Senators in the News

  • Week of 01/31/2022

    Posted by · March 17, 2022 9:19 AM

    Budget/ State of the State address

    Sen. Neil Anderson

    2-2-22

    OurQuadCities

    Issue: React to Governor’s State of the State/Budget Address

     

    Sen. Craig Wilcox

    2-2-22

    Daily Herald

    Issue: React to Governor’s State of the State/Budget Address

     

    Sen. Craig Wilcox

    2-2-22

    Lake County Gazette (1 other source)

    Issue: React to Governor’s State of the State/Budget Address

     

    Sen. Craig Wilcox

    2-2-22

    McHenry County Times

    Issue: React to Governor’s State of the State/Budget Address

     

    Sen. Sally Turner

    2-3-22

    WRPW Radio (Normal)

    Issue: React to Governor’s State of the State/Budget Address

     

    Sen. Sally Turner 

    2-2-22

    WFLD-TV (Chicago)

    Issue: React to Governor’s State of the State/Budget Address

     

    Sen. Sally Turner

    2-4-22

    DeWitt Daily News

    Issue: React to Governor’s Budget Address

     

    Sen. Turner Reacts to Governor’s Budget Address

    Cities 92.9

    Tom Davis

    02/03/2022

    ‘State Senator Sally Turner (R-Beason) released the following statement in response to the Governor’s Budget Address: “Although there are parts of the Governor’s proposed budget that sound great, such as increases for public safety, a much-needed crime lab facility in Decatur, and human service increases to address mental health issues, I have serious concerns about its sustainability. This budget contains a continuous state operational increase of roughly $2.5 billion. After the federal stimulus money is spent and federal assistance programs end, I fear the same problems that our state’s finances have been plagued by for years will occur once again.’

     

    Sen. Jil Tracy

    2-2-22

    Quincy Herald-Whig

    Issue: React to Governor’s State of the State/Budget Address

     

    Sen. Jil Tracy

    2-2-22

    West Central Reporter (2 other sources)

    Issue: React to Governor’s State of the State/Budget Address

     

    Sen. Dave Syverson

    2-4-22

    WQRF-TV (Rockford)

    Issue: React to Governor’s budget tax break proposals

     

    Sen. Dave Syverson

    2-7-22

    WTVO-TV (Rockford) (1 other source) (two additional reports on WTVO that day)

    Issue: React to Governor’s Budget Address tax breaks

     

    Sen. Dave Syverson

    2-3-22

    WQRF-TV (Rockford) (2 additional newscasts)

    Issue: React to Governor’s Budget Address

     

    Sen. Dave Syverson

    2-3-22

    WTVO-TV (Rockford)

    Issue: React to Governor’s Budget Address

     

    Pritzker presents $45B budget amid storm, GOP criticism

    Fairfield Citizen

    JOHN O'CONNOR

    02/02/2022

    ‘Sen. Dave Syverson said the federal money reduces overall spending, but disguises a $2.5 billion increase in operations. Those are costs that will continue even when there's no federal money to cover them, the Rockford Republican said, presenting “a massive cliff after the election that unfortunately taxpayers are going to get stuck with.”’

     

    Governor J.B. Pritzker will propose $1 billion in tax cuts

    23 WIFR

    Stephanie Quirk

    01/31/2022

    ‘“Mr. taxing governor, who has raised taxes every single year on working families,” said Senator Dave Syverson (R). “Now he’s in a tough election, and all the sudden he’s talking about reducing taxes.”’

     

    Sen. Dave Syverson

    2-3-22

    WUEZ Radio (Carterville, IL)

    Issue: React to Governor’s Budget Address

     

    Sen. Dave Syverson

    2-2-22

    Bloomington Pantagraph (84 other sources)

    Issue: React to Governor’s State of the State/Budget Address

     

    Sen. Dave Syverson

    2-3-22

    WTVO-TV (Rockford)

    Issue: React to Governor’s State of the State/Budget Address

     

    Sen. Dave Syverson

    2-3-22

    WQRF-TV (Rockford) 

    Issue: React to Governor’s State of the State/Budget Address

     

    Sen. Win Stoller 

    2-2-22

    WFLD-TV (Chicago)

    Issue: React to Governor’s State of the State/Budget Address

     

    Sen. Win Stoller 

    2-3-22

    WMBD-TV (Peoria) (Multiple times)

    Issue: React to Governor’s State of the State/Budget Address

     

    Sen. Win Stoller

    2-2-22

    WYZZ-TV (Peoria)

    Issue: React to Governor’s State of the State/Budget Address

     

    Sen. Win Stoller

    2-3-22

    WMBD Radio (Peoria)

    Issue: React to Governor’s Budget Address

     

    Sen. Win Stoller

    2-2-22

    WYZZ-TV (Peoria)

    Issue: React to Governor’s State of the State/Budget Address

     

    Sen. Brian Stewart

    2-2-22

    Ogle County Newspapers

    Issue: Preview of Governor’s State of State/Budget Address

     

    Area Lawmakers Quick to React to Governor’s Budget Message

    Vermilion County First

    Bill Pickett

    02/02/2022

    “Area lawmakers were quick to react Wednesday to Governor JB Pritzker’s combined State of the State and Budget Address.  State Senator Chapin Rose, a Republican from Mahomet, said the Governor is out of touch with reality…”

     

    Snow Problem: Pritzker presents $45.4B budget despite historic snow storm

    Fox News Illinois

    Matt Roy

    02/03/2022

    ‘"It's reminiscent of the Blagojevich era," said Senate Chapin Rose, R-Champaign.’

     

    Pritzker offers election year tax breaks in budget proposal

    WAND

    Doug Wolfe

    02/02/2022

    “State Senator Chapin Rose, (R) Mahomet, says the budget plan is “disconnected from reality” because it only provides the one-year of relief during an election year despite inflation.”

     

    Sen. Chapin Rose

    2-2-22

    Journal Gazette & Times-Courier

    Issue: React to Governor’s State of the State/Budget Address

     

    Sen. Chapin Rose

    2-4-22

    DeWitt Daily News

    Issue: React to Governor’s Budget Address

     

    Sen. Chapin Rose

    2-3-22

    WAND-TV (Decatur) (1 other source)

    Issue: React to Governor’s Budget Address tax breaks

     

    Sen. Chapin Rose

    2-2-22

    WAND-TV (Decatur)

    Issue: React to Governor’s State of the State/Budget Address

     

    Sen. Chapin Rose

    2-3-22

    Marietta Daily Journal (Georgia) (from the Center Square)

    Issue: React to Governor’s Budget Address crime prevention proposals

     

    Sen. Chapin Rose

    2-3-22

    WICD-TV (Champaign)

    Issue: React to Governor’s Budget Address

     

    Local Lawmakers React To Governor Pritzker's Budget Address

    WCSJ News

    Justin Ritz

    02/03/2022

    “State Senator Sue Rezin shared her thoughts via a Facebook video late on Wednesday afternoon.”

     

    Area Lawmakers React to Budget Address

    WSPY News

    Ethan Kruger

    02/03/2022

    “Morris Republican State Senator Sue Rezin thinks that some of the governor's proposed tax cuts on gas and groceries and property tax rebates are good ideas, but she wants them to be permanent.”

     

    Local GOP lawmakers call for long-term tax relief after Gov. JB Pritzker’s budget address

    Shaw Local

    Derek Barichello

    02/02/2022

    “State Sen. Sue Rezin (R-Morris) said the one-year, $1 billion tax relief plan Gov. JB Prtizker proposed in his budget address Wednesday is not enough to soften the impact of inflation on Illinois consumers.”

     

    Sen. Sue Rezin

    2-4-22

    Journal Gazette & Times-Courier (17 other sources)

    Issue: Senate GOP Crime Package/Democrat response

     

    Sen. Sue Rezin

    2-3-22

    WSPY Radio (Aurora)

    Issue: React to Governor’s State of the State/Budget Address

     

    Sen. Sue Rezin

    2-3-22

    Ogle County Newspapers

    Issue: React to Governor’s State of the State/Budget Address

     

    Sen. Sue Rezin

    2-3-22

    AdVantage News (1 other source)

    Issue: React to Governor’s State of the State/Budget Address

     

    Sen. Sue Rezin

    2-2-22

    WCMY Radio (Ottawa)

    Issue: React to Governor’s State of the State/Budget Address

     

    Sen. Sue Rezin

    2-3-22

    Marietta Daily Journal (Georgia) (7 other sources) (from the Center Square)

    Issue: React to Governor’s budget address crime prevention proposals

     

    Sen. Jason Plummer

    2-2-22

    WXEF Radio (Effingham)

    Issue: React to Governor’s State of the State/Budget Address

     

    Sen. Jason Plummer

    2-2-22

    AdVantage News

    Issue: React to Governor’s State of the State/Budget Address

     

    Sen Plummer statement on Budget/State of the State Address

    Vandalia Radio

    Todd Stapleton

    02/03/2022

    “State Senator Jason Plummer (R-Edwardsville) released the following statement after the Governor’s State of the State and Budget Address.”

     

    Pritzker Delivers Budget, State of State Address

    Premier Broadcasting

    Greg Sapp

    02/02/2022

    ‘Criticism of the proposal has been heard from State Senator Jason Plummer: “Just like the movie Groundhog Day, this budget address feels like the same thing we’ve heard every year. The Governor is ratcheting up state spending while somehow claiming to be cutting spending, refusing to address or even acknowledge mismanagement in his administration, and doing nothing to actually stem the tide of violent crime.”’

     

    Senate Republicans unveil legislative package to support law enforcement, hold violent criminals accountable

    My Radio Link

    Staff

    02/01/2022

    ‘“There is no excuse to go another single day without addressing the crime wave that is wreaking havoc on our state. While our package won’t eliminate crime completely, it would get us on a good path toward safer neighborhoods,” said Senate Republican Leader Dan McConchie (R-Hawthorn Woods).’

     

    Snow Problem: Pritzker presents $45.4B budget despite historic snow storm

    Fox News Illinois

    Matt Roy

    02/03/2022

    ‘"One of the things that I have some concerns about is that the Governor is proposing what appears to be about $2.5 billion in permanent government expansion while only providing about $1 billion in tax relief and only on a short term basis," Senate minority leader Dan McConchie, R- Lake Zurich, said.’

