Senators in the News

  • Week of 07/04/2022

    Posted by · July 12, 2022 11:04 AM

    Dual Credit

    Bill to increase access to dual credit courses signed into law

    WSPY News

    Ethan Kruger

    07/08/2022

    “A bill meant to increase access to high school courses that also count for college credit was signed into law last month. Morris Republican State Senator Sue Rezin sponsored the bill.”

     

    Sen. Sue Rezin

    7-8-22

    WCSJ Radio (Morris) (2 other sources)

    Issue: Dual college credit sources

    Gun Laws/ Highland Park Parade

    Sen. Dan McConchie

    7-6-22

    WCIA-TV (Champaign)

    Issue: React to Highland Park parade killings

     

    Sen. Dan McConchie

    7-6-22

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

    Issue: React to Highland Park parade killings

     

    Sen. Neil Anderson

    7-7-22

    WIND Radio (Chicago)

    Issue: React to Governor’s remarks following Highland Park parade killings

     

    Sen. Neil Anderson

    7-6-22

    WMAY Radio (Springfield) (8 other sources)

    Issue: React to Highland Park parade killings

     

    Sen. Neil Anderson

    7-10-22

    WIND Radio (Chicago)

    Issue: Anderson criticizes Pritker’s emotional response to Highland Park shooting

     

    Sen. Dan McConchie

    7-6-22

    WCIA-TV (Champaign) (multiple newscasts)

    Issue: Illinois gun laws

     

    Sen. Dan McConchie

    7-6-22

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

    Issue: Illinois gun laws

     

    Sen. Dan McConchie

    7-6-22

    WMBD-TV (Peoria) (multiple newscasts)

    Issue: Illinois gun laws

     

    Using Firearms Restraining Order Act among solutions officials see to combat gun violence

    The Center Square

    Greg Bishop

    07/07/2022

    “State Sen. Darren Bailey, R-Xenia, said there should be more focus on mental health and utilization of the Firearm Restraining Order Act.”

     

    Will There Be a Push for Gun Legislation in Illinois?

    The Illinoize

    Patrick Pfingsten

    07/05/2022

    “Sen. Dave Syverson (R-Cherry Valley), a pro-gun lawmaker, said Monday Democrats are overreacting to the latest crisis.”

    Interviews

    NEWSRADIO WJPF INTERVIEW WITH JASON PLUMMER

    NewsRadio WJPF

    Staff

    07/06/2022

    “Illinois State Senator Jason Plummer (R-Edwardsville) joins The Morning Newswatch.”

    Roe V. Wade Overturn

    Sen. Dan McConchie

    7-7-22

    WRPW Radio (Bloomington/Normal) (4 other sources)

    Issue: Special Session on abortion

     

    Sen. Dan McConchie

    7-5-22

    Quincy Herald-Whig

    Issue: Special Session on abortion

    MISC.

    What Senator Rezin Wants Constituents to Know

    WCSJ News

    Justin Ritz

    07/08/2022

    “State Senator Sue Rezin and her staff will have traveling office hours this month.”

     

    Sen. Don De Witte

    7-8-22

    Chicago Tribune

    Issue: Elgin Secretary of State mobile unit event

     

    Sen. Jason Barickman

    7-10-22

    Bloomington Pantograph

    Issue: Redistricting gives Bloomington/Normal three state senators

     

    Sen. Sally Turner

    7-10-22

    Bloomington Pantograph

    Issue: Redistricting gives Bloomington/Normal three state senators

     

    Sen. Sue Rezin

    7-8-22

    WCSJ Radio (Morris)

    Issue: Traveling office hours

     

    Sen. Terri Bryant

    7-7-22

    FarmWeek

    Issue: U of I Agronomy Field Day July 28

     

    Sen. Jil Tracy

    7-7-22

    Hannibal Courier-Post (Hannibal, Mo.)

    Issue: Vendors sought for Fall Senior Adult Health Fair

     

    Sen. Dale Fowler

    7-7-22

    Metropolis Planet

    Issue: $200,000 DCEO grant for Ft. Massac/Massac Village development

     

    Sen. Don DeWitte

    7-7-22

    Ogle County Newspapers

    Issue: Mobile Secretary of state event in Kane County

     

    Sen. Jil Tracy

    7-6-22

    Quincy Herald Whig

    Issue: District office moving to new location

     

    Sen. Sally Turner

    7-6-22

    Lincoln Daily News

    Issue: Lodge Off 66 Grand Opening

     

    Sen. Dale Fowler

    7-4-22

    Metropolis Planet

    Issue: Cairo Port District funding

     

    Sen. Dan McConchie

    7-5-22

    Daily Herald

    Issue: Recycling event in Lake Zurich

  • Week of 06/27/2022

    Posted by · July 06, 2022 1:47 PM

    COVID-19

    Senator Rezin shares concerns about communities having budget issues due to Covid funds running dry

    WCSJ News

    Justin Ritz

    07/03/2022

    “State Senator Sue Rezin says that cities and villages should be careful about their use of COVID-19 relief funds.”

     

    Sen. Sue Rezin

    7-1-22

    WCSJ Radio (Morris)

    Issue: Covid funds for local government

    Roe V. Wade Overturn

    Grundy County Lawmaker Shares Thoughts On Abortion Ruling

    WCSJ Radio

    Tina Morrison

    06/28/2022

    “State Senator Sue Rezin was on WCSJ’s People R Talking, Monday, and spoke on one of the latest topics of interest across the country.”

    Tax Relief

    Statement From Senator Plummer On Pritzker’s Tax Relief Plan

    Effingham Radio

    Staff

    06/30/2022

    ‘State Senator Jason Plummer (R-Edwardsville) released the following statement after Governor Pritzker and legislative Democrats held a press conference touting their tax plan: “I don’t understand how the Governor and his legislative allies could possibly have the gall to brag about these supposed tax savings after spending the last three years trying to raise every tax and fee they could find.”’

     

    Illinois Relief Funds Exploited Due to Executive Indolence

    WCSJ Radio

    Tina Morrison

    06/29/2022

    “State Senator Sue Rezin says fraud prevention methods existed, at that time, they just were not implemented.  She added that, had available measures been taken, it would have saved millions, potentially even billions of dollars, in funding that, instead, our state saw simply wasted due to administration’s inaction on fraud prevention and identity protection.”

     

    Impacted Homeowner Jodi Eisenmann and Senator Rose Respond to AG’s Insulting Settlement

    Decatur Tribune

    Staff

    06/30/2022

    “While Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul is patting his own back over settling litigation related to a major gas leak into the Mahomet Aquifer, the end result for affected families is virtually nothing, according to State Senator Chapin Rose (R-Mahomet).”

     

    Illinois tax policies some criticize as ‘election-year gimmicks’ begin Friday

    The Center Square

    Greg Bishop

    06/30/2022

    “State Sen. Darren Bailey, who voted for the tax reductions and rebate plan but not the overall budget, gave his characterization of the measures.”

     

    Sen. Jason Plummer

    7-1-22

    WMBD-TV (Peoria)

    Issue: Democrat “tax relief” plan

     

    Sen. Jason Plummer

    7-1-22

    WGN Radio (Chicago) (multiple newscasts)

    Issue: Democrat “tax relief” plan

     

    Sen. Dan McConchie

    6-28-22

    Newsweek magazine

    Issue: Temporary tax suspension on groceries and gasoline

    MISC.

    Lawmakers demand action on gun violence after 7 killed, dozens shot at Highland Park Independence Day parade

    The Daily Line

    Ben Szalinski

    07/06/2022

    “Sen. Darren Bailey (R-Xenia) called for a special session to focus on mental health resources to address gun violence.”

     

    Comptroller pledges to expedite payments to Cairo Port District

    Metropolis Planet

    SCENE STAFF

    07/04/2022

    “She was joined by State Sen. Dale Fowler (R-Harrisburg), who has spearheaded the effort to get the construction of the port going.”

     

    Sen. Dale Fowler

    6-27-22

    WSIL-TV (Harrisburg)

    Issue: Alexander-Cairo Riverport project

     

    Sen. Dale Fowler

    7-1-22

    Southern Illinoisan

    Issue: Reed Station Road progress

     

    Sen. Terri Bryant

    7-1-22

    Southern Illinoisan

    Issue: Reed Station Road progress

     

    Sen. Steve McClure

    6-30-22

    Day By Day Live (Chicago online media)

    Issue: Voting rights for prison inmates

     

    Sen. Steve McClure

    7-1-22

    WLS Radio (Chicago)

    Issue: Voting for prison inmates

     

    Sen. Chapin Rose

    6-30-22

    WMAY Radio (Springfield) (7 other sources)

    Issue: Out-of-state fireworks purchases

     

    Sen. Dale Fowler

    6-27-22

    Metropolis Planet

    Issue: Illinois’ State Snake

  • Week of 06/20/2022

    Posted by · June 28, 2022 3:42 PM

    Electric Costs

    GOP lawmakers: Angst over rising electric bills demands legislative action

    WGLT

    Charlie Schlenker

    06/21/2022

    ‘"I think what's going to happen is there's going to be a significant sticker shock. And we need to have found some viable solutions that could work," said State Sen. Jason Barickman, R-Bloomington.’

