator Terri Bryant (R-Murphysboro) joins The Morning Newswatch.”

    SAFE-T Act

    Illinois St. Sen says abolishing cash bail in SAFE-T Act is an overreach

    1430 WCMY News

    Steven Devine

    10/02/2022

    “Illinois St. Sen. Jason Barickman says abolishing cash bail through the SAFE-T Act is an overreach.”

     

    Sen. Jason Barickman

    9-26-22

    DeWitt Daily News

    Issue: SAFE-T Act/Renegotiation expected

     

    Sen. Dave Syverson

    9-29-22

    WIFR-TV (Rockford)

    Issue: SAFE-T Act/elimination of cash bail

     

    Sen. John Curran

    9-28-22

    Marathon Pundit (Morton, IL. Blogger)

    Issue:  SAFE-T Act/Pritzker misleads to defend

     

    Sen. John Curran

    9-30-22

    Decatur Herald & Review

    Issue: SAFE-T Act lawsuit

    Unemployment Debt

    Illinois paying off $450 million of unemployment insurance fund debt

    23 WIFR

    Mike Miletich

    09/27/2022

    “Sen. Sue Rezin (R-Morris) said Tuesday’s announcement comes on the verge of the largest tax increase on businesses in state history and does little to prevent it from happening.”

     

    “Sen. Win Stoller (R-Germantown Hills) said it is disingenuous for Democratic leaders to pat themselves on the back for the payment when the burden of paying the remaining $1.3 billion will be placed on struggling Illinois businesses.”

     

    Sens. Rezin, Stoller release statements disapproving of UI Trust Fund payment

    Morris Herald-News

    Shaw Local News Network

    09/28/2022

    “State Sens. Sue Rezin (R-Morris) and Win Stoller (R-Germantown Hills) have released the following statements regarding Gov. JB Pritzker’s use of $450 million to pay back a portion of the state’s $1.8 billion borrowed under Title XII of the Social Security Act.”

     

    Sen. Win Stoller

    9-27-22

    WGEM-TV (Quincy)

    Issue: Unemployment Trust Fund loan repayment

     

    Sen. Win Stoller

    9-27-22

    WIFR-TV (Rockford) (1 other source)

    Issue: Unemployment Trust Fund loan repayment

     

    Sen. Win Stoller

    9-30-2

    Champaign News-Gazette

    Issue: Unemployment Trust Fund debt

     

    Sen. Win Stoller

    9-28-22

    WCMY Radio (Aurora)

    Issue: Unemployment Trust Fund debt

     

    Sen. Win Stoller

    9-28-22

    Ogle County Newspapers

    Issue: Unemployment Trust Fund debt

     

    Sen. Sue Rezin

    9-27-22

    WIFR-TV (Rockford) (1 other source)

    Issue: Unemployment Trust Fund loan repayment

     

    Sen. Sue Rezin

    9-30-2

    Champaign News-Gazette

    Issue: Unemployment Trust Fund debt

     

    Sen. Sue Rezin

    9-28-22

    WCMY Radio (Ottawa)

    Issue: Unemployment Trust Fund debt

     

    Sen. Sue Rezin

    9-28-22

    Ogle County Newspapers

    Issue: Unemployment Trust Fund debt

    MISC.

    Sen. Dale Fowler

    9-30-22

    Hometown Register (regional newspaper group) (7 other sources)

    Issue: Comptroller Mendoza acknowledges working on issues with Sen. Fowler

     

    Sen. Dale Fowler

    9-29-22

    Southern Illinoisan (6 other sources)

    Issue: State funding of death benefits for first responders

     

    Sen. Dale Fowler

    9-28-22

    Southern Illinoisan

    Issue: Southern Illinois economy

     

    Sen. Jil Tracy

    9-26-22

    McDonough County Voice

    Issue: Macomb Chamber of Commerce speech

     

    Sen. Terri Bryant

    9-28-22

    Southern Illinoisan

    Issue: Southern Illinois economy

     

    Sen. Dave Syverson

    9-28-22

    Rockford Register Star

    Issue: Hard Rock Casino construction

  • Week of 09/19/2022

    Posted by · September 26, 2022 11:15 AM

    Ethics

    Sen. Emil Jones III latest Illinois lawmaker charged in a red-light camera scheme

    The Daily Line

    Ben Szalinski

    09/20/2022

    ‘“Even in a post-Madigan-era, Illinois continues to have a systemic corruption problem—one that Democrats continue to enable," said Senate Republican Leader Dan McConchie (R-Hawthorn Woods) in a statement.’

     

    Jones stripped of deputy majority leader role after indictment

    The Center Square, KPVI 6

    Greg Bishop

    09/21/2022

    “Senate Minority Leader Dan McConchie, R-Hawthorn Woods, said in a statement online that Democrats have refused for years to allow Republicans’ anti-corruption proposal to move forward.”

     

    Illinois Senators accused of misconduct, Gov. calls for resignation

    WSIL-TV 3

    Staff

    09/22/2022

    “Senate Republican Leader Dan McConchie (R-Hawthorn Woods) released a statement on the allegations of misconduct and how the Governor responded.”

     

    Republicans critical of Pritzker’s pre-election push to purge embattled Democrats

    The Center Square

    Greg Bishop

    09/23/2022

    ‘Senate Minority Leader Dan McConchie, R-Hawthorn Woods, said in a statement the governor’s comments are nothing more than an attempt to “paper over his poor record on public corruption as he seeks reelection.”’