     

    Snow storm stiff arm: Pritzker to deliver State of State from Old State Capitol after House cancels session

    WCIA News

    Mark Maxwell

    02/01/2022

    ‘“The fact that he continues to operate so unilaterally, I think, is problematic for democracy in general,” Senate Minority Leader Dan McConchie (R-Hawthorn Woods) said. “No one person can have all the answers; and because of the geographic diversity of the legislature being all across the state, we have a lot of valuable things to bring to the table to help the governor through a kind of pandemic emergency like what we’ve seen over the past couple of years.”’

     

    Pritzker to pitch tax relief during budget address; Republicans say it's a temporary, 'election-year gimmick'

    The Center Square, The Washington Examiner

    Greg Bishop

    02/02/2022

    “Senate Minority Leader Dan McConchie, R-Hawthorn Woods, said what Republicans have been saying for years. There needs to be permanent tax relief.”

     

    Sen. Dan McConchie

    2-2-22

    Journal Gazette & Times-Courier (2 other sources)

    Issue: React to Governor’s State of the State/Budget Address

     

     

    Republicans call it “election year gimmicks,” but Democrats give strong praise to Pritzker’s budget proposal

    The Daily Line

    Ben Szalinski

    02/03/2022

    ‘“The concern that I have is the governor is laying the groundwork for permanent spending increases that are going to strangle taxpayers in future years based on the decisions that are being made today,” Sen. Jason Barickman (R-Bloomington) said.’

     

    “Some Republicans did offer their support for portions of Pritzker’s plan, including Rep. Mark Batinick (R-Plainfield), who said he was happy Pritzker was pledging to put more money toward pensions. Sen. Terri Bryant (R-Murphysboro) said she was glad to hear Pritzker’s message on getting the state’s “fiscal house in order,” but she also wants to make sure Republicans are involved in the budget process.”

     

    ‘“I look forward to being at the table to negotiate this and hopefully the governor does not simply limit it to people who check certain boxes for him as to the way he views the world and is actually open to some new ideas,” Senate Minority Leader Dan McConchie (R-Hawthorn Woods) said.’

     

    Legislative leaders mixed on details of Pritzker’s proposed tax relief

    The Center Square

    Greg Bishop

    02/02/2022

    “Senate Minority Leader Dan McConchie, R-Hawthorn Woods, also had concerns, but didn’t elaborate.”

     

    Pritzker Budget Boosts DCFS, Schools; Provides One Year Tax Breaks on Gas, Groceries

    The Illinoize

    Patrick Pfingsten

    02/02/2022

    ‘From Senate Republican Leader Dan McConchie (R-Hawthorn Woods): “Alongside with a significant, permanent expansion of state government, the Governor is offering taxpayers a limited one-time election year tax reduction instead of the long-term tax relief Illinois families desperately need.”’

     

    Sen. Dan McConchie

    2-2-22

    TownNews (Moline)

    Issue: React to Governor’s State of the State/Budget Address

     

    Sen. Dan McConchie

    2-6-22

    WQAD-TV (Quad Cities)

    Issue: React to Governor’s Budget Address

     

    Sen. Dan McConchie

    2-5-22

    Journal Gazette & Times-Courier (8 other sources)

    Issue: Governor’s gas tax freeze

     

    Sen. Dan McConchie

    2-4-22

    Peoria Journal Star (2 other sources)

    Issue: React to Governor’s Budget Address

     

    Sen. Dan McConchie

    2-3-22

    WICD-TV (Champaign)

    Issue: React to Governor’s Budget Address

     

    Local General Assembly Members React to Pritzker’s State of the State Address

    WLDS/WEAI

    Benjamin Cox

    02/05/2022

    “State Senator Steve McClure was happy that Governor J.B. Pritzker mentioned giving more money for crime prevention in his annual State of the State address yesterday.”

     

    Sen. Steve McClure

    2-3-22

    Jacksonville Journal-Courier

    Issue: React to Governor’s State of the State/Budget Address

     

    Sen. Dan McConchie

    2-2-22

    WYOU-TV (Scranton, PA.) (17 other sources)

    Issue: Preview of Governor’s State of the State/Budget Address

     

    Sen. Dan McConchie

    2-2-22

    The Marietta Daily Journal (Georgia) (7 other sources)

    Issue: Preview of Governor’s State of the State/Budget Address

     

    Sen. Steve McClure 

    2-2-22

    Edwardsville Intelligencer

    Issue: React to Governor’s State of the State/Budget Address

     

    Sen. Steve McClure

    2-2-22

    WGEM-TV (Quincy)

    Issue: React to Governor’s State of the State/Budget Address

     

    Sen. Steve McClure

    2-2-22

    DeWitt Daily News

    Issue: Senate Republican ethics package

     

    Sen. Steve McClure

    2-6-22

    West Central Reporter

    Issue: React to Governor’s budget address crime prevention proposals

     

    Sen. Steve McClure

    2-6-22

    AdVantage News (1 other source)

    Issue: React to Governor’s budget address crime prevention proposals

     

    Sen. Steve McClure

    2-5-22

    WLDS Radio (Jacksonville)

    Issue: React to Governor’s Budget Address

     

    Sen. Steve McClure

    2-4-22

    WIND Radio (Chicago)

    Issue: React to Governor’s budget address crime prevention

     

    Sen. Neil Anderson

    2-2-22

    Ogle County Newspapers

    Issue: React to Governor’s State of the State/Budget Address

     

    Sen. Darren Bailey

    2-4-22

    Peoria Journal Star (2 other sources)

    Issue: React to Governor’s Budget Address

     

    Sen. Darren Bailey

    2-3-22

    Effingham Daily News

    Issue: React to Governor’s Budget Address

     

    Sen. Darren Bailey

    2-3-22

    WIFR-TV (Rockford)

    Issue: React to Governor’s Budget Address

     

    Sen. Darren Bailey

    2-2-22

    Journal Gazette & Times-Courier (2 other sources)

    Issue: React to Governor’s State of the State/Budget Address

     

    Sen. Darren Bailey

    2-2-22

    Daily Herald

    Issue: React to Governor’s State of the State/Budget Address

     

    Sen. Darren Bailey

    2-4-22

    WMAQ-TV (Chicago)

    Issue: React to Governor’s Budget Address

     

    Sen. Don DeWitte

    2-2-22

    Daily Herald

    Issue: React to Governor’s State of the State/Budget Address

     

    Sen. Darren Bailey

    2-3-22

    WAWV-TV (Terre Haute, IN)

    Issue: React to Governor’s Budget Address

     

    Sen. Jason Barickman

    2-3-22

    WICD-TV (Champaign)

    Issue: React to Governor’s Budget Address

     

    Sen. Jason Barickman

    2-2-22

    Journal Gazette & Times-Courier (2 other sources)

    Issue: React to Governor’s State of the State/Budget Address

     

    Sen. Jason Barickman

    2-2-22

    WRPW Radio (Normal)

    Issue: React to Governor’s State of the State/Budget Address

     

    Sen. John Curran

    2-2-22

    Daily Herald

    Issue: React to Governor’s State of the State/Budget Address

     

    Sen. Jason Barickman

    2-2-22

    The Bond Buyer

    Issue: React to Governor’s State of the State/Budget Address

     

    Sen. Jason Barickman

    2-6-22

    The Marietta Daily Journal (Georgia) (8 other sources)

    Issue: React to Governor’s Budget grocer tax break proposal

     

    Sen. Jason Barickman

    2-5-22

    Chambana Sun

    Issue: React to Governor’s Budget Address

     

    Sen. Jason Barickman

    2-4-22

    DeWitt Daily News

    Issue: React to Governor’s Budget Address

     

    Sen. Barickman Statement on Budget/State of the State Address

    Cities 92.9

    Tom Davis

    02/02/2022

    ‘State Senator Jason Barickman (R-Bloomington) released the following statement after the Governor’s Budget and State of the State Address: “The people of Illinois deserve long-term solutions that reduce crime, provide tax relief and result in our government spending within its means. However, Governor Pritzker’s budget pairs temporary tax relief with permanent spending increases, while relying heavily on one-time federal COVID revenues. Middle-class families deserve permanent tax relief, not election year gimmicks that fail to address Illinois’ crushing property tax burden and rampant inflation.”’

     

    Area Lawmakers Quick to React to Governor’s Budget Message

    Vermilion County First

    Bill Pickett

    02/02/2022

    “State Senator Jason Barickman, a Bloomington Republican, said the governor’s budget plan relies heavily on one-time federal COVID revenues. ‘’Middle-class families deserve permanent tax relief, not election year gimmicks that fail to address Illinois’ crushing property tax burden and rampant inflation,’’ added Barrickman.”

     

    Snow Problem: Pritzker presents $45.4B budget despite historic snow storm

    Fox News Illinois

    Matt Roy

    02/03/2022

    ‘"It's clear that his budget is filled with one-time gimmicks designed to generate good news for voters in this election year," Republican Senator Jason Barickman of Bloomington said.’

     

    Republicans call it “election year gimmicks,” but Democrats give strong praise to Pritzker’s budget proposal

    The Daily Line

    Ben Szalinski

    02/03/2022

    ‘“The concern that I have is the governor is laying the groundwork for permanent spending increases that are going to strangle taxpayers in future years based on the decisions that are being made today,” Sen. Jason Barickman (R-Bloomington) said.’

     

    Lawmakers say Pritzker’s grocery tax proposal doesn’t go far enough

    The Center Square

    Kevin Bessler

    02/06/2022

    “Pritzker said those options are only available to the state because of recent fiscal responsibility, but state Sen. Jason Barickman, R-Bloomington, said the numbers don’t add up in the governor's budget.”