     

    “Sen. Sally Turner, R-Lincoln, said the price hikes are also uneven in Illinois.”

    Events

    Leaders gathered in Cairo for updates on the Alexander-Cairo port project

    KFVS 12

    Colin Baillie

    06/24/2022

    “Illinois state senator Dale Fowler knows how critical this port is going to be for his district.”

     

    Town Hall On Vandalia Correctional Center Sees Large Turnout

    Effingham Radio

    Staff

    06/24/2022

    “The event was hosted by State Senator Jason Plummer and State Representative Blaine Wilhour with local and district union officials in attendance as well as State Senator Terri Bryant and State Senator Steve McClure.”

     

    Professional bullriding event in Marion results in large donation for kids' shoes

    The Southern Illinoisan

    JOHN D. HOMAN

    06/20/2022

    ‘Judging by his actions, Sen. Dale Fowler may be taking a page from the Steve Miller Band of the 1970s as he makes every effort to "shoe the children with no shoes on their feet."’

     

    Sen. Dale Fowler

    6-22-22

    Southern Illinoisan

    Issue: Paying tribute to victims of the 1922 mine worker massacre

    IDES Fraud

    Republicans say Pritzker administration should have done more to combat IDES fraud

    WSPY News

    Ethan Kruger

    06/22/2022

    “Morris State Senator Sue Rezin says Governor J.B. Pritzker's administration should have done more to combat fraud in the Illinois Department of Employment Security.”

     

    Sen. Sue Rezin

    6-21-22

    WCSJ Radio (Morris) (1 other source)

    Issue: IDES fraud/Pritzker should have done more

    Roe V. Wade Overturned

    Illinois still a safe haven for abortion, regardless of Supreme Court decision

    WIFR 23

    Mike Miletich

    06/24/2022

    “Republican lawmakers already criticized the governor’s call for a special session to address reproductive rights. Senate Minority Leader Dan McConchie (R-Hawthorn Woods) said mainstream Illinoisans don’t want lawmakers to push the state to the utter extreme on abortion policy.”

     

    Gov. J.B. Pritzker calls special legislative session on reproductive rights as Roe decision reverberates through Illinois politics

    Chicago Tribune

    Dan Petrella and Rick Pearson

    06/24/2022

    ‘“Pritzker is embracing an extreme agenda that will make Illinois an outlier even amongst the most liberal states,” Senate GOP leader Dan McConchie of Hawthorn Woods said in a statement.’

     

    Watch now: Pritzker calls for special session to address 'abhorrent' Supreme Court decision

    Kenosha News

    BRENDEN MOORE

    06/24/2022

    ‘Illinois Senate Minority Leader Dan McConchie, R-Hawthorn Woods, accused Pritzker and Democrats of wanting "to push Illinois to the utter extreme on abortion policy."’

     

    Illinois Gov. Pritzker calls for special session after Supreme Court overturns Roe

    State Journal-Register

    Zach Roth and Steven Spearie

    06/24/2022

    ‘State Sen. Steve McClure, R-Springfield, said Pritzker was using the special session as "a campaign tactic in the general election to scare voters. It's very disturbing."’

     

    ‘State Sen. Dave Syverson, R-Belvidere, called the special session "total politics" and "a huge cost to taxpayers."’

     

    Pritzker to call special session on reproductive rights

    Capitol News Illinois

    PETER HANCOCK

    06/24/2022

    “Senate Republican Leader Dan McConchie, of Hawthorn Woods, suggested in a news release that Democrats may also try to pass legislation to offer public funding for out-of-state residents to receive abortion services in Illinois.”

     

    Sen. Dale Fowler

    6-25-22

    WSIL-TV (Harrisburg) (Multiple newscasts)

    Issue: Roe v Wade

     

    Sen. Dan McConchie

    6-25-22

    Journal & Topics Newspapers (Northwest suburbs) (11 other sources)

    Issue: Roe v Wade

     

    Sen. Dan McConchie

    6-24-22

    Belleville News Democrat

    Issue: Roe v Wade

     

    Sen. Dan McConchie

    6-24-22

    Illinois Times

    Issue: Roe v Wade

     

    Sen. Dan McConchie

    6-24-22

    Ogle County Newspapers

    Issue: Roe v Wade

     

    Sen. Dan McConchie

    6-24-22

    Belleville News-Democrat

    Issue: Roe v Wade

     

    Sen. Dan McConchie

    6-24-22

    Crain’s Chicago Business

    Issue: Roe v Wade

     

    Sen. Dan McConchie

    6-24-22

    Ogle County Newspapers

    Issue: Roe v Wade

     

    Sen. Dave Syverson

    6-24-22

    Rockford Register Star

    Issue: Roe v Wade

     

    Sen. Steve McClure

    6-24-22

    WAND-TV (Decatur) (multiple newscasts)

    Issue: Roe v Wade

     

    Sen. Steve McClure

    6-24-22

    Peoria Journal Star (2 other sources)

    Issue: Roe v Wade

     

    Sen. Terri Bryant

    6-24-22

    Southern Illinoisan (5 other sources)

    Issue: Roe v Wade

     

    Sen. Terri Bryant

    6-24-22

    KFVS-Tv (Cape Girardeau, Mo.)

    Issue: Roe v Wade

     

    Sen. Win Stoller

    6-24-22

    WYZZ-TV (Peoria)

    Issue: Roe v Wade

     

    Sen. Win Stoller

    6-24-22

    WMBD Radio (Peoria)

    Issue: Roe v Wade

    MISC.

    SEN. DALE FOWLER NAMED ‘CHAMPION OF FREE ENTERPRISE’ BY ILLINOIS CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

    US 97.7

    06/20/2022
    ‘State Sen. Dale Fowler (R-Harrisburg) has been named a Champion of Free Enterprise by the Illinois Chamber of Commerce for his contributions “to the defense of free enterprise, and the furtherance of economic opportunities for all Illinoisans.”’

     

    Sen. Dale Fowler

    6-21-22

    DuQuoin Evening Call (3 other sources)

    Issue: Fowler named Champion of Free Enterprise

     

    Stoller files legislation to prevent 9-1-1 funding sweep

    93.3 The Drive

    Staff

    06/22/2022

    “To help ensure public safety and access to federal funding, State Senator Win Stoller (R-Germantown Hills) has filed a bill to prevent a sweep of Illinois’ 9-1-1 Fund.”

     

    Sen. Jason Plummer

    6-26-22

    Effingham Daily News

    Issue: $5 million in state grants for Effingham

     

    Sen. Chapin Rose

    6-20-22

    DeWitt Daily News

    Issue: Caterpillar moves out of Illinois

     

    Sen. Chapin Rose

    6-21-22

    Illinois Policy Institute

    Issue: Illinois’ fireworks ban

     

    Sen. Dale Fowler

    6-21-22

    DuQuoin Evening Call (3 other sources)

    Issue: Illinois’ state snake

     

    Sen. Win Stoller

    6-21-22

    WMBD Radio (Peoria)

    Issue: Legislation to prevent 9-1-1 funding sweep

     

    Sen. Jil Tracy

    6-22-22

    Quincy Herald-Whig

    Issue: Honoring retiring Quincy Public Schools Superintendent Roy Webb

     

    Sen. Steve McClure

    6-22-22

    Illinois Times

    Issue: Ending cash bail/SAFE-T Act opposition

     

    Sen. Dave Syverson

    6-23-22

    Illinois Online Gambling (Industry media)

    Issue: Legalizing online gambling

  • Week of 06/13/2022

    Posted by · June 22, 2022 10:33 AM

    Education

    Rezin Sponsored Legislation to Expand High School Dual Credit Access

    WCSJ

    Tina Morrison

    06/15/2022

    “More high school students can now receive high school credits, from a dual credit program that was recently signed into law, thanks to legislation sponsored by Senate Republican Deputy Minority Leader, Sue Rezin.”

     

    New legislation expands access to high school dual credit courses

    Shaw Media

    Shaw Local News Network

    06/14/2022

    “More high school students can now receive high school credits from a dual credit program thanks to legislation sponsored by Illinois State Senator Sue Rezin, which was recently signed into law.”