     

    Sen. Dan McConchie

    9-21-22

    WMAY Radio (Springfield) (6 other sources)

    Issue: Ethics/Emil Jones III

     

    Sen. Dan McConchie

    9-24-22

    Ogle County Newspapers

    Issue: Ethics/Emil Jones III

     

    Sen. Dan McConchie

    9-23-22

    WMAY Radio (Springfield)

    Issue: Ethics/Emil Jones III/Republicans push for Ethics Reform

    Events

    Sen. Jil Tracy

    9-23-22

    Muddy River News (Quincy/Hannibal)

    Issue: Senior Health Fair

     

    State Senator Sue Rezin hosting listening tour around district

    WSPY News

    Ethan Kruger

    09/23/2022

    “Morris State Senator Sue Rezin is making a district-wide tour beginning Monday at the Silver Dollar Restaurant in Yorkville from seven to eight in the morning.”

     

    Sen. Sue Rezin

    9-22-22

    WCSJ Radio (Morris) (1 other source)

    Issue: Listening Tour

     

    Overpass dedication planned for Tuesday

    Rochelle News-Leader

    Staff

    09/23/2022

    “The community is invited to join Mayor John Bearrows, Representative Tom Demmer and Senator Brian Stewart at the library in honoring Roe by dedicating the overpass in his name.”

    Health

    Sen. Jason Barickman

    9-24-22

    Kankakee Daily Journal

    Issue: HIV PrEP medication/Federal court ruling

     

    Sen. Jason Barickman

    9-20-22

    Associated Press

    Issue: HIV-PrEP availability

    Public Safety

    Lawmakers question prison officials about audit, criticize parole board chair no-show

    The Center Square

    Andrew Hensel

    09/21/2022

    “The PRB audit contained 17 current findings, including five repeated findings members of the audit commission said must be spoken for by the chair, according to state Sen. Chapin Rose, R-Mahomet.”

     

    Sen. Chapin Rose

    9-22-22

    KFVS-TV (Cape Girardeau, Mo.) (2 other sources)

    Issue: IDOC Audit/Pontiac Correctional Center

     

    Sen. Chapin Rose

    9-21-22

    WMAY Radio (Springfield (9 other sources)

    Issue: IDOC Audit/Pontiac Correctional Center

     

    Sen. Jason Barickman

    9-21-22

    KWQC-TV (Davenport, IA.)

    Issue: Pontiac Correctional Center/Closure

     

    Sen. Jason Barickman

    9-22-22

    KFVS-TV (Cape Girardeau, Mo.) (2 other sources)

    Issue: Pontiac Correctional Center/Closure

    SAFE-T Act

    The SAFE-T act isn’t very safe

    The Daily Journal

    Daily Journal Editorial Board

    09/21/2022

    “State Sen. Don DeWitte, R-St.Charles, has an online petition where Illinois residents can support the repeal of the SAFE-T Act.”

     

    Sen. Don DeWitte

    9-21-22

    WQRF-TV (Rockford)

    Issue: SAFE-T Act/Online petition

     

    Sen. Don DeWitte

    9-21-22

    Kankakee Daily Journal

    Issue: SAFE-T Act/Online petition

     

    Sen. Don DeWitte

    9-25-22

    Champaign News-Gazette/Letter to Editor

    Issue: SAFE-T Act/DeWitte pushes for full repeal

     

    Sen. Don DeWitte

    9-20-22

    Daily Herald

    Issue: SAFE-T Act/petition drive

     

    Will Pritzker’s SAFE-T Act Give Chicago its Own Ax-Wielding Madman, Like That Guy in New York?

    Columns John Kass

    John Kass

    09/21/2022

    “But Republican State Sen. John F. Curran of Downers Grove, a former longtime assistant Cook County State’s Attorney, doesn’t see analysis as propaganda.”

     

    Sen. John Curran

    9-19-22

    Crain’s Chicago Business (1 other source)

    Issue: SAFE-T Act

     

    Sen. John Curran

    9-21-22

    Illinois Times (1 other source)

    Issue: SAFE-T Act/cash bail

     

    Sen. John Curran

    9-20-22

    Illinois Business Journal (1 other source)

    Issue: SAFE-T Act/End of cash bail

     

    Sen. Brian Stewart

    9-21-22

    Rockford Register Star (1 other source)

    Issue: SAFE-T Act/How area lawmakers voted

     

    Sen. Dave Syverson

    9-21-22

    Rockford Register Star (1 other source)

    Issue: SAFE-T Act/How area lawmakers voted

     

    Sen. Sue Rezin

    9-24-22

    WCSJ Radio (Morris) (1 other source)

    Issue: SAFE-T Act lawsuits

    MISC.

    Sen. Chapin Rose

    9-19-22

    DeWitt Daily News

    Issue: Illegal immigration/Migrants come to Illinois

     

    Sen. Don DeWitte

    9-24-22

    Chicago Tribune/Elgin News Digest

    Issue: Coat Drive for Lazarus House

     

    Sen. Dale Fowler

    9-25-22

    WSIU Radio (Carbondale)

    Issue: Youth Advisory Council member/SIU scholarship winner Leia Bryant of Marion

     

    Sen. John Curran

    9-21-22

    Streeterville News (16 other sources)

    Issue: Sterigenics verdict

     

    Sen. John Curran

    9-25-22

    Bloomington Pantagraph (17 other sources)

    Issue: Sterigenics verdict

     

    Sen. John Curran

    9-20-22

    Chronicle Media (Cook County) (1 other source)

    Issue: Sterigenics lawsuit

     

    Sen. John Curran

    9-20-22

    Ogle County Newspapers

    Issue: Sterigenics lawsuit