     

    Sen. Terri Bryant 

    1-31-22 

    Issue: Preview of Governor’s State of the State/Budget Address

     

    Sen. Terri Bryant

    2-4-22

    Belleville News Democrat

    Issue: React to Governor’s budget address tax breaks

     

    Sen. Terri Bryant

    2-2-22

    Advantage News

    Issue: Preview of Governor’s State of the State/Budget Address

     

    Sen. Terri Bryant

    2-5-22

    Carbondale Reporter

    Issue: React to Governor’s Budget Address tax breaks

     

    Sen. Terri Bryant

    2-5-22

    WUEZ-TV (Evansville, IN) (2 other sources)

    Issue: React to Governor’s Budget Address tax breaks

     

    Sen. Terri Bryant

    2-4-22

    Marietta Daily Journal (20 other sources) (from the Belleville News Democrat)

    Issue: React to Governor’s Budget Address tax breaks

     

    Republicans call it “election year gimmicks,” but Democrats give strong praise to Pritzker’s budget proposal

    The Daily Line

    Ben Szalinski

    02/03/2022

    “Some Republicans did offer their support for portions of Pritzker’s plan, including Rep. Mark Batinick (R-Plainfield), who said he was happy Pritzker was pledging to put more money toward pensions. Sen. Terri Bryant (R-Murphysboro) said she was glad to hear Pritzker’s message on getting the state’s “fiscal house in order,” but she also wants to make sure Republicans are involved in the budget process.”

     

    Lawmakers say Pritzker’s grocery tax proposal doesn’t go far enough

    The Center Square

    Kevin Bessler

    02/06/2022

    “But state Sen. Jil Tracy, R-Quincy, said it is a drop in the bucket.”

     

    Would proposed grocery, gas and property tax breaks be big enough to help Illinoisans?

    Belleville News-Democrat, The Pantagraph

    Kelsey Landis

    02/04/2022

    ‘"I appreciate that the Governor somewhat recognized the need to get our fiscal house in order as well as the need to provide financial relief to our taxpayers," said state Sen. Terri Bryant, R-Murphysboro. "However, the people of our state need more than his one-year, election gimmick relief proposals."’

    Education

    Sen. Darren Bailey

    2-5-22

    Bloomington Pantagraph (6 other sources)

    Issue: School mask mandate/Sen. Bailey’s original lawsuit against Pritzker

     

    Sen. Sue Rezin 

    2-2-22

    TownNews (Moline)

    Issue: Illinois teacher shortage

     

    Sen. Sue Rezin

    2-3-22

    Waukesha Freeman

    Issue: Illinois’ teacher shortage

     

    Sen. Darren Bailey

    2-5-22

    Peoria Journal Star (1 other source)

    Issue: School mask mandate/Sen. Bailey’s original lawsuit against Pritzker

     

    Sen. Darren Bailey

    2-4-22

    WXEF Radio (Effingham)

    Issue: School mask mandate/Sen. Bailey’s original lawsuit against Pritzker

     

    Sen. Darren Bailey

    2-4-22

    Daily Magazine (cannot find the location) (2 other sources)

    Issue: School mask mandate/Sen. Bailey’s original lawsuit against Pritzker

     

    Sen. Jason Barickman 

    2-1-22 

    KWMU Radio (St. Louis) 

    Issue: Substitute teacher shortage 

    Ethics

    Sen. Jil Tracy

    2-2-22

    Peoria Standard

    Issue: Senate GOP Ethics package

     

    Sen. Win Stoller 

    2-2-22

    Northwest Illinois Times

    Issue: Senate Republican ethics package

     

    'We haven't forgotten our promise;' Tracy vows to keep fighting for ethics reform

    Peoria Standard

    Solange DeLisle

    02/02/2022

    “State Sen. Jil Tracy (R-Quincy) and other Republican lawmakers in the state Senate want to see an end to political corruption in Illinois which has created a black-eye on the state's government for years.”

     

    Tracy: 'We must take meaningful action to truly address corruption within our government'

    West Central Reporter

    Glenn Minnis

    02/02/2022

    “Senate Legislative Ethics Committee Chair Jil Tracy (R-Quincy) is pressing Democrats to remain true to their vows of bringing ethics reform to Springfield.”

    Law Enforcement

    Sen. Neil Anderson 

    1-31-22 

    Edwardsville Intelligencer 

    Issue: Capital punishment for cop killers

     

    Sen. Dave Syverson

    2-1-22

    Kane County Reporter

    Issue: Senate Republican crime package

     

    Sen. Brian Stewart

    2-5-22

    Ogle County Newspapers

    Issue: Senate GOP Crime Package

     

    Illinois Republicans highlight measure to fund police, fight crime

    The Center Square

    Kevin Bessler

    02/01/2022

    ‘“We said we are here, let’s do this now, let’s take the violent criminals off our streets, let’s take action,” said Sen. Chapin Rose, R-Mahomet. “Nothing. Crickets.”’

     

    Legislation to assist police, lock up criminals can’t wait, Republican senators say

    The Daily Line

    Ben Szalinski 

    02/02/2022

    ‘“It’s time to take action,” Sen. Chapin Rose (R-Mahomet) said in a news conference in Springfield Tuesday. “It is past time. How many more people need to be shot, how many more cars need to be hijacked, how many more people need to be murdered before the Democrats in this building do something?”’

     

    Rose: 'How many more people need to be murdered before the Democrats in this building do something?'

    Chambana Sun

    Glenn Minnis

    02/06/2022

    “State Sen. Chapin Rose (R-Mahomet) is pressing lawmakers in Springfield to make good on the crime-busting vows they made going back to last year.”

     

    Sen. Chapin Rose

    2-5-22

    Ogle County Newspapers (7 other sources)

    Issue: Senate GOP Crime Package

     

    Sen. Chapin Rose

    2-5-22

    McLean County Times (1 other source)

    Issue: Senate GOP Crime Package

     

    Sen. Chapin Rose

    2-4-22

    Journal Gazette & Times Courier (17 other sources)

    Issue: Senate GOP Crime Package

     

    Sen. Chapin Rose

    2-2-22

    DeWitt Daily News

    Issue: Senate Republican Crime Package

     

    Sen. Chapin Rose

    2-6-22

    Chambana Sun (2 other sources)

    Issue: Senate GOP Crime Package

     

    Sen. Chapin Rose

    1-31-22

    WAND-TV (Decatur)

    Issue: Senate GOP Crime Package

     

    Sen. Chapin Rose

    2-1-22

    WLS-TV (Chicago)

    Issue: Senate Republican crime package

     

    Sen. Chapin Rose

    2-1-22

    Marietta Daily Journal (Georgia) – A Center Square story

    Issue: Senate Republican crime package

     

    Sen. Chapin Rose

    2-1-22

    Crain’s Chicago Business

    Issue: Senate Republican crime package

     

    Sen. Chapin Rose

    2-1-22

    WAND-TV (Decatur)

    Issue: Senate Republican crime package 

     

    Sen. Chapin Rose

    2-3-22

    AdVantage News

    Issue: Senate Republican Crime Package

     

    Senate Republicans unveil legislative package to support law enforcement, hold violent criminals accountable

    My Radio Link

    Staff

    02/01/2022

    ‘“As a mother myself, we owe it to the parents of this state to provide a safer place for them to raise their kids,” said Senate Republican Deputy Leader Sue Rezin (R-Morris). “Our first step to doing that is by supporting our police and enabling them to do their jobs.”’

     

    Senate Republicans introduce package to combat crime, support police

    WEEK 25

    Lizzie Seils

    02/01/2022

    ‘“These measures are necessary to not only give law enforcement the tools they need, but also to send a clear message,” Sen. Sue Rezin (R-Morris) said. “Go after our police and there will be consequences.”’

     

    Senate Republicans unveil legislative package focusing on law enforcement, violent crime

    WAND News

    Staff

    02/01/2022

    ‘“As a mother myself, we owe it to the parents of this state to provide a safer place for them to raise their kids,” said Senate Republican Deputy Leader Sue Rezin (R-Morris). “Our first step to doing that is by supporting our police and enabling them to do their jobs.”’

     

    Senate Republicans again look to repeal the 'Anything But SAFE-T' Act

    WCBU

    Maggie Strahan

    02/02/2022

    “State Sen. Chapin Rose, R-Mahomet, introduced the GOP’s new package of proposals, including some that would undo parts of the comprehensive criminal justice reform legislation that passed last year. Rose spoke to the press Tuesday in the Capitol Rotunda, along with state Sens. Sue Rezin, R-Morris, Steve McClure, R-Springfield, Terri Bryant, R-Murphysboro, and Senate Minority Leader Dan McConchie, R-Hawthorn Woods.”

     

    Senate Republicans unveil legislative package to support law enforcement, hold violent criminals accountable

    My Radio Link

    Staff

    02/01/2022

    ‘“We were here in October to offer reasonable proposals to help reduce crime, but the Democrats who control Springfield have refused to act in the months since then,” said State Senator Chapin Rose (R-Mahomet). “We’re here again, demanding the Democrats take action to protect the people of Illinois from the violence on our streets.”’

     

    Senate Republicans unveil legislative package focusing on law enforcement, violent crime

    WAND News

    Staff

    02/01/2022

    ‘“We were here in October to offer reasonable proposals to help reduce crime, but the Democrats who control Springfield have refused to act in the months since then,” said State Senator Chapin Rose (R-Mahomet). “We’re here again, demanding the Democrats take action to protect the people of Illinois from the violence on our streets.”’

     

    Sen. Chapin Rose

    2-4-22

    Streeterville News (35 other sources)

    Issue: Senate GOP Crime Package

     

    Sen. Sue Rezin

    2-6-22

    Will County Gazette (1 other source)

    Issue: Senate GOP Crime Package

     

    Sen. Sue Rezin

    2-6-22

    McLean County Times (1 other source)

    Issue: Senate GOP Crime Package

     

    Sen. Sue Rezin

    2-5-22

    AdVantage News (1 other source)

    Issue: React to Governor’s budget address crime prevention proposals

     

    Sen. Sue Rezin

    2-5-22

    Ogle County Newspapers (7 other sources)

    Issue: Senate GOP Crime Package

     

    Sen. Sue Rezin

    2-3-22

    WIFR-TV (Rockford)

    Issue: Senate GOP Crime package

     

    Sen. Sue Rezin

    2-2-22

    KFVS-TV (Cape Girardeau, MO)

    Issue: Senate Republican crime package

     

    Sen. Sue Rezin

    2-2-22

    WGN-TV (Chicago)

    Issue: Senate Republican crime package

     

    Sen. Sue Rezin

    2-1-22

    Marietta Daily Journal (Georgia) – A Center Square story (6 other sources)

    Issue: Senate Republican crime package

     

    Sen. Sue Rezin

    2-1-22

    WAND-TV (Decatur)

    Issue: Senate Republican crime package

     

    Sen. Sue Rezin

    2-4-22

    Streeterville News (34 other sources)

    Issue: Senate GOP Crime package

     

    Senate Republicans introduce package to combat crime, support police

    WEEK 25

    Lizzie Seils

    02/01/2022

    ‘“Look, we’re not saying that we have all the answers to stop crime in its entirety,” Senate Minority Leader Dan McConchie (R-Hawthorn Woods) said. “We are saying we have good ideas, ideas that are derived from the law enforcement community itself.”’