     

    Rezin-sponsored legislation expands access to dual credit courses

    WALLS 102

    Staff

    06/19/2022

    ‘“This law will create more opportunities for high school students to gain access to academic courses and credits that were previously unavailable to them,” said legislation sponsor Deputy Minority Leader Senator Sue Rezin of Morris.’

     

    Sen. Sue Rezin

    6-19-22

    WCMY Radio (Ottawa)

    Issue: Dual credit college courses for high school students

     

    Sen. Sue Rezin

    6-14-22

    Ogle County Newspapers

    Issue: High School dual credit courses

     

    Sen. Sue Rezin

    6-15-22

    WCSJ Radio (Morris)

    Issue: High School dual credit courses

    Events

    State Sen. Stewart announces traveling office visits

    Shaw Media, Regional Media

    Staff

    06/14/2022

    “State Sen. Brian Stewart (R-Freeport) announced traveling office hours for the 45th District.”

     

    Baby formula donation drive in Lincoln

    WRSP/WICS

    Staff

    06/16/2022

    “State Senator Sally Turner, R-Beason, is asking for donations of unused, unopened, unexpired baby formula.”

     

    Sen. Sally Turner Launches Baby Formula Drive

    Cities 92.9

    Tom Davis

    06/14/2022

    “State Senator Sally Turner (R-Beason) is announcing the launch of a baby formula drive in response to the ongoing formula shortage hitting the nation.”

     

    Sen. Sally Turner

    6-14-22

    WRPW Radio (Bloomington/Normal)

    Issue: Baby formula drive

     

    Sen. Sue Rezin

    6-17-22

    Ogle County Newspapers

    Issue: Newly-renovated Thorton Park

    Health

    Sen. Jil Tracy

    6-14-22

    Jacksonville Journal-Courier

    Issue: Latex gloves banned for health care and food service settings

     

    Sen. Steve McClure

    6-14-22

    Jacksonville Journal-Courier

    Issue: Latex gloves banned for health care and food service settings

     

    Sen. Dan McConchie

    6-15-22

    Chicago Sun-Times

    Issue: McConchie denounces state budget giveaways

    Infrastructure

    Gov. Pritzker Signs Legislation to Modernize Infrastructure Improvement Process

    The Center Square, My Radio Link

    Kevin Bessler

    06/15/2022

    ‘“This innovative approach to designing and building our state’s infrastructure will save time and money, and that’s a win-win for the taxpayers of Illinois,” said State Senator Donald DeWitte (R-St. Charles), Chief Co-Sponsor of the legislation and Minority Spokesperson of the Senate Transportation Committee.’

     

    Sen. Don DeWitte

    6-15-22

    WMCI Radio (Mattoon)

    Issue: Infrastructure improvement process

    State Designations

    Theatre In The Park Named Official State Theatre

    92.7 WMAY

    Newsroom

    06/14/2022

    “Governor JB Pritzker has signed legislation sponsored by Republican state Representative Tim Butler and GOP state Senator Sally Turner giving that designation to Theatre in the Park at Lincoln’s New Salem State Historic Site.”

     

    Sen. Sally Turner

    6-14-22

    WMAY Radio (Springfield)

    Issue: Theatre in the Park at Lincoln’s New Salem State Historic Site named Official State Theatre

     

    Gov. Pritzker designates official snake of Illinois with help from Carterville student

    KFVS 12

    Lucas Sellem

    06/16/2022

    “Gentry Heiple worked with Senator Dale Fowler to establish the eastern milk snake as the state snake of Illinois.”

     

    Illinois designates State Snake thanks to Carterville student's efforts

    WSIL TV 3, Newswires EIN

    Staff

    06/16/2022

    ‘“I was honored to carry this legislation over from the House and sponsor a bill that not only established an official state snake but brought to life the vision of 11-year-old Gentry Heiple, from Southern Illinois who took the initiative in making sure our state indeed had an official snake,” said State Senator Dale Fowler (R-Harrisburg).’

     

    Sen. Dale Fowler

    6-18-22

    EdGlen Today (Edwardsville/Glen Carbon) (1 other source)

    Issue: State snake designation

     

    Sen. Dale Fowler

    6-17-22

    KMOX Radio (St. Louis, Mo) (multiple newscasts)

    Issue: State snake designation

    Unemployment Fraud

    Illinois lawmakers want investigation after audit shows unaccountable unemployment fraud

    The Center Square

    Kevin Bessler

    06/17/2022

    ‘"That is what really is surprising everybody, just a massive amount of money stolen, and the governor is just throwing up his hands claiming it is not his fault," said Senate Minority Leader Dan McConchie, R-Hawthorn Woods.’

     

    Auditor General: Inadequate reporting leads to no opinion on unemployment office financials

    The Center Square

    Greg Bishop

    06/16/2022

    “Senate Minority Leader Dan McConchie, R-Hawthorn Woods, said the report shows Gov. J.B. Pritzker mismanaged IDES.”

     

    Illinois paid out nearly $2 billion in federal funds for fraudulent pandemic unemployment claims, audit finds

    Chicago Tribune

    Joe Mahr and Dan Petrella

    06/16/2022

    ‘Senate GOP leader Dan McConchie of Hawthorn Woods issued a statement Thursday calling the audit “further evidence of the mismanagement within IDES that has been so clearly evident throughout the pandemic.”’

     

    Sen. Dan McConchie

    6-17-22

    WMAY Radio (Springfield) (5 other sources)

    Issue: UI Fund fraud

    MISC.

    Report from state task force on jobs is too flawed to be starting point for public policy

    Chicago Sun-Times

    State Sen. Donald DeWitte (R-St. Charles), State Rep. Ryan Spain (R-Peoria), Future of Work Task Force

    06/15/2022

    “When the Legislature approved the Illinois Future of Work Task Force, a framework was created so stakeholders could work collaboratively to assess the state’s economy and labor market and identify policies to help businesses, workers, and communities thrive.”

     

    Sen. Chapin Rose

    6-17-22

    DeWitt Daily News

    Issue: Illinois’ coming energy shortage

     

    Sen. Dan McConchie

    6-18-22

    Chicago Sun Times

    Issue: Juneteenth

  • Week of 06/06/2022

    Posted by · June 13, 2022 3:38 PM

    Education

    Sen. Chapin Rose

    6-11-22

    Champaign News-Gazette

    Issue: Speaking to the Champaign County Retired Teachers

     

    Local Companies Hire Students as Summer Interns

    WCSJ News

    Tina Morrison

    06/10/2022

    “Senator Sue Rezin and the GEDC partnered with local industry and education, in 2013, to launch the program.”

    Events

    State Senator Brian Stewart Traveling Office Hours

    Regional Media

    Tom Katz

    06/10/2022

    “State Senator Brian Stewart (R-Freeport) is announcing that his District Office staff has set Traveling Office Hours for June in nine communities in the 45th Senate District.”

     

    Vandalia Prison Town Hall Meeting Rescheduled to June 22

    97.9 XFM

    Greg Sapp

    06/10/2022

    “State Representative Blaine Wilhour and State Senator Jason Plummer Friday said their town hall meeting concerning the Vandalia Correctional Center has been rescheduled to Wednesday, June 22.”

    Pre-Judgment Interest Law

    Sen. Craig Wilcox

    6-8-22

    WMAY Radio (Springfield) (7 other sources)

    Issue: Pre-judgement interest law declared unconstitutional

     

    Sen. Craig Wilcox

    6-8-22

    WIND Radio (Chicago)

    Issue: Pre-judgement interest law declared unconstitutional

     

    Judge finds personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits law unconstitutional

    The Center Square

    Andrew Hensel

    06/08/2022

    “State Sen. Craig Wilcox led the push against the passing of the law and further explained the court's ruling.”

    Public Safety

    Q&A: State Senator Jason Barickman on gun policy choices

    WGLT

    Charlie Schlenker

    06/08/2022

    “WGLT's Charlie Schlenker talks with state Sen. Jason Barickman about policy choice in the debate over guns. Barickman is a Republican from Bloomington-Normal.”