     

    Senate Republicans unveil legislative package focusing on law enforcement, violent crime

    WAND News

    Staff

    02/01/2022

    ‘“There is no excuse to go another single day without addressing the crime wave that is wreaking havoc on our state. While our package won’t eliminate crime completely, it would get us on a good path toward safer neighborhoods,” said Senate Republican Leader Dan McConchie (R-Hawthorn Woods).’

     

    Legislation to assist police, lock up criminals can’t wait, Republican senators say

    The Daily Line

    Ben Szalinski 

    02/02/2022

    ‘“The Senate Republicans have been here, calling on our colleagues across the aisle to work with us, to listen to us, to listen to the men and women combating this crime rate first hand,” Senate Minority Leader Dan McConchie (R-Hawthron Woods) said. “If they don’t listen to us, then they should at least listen to people throughout the state that are begging for an end to the violence.”’

     

    Sen. Dan McConchie

    2-2-22

    KFVS-TV (Cape Girardeau, MO)

    Issue: Senate Republican crime package

     

    Sen. Dan McConchie

    2-3-22

    WIFR-TV (Rockford)

    Issue: Senate GOP Crime package

     

    Sen. Dan McConchie

    2-2-22

    WLS-TV (Chicago)

    Issue: Senate Republican crime package

     

    Sen. Steve McClure

    2-4-22

    WIND Radio (Chicago)

    Issue: Senate GOP Crime package and Democrat criminal justice failures

     

    Legislation to assist police, lock up criminals can’t wait, Republican senators say

    The Daily Line

    Ben Szalinski 

    02/02/2022

    ‘“Poorly thought-out changes to bail were terrible for Cook County,” said Sen. Steve McClure (R-Springfield). “They will be bad when they are spread to the entire state. Researchers estimate that following Cook County’s implementation of its so-called bail reform, the number of defendants charged with committing new crimes increased by 45 percent.”’

     

    McClure: 'Poorly thought-out changes to bail were terrible for Cook County'

    West Central Reporter

    By Glenn Minnis

    02/06/2022

    “State Sen. Steve McClure (R-Jacksonville) views the criminal justice and police reform bill passed last year as being all wrong for Illinois.”

     

    Sen. Steve McClure

    2-3-22

    Marietta Daily Journal (Georgia) (7 other sources) (from the Center Square)

    Issue: React to Governor’s budget address crime prevention proposals

     

    Sen. Steve McClure

    2-1-22

    Crain’s Chicago Business

    Issue: Senate Republican crime package

     

    Sen. Steve McClure

    2-1-22

    WAND-TV (Decatur)

    Issue: Senate Republican crime package

     

    Sen. Dan McConchie

    2-5-22

    Ogle County Newspapers (7 other sources)

    Issue: Senate GOP Crime Package

     

    Sen. Dan McConchie

    2-4-22

    Journal Gazette & Times-Courier (17 other sources)

    Issue: Senate GOP Crime Package

     

    Sen. Neil Anderson 

    1-31-22 

    WVIK Radio (Quad Cities) 

    Issue: Capital punishment for first responders 

     

    Senate Republicans unveil legislative package focusing on law enforcement, violent crime

    WAND News, My Radio Link

    Staff

    02/01/2022

    ‘“These are reasonable, common-sense steps we can take today to protect our communities,” said State Senator Steve McClure (R-Springfield). “If Democrats are truly ready to do something to protect the people of this state, they can prove it by allowing these bills to be heard, debated, and considered in committee.”’

     

    Senate Republicans again look to repeal the 'Anything But SAFE-T' Act

    WCBU

    Maggie Strahan

    02/02/2022

    “State Sen. Chapin Rose, R-Mahomet, introduced the GOP’s new package of proposals, including some that would undo parts of the comprehensive criminal justice reform legislation that passed last year. Rose spoke to the press Tuesday in the Capitol Rotunda, along with state Sens. Sue Rezin, R-Morris, Steve McClure, R-Springfield, Terri Bryant, R-Murphysboro, and Senate Minority Leader Dan McConchie, R-Hawthorn Woods.”

     

    Bill Would Allow Death Penalty for Killing First Responders

    WVIK, Quad Cities NPR

    Herb Trix

    01/31/2022

    “A member of the General Assembly from the Quad Cities wants to bring back the death penalty to Illinois. The bill by Republican State Senator Neil Anderson from Andalusia would re-instate capital punishment for anyone who kills a first responder.”

     

    Sen. Darren Bailey

    2-2-22

    East Central Reporter

    Issue: Capital punishment for cop killers

     

    Sen. Darren Bailey

    2-2-22

    Piatt County Journal-Republican

    Issue: Capital punishment for cop killers

     

    Sen. Darren Bailey

    1-31-22

    WGN Radio (Chicago) – multiple times during the day

    Issue: Capital punishment for cop killers

     

    Sen. Darren Bailey

    2-2-22

    KFVS-TV (Cape Girardeau, MO) (2 other sources)

    Issue: Senate Republican crime package

     

    Sen. Bailey stands in support of new legislation to support law enforcement, hold violent criminals more accountable

    My Radio Link

    02/02/2022

    “State Senator Darren Bailey (R-Louisville) joined with several other Senate Republicans and members of law enforcement in the Illinois State Capitol Rotunda Tuesday to unveil a newly filed legislative package designed to support law enforcement and target violent crime.”

     

    Sen. Terri Bryant

    2-3-22

    WIRF-TV (Rockford)

    Issue: Senate GOP Crime Package

     

    Bill Would Allow Death Penalty for Killing First Responders

    WVIK, Quad Cities NPR

    Herb Trix

    01/31/2022

    “A chief co-sponsor of the bill is State Senator Dale Fowler from Harrisburg.”

     

    Sen. Terri Bryant

    2-2-22

    KFVS-TV (Cape Girardeau, MO) (2 other sources)

    Issue: Senate Republican crime package

     

    Sen. Terri Bryant

    Carbondale Reporter (1 other source)

    Issue: Issue: Senate GOP Crime Package/Democrat criminal justice reform failures

     

    Sen. Terri Bryant

    2-5-22

    SW Illinois News (1 other source)

    Issue: Senate GOP Crime Package/Democrat criminal justice reform failures

     

    Legislation to assist police, lock up criminals can’t wait, Republican senators say

    The Daily Line

    Ben Szalinski 

    02/02/2022

    ‘“A year later, we can safely say that their my way or the highway approach has failed,” said Sen. Terri Bryant (R-Murphysboro).’

     

    Bryant on Democrats' criminal justice reform: 'We can safely say that their approach has failed'

    Carbondale Reporter

    Glenn Minnis

    Feb 5, 2022

    “State Sen. Terri Bryant (R-Murphysboro) said Democratic lawmakers' “my-way-or-the-highway” approach to law enforcement has proven to have dire consequences for the state.”

     

    Bryant: Ethics reform bill will 'close the loopholes' that allow for corruption

    Metro East Sun

    Solange DeLisle

    02/02/2022

    “State Sen. Terri Bryant (R-Murphysboro) and 11 other Republican senators are calling for "commonsense ethics reform" through recently introduced legislation.”

     

    Senate Republicans unveil legislative package to support law enforcement, hold violent criminals accountable

    My Radio Link

    Staff

    02/01/2022

    ‘“It’s no surprise we’re seeing officers, sheriffs, police chiefs retiring in record numbers. They’re facing historic levels of violent crime, and their state government is making their jobs harder and less safe,” said State Senator Terri Bryant (R-Murphysboro).’

     

    Senate Republicans introduce package to combat crime, support police

    WEEK 25

    Lizzie Seils

    02/01/2022

    ‘“Last January, the Democrats pushed through sweeping changes to our criminal justice system,” Sen. Terri Bryant (R-Murphysboro) said. “They pushed through those changes in the middle of the night, without public or law enforcement input.”’

     

    Senate Republicans again look to repeal the 'Anything But SAFE-T' Act

    WCBU

    Maggie Strahan

    02/02/2022

    “State Sen. Chapin Rose, R-Mahomet, introduced the GOP’s new package of proposals, including some that would undo parts of the comprehensive criminal justice reform legislation that passed last year. Rose spoke to the press Tuesday in the Capitol Rotunda, along with state Sens. Sue Rezin, R-Morris, Steve McClure, R-Springfield, Terri Bryant, R-Murphysboro, and Senate Minority Leader Dan McConchie, R-Hawthorn Woods.”

    Redistricting

    Lake County citizen McConchie seeks to intervene in Madison County's challenge to judicial redistricting

    Madison-St. Clair Record

    Steve Korris

    02/01/2022

    “Lake County citizen Dan McConchie aims to challenge division of his county into judicial subcircuits as a partner with Madison County at Sangamon County circuit court.”

    MISC.

    Sen. John Curran

    2-3-22

    South Cook News (1 other source)

    Issue: Alzheimer’s Disease legislation

     

    Sen. Jil Tracy 

    1-31-22 

    Edwardsville Intelligencer 

    Issue: Mental Health care through Medicaid 

     

    Sen. Dave Syverson

    2-6-22

    Rockford Sun

    Issue: Rep Deb Conroy’s COVID-19 legislation

     

    Republicans Back Package of Constitutional Amendments Aimed at Giving Illinois Residents more Say in Government

    WSPY News

    Ethan Kruger

    01/31/2022

    “Morris State Senator Sue Rezin is among the supporters. Rezin says voters are too often ignored by the state government.”

     

    Sen. Sue Rezin

    2-1-22

    WCSJ Radio (Morris)

    Issue: Voter Empowerment constitutional amendments

     

    Sen. Dale Fowler

    1-31-22

    WSIL-TV (Harrisburg)

    Issue: Shawneetown port project

     

    Sen. Dale Fowler

    2-4-22

    Issue: “Together We Can” soup drive

     

    Sen. Sue Rezin 

    1-31-22 

    Grundy Reporter 

    Issue: Summer internships in her office 

     

    Sen. Sue Rezin 

    1-31-22 

    McLean County Times 

    Issue: Free Covid-19 tests 

     

    Sen. Sue Rezin 

    1-31-22 

    WCSJ Radio (Morris) 

    Issue: Voter empowerment constitutional amendments 

     

    Sen. Win Stoller 

    2-2-22

    Illinois Valley Times

    Issue: Income tax deduction (SALT)

     

    With tax season underway, Stoller espouses benefits of SALT bill

    Illinois Valley Times

    John Suayan

    02/02/2022

    “With tax season underway, state Sen. Win Stoller (R-Germantown) took to social media to explain the benefits of his state and local tax (SALT) deduction law.”

  • Week of 01/24/2022

    Posted by · March 17, 2022 9:18 AM

    COVID-19

    Sen. Sue Rezin

    AdVantage News (Alton)(3 other sources – generated by Illinois Radio Network a division of The Center Square)

    Jan. 27, 2022

    Issue: Vaccinated teacher Covid-19 sick time

     

    Sen. Sue Rezin

    Jan. 25, 2022

    The Marietta Daily Journal (Georgia) (5 other sources)

    Issue: Compromise reached for vaccinated teacher COVID-19 sick time

     

    Sen. Darren Bailey

    Illinois Business Journal

    Jan. 25, 2022

    Issue: Covid mitigations lawsuit

     

    Sen. Darren Bailey

    The DeWitt Observer

    Jan. 25, 2022

    Issue: Covid mitigations lawsuit

     

    Sen. Darren Bailey

    The Edwardsville Intelligencer

    Jan. 24, 2022

    Issue: Covid-19 teacher sick leave initiative

     

    Rezin reminds constituents that free COVID-19 tests are available

    Illinois Valley Times

    John Suayan

    01/29/2022

    “State Sen. Sue Rezin (R-Morris) is reminding her constituents that free COVID-19 test kits are available from the government.”

     

    Fowler: Free COVID-19 tests are available from government

    SE Illinois News

    David Beasley

    01/29/2022

    “State Sen. Dale Fowler (R-Harrisburg) is reminding constituents that they can order free COVID-19 tests.”

    Education

    Public school employees now have expanded access to FMLA benefits in Illinois

    Sangamon Sun

    Solange DeLisle

    01/24/2022

    “According to the Illinois General Assembly website, the bill had received support from several GOP lawmakers including Sen. Chapin Rose (R-Mahomet), Sue Rezin (R-Morris), and Dale Fowler (R-Harrisburg), and Rep. Tony McCombie (R-Savanna).”

    Energy

    Senator Terri Bryant files legislation to expand training and assistance for Illinoisans affected by the Energy Transition Act

    WSIU Public Radio

    Benjy Jeffords

    01/24/2022

    “Illinois State Senator Terri Bryant has filed legislation that expands opportunities for Illinoisans affected by the Energy Transition Act.”

     

    Sen. Terri Bryant introduces bill for coal workers following Clean Energy Bill

    WSIL TV 3

    Madeline Parker

    10/26/2022

    “State Senator Terri Bryant introduced legislation to help those who would lose their jobs at those plants.”

     

    Sen. Terri Bryant introduces bill for coal workers following Clean Energy Bill

    Madeline Parker

    River Bender

    01/27/2022

    “State Senator Terri Bryant introduced legislation to help those who would lose their jobs at those plants.”

    Ethics

    Rockford lawmakers propose new way to remove elected officials for certain crimes

    WSIL TV 3

    Andrew Carrigan

    01/25/2022

    “Rockford Senator Dave Syverson (R) filed Senate Bill 3460 last week. Democratic lawmaker Steve Stadelman, of Rockford, is a chief co-sponsor of the bill.”

     

    Bill could remove local elected officials from office while facing criminal charges

    23 WIFR

    Ali Rasper

    01/26/2022

    “Sen. Dave Syverson says Senate Bill 3460 could close the loophole for County and Township elected leaders.”

     

    Winnebago County coroner's ongoing misconduct, theft charges prompt call for change

    Rockford Register Star

    Chris Green

    01/26/2022

    “On Wednesday, state Sen. Dave Syverson, R-Cherry Valley, was joined by a contingent of area Republican and Democratic lawmakers, state's attorneys from Boone and Winnebago counties, and Winnebago County Board Chairman Joe Chiarelli to introduce Senate Bill 3460.”

     

    Sen. Dave Syverson

    The Marietta Daily Journal (Georgia) (4 other sources)

    Jan. 26, 2022

    Issue: Winnebago County Coroner corruption

     

    Sen. Dave Syverson

    WIFR-TV (Rockford)

    Jan. 26, 2022

    Issue: Winnebago County Coroner corruption

     

    Sen. Dave Syverson

    WQRF-TV (Rockford)

    Jan. 26, 2022

    Issue: Winnebago County Coroner corruption

     

    Sen. Don DeWitte

    Jan. 25, 2022

    The Marietta Daily Journal (Georgia) (4 other sources)

    Issue: Legislative Budget Oversight Commission not ‘pure oversight’ member says

     

    Legislative Budget Oversight Commission not ‘pure oversight,’ member says

    The Center Square

    Greg Bishop

    01/25/2022

    “Commission member, state Sen. Don DeWitte, R-St. Charles, said the commission does not provide as much oversight as the group’s title suggests.”

     

    GOP state senators continue call for ethics reform

    KWQC 7

    Lizzie Seils

    01/27/2022

    ‘“[We’ve gone] 21 days with no official watchdog over behavior of legislators in the general assembly,” Sen. Don DeWitte (R - St. Charles) said. “We know that there currently there is at least one open complaint sitting at the vacant Legislative Inspector General’s office.”’

     

    “The bipartisan joint commission, chaired by Quincy Senator Jil Tracy (R), has looked over potential candidates for the commission suggested by an independent search committee. However, it appears they are currently at an impasse.”

     

    Senate Republicans call for ‘common sense’ ethics reforms

    Capitol News Illinois

    GRACE KINNICUTT

    01/27/2022

    ‘“It is not OK to have the legislative inspector general’s seat empty, and it is not OK for the majority party to play political games with an issue as important as legislative ethics, and it is not OK for legislators to think they can police themselves,” Sen. Don DeWitte, R-St. Charles, said during a virtual news conference.’

     

    “To address the shortcomings Republicans felt were not properly addressed in the last reform bill, Sen. Jil Tracy, R-Quincy, introduced Senate Bill 3636, which takes “meaningful action” to address corruption within the state government. The legislation would build on SB 539, which was passed in 2021.”

     

    “Sen. Sally Turner, R-Lincoln, says the bill addresses glaring omissions left out of last year’s bill.”

     

    ‘“It’s too easy for legislators to spend their time in Springfield advocating on behalf of special interests instead of their constituents,” Sen. Terri Bryant, R-Murphysboro said.

     

    Illinois Senate Republicans introduce bill to fight corruption

    WSIL TV 3

    Madeline Parker

    01/27/2022

    ‘"Our constituents expect us to be held to high ethical standards. They must know that we are adhering to the spirit of the law so that they can be confident that their representatives are representing them, not special interests. To regain the trust of the people of our state, we must close the loopholes that lawmakers have used and abused over the years,” said Senator Terri Bryant.’

     

    Sen. Don DeWitte

    Jan. 28, 2022

    KFVS-TV (3 other sources)

    Issue: Ethics reform

     

    Sen. Don DeWitte and Sen. Sally Turner and Sen. Terri Bryant and Sen. Jil Tracy

    Jan. 27, 2022

    Southernminn.com (40 other sources)

    Issue: Ethics reform

     

    Sen. Terri Bryant

    Jan. 27, 2022

    Coal News, EdGlenToday.com

    Issue: Protecting coal worker jobs

     

    Sen. Terri Bryant

    Jan. 28, 2022

    KMOX Radio (St. Louis), WRSP-TV (Springfield) (1 other source), WLS Radio (Chicago)

    Issue: Ethics reform  

     

    Sen. Jil Tracy

    Jan. 28, 2022

    KMOX Radio (St. Louis)(4 separate times throughout the day), KFVS-TV (3 other sources)

    Issue: Ethics reform

     

    Sen. Jil Tracy

    Jan. 27, 2022

    KBSI-TV (Cape, Girardeau, MO), WYZZ-TV (Peoria), WGEM-TV (Quincy)

    Issue: Ethics reform

     

    Republicans demanding more stern regulations on ethics

    WJBC News

    Dave Dahl

    01/28/2022

    “The continued absence of a legislative inspector general is just one of the complaints from State Sen. Jil Tracy (R-Quincy).”

    Events

    McClure opens office in Chatham

    Metro East Sun

    George Willis

    01/24/2022

    “State Sen. Steve McClure (R-Springfield) has announced he’s running to represent the newly drawn 54th District in the 2022 election, but he hasn’t forgotten his current constituency in the 50th District. McClure announced he is opening a new district office in the Village of Chatham. Elected in November 2018, McClure has established offices in Springfield and Jacksonville. The Chatham office offers a more accessible location for residents in the southern part of the district.”

    Interviews/Op-ed/Editorials

    Stevie Jay & Diane Ducey give away IL vs Mich St tx from Serra Automotive’s Ben Quattrone. Senator Chapin Rose tells us his version of the state of Illinois politics. Pet Pro, Dr Todd Lykins

    PodBean

    The Stevie Jay Morning Show

    01/25/2022

    Sen. Chapin Rose

     

    Editorial: We still need answers on the troubling tollway leadership shift

    Daily Herrald

    The Daily Herald Editorial Board

    01/25/2022

    "It's very troubling," Democratic state Sen. Laura Murphy of Des Plaines said after the hearing. "That's why we're going to continue to hold hearings." And Republican Sen. Don DeWitte of St. Charles said the board's resolution empowering Evans "is contrary to language contained in the tollway act."

     

    Editorial: Unfortunately, ideas for more vibrant democracy in Illinois aren't likely to get real scrutiny

    Daily Herald

    The Daily Herald Editorial Board

    01/26/2022

    “But don't expect them to get any traction in the Democrat-controlled Illinois legislature. For one thing, Democratic leaders already showed no interest in the provisions when they were originally introduced a year ago. For another, in Illinois' partisan political environment, it's hard to know whether the proposals announced by Senate Minority Leader Dan McConchie, of Hawthorn Woods, are serious or just an opportunity to create an election issue around which to rally voters.”