     

    Sen. John Curran

    6-12-22

    WFLD-TV (Chicago) (Flannery Fired Up and newscasts) (6 other sources)

    Issue: Chicago crime

     

    Sen. Steve McClure

    6-10-22

    WLDS/WEAI Radio (Jacksonville)

    Issue: Mowing at the shuttered Jacksonville Developmental Center/state’s responsibility

     

    Sen. Sue Rezin

    6-11-22

    Ogle County Newspapers

    Issue: Reviewing Illinois’ law allowing the use of body armor by civilians

    Redistricting

    Sen. Dan McConchie

    6-7-22

    Illinois Business Journal

    Issue: Redistricting judicial subdistricts

     

    Sen. Dan McConchie

    6-6-22

    EdGlenToday.com (Edwardsville/Glen Carbon)

    Issue: Judicial subcircuit lawsuit

    Veterans Affairs

    Fallen soldier honored with sign dedication

    KFVS 12

    Mike Mohundro

    06/06/2022

    “Windhorst and Illinois State Senator Dale Fowler, with the 59th District, partnered together in advancing House Joint Resolution 42 through the House and Senate. The General Assembly paid tribute to Romines and passed the bill which memorializes the passing of the fallen U. S. soldier and renamed Highway 146.”

     

    Sen. Dale Fowler

    6-6-22

    KFVS-TV (Cape Girardeau, MO)

    Issue: Portion of Route 1 named after Sgt. Brian Romines

    MISC.

    Sen. Dale Fowler

    6-6-22

    Aviation Pros (Industry media)

    Issue: Southern Illinois Airport expansion

     

    Sen. Terri Bryant

    6-6-22

    Aviation Pros (Industry media)

    Issue: Southern Illinois Airport expansion

     

    Sen. Steve McClure

    6-10-22

    Jacksonville Journal-Courier

    Issue: New Bereavement Law/newspaper notes Sen. McClure’s not voting

     

    With electric vehicle sales growing, how will we pay for road repairs?

    Daily Herald

    Marni Pyke

    06/06/2022

    ‘"The goal is to increase electric vehicle use in the state to reduce fossil fuel consumption, but at the same time we're cutting off our noses to spite our faces and reducing our transportation funding in the process," state Sen. Don DeWitte said.’

     

    Local Officials: Revised JDC Mowing Plan Isn’t Enough

    WLDS/WEAI

    Jeremy Coumbes

    06/10/2022

    “Ezard says since this first became an issue this year, he, State Senator Steve McClure, and State Representative C.D. Davidsmeyer have all been in constant contact with officials trying to make something happen at the grounds.”

  • Week of 05/30/2022

    Posted by · June 06, 2022 3:30 PM

    Energy

    Federal Grid Operator concerned over power outages ahead of Summer

    KFVS 12

    Colin Baillie

    06/02/2022

    “State Senator Terri Bryant says the rolling blackouts that could happen this summer could be impactful. Not only to residential customers but also businesses and schools.”

     

    Sen. Terri Bryant

    6-2-22

    WGEM-TV (Quincy)

    Issue: Power grid shortcomings/rolling blackouts this summer

     

    Sen. Don DeWitte

    6-6-22

    Daily Herald

    Issue: Transportation funding in the era of electric vehicles/Charging for vehicle miles traveled

    Events

    Ugaste, DeWitte to host mobile office hours Thursday in Huntley

    Northwest Herald

    Shaw Local News Network

    05/31/2022

    “State Rep. Dan Ugaste and State Sen. Don DeWitte will host mobile office hours Thursday in Huntley.”

     

    Sen. Don DeWitte

    5-31-22

    Ogle County Newspapers

    Issue: Mobile office hours

     

    Vandalia Correctional Center Town Hall Postponed

    WGEL

    Staff

    06/02/2022

    “Senator Jason Plummer and Representative Blaine Wilhour have announced that they have had to postpone their Town Hall on the Vandalia Correctional Center, which was scheduled for Monday, June 6.”

     

    Sen. Jason Plummer

    6-1-22

    Effingham Daily News

    Issue: Postponement of Town Hall on the Vandalia CC

    Interviews

    NEWSRADIO WJPF INTERVIEW WITH DALE FOWLER

    WJPF News Radio

    Staff

    05/31/2022

    “Illinois State Senator Dale Fowler (R-Harrisburg) joins The Morning Newswatch.”

    Public Safety

    SWANSON BILL TO HELP EMERGENCY DISPATCHERS SIGNED INTO LAW

    WGIL Galesburg’s News

    Staff

    06/01/2022

    “Legislation sponsored by State Senator Neil Anderson (R-Andalusia) and State Representative Dan Swanson (R-Alpha) was signed into law late last week.”

     

    Dispatchers now classified as first responders

    KHQA 7

    WICS/WRSP Staff

    05/31/2022

    “Classifying emergency medical dispatchers as first responders will allow them to have access to many of the same services and benefits as other first responders, according to one of the bill's sponsors, State Senator Neil Anderson, R-Andalusia.”

     

    Bill to support emergency dispatchers signed into law

    Quad Cities

    Sharon Wren

    05/31/2022

    “Emergency dispatchers will now be able to access many of the same services and benefits as other first responders, thanks to legislation sponsored by State Senator Neil Anderson (R-Andalusia) and State Representative Dan Swanson (R-Alpha) that was signed into law last week.”

     

    Turner-Sponsored Legislation to Protect Victims’ Privacy Becomes Law

    Cities 92.9

    Tom Davis

    05/31/2022

    “Legislation introduced by State Senator Sally Turner (R-Beason) that would provide victims of child sex crimes with additional privacy protections was signed into law on May 27.”

     

    McClure DCFS Worker Pepper Spray Bill Signed Into Law

    WLDS/WEAI

    Benjamin Cox

    05/31/2022

    “Governor J.B. Pritzker signed Senate Bill 1486 on Friday. The measure was chiefly sponsored by 50th District State Senator Steve McClure, who introduced the measure after Deidre Silas was murdered in Thayer while doing a home visit for endangered children in January.”

     

    DCFS employees will soon be able to carry pepper spray

    Fox

    WRSP/WICS Staff

    06/01/2022

    ‘“Frontline DCFS workers face dangerous situations far too often as they work to protect the vulnerable children of Illinois,” said Senator Steve McClure. “This will give those employees the ability to carry pepper spray and create a training program to ensure they know how to use it in an emergency situation.”’

     

    Sex offender employee loophole closure takes effect after the Illinois State Fair

    KHQA 7

    Marcella Baietto

    06/01/2022

    “That event then prompted lawmakers like Senator Steve McClure, R-Springfield, and Senator Turner to close a loophole that allowed registered sex offenders to work at the State Fair, but just not at county fairs.”

     

    Sen. Neil Anderson

    6-1-22

    WGIL Radio (Galesburg)

    Issue: Emergency dispatchers as First Responders

     

    Sen. Neil Anderson

    5-31-22

    WYZZ-TV (Peoria)

    Issue: Emergency dispatchers as First Responders

     

    Sen. Neil Anderson

    5-31-22

    WICD-TV (Champaign) (2 other sources)

    Issue: Emergency dispatchers as First Responders

     

    Sen. Neil Anderson

    5-31-22

    OurQuadCities.com

    Issue: Emergency dispatchers as First Responders

     

    Sen. Sally Turner

    5-31-22

    WRPW Radio (Bloomington/Normal)

    Issue: Child Sex Crime victim privacy

     

    Sen. Steve McClure

    5-31-22

    WMAY Radio (Springfield)

    Issue: Sex offenders banned from carnival jobs

     

    Sen. Steve McClure

    5-31-22

    WLDS/WEAI Radio (Jacksonville)

    Issue: DCFS workers can carry pepper spray

     

    Sen. Neil Anderson

    6-1-22

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

    Issue: Emergency dispatchers as First Responders

     

    Sen. Steve McClure

    6-1-22

    KHQA-TV (Hannibal/Quincy) (2 other sources)

    Issue: DCFS workers can carry pepper spray

     

    Sen. Steve McClure

    6-1-22

    WICD-TV (Champaign) (1 other source)

    Issue: Sex offenders banned from carnival jobs

     

    Sen. Steve McClure

    6-2-22

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

    Issue: Sex offenders banned from carnival jobs

     

    Sen. Steve McClure

    6-2-22

    WICD-TV (Champaign)

    Issue: Sex offenders banned from carnival jobs

     

    Sen. Steve McClure

    6-2-22

    WCCU-TV (Springfield)

    Issue: Sex offenders banned from carnival jobs

     

    Veterans Affairs

    Don Cooper, other soldiers honored at Harrisburg's 'Little Arlington'

    WSIL TV 3

    Danny Valle

    05/30/2022

    ‘"There's no question that Don is smiling as he always smiled each and everyday," Sen. Dale Fowler (R-Harrisburg) said. "He's smiling down today at Little Arlington about how proud he is of this incredible memorial."’

     

    Sen. Dale Fowler

    6-3-22

    WSIL-TV (Harrisburg) (multiple newscasts) (1 other source)

    Issue: Portion of Route 1 named after Sgt. Brian Romans

     

    Sen. Dale Fowler

    6-3-22

    WPSD-TV (Paudcah, KY)

    Issue: Portion of Route 1 named after Sgt. Brian Romans

    MISC.

    Change in state law to help youth entrepreneurs

    The Southern Illinoisian

    LES O'DELL

    06/01/2022

    “State Sen. Dale Fowler, R-Harrisburg, introduced a bill to amend a previously enacted state code which directs the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic to establish Entrepreneurship Assistance Centers throughout the state.”

     

    Sen. Don DeWitte

    5-31-22

    WIFR-TV (Rockford) (4 other sources)

    Issue: Future of Work task force

     

    Sen. Dale Fowler

    6-1-22

    Southern Illinoisan

    Issue: IDCEO Entrepreneurship Assistance Centers

     

    Sen. Dale Fowler

    6-3-22

    Southern Illinoisan

    Issue: Southern Illinois Airport expansion

     

    Sen. Terri Bryant

    6-3-22

    Southern Illinoisan

    Issue: Southern Illinois Airport expansion

     

    Sen. Terri Bryant

    6-3-22

    WSIL-TV (Harrisburg) (1 other source)

    Issue: Murphysboro Airport expansion/job creation

     

    As some states take measures to relieve gas prices like tax suspensions, Illinois does little, critics say

    The Center Square

    Kevin Bessler

    06/02/2022

    “State Sen. Dave Syverson, R-Cherry Valley, called on lawmakers to head back to Springfield for a special session to address the situation.”

  • Week of 05/23/2022

    Posted by · June 01, 2022 9:50 AM

    Events 

    Shawnee Community College breaks ground on student truck driving facility in Metropolis 

    WSIL TV 

    Ryan Davis 

    05/24/2022 

    “SCC also showcased a new truck driving simulator. Senator Dale Fowler (R-Harrisburg) was on hand to try it out.” 

     

    Sen. Plummer and Rep. Wilhour to Host Town Hall on Vandalia Correctional Center 

    Effingham Radio 

    Staff 

    05/23/2022 

    “Senator Plummer and Representative Wilhour are hosting a Town Hall in Vandalia to discuss the Vandalia Correctional Center.” 

     

    TOWN HALL SET FOR JUNE 6TH REGARDING VANDALIA CORRECTIONAL CENTER 

    WMIX 94 

    Staff 

    05/23/2022 

    “State Senator Jason Plummer and State Representative Blaine Wilhour had earlier indicated the Town Hall would be scheduled when it appeared reductions in the inmate population at Vandalia might happen.” 

     

    Sen. Brian Stewart 

    5-25-22 

    Ogle County Newspapers 

    Issue: Dixon Gateway Project/$1 million grant 

     

    Sen. Dale Fowler 

    5-26-22 

    Metropolis Planet 

    Issue: Shawnee Comm. Coll. CDL program/promoting truck driving careers 

     

    Sen. Dale Fowler 

    5-25-22 

    WSIL-TV (Harrisburg) (multiple newscasts) 

    Issue: Promoting truck driving careers 

     

    Sen. Dale Fowler 

    5-25-22 

    Paducah Sun (Paducah, KY) 

    Issue: Promoting truck driving careers 

     

    Sen. Jason Plummer 

    5-24-22 

    WMIX Radio (Mt. Vernon) (1 other source) 

    Issue: Town Hall for Vandalia Correctional Center 

     

    Sen. Jason Plummer 

    5-23-22 

    WXEF Radio (Effingham) 

    Issue: Town Hall meeting on the Vandalia Correctional Center 

     

    Sen. Dale Fowler 

    5-24-22 

    WSIL-TV (Harrisburg) (multiple newscasts) (1 other source) 

    Issue: Sergeant Brian Rowe memorial highway 

     

    Sen. Dale Fowler  

    5-26-22  

    Southern Illinoisan  

    Issue: New distribution center in Marion  

       

    Two Keithsburg Veterans Honored 

    WVIK, Quad Cities NPR  

    Herb Trix 

    05/26/2022 

    “Joining him for the 5 pm ceremony will be State Senator Neil Anderson from Andulusia and Representative Norine Hammond from Macomb.” 

       

    Sen. Steve McClure  

    5-27-22  

    Jacksonville Journal-Courier  

    Issue: Community Park clean up/state help requested 

    Health 

    Sen. Sue Rezin 

    5-25-22 

    WJPF Radio (Herrin) (2 other sources) 

    Issue: Rural Health Care 

     

    Sen. Sue Rezin 

    5-24-22 

    Kankakee Daily Journal (8 other sources) 

    Issue: Rural Health Care 

     

    Infant Formula Crisis - Onus on U.S. 

    WCSJ News 

    Tina Morrison 

    05/26/2022 

    “Senator Sue Rezin was on WCSJ’s People R Talking recently and, when asked about this situation, had this to say.” 

      

    Bos Bills Supporting Child Victims & Ensuring Hospital Visits Signed 

    The Patch 

    IL House,Community Contributor 

    05/27/2022 

    ‘"I want to express personal thanks the McGinnis family for their efforts. Their advocacy on behalf of their grandfather, Bob McGinnis, was an integral to helping Sen. McConchie and I advance this bipartisan law for the benefit of all Illinois families going forward."’ 

    Public Safety 

    Sen. Chapin Rose 

    5-24-22 

    Streeterville News (7 other sources) 

    Issue: ISP Merit Board 

     

    ISP Merit Board spends $550,000 in taxpayer funds to investigate former employee twice 

    The Center Square 

    Andrew Hensel 

    05/24/2022 

    ‘"The employee in question, once finding out about the investigation into her, then contacted the Governor's office herself and made allegations against director Garcia," State Sen. and Commission member Chapin Rose said.’ 

    MISC. 

    ‘Jelani Day’ missing persons bill signed into law 

    WGLT 

    Maggie Strahan 

    05/23/2022 

    “The bill passed the Senate 43 to 4 with bipartisan support including Sen. Jason Barickman, R-Bloomington. The bill passed unanimously through the House of Representatives.” 

     

    Sen. Steve McClure  

    5-25-22  

    Illinois Times  

    Issue: 2022 legislative session report 

     

    Sen. Dale Fowler 

    5-23-22 

    Benton Evening News (2 other sources) 

    Issue: Senate Week in Review/Economic development 

     

    Sen. Jason Barickman 

    5-23-22 

    WCBU Radio (Peoria Public Radio) 

    Issue: Jelani Day Law 

     

    Sen. Sue Rezin 

    5-24-22 

    Ogle County Newspapers 

    Issue: LaSalle Veterans Home/Pritzker responsibility (opinion column) 

     

    Sen. Terri Bryant 

    5-23-22 

    Benton Evening News (2 other sources) 

    Issue: Senate Week in Review/Economic development 

     

    Illinois’ Attempt to Change School Testing is Pushed Back, for Now 

    Center for Illinois Politics 

    Margaret Rock 

    05/29/2022 

    “Another member of the senate education committee, senator Sue Rezin (R-Morris), who supported the “Too Young To Test” measure, did so because she hasn’t seen convincing data or evidence to suggest standardized tests are the best method for Pre-K through second grade students. “I believe the risks of forcing standardized tests on children so young may outweigh the potential rewards,” the senator wrote in a statement.” 

     

  • Week of 05/16/2022

    Posted by · May 24, 2022 3:50 PM

    Health

    Senator Win Stoller visits Hammond-Henry Hospital during National Hospital Week

    Geneseo Republic

    Claudia Loucks

    05/16/2022

    ‘“Sen. Win Stoller shared in our celebration, spending time thanking members of our team and offering a gift bag with snacks and refreshments for all members of our health care team, both in the hospital and within our clinics,” Hoffman added. “We are thankful for the recognition and commit to continued advocacy to support the health care needs of our community!”’

     

    Sen. John Curran

    5-12-22

    Daily Herald

    Issue: National Nurses Week event

     

    Governor Pritzker Signs Legislation Supporting Rural Healthcare Expansion, Coordination

    My Radio Link (Mattoon)

    Staff

    05/17/2022

    ‘“The merger between St. Margaret’s Health and Illinois Valley Community Hospital will provide the residents of the Illinois Valley community with an opportunity for better and more coordinated healthcare,” said Deputy Minority Leader Sue Rezin (R-Morris).’

     

    Farm Family Resource Initiative provides mental health support to agriculture community

    WSIL TV 3

    Madeline Parker

    05/16/2022

    ‘"So it's super important for them to be able to call into these lines and get the help that they need, and that it be paid for, because they don't need one more stressor on how to pay for the mental health help that you need, at the same time you're trying figure out how to buy seed and fertilizer," said State Senator, Terri Bryant.’