     

    Illinois State Senator Steve McClure

    93.9 WTAX

    Joey M.

    01/28/2022

    “Joey McLaughlin talks with Illinois State Senator Steve McClure.”

     

    NEWSRADIO WJPF INTERVIEW WITH DALE FOWLER | JANUARY 28, 2022

    WJPF Radio

    Staff

    01/28/2022

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

     

    Law Enforcement

    SENATOR BAILEY FILES LEGISLATION TO REINSTATE DEATH PENALTY FOR KILLING POLICE OFFICERS

    The Villagers Voice

    VILLAGERS VOICE

    01/26/2022

    “As part of his ongoing efforts to support and protect the brave men and women who serve as police officers, State Senator Darren Bailey (R-Louisville) filed Senate Bill 3899, which would reinstate the death penalty for individuals found guilty of killing police officers.”

     

    Dueling plans want to allow death penalty for people who kill police officers

    WCIA News

    Tim Ditman

    01/26/2022

    “Republican Senator Darren Bailey announced Wednesday he’s filed legislation on the topic. The bill allows prosecutors to seek the death penalty for anyone 18 and up who’s been found guilty of first-degree murder of a police officer who was on the job. The person also must know or should have known the victim was an officer. Also, defendants in death penalty cases would have access to legal resources in their defense.”

     

    “A separate plan from Republican Senator Neil Anderson would allow the death penalty for killers of any first responder: police officers, firefighters, EMTs/paramedics, ambulance drivers, other medical assistance or first aid personnel, and employees of an institution such as the Department of Corrections or a similar local correctional agency.”

     

    Sen. Chapin Rose

    Jan. 26, 2022

    WAND-TV (Decatur)

    (1 other source)

    Issue: Anti-crime legislative package

     

    Death penalty for cop killers

    93.9 WTAX

    Staff

    01/26/2022

    ‘“Friends, this insanity has got to stop,” said State Sen. Darren Bailey (R-Xenia). “The bill I filed is for every police officer who has ever carried the weight of the badge. Our police officers and their families who have faced ever growing scrutiny from extreme anti-law enforcement proposals enacted in Springfield and signed by our governor.”’

     

    Sen. Darren Bailey

    Jan. 27, 2022

    WREX-TV (Rockford)

    Issue: Death penalty for cop killers

     

    Sen. Darren Bailey

    WHOI-TV (Peoria)

    Jan. 27, 2022

    Issue: Death penalty for cop killers

     

    Sen. Darren Bailey

    WSIL-TV (Harrisburg)

    (1 other source)

    Jan. 27, 2022

    Issue: Death penalty for cop killers

     

    Sen. Darren Bailey

    WTHI-TV (Terre Haute, IN)

    Jan. 27, 2022

    Issue: Death penalty for cop killers

     

    Sen. Darren Bailey

    WCIA-TV (Champaign), WAND-TV (Decatur), WMBD-TV (Peoria), WICD-TV (Champaign), KSDK-TV (St. Louis, MO), WEEK-TV (Peoria) (1 other source), KHQA-TV (Hannibal, Mo) (3 other sources), WEVV-TV (Evansville, IN) (1 other source), WHBF-TV (Quad Cities), WTOL-TV (Toledo, OH), WEHT-TV (Evansville, IN), WGEM-TV (Quincy), KLJB-TV (Quad Cities), WTVW-TV (Evansville, IN), WGN-TV (Chicago)

    Jan. 27, 2022

    Issue: Death penalty for cop killers

     

    Sen. Darren Bailey

    Telemundo Chicago

    Jan. 27, 2022

    Issue: Death penalty for cop killers

     

    Sen. Darren Bailey

    KMOX Radio (St. Louis)

    Jan. 27, 2022

    Issue: Death penalty for cop killers

     

    Sen. Darren Bailey

    WLS Radio (Chicago)

    Jan. 27, 2022

    Issue: Death penalty for cop killers

     

    Sen. Darren Bailey

    WBBM Radio (Chicago)

    Jan. 27, 2022

    Issue: Death penalty for cop killers

     

    Sen. Neil Anderson

    Jan. 27, 2022

    WCIA-TV (Champaign) (1 other source), WMBD-TV (Peoria), WHBF-TV (Quad Cities)

    Issue: Death penalty for murder of first responders

     

    Sen. Darren Bailey

    Jan. 27, 2022

    KWQC-TV (Quincy) (2 other sources)

    Issue: Capital punishment for cop killers

     

    Sen. Darren Bailey

    KFVS-TV (Cape Girardeau, MO.)(1 additional source)

    Jan. 27, 2022

    Issue: Capital punishment for cop killers

     

    Sen. Darren Bailey

    KTVI-TV (St. Louis, MO) (3 additional sources)

    Jan. 26, 2022

    Issue: Capital punishment for cop killers

     

    Sen. Darren Bailey

    WCIA-TV (Champaign)

    Jan. 26, 2022

    Issue: Capital punishment for cop killers

     

    Sen. Darren Bailey

    WZTV-TV (Nashville, TN) (48 other sources)

    Jan. 26, 2022

    Issue: Capital punishment for cop killers

     

    Sen. Darren Bailey

    WAND-TV

    Jan. 26, 2022

    Issue: Capital punishment for cop killers

     

    Sen. Darren Bailey

    WTHI-TV (Terre Haute, IN) (4 other sources)

    Jan. 26, 2022

    Issue: Capital punishment for cop killers

     

    Sen. Darren Bailey

    WYOU-TV (Scranton, PA)

    Jan. 26, 2022

    Issue: Capital punishment for cop killers

     

    Sen. Darren Bailey

    WQRF/WTWO-TV (Rockford)

    Jan. 26, 2022

    Issue: Capital punishment for cop killers

     

    Sen. Darren Bailey

    Pure Oldies 107.5FM (Springfield)

    Jan. 26, 2022

    Issue: Capital punishment for cop killers

     

    Sen. Darren Bailey

    WXEF-FM (Effingham)

    Jan. 26, 2022

    Issue: Capital punishment for cop killers

     

    Sen. Darren Bailey

    WMBD Radio (Peoria)(1 additional source)

    Jan. 26, 2022

    Issue: Capital punishment for cop killers

     

    Sen. Darren Bailey

    WMAY Radio (Springfield)

    Jan. 26, 2022

    Issue: Capital punishment for cop killers

     

    Sen. Darren Bailey

    WSPA-TV (Greenville/Spartanburg/Anderson, South Carolina) (6 other sources)

    Jan. 26, 2022

    Issue: Capital punishment for cop killers

     

    Sen. Neil Anderson

    KWQC-TV (Quincy) (2 other sources)

    Jan. 27, 2022

    Issue: Death penalty for cop killers

     

    Sen. Neil Anderson

    WTHI-FM (Terre Haute, IN) (4 other sources)

    Jan. 26, 2022

    Issue: Dueling plans allowing death penalty for cop killers/first responders

     

    Illinois Senator wants to reinstate death penalty for anyone who kills police officers

    WCIA News 3

    Sarah Lehman

    01/26/2022

    “That’s one reason why Senator Darren Bailey filed Senate Bill 3899.”

     

    Sen. Darren Bailey

    Jan. 27, 2022

    DeWitt Daily News, WSTO-FM (Evansville, IN), Champaign News Gazette, WLS radio (Chicago), WAND-TV (Decatur)(1 other source), WCIA-TV (Champaign)(1 other source)

    Issue: Capital punishment for cop killers

     

    Sen. Darren Bailey

    Jan. 27, 2022

    WEEK-TV (Peoria), WMBD-TV (Peoria), WEVV-TV (Evansivlle)(1 other source), KMOX Radio (St. Louis), WCIA-TV (Champaign), KLJB-TV (Davenport), WCCU-TV (Springfield), WCIA-TV (Champaign)

    Issue: Capital punishment for cop killers

     

    Sen. Neil Anderson

    Jan. 27, 2022

    WMBD-TV (Peoria), KLJB-TV (Davenport), WCIA-TV (Champaign)

    Issue: Capital punishment for cop killers

     

    Sen. Neil Anderson

    Jan. 27, 2022

    Ogle County Newspapers

    Issue: Capital punishment for killing police

     

    Rose to make new effort to pass crime bill

    WAND 17

    Doug Wolfe

    01/28/2022

    “State Senator Chapin Rose, (R) Mahomet, will make another attempt at getting a crime bill, with tough sentences, passed in Spring session of the Illinois General Assembly.”

     

    Bills propose arming DCFS workers, reinstating death penalty for killing police

    Shaw Media

    Troy Taylor

    01/27/2022

    “State Sen. Neil Anderson of the 36th District filed a bill to reinstate the death penalty for individuals found guilty of killing first responders. McCombie’s package also includes a death-penalty provision.”

     

    Valentines for Seniors

    Barickman hosting Valentine drive for seniors

    Hoopeston Chronicle

    Jordan Crook

    01/25/2022

    “For many seniors living in nursing homes and assisted living facilities, the ongoing pandemic has been an unusually lonely time. State Senator Jason Barickman (R-Bloomington) is hoping to brighten the Valentine season for many of these residents through his Valentines for Seniors program.”

     

    Sen. Jason Barickman

    Jan. 25, 2022

    WRPW-FM (Normal)

    Issue: Barickman Hosting Valentine Drive for Seniors

     

    Plummer Collecting Valentines For Seniors

    WGEL 101.7

    Staff

    01/26/2022

    “Illinois State Senator Jason Plummer is hosting a valentine card drive for senior citizens.”

     

    McClure Collecting Valentines For Seniors

    WLDS/WEAI 107.1

    Benjamin Cox

    01/27/2022

    “State Senator Steve McClure is hoping to bring joy to seniors for Valentine’s Day.”

     

    Sen. Don DeWitte

    Jan. 27, 2022

    Elgin News Digest

    Issue: Valentines for Seniors

     

    Senator Rezin Hosting Valentine's For Senior Card Drive

    WCSJ News

    Jeff Lockridge

    01/31/2022

    “State Senator Sue Rezin is encouraging spreading some love and Valentine’s cheer to area seniors with her annual card drive.”