     

    Sen. Dan McConchie

    5-12-22

    Daily Herald

    Issue: National Nurses Week event

     

    Sen. Don DeWitte

    5-12-22

    Daily Herald

    Issue: National Nurses Week event

    Public Safety

    Sen. Steve McClure

    5-12-22

    Pure Oldies 107.5 FM (Springfield)

    Issue: DCFS problems

     

    Sen. Sue Rezin

    5-12-22

    Ogle County Newspapers

    Issue: Yorkville Area Chamber of Commerce presentation (Green energy jobs/Democrat crime reform)

     

    Sen. Chapin Rose

    5-12-22

    Chronicle Media (Chicago Suburbs) (1 other source)

    Issue: Democrat crime reform

     

    Sen. Jason Barickman

    5-12-22

    Illinois Issues

    Issue: Pontiac Correctional Center closure

     

    Sen. Jason Plummer

    5-12-22

    WJBD Radio (Salem)

    Issue: $3.2 million project at Centralia Correctional Center

    Taxes

    State senator wants special session to cap Illinois' sales tax on gas

    The Center Square

    Scot Bertram

    05/16/2022

    “State Sen. Dave Syverson, R-Cherry Valley, said his legislation to cap the state’s sales tax on motor fuel at 18 cents per gallon could provide real relief to consumers.”

     

    Illinois quick hits: Special session to cap gas sales tax urged, Evanston schools require masks, 'Sixteen Candles' house for sale

    The Center Square

    Staff

    05/16/2022

    “With gas prices maintaining record highs across Illinois, Republican state Sen. Dave Syverson says state lawmakers should head back to the capitol immediately for a special session to address the situation.”

     

    Illinois lawmaker wants revisit proposed tax cap on fuel

    23 WIFR

    Anthony Ferretti

    05/17/2022

    “As the average price of gas statewide nears $5 a gallon, State Senator Dave Syverson (D-Rockford) calls for the government to cap the state’s sales tax on motor fuel at 18 cents per gallon.”

     

    Mahomet-Seymour borrowing limit raised with HB4688, a look at how the referendum would affect residential taxpayers

    Mahomet Daily

    Staff

    05/20/2022

    “In order to bypass the Illinois School Code regulation, the district was required to get legislative approval. Senator Chapin Rose (R-Mahomet) attached the request to a bill focused on teacher professional development that had a likelihood of being approved. Five other school districts were also added onto the same bill. The limit will only increase, though, if the referendum is passed.”

    Veterans Affairs

    Highway Dedication To Honor Two Keithsburg Veterans

    WRMJ 102.3

    Staff

    05/16/2022

    “State Senator Neil Anderson was the Chief Sponsor of the bill in the Senate.”

     

    Highway dedicated to Illinois soldier killed in Vietnam

    KHQA 7

    WICS/WRSP Staff

    05/19/2022

    ‘“It’s important that we remember the brave sacrifices of those who have given their lives in defense of our country,” said State Senator Jason Barickman. “Cpl. Janssen is a hero and I hope this dedication will help to keep his memory alive.”’

    MISC.

    Autism Day at Unity Point

    WSIL TV 3

    Brooke Schlyer

    05/18/2022

    “Illinois State Senators Terri Bryant and Dale Fowler will be in the classroom, getting a lesson from elementary school children on Wednesday, May 18th.”

     

    Medium Security Unit at Pontiac Correctional Center has been closed

    Pontiac Daily Leader

    Erich Murphy

    05/17/2022

    “A letter-writing campaign is something that Sen. Jason Barickman was pushing at the town hall meeting, and it's something that Livingston County Board Chairperson Kathy Arbogast believes in doing.”

     

    Senator Sally Turner Pet Adoption Day at HSLC encourages adoptions and volunteerism

    Around Logan County

    Staff

    05/18/2022

    “Illinois Senator and Logan County native Sally Turner hosted a pet adoption event at the Humane Society of Logan County (HSLC) on Saturday, May 14th. The event included snacks, face painting and corn hole toss as well as an opportunity for guests to visit with the numerous animals that are seeking forever family at the shelter.”

     

    Sen. Craig Wilcox

    5-12-22

    Ogle County Newspapers

    Issue: Conversation Untapped Tour

     

    Sen. Don DeWitte

    5-13-22

    Daily Herald

    Issue: Unclaimed Property Day event

     

    Sen. Don DeWitte

    5-12-22

    Ogle County Newspapers

    Issue: Conversation Untapped Tour

  • Week of 05/09/2022

    Posted by · May 24, 2022 3:49 PM

    Events

    Sen. Jason Barickman

    5-10-22

    WEEK-TV (Peoria) (1 other source)

    Issue: Pontiac Correctional Center Town Hall

     

    Sen. Jason Barickman

    5-10-22

    WHOI-TV (Peoria) (1 other source)

    Issue: Pontiac Correctional Center Town Hall

     

    Sen. Jason Barickman

    5-10-22

    Pontiac Daily Leader

    Issue: Pontiac Correctional Center Town Hall

     

    Watch now: Sen. Barickman hosts town hall to engage public in the fate of Pontiac prison

    The Pantagraph

    Staff

    05/10/2022

    “After a town hall, State Sen. Jason Barickman said he and the Pontiac community have taken the first steps in bringing the Department of Corrections preliminary plans to downsize Pontiac prison into the public sphere.”

     

    Community wants answers about Pontiac Prison’s future

    WEEK 25

    Paige Blanzy

    05/10/2022

    “Two Republican critics of the Democratic governor’s administration, Bloomington State Sen. Jason Barickman and State Rep. Tom Bennett of Gibson City, hosted a townhall meeting to share information they have with the public and listen to community concerns.”

     

    Southern Illinois Made Expo announcement Tuesday

    KFVS 12

    Marsha Heller

    05/10/2022

    “Buy Local! That’s the message from Illinois State Senator Dale Fowler and the Southern Illinois Chamber of Commerce.”

     

    Southern Illinois Made Expo returns in October after being canceled for the last two years

    WSIU Public Radio

    Benjy Jeffords

    05/10/2022

    “Senator Dale Fowler announced the return of the Southern Illinois Made Expo will be in-person this summer.”

     

    The Southern Illinois Made Expo is coming back and will be in person

    WSIL TV 3

    Madeline Parker

    05/10/2022

    “State Senator Dale Fowler said he is excited about the return to an in-person event as well as the success the event brings.”

     

    Pontiac Correctional Center situation, as it is, discussed at town hall meeting

    Pontiac Daily Leader

    Erich Murphy

    05/11/2022

    “State Sen. Jason Barickman hosted the town hall for Pontiac Correctional Center. Also speaking were Pontiac Mayor Bill Alvey, Livingston County Board Chairperson Kathy Arbogast and AFSCME Local 494 President William Lee.”

    Health

    Nurses at 3 Advocate hospitals get special treat during National Nurses Week

    Daily Herald

    Advocate Aurora Health

    05/12/2022

    “Over the past several days, state Senators John Curran, Donald DeWitte and Dan McConchie joined nursing leaders at Advocate Good Samaritan, Sherman and Good Shepherd hospitals to hand out treats during a morning shift change.”

     

    State senator celebrates National Hospital Week at QC area hospital

    Quad Cities

    Linda Cook

    05/14/2022

    “State Sen. Win Stoller (R-Germantown Hills) celebrated National Hospital Week on Wednesday by giving out goodie bags to the Health Care Team at Hammond-Henry Hospital in Geneseo.”

    Infrastructure

    Community leaders and lawmakers laud completion of upgrades to Chatham Road

    State Journal-Register

    Zach Roth

    05/11/2022

    “Mark Frech, 50th District state Sen. Steve McClure, R-Springfield, and 99th District state Rep. Sandy Hamilton, R-Springfield, to commemorate the finishing touches being placed on the $1.4 million project.”

     

    Repairs to section of Chatham Road completed

    News Chanel 20

    WRSP/WICS Staff

    05/11/2022

    ‘"This is really what it's about doing what we can for our citizens and this is a big deal, especially with the expansion of different projects in Springfield," Senator Steve McClure said. "Chatham Road is going to utilized even more."’

    Interviews

    Illinois State Senator Steve McClure

    93.9 WTAX News Radio

    Joey M.

    05/13/2022

    “Illinois State Senator Steve McClure talks with Joey McLaughlin about a bill signed into law last week that could help ease the bus driver shortage.”

    Public Safety

    Illinois Democrats’ public safety approach centers on funding infusion

    Capitol News Ilinois

    JERRY NOWICKI

    05/11/2022

    ‘“If you're not going to put violent people behind bars and keep them there, you have accomplished nothing, no matter how much money you spend,” Sen. Chapin Rose, R-Mahomet, said in a phone interview.’

     

    Southern Illinois lawmakers demand action on child welfare failures

    The Southern Illinoisan

    Molly Parker

    05/11/2022

    ‘“It’s time for the governor to be a leader and figure out how to solve this problem in Southern Illinois,” said State Sen. Terri Bryant, a Murphysboro Republican who sits on a subcommittee focused on family and child welfare issues.’

    Veterans Affairs

    Sen. Sue Rezin

    5-9-22

    WGEM-TV (Quincy)

    Issue: Audit report on the LaSalle Veterans’ Home

     

    Sen. Sue Rezin

    5-9-22

    WHOI-TV (Peoria) (2 other sources)

    Issue: Audit of LaSalle Veterans’ Home

    MISC.

    Sen. Dale Fowler

    5-10-22

    Benton Evening News (2 other sources)

    Issue: Week in Review

     

    Pritzker signs bill to allow rehiring of former bus drivers

    WCIA 3

    Bradley Zimmerman

    05/11/2022

    “The bill, sponsored by State Representative C.D. Davidsmeyer (R-Jacksonville) and State Senator Steve McClure (R-Springfield), would allow bus drivers to regain their licenses if they lost a license solely due to unpaid child support.”

     

    Capital Development Board announces over $46 million in funding to state agencies in Downstate Illinois

    My Radio Link (Mattoon)

    05/12/2022

    ‘“These investments will improve public safety, assist our corrections officers, and shows a continued commitment to some of the most vulnerable Illinoisans,” said State Senator Jason Plummer (R-Edwardsville).’

     

    ‘“Financial commitments of this magnitude demonstrate Illinois’ commitment to preserving its’ assets, while ensuring staff and residents have the tools needed for success,” said State Senator Terri Bryant (R – Murphysboro).’

     

    Local correctional facilities, nature area receiving funding for improvements

    WSIL TV 3

    Staff

    05/12/2022

    ‘“In my 20 years of service to the Illinois Department of Corrections, I saw the significant impact the services provided here had on inmates and their families, and I eagerly await this facility reopening," said State Senator Terri Bryant (R-Murphysboro).’

     

     

  • Week of 05/02/2022

    Posted by · May 10, 2022 2:32 PM

    Budget

    Sen. Craig Wilcox

    5-4-22

    State Journal-Register

    Issue: Tax relief contained in new state budget deal

     

    Sen. Dan McConchie

    5-4-22

    State Journal-Register

    Issue: Tax relief contained in new state budget deal

     

    Sen. Dan McConchie

    5-5-22

    Biz News Post (Industry media)

    Issue: Illinois’ credit upgrade

    Education

    Sen. Neil Anderson

    5-2-22

    State Journal-Register (Springfield)

    Issue: CRT/curriculum transparency

    Events

    Sen. Barickman, Rep. Bennett will host town hall about Pontiac Correctional Center

    Shaw Local

    Shaw Local News Network

    05/04/2022

    “State Sen. Jason Barickman (R-Bloomington) and Rep. Tom Bennett (R-Gibson City) are hosting a town hall meeting 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 10, at Pontiac High School, 1100 E. Indiana Ave., to discuss the Pontiac Correctional Center.”

     

    Youth Advisory Council for State Sen Terri Bryant holds Spring Meeting at Vandalia Statehouse

    Vandalia Radio

    Todd Stapleton

    05/04/2022

    “You may remember a few weeks ago we had information on State Senator Jason Plummer’s Youth Advisory Council—that met in the fall and proposed a bill and then held the mock proceedings recently in Springfield at the State Capitol.”

     

    “Well, 58th district State Senator Terri Bryant holds a similar program for students in her district.”

     

    Sen. Fowler’s Student Advisory Council gather to learn about state government

    KFVS 12

    Lucas Sellem

    05/04/2022

    “State Senator Dale Fowler’s Student Advisory Council gathered at the Stadium Club in Carbondale, Ill. to learn about the workings of their state government.”

     

    Adopt-a-pet event sponsored by State Senator Sally Turner at Humane Society of Logan County

    WLCN 96.3 FM

    Staff

    05/05/2022

    “In addition, Senator Turner is hosting a pet picture contest on her social media page; click here to learn more about the contest (please note the deadline for entries to be emailed for the photo contest is May 8).”

     

    Town Hall meeting regarding Pontiac Correctional Center set up for May 10

    Erich Murphy

    Pontiac Daily Leader

    05/05/2022

    “A Town Hall meeting will take place on Tuesday, May 10, at Pontiac Township High School to discuss the situation at Pontiac Correctional Center. The event is being sponsored by State Sen. Jason Barickman and State Rep. Tom Bennett.”

     

    Illinois State Representative Tom Bennett: Reminder: Pontiac Correctional Center town hall is Tuesday May 10

    Ford County Chronicle

    Staff

    05/06/2022

    “On Tuesday May 10 Senator Jason Barickman and I will be hosting a town hall meeting for members of the public to discuss the latest news about the Pontiac Correctional Center. The event is at Pontiac Township High School, 1100 E. Indiana Avenue, from 6:30 until 8 p.m. and is open to the public.”

     

    Sen Don DeWitte

    5-8-22

    Daily Herald

    Issue: Shredding event, May 14

     

    Sen Don DeWitte

    5-7-22

    Ogle County Newspapers

    Issue: Shredding event, May 14

     

    Sen. Jason Barickman

    5-6-22

    Ford County Chronicle

    Issue: Pontiac Correctional Center Town Hall

     

    Sen. Jason Barickman

    5-6-22

    Southern Illinoisan

    Issue: Pontiac Correctional Center Town Hall

     

    Sen. Jason Plummer

    5-6-22

    Southern Illinoisan

    Issue: Pontiac Correctional Center Town Hall

     

    Sen. Jason Barickman

    5-5-22

    Pontiac Daily Leader

    Issue: Pontiac Correctional Center Town Hall

     

    Sen. Jil Tracy

    5-6-22

    Mississippi Valley Publishing (Hancock Journal-Pilot)

    Issue: Teachers Appreciation Week

     

    Sen. Jason Barickman

    5-4-22

    Ogle County Newspapers

    Issue: Town Hall for Pontiac Correctional Center

     

    Sen. Jason Barickman

    5-4-22

    Pontiac Daily Leader

    Issue: Youth Advisory Council

    Interviews/ Op-Eds

    DeWitte: GOP prefers measured approach to clean energy

    Northwest Herald, Shaw Local

    Donald DeWitte

    05/03/2022

    “State Sen. Donald DeWitte, a Republican, represents the 33rd Senate District in Kane and McHenry counties.”

     

    Sen. Steve McClure

    5-2/3-22

    WBBM Radio (Chicago) (multiple newscasts)

    Issue: Supreme Court/Abortion

     

    Sen. Steve McClure

    5-3-22

    Pure Oldies 107.5FM (Springfield)

    Issue: Supreme Court/Abortion

     

    Sen. Terri Bryant

    5-2-22

    WJBD Radio (Salem)

    Issue: Dedication of the Murray Center Memorial Garden

     

    Penny for Your Thoughts 5-4-22

    The News-Gazette

    Brian Barnhart

    05/04/2022

    “Brian Barnhart hosts. Hour one is a Penny open line. Hour two, Gun Violence a Community Conversation this week's guest State Senator Chapin Rose.”

     

    NEWSRADIO WJPF INTERVIEW WITH TERRI BRYANT | MAY 4, 2022

    WJPF NewsRadio

    Staff

    05/04/2022

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

     

    Working across the aisle for southern Illinois – Episode 33

    WSIU/NPR Public Boradcasting

    Staff

    05/04/2022

    Dale Fowler: Working across the aisle for southern Illinois – Episode 33”

    Prisons

    Bipartisan Group Of Lawmakers Call For Joint Hearing On Pontiac And Vandalia Prisons

    Effingham Radio, Pontiac Daily Leader

    Staff

    05/06/2022

    ‘“The Pritzker administrations has not been transparent or forthcoming about what if any long-term plans are in place for Illinois prisons, which is a major reason why this process needs legislative oversight,” said State Senator Jason Barickman (R-Bloomington).’

     

    ‘“The Vandalia Correctional Center is one of the largest employers in the area, serving as an economic anchor for the surrounding communities, just as most prisons are for the areas where they are located. Any changes to these facilities could have absolutely devastating effects to the local economies,” said State Senator Jason Plummer (R-Vandalia).’

     

    ‘“The Department of Correction’s inability to provide a clear and consistent answer regarding their future plans for the Vandalia and Pontiac Correctional Facilities is yet another example of the Administration’s pattern of secrecy when it comes to correctional facilities,” said State Senator Terri Bryant (R-Bryant).’