     

    Veterans Affairs

    Area Republicans Criticize Governor for Not Signing Veterans Affairs Accountability Bill

    Ethan Kruger

    WSPY 107.1 News

    01/26/2022

    “Morris State Senator Sue Rezin also was critical of the governor's office missing the deadline to sign the bill. Rezin says the governor's office has a bad habit of making mistakes when caring for veterans with catastrophic consequences.”

     

    Pritzker Fails to Sign IDVA Accountability Unit Bill; Becomes Law Anyway

    WLDS/WEAI 107.1 News

    Benjamin Cox

    01/26/2022

    ‘A press release by Republican Illinois Senator Sue Rezin of Morris yesterday says Pritzker’s failure to act on the bill was another incident of “the Pritzker Administration’s history of making careless mistakes when caring for veterans.”’

     

    Pritzker not publicly signing accountability unit law a ‘disservice to veterans,’ senator says

    The Center Square

    Greg Bishop

    01/28/2022

    “State Sen. Sue Rezin, R-Morris, said there’s a pattern of miscommunication inside the Pritzker administration when it comes to veterans’ affairs.”

     

    Sen. Sue Rezin

    WCSJ-FM (Morris) (2 other sources)

    Jan. 27, 2022

    Issue: Criticisms of Governor for not signing Veterans Affairs accountability bill

     

    Sen. Sue Rezin

    KHQA-TV (Hannibal, MO)(1 other source)

    Jan. 26, 2022

    Issue: Oversight for Illinois Veterans Affairs Department

     

    Sen. Sue Rezin

    WLDS/WEAI Radio (Jacksonville)

    Jan. 26, 2022

    Issue: Criticisms of Governor for not signing Veterans Affairs accountability bill

     

    Sen. Sue Rezin

    Chicago Tribune

    Jan. 25, 2022

    Issue: Criticisms of Governor for not signing Veterans Affairs accountability bill

     

    Update: State senator and representative condemn governor for not creating veterans’ unit

    1430 WCMY

    Steven Devine

    01/30/2022

    “Republican St Rep. David Welter and Republican St Sen. Sue Rezin are denouncing Gov. Pritzker for not taking action on legislation that would create a veterans’ accountability unit with the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs. But the law will take effect in June, even though the governor didn’t sign or veto it after the sixty-day period.”

     

    Pritzker not publicly signing accountability unit law a ‘disservice to veterans,’ senator says

    Illinois Radio Network

    Greg Bishop

    “State Sen. Sue Rezin, R-Morris, said there’s a pattern of miscommunication inside the Pritzker administration when it comes to veterans’ affairs.”

     

    Voter Empowerment

    Sen. Dan McConchie

    Lake County Gazette

    Jan. 26, 2022

    Issue: Voter Empowerment resolutions

     

    Sen. Dan McConchie

    Jan. 24, 2022

    Kane County Reporter

    Issue: Voter empowerment constitutional amendments

     

    Sen. Dan McConchie

    Jan. 24, 2022

    Quincy Herald-Whig/Capitol Recap

    Issue: Voter empowerment constitutional amendments

     

    Stoller: Amendments are 'designed to give Illinois voters a more active role in the state’s democratic process'

    Peoria Standard

    Glenn Minnis

    01/25/2022

    “State Sen. Win Stoller (R-Peoria) is pushing a plan he argues is intended to give voters more of a say in the direction of their government.”

     

    MISC.

    Gov. Pritzker Announces Nearly $220 Million In Rebuild Illinois Funding To Support Local Transit, Ports Projects

    Effingham Radio

    Staff

    01/26/2022

    ‘“This is another very exciting project for Southern Illinois as we continue to capitalize on opportunities that lie within our two mighty rivers,” said State Senator Dale Fowler (R-Harrisburg). “Coupling this project along with the Alexander Cairo Port District will bring new jobs, out of state investments and economic development to some of our most economically depressed areas of the state. By turning old investments into new, continues our quest of creating much needed hope and prosperity to the Southern Illinois region.”’

     

    Sen. Dale Fowler

    Jan. 26/27, 2022

    WSIL-TV (Harrisburg)(1 other source)

    Issue: Rebuild Illinois funding

     

    Sen. Dale Fowler

    EdGlenToday.com

    Illinois Ag Connection

    Jan. 26/27, 2022

    Issue: Rebuild Illinois funding (They reprinted Governor’s press release)

     

    Sen. Jason Plummer

    The Marietta Daily Journal (Georgia)(4 other sources)

    Jan. 26, 2022

    Issue: Judicial subdistricts temporarily blocked

     

    Judicial subcircuits enacted by Pritzker, Democratic lawmakers temporarily blocked

    The Center Square

    Greg Bishop

    01/26/2022

    “State Sen. Jason Plummer, R-Edwardsville, reacted to a Sangamon County judge this week temporarily blocking those new judicial districts from going into effect in Madison County.”

     

    Sen. Fowler: Nearly $19 million in funding for port project, broadband

    KFVS 12

    Lucas Sellem

    01/27/2022

    “State Senator Dale Fowler announced that new capital investments could soon come to the southern Illinois region.”

     

    Sen. Terri Bryant

    Jan. 28, 2022

    State Journal Register (45 other sources)

    Issue:  DCFS shelter problems

     

    SEN. FOWLER ANNOUNCES INVESTMENTS IN AREA PORTS, BROADBAND INTERNET INFRASTRUCTURE

    New Country Z100

    Nora Inman

    01/28/2022

    “Illinois State Senator Dale Fowler is announcing the investment of nearly $19 million in port and broadband improvements for southern Illinois.”

     

    Senator Plummer Reacts: Judge Blocks New Judicial Districts From Going Into Effect In County

    River Bender, Ed Glen Today

    Greg Bishop

    01/29/2022

    “State Sen. Jason Plummer, R-Edwardsville, reacted to a Sangamon County judge this week temporarily blocking those new judicial districts from going into effect in Madison County.”

     

    Port revitalization project funding to bring jobs to Gallatin County

    WSIL TV 3

    Madeline Parker

    01/28/2022

    “Senator Dale Fowler said these employment opportunities can help revitalize not only the port, but the Shawneetown and Gallatin County communities.”

  • Week of 01/17/2022

    Posted by · January 27, 2022 2:06 PM

    Ethics

    Legislative News from Senator Don DeWitte

    Tittle Press

    NewsDesk

    01/19/2022

    DeWitte champions new ethics reform bill: This year I am partnering with downstate Senator Jil Tracy (R- Quincy) on legislation that strengthens the enforcement mechanism for ethical standards for state legislators. In addition to serving on the Senate Republican Caucus and on the Senate Ethics Committee, Sen. Tracy is the ranking Republican on the Legislative Ethics Commission (LEC).”

     

    Tracy: 'We find ourselves without a qualified LIG to address legislative ethics complaints'

    Peoria Standard

    Caleb Lombardo

    01/18/2022

    “Sen. Jil Tracy (R-Quincy) says there is next to no ethics oversight for the state government.”

     

    “According to Sen. Donald DeWitte (R-West Dundee), the bill 'will provide the next LIG with the tools needed to effectively crack down on the ethics epidemic in state government.'”

    Higher Education

    Bailey supports bill preventing state universities from requiring standardized test scores for admission

    SE Illinois News

    Ariana Chiarenza

    01/21/2022

    “Sen. Darren Bailey (R-Louisville) shared his opinion regarding HB 0226, a bill that prohibits public Illinois universities from requiring standardized test scores on admissions applications.”

     

    McClure: Decision to eliminate standardized test requirements 'should be made by the universities,' not Springfield

    Sangamon Sun

    Trina Thomas

    01/22/2022

    “Sen. Steve McClure (R-Springfield) recently spoke about a new law that took effect on Jan. 1 that will prohibit Illinois public universities from requiring standardized test scores for admissions.”

    Law Enforcement/ Public safety

    After being introduced by Chris Oberheim, push to name the highway section

    Illinois News Live

    Roger Milian

    01/21/2022

    “Lawmakers want to name the section of I-72 between Decatur and Champaign as the “Officer Oberheim Memorial Highway.” A resolution sponsored by State Senator Chapin Rose (R) will force the Illinois Department of Transportation to put a plaque or sign to name it.”

     

    Three police chiefs from major cities retire or resign in less than a year

    WCIA News

    Sarah Lehman

    01/20/2022

    ‘“It’s not just Champaign-Urbana. I just thought of 3 sheriffs that have retired in counties around Champaign Urbana. We talk to men and women on patrol, they’re retiring. I mean even Champaign, they’re on their third police chief in a couple months here. So, the men and women in law enforcement are hurting,” Chapin Rose, an Illinois State Senator for the 51st district, said.’

     

    Sen. John Curran

    01/16/2022

    WFLD-TV (Chicago)

    Issue: Senate Republican crime package

     

    Sen. Chapin Rose

    WRSP-TV (Springfield)

    01/21/2022 & 01/22/2022

    Issue: Sen. Rose introduces resolution naming a section of interstate 72 between Decatur and Champaign will be named "Officer Chris Oberheim Memorial Highway".

     

    Sen. Chapin Rose

    WAND-TV (Decatur)

    01/22/2022

    Issue: Sen. Rose introduces resolution naming a section of interstate 72 between Decatur and Champaign will be named "Officer Chris Oberheim Memorial Highway".