     

    ‘“The complete lack of transparency and contradictory statements about the Pontiac and Vandalia Correctional Facilities has created unnecessary anxiety and uncertainty for both their employees and local communities,” said Senate Deputy Minority Leader Sue Rezin (R-Morris).’

     

    Lawmakers call for hearing on downsizing at Pontiac, Vandalia prisons

    Quad City Times, 97.9 XFM Premier Broadcasting

    TAYLOR VIDMAR

    05/06/2022

    ‘“The Pritzker administration has not been transparent or forthcoming about what if any long-term plans are in place for Illinois prisons, which is a major reason why this process needs legislative oversight,” said state Sen. Jason Barickman, R-Bloomington, in a press release.’

     

    ‘“Any changes to these facilities could have absolutely devastating effects to the local economies,” said state Sen. Jason Plummer, R-Vandalia.’

     

    Sen. Jason Barickman

    5-6-22

    Pontiac Daily Leader

    Issue: Partial closure of the Pontiac Correctional Center

     

    Sen. Jason Plummer

    5-6-22

    Pontiac Daily Leader

    Issue: Partial closure of the Pontiac Correctional Center

     

    Sen. Jason Plummer

    5-6-22

    WXEF Radio (Effingham)

    Issue: Partial closure of the Pontiac Correctional Center

     

    Sen. Terri Bryant

    5-6-22

    Pontiac Daily Leader

    Issue: Partial closure of the Pontiac Correctional Center

    Roe v. Wade

    Illinois Sen. Bryant reacts to SCOTUS leak

    WSIL TV 3

    Brian Wilson

    05/03/2022

    “Senator Terri Bryant (R-Murphysboro) says the fact this information was leaked is a major issue.”

     

    Roe reaction: Illinois changes unlikely

    93.9 WTAX

    Staff

    05/03/2022

    “Sen. Steve McClure (R-Springfield) says the Supreme Court would not outlaw abortion if it does overturn the nearly fifty-year-old law.”

     

    Sen. Terri Bryant

    5-3-22

    WQAD-TV (Quad Cities)

    Issue: Supreme Court/Abortion

     

    Sen. Sally Turner

    5-4-22

    WMBD-TV (Peoria) (multiple newscasts)

    Issue: Supreme Court/Abortion

     

    Sen. Sally Turner

    5-3-22

    WYZZ-TV (Peoria)

    Issue: Supreme Court/Abortion

     

    Sen. Steve McClure

    5-4-22

    WICS-TV (Springfield) (multiple newscasts) (2 other sources)

    Issue: Governor politicizes Supreme Court/Abortion controversy

     

    Sen. Steve McClure

    5-4-22

    KHQA-TV (Hannibal/Quincy) (3 other sources)

    Issue: Governor politicizes Supreme Court/Abortion controversy

     

    Sen. Steve McClure

    5-3-22

    WCCU-TV (Springfield) (3 other sources)

    Issue: Governor politicizes Supreme Court/Abortion controversy

     

    Abortion safe and legal in Illinois, Gov. Pritzker says

    KHQA 7

    Stacey Skrysak

    05/04/2022

    ‘"It's a scare tactic he's using this to try to rally his base because he doesn't want to talk about the issues that others care about the most which are cost of living, corruption, and crime," said Senator Steve McClure, R-Jacksonville.’

     

    Sen. Steve McClure

    5-5-22

    WICS-TV (Springfield) (multiple newscasts)

    Issue: Supreme Court/Abortion

     

    Sen. Steve McClure

    5-5-22

    WCCU-TV (Rockford)

    Issue: Supreme Court/Abortion

     

    Sen. Steve McClure

    5-4-22

    WICS-TV (Springfield) (2 other sources)

    Issue: Supreme Court/Abortion

    Veterans Affairs

    Pritzker administration didn’t respond to seriousness of vets home COVID outbreak

    The Center Square

    Greg Bishop

    05/05/2022

    ‘State Sen. Sue Rezin, R-Morris, represents the area and said Pritzker’s lack of accountability and transparency is “astounding.”’

     

    Lawmakers and candidates weigh in on veterans home audit

    WSPY News

    Ethan Kruger

    05/07/2022

    “Republican Morris State Senator Sue Rezin says the audit tells the story of a governor who fatally mismanaged the state's response, abdicated in his responsibility to protect veterans in the state, and then tried to hide it with an investigation that he arranged.”

     

    Sen. Sue Rezin

    5-8-22

    American Military News (Special Interest group media)

    Issue: LaSalle Veterans Home audit report

     

    Sen. Sue Rezin

    5-6-22

    WSPY Radio (Plano)

    Issue: LaSalle Veterans Home audit report

     

    Sen. Darren Bailey

    5-5-22

    WTTW-TV (Chicago)

    Issue: LaSalle Vets Home

     

    Sen. Sue Rezin

    5-6-22

    WIFR-TV (Rockford) (4 other sources)

    Issue: Issue: LaSalle Vets Home

     

    Sen. Sue Rezin

    5-5-22

    WTTW-TV (Chicago)

    Issue: Issue: LaSalle Vets Home

     

    Sen. Sue Rezin

    5-5-22

    Ogle County Newspapers (2 other sources)

    Issue: Issue: LaSalle Vets Home

     

    Sen. Sue Rezin

    5-5-22

    WFLD-TV (Chicago)

    Issue: Issue: LaSalle Vets Home

     

    Sen. Sue Rezin

    5-5-22

    WMAY Radio (Springfield) (10 other sources)

    Issue: Issue: LaSalle Vets Home

     

    Sen. Sue Rezin

    5-5-22

    WCMY Radio (Ottawa)

    Issue: Issue: LaSalle Vets Home

     

    Sen. Sue Rezin

    5-5-22

    WICS-TV (Springfield) (2 other sources)

    Issue: Issue: LaSalle Vets Home

     

    Sen. Sue Rezin

    5-5-22

    Starved Rock Media (Regional radio station group)

    Issue: Issue: LaSalle Vets Home

     

    Sen. Sue Rezin

    5-6-22

    WEEK-TV (Peoria) (multiple newscasts) (1 other source)

    Issue: LaSalle Vets Home/Auditor General report

     

    Sen. Sue Rezin

    5-6-22

    WGEM-TV (Quincy)

    Issue: LaSalle Vets Home/Auditor General report

     

    Sen. Sue Rezin

    5-6-22

    WEEK-TV (Peoria)

    Issue: LaSalle Veterans Home audit report and her related legislation

     

    UPDATED: Auditor General Report Slams Response to Deadly COVID-19 Outbreak at LaSalle Veteran's Home

    The Illinoize

    Patrick Pfingsten

    05/05/2022

    ‘Statement from Sen. Sue Rezin (R-Morris), who represents the Home: “The audit tells the story of a governor who fatally mismanaged the state’s response, abdicated his responsibilities to protect the veterans of this state, and tried to hide it with an investigation he arranged with a predetermined outcome, ensuring his office escaped all accountability. Governor Pritzker and his political appointees intentionally misled legislators during public hearings as we sought answers for the families who lost loved ones but nineteen months after the outbreak began, the truth came out. He must finally accept responsibility for failing to act on the information his office sat on since day one. The Senate must hold legislative hearings to demand answers from the Pritzker Administration.”’

     

    ‘Sen. Darren Bailey (R-Xenia), earlier today: “JB Pritzker campaigned on Bruce Rauner’s fatal mismanagement that lead to deaths from Legionnaires Disease in Quincy’s Veterans’ Home. I’ll agree that Rauner’s administration failed those veterans, because when you’re governor, the buck stops with you.’

     

    Audit: State health department failed to take LaSalle Veterans’ Home outbreak seriously

    The Daily Line

    Ben Szalinski

    05/06/2022

    “Sen. Sue Rezin (R-Morris), who represents the LaSalle home, said the audit shows Pritzker administration officials “intentionally misled” lawmakers.”

     

    Sen. Crain Wilcox

    5-4-22

    AND-TV (Decatur)

    Issue: Veterans Assistance Commission legislation

    MISC.

    Sen. Jil Tracy

    5-7-22

    Quincy Herald-Whig

    Issue: Solar panels at Oakley-Lindsay Center

     

    Sen. Sue Rezin

    5-6-22

    Ogle County Newspapers

    Issue: Grundy EDC and the Grundy County Chamber of Commerce & Industry Annual Dinner

     

    Sen. Chapin Rose

    5-4-22

    Clinton Journal

    Issue: State grant for AMVET Post #14

     

    Sen. Jason Barickman

    5-4-22

    Alton Telegraph

    Issue: Highway cameras