     

    Sen. Steve McClure

    WCIA-TV (Champaign)

    01/19/2022

    Issue: Banning child sex offenders from working at the Illinois State Fair

     

    Sen. Steve McClure

    KLJB-TV (Davenport, Iowa)

    01/19/2022

    Issue: Banning child sex offenders from working at the Illinois State Fair

     

    Sen. Steve McClure

    WYOU-TV (Scranton, PA)

    01/19/2022

    Issue: Banning child sex offenders from working at the Illinois State Fair       

     

    Sen. Steve McClure

    01/19/2022

    WHBF-TV (Davenport)

    Issue: Banning child sex offenders from working at the Illinois State Fair

     

    Sen. Steve McClure

    WMBD-TV (Peoria)

    01/18/2022

    Issue: Banning child sex offenders from working at the Illinois State Fair

     

    Sen. Steve McClure

    KLJB-TV (Davenport)

    01/18/2022

    Issue: Banning child sex offenders from working at the Illinois State Fair

     

    Sen. Steve McClure

    01/18/2022

    WYZZ-TV (Peoria)

    Issue: Banning child sex offenders from working at the Illinois State Fair

     

    Sen. Steve McClure

    01/18/2022

    KTVI-TV (St. Louis)

    Issue: Banning child sex offenders from working at the Illinois State Fair

     

    Sen. Steve McClure

    01/18/2022

    WCIA-TV (Champaign)

    Issue: Banning child sex offenders from working at the Illinois State Fair

    SALT

    New law will save small business owners in Illinois thousands of dollars this tax season

    Times News Network, WMBD, WYOU-TV

    Staff

    01/18/2022

    ‘“Most small businesses pay their business taxes on their personal tax return. My S.A.L.T. bill shifts that business income away from that personal return, so that they pay taxes as a business,” explained State Sen. Win Stoller (R-Germantown Hills), who sponsored the bill.’

     

    Sen. Win Stoller

    01/18/2022

    WYOU-TV (Scranton, PA)

    Issue: SALT Business legislation/law

     

    Sen. Win Stoller

    01/17/2022 & 01/18/2022

    WMBD-TV (Peoria)

    Issue: SALT Business legislation/law

     

    Sen. Win Stoller

    01/17/2022

    WYZZ-TV (Peoria)

    Issue: SALT Business legislation/law

    Valentines for Seniors

    Making Valentine's Day special for Illinoisans

    WTHI-TV 10

    Ashlyn Hendrix

    WTHI

    01/18/2022

    “State senator Darren Bailey has started collecting cards for his annual project Valentines for Seniors.”

     

    'Together We Can' Fowler kicks off 2022 drive with hopes to break last year's record

    Benton News, Harrisburg Register, DuQuoin Evening Call, Marion Republican, Carbondale Times, Randolph County Herald Tribune

    HOLLY KEE

    012/18/2022

    “Sen. Dale Fowler (R-Harrisburg) sees firsthand the needs of those he is elected to serve as he makes his way around southern Illinois.”

     

    Senator Plummer Hosting Valentine Card Drive For Seniors

    Effingham Radio

    Staff

    01/21/2022

    “Senator Plummer and his staff are hoping to brighten the days of senior citizens who are living in nursing homes and assisted living facilities through his Valentines for Seniors program.”

     

    VALENTINES FOR SENIORS CARD DRIVE NOW THROUGH FEB.10TH

    WDKB 94.9 Northern Illinois Music

    Peyton

    01/19/2022

    “State Rep. Jeff Keicher, R-Sycamore, is partnering with State Sen. Dave Syverson, R-Rockford, to sponsor a “Valentines for Seniors” card drive to benefit local seniors living in residential care facilities now through February 10, 2022.”

     

    Wilcox launches 2nd annual ‘Valentines for Seniors’ card drive

    Lake County Journal

    Staff

    01/20/2022

    “State Sen. Craig Wilcox, R-McHenry, is launching his second annual Valentines for Seniors card drive.”

     

    Sen. Darren Bailey

    01/19/2022

    WTHI-TV (Terre Haute, IN)

    Issue: Valentines for Seniors

    Voter Empowerment

    Senate Republicans offer ‘voter empowerment’ amendments

    Capitol News Illinois

    PETER HANCOCK

    01/18/2022

    ‘“We're reintroducing these constitutional amendments in order to really put the people back in charge again,” Senate GOP Leader Dan McConchie, of Hawthorn Woods, said during a virtual news conference Tuesday.’

     

    Sen. Dan McConchie

    WRSP-TV (Springfield)

    01/23/2022

    Issue: Sen. McConchie’s voter empowerment amendments

     

    Sen. Dan McConchie

    WEEK-TV (Peoria)

    01/19/2022

    Issue: Sen. McConchie’s voter empowerment amendments

     

    Sen. Dan McConchie

    WSIL-TV (Harrisburg, IL)

    01/19/2022

    Issue: Sen. McConchie’s voter empowerment amendments

     

    Sen. Dan McConchie

    WHOI-TV (Peoria)

    01/19/2022

    Issue: Sen. McConchie’s voter empowerment amendments

     

    Sen. Dan McConchie

    WAND-TV (Decatur)

    01/18/2022

    Issue: Sen. McConchie’s voter empowerment amendments

     

    Sen. Dan McConchie

    WGEM-TV

    01/19/2022

    Issue: Sen. McConchie’s voter empowerment amendments

     

    Sen. Dan McConchie

    WEEK-TV (Peoria)

    01/18/2022

    Issue: Sen. McConchie’s voter empowerment amendments

     

    Sen. Dan McConchie

    KHQA-TV (Quincy)

    01/18/2022

    Issue: Voter empowerment amendments

     

    Sen. Dave Syverson

    WREX-TV (Rockford)

    01/18/2022

    Issue: Voter empowerment amendments

     

    Barickman Co-Sponsors Legislation Designed to Empower Voters

    Cities 92.9

    Tom Davis

    01/22/2022

    “Following a year in which Illinois voters witnessed a new level of gerrymandering through extremely partisan legislative, congressional, and judicial redistricting maps, State Senator Jason Barickman (R-Bloomington) is working to return power to the people of the state.”

     

    Lawmakers push for redistricting reform and more voter participation

    Andrew Adams

    State Journal-Register

    01/18/2022

    “State Republicans have reintroduced a proposal to reform voter participation and redistricting in Illinois. The package of legislation branded the "Voter Empowerment Project," was reintroduced last week by Senate Minority Leader Dan McConchie, R-Hawthorn Woods.”

     

    McConchie’s package of voter empowerment constitutional amendments.

    WGN Radio

    John Williams.

    01/19/2022

    “Senate Minority Leader Dan McConchie (R-Hawthorne Woods) joins John Williams to talk about a package of legislation that is being proposed by state Republicans that includes four Constitutional amendments that would give voters more power in the legislative process.”

     

    Constitutional amendments seek more active role for IL voters

    WAND 17

    Staff

    01/18/2022

    “Senate Republican Leader Dan McConchie (R-Hawthorn Woods) unveiled the Voter Empowerment Project. The legislative package of constitutional amendments is designed to allow Illinois voters a more active role in their democratic process.”

     

    Illinois Republicans show voter support with Voter Empowerment Project

    1430 WCMY News

    Steven Devine

    01/21/2022

    “Illinois Senate Republicans are looking to give citizens at the state level more power in voting. St Sen. Sue Rezin of Morris is co-sponsoring the Voter Empowerment Project, which intends to give voters the right to start statewide constitutional referenda, allow voters to veto unpopular or rushed legislation, and allow recalls of any executive branch officer.”

    MISC.

    17 sick staff (but no sick veterans) at La Salle Veterans Home

    Shaw Media, NewsTribune

    Tom Collins

    01/18/2022

    “State Sen. Sue Rezin (R-Morris) said she’s watching the current spate of infections closely, but to date she has been pleased with how swiftly the agency now has responded to her concerns and those of her constituents.”

     

    McClure opens office in Chatham

    Sangamon Sun

    Laurie A. Luebbert

    01/21/2022

    “Sen. Steve McClure (R-Chatham) recently announced he is opening an office in Chatham.”

     

    “Since announcing his re-election bid, albeit for a different district, he has garnered endorsements from colleagues, including Sen. Jason Plummer (R-Edwardsville).”

     

    Bryant seeks to expand training for Illinoisans hurt by energy transition

    KFVS 12

    Lucas Sellem

    01/21/2022

    “Illinois State Senator Terri Bryant has filed legislation that would expand training opportunities and broaden the demographics of trainees who can take part in the Clean Jobs Workforce Network Program.”

     

    State Senator Focusing on Education During Legislative Session

    WSPY 107.1 News

    Ethan Kruger

    01/21/2022

    “Morris State Senator Sue Rezin is focusing on several education bills during the Spring Legislative Session. One bill focuses on closing the learning gap caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.”

     

    Officials Announce I-57 Widening in Southern Illinois

    Construction Equipment Guide

    Illinois Department of Transportation

    01/19/2022

    "This collaboration and investment between the federal and state government is an example of great work being done to ensure drivers have smooth roads and the safest route on Illinois roadways," said State Sen. Dale Fowler (R-Harrisburg). "There is no doubt, portions of Interstate 57 remain congested creating serious challenges and posing dangerous risks. By investing in Illinois' infrastructure, we are investing in jobs and our local economy, which will continue to put southern Illinois on the map for years to come."

     

    Wilcox bill broadens appreciation for families of fallen Illinois service members

    Lake County Gazette

    Andy Nghiem

    01/19/2022

    “State Sen. Craig Wilcox (R-McHenry) recently filed legislation that would expand recognition for families of fallen Illinois servicemembers.”

  • Week of 01/10/2022

    Posted by · January 18, 2022 2:44 PM

    DCFS Support

    Gov. Pritzker Announces Support for Legislation to Protect Social Workers

    My Radio Link

    Staff

    01/10/2022

    ‘“We have to make it clear that we will not tolerate any kind of violence against the people who are working to protect kids and families,” said State Senator Steve McClure (R-Springfield). “I am proud to be a chief co-sponsor of this legislation, as I was honored to be a chief co-sponsor of similar legislation in the past, including HB 1482 in the 101st General Assembly. I am hopeful that we can finally advance this idea, particularly to honor the memory of Deidre Silas and her public service to our state’s most vulnerable children and families.”’

     

    McClure supports legislation creating stricter penalties for harming DCFS employees

    Metro East Sun

    Solange DeLisle

    01/12/2022

    ‘"We have to make it clear that we will not tolerate any kind of violence against the people who are working to protect kids and families," state Sen. Steve McClure (R-Springfield) told WIFR. "I am proud to be a chief co-sponsor of this legislation, as I was not to be a chief co-sponsor of similar legislation in the past. I am hopeful that we can finally advance this idea, particularly to honor the memory of Deidre Silas and her public service to our state's most vulnerable children and families."’

    Ethics

    Senator DeWitte Champions New Ethics Reform Bill

    Title Press

    NEWSDESK

    10/13/2022

    State Senator Donald DeWitte (R-St. Charles) is partnering with Senator Jil Tracy (R- Quincy) under the state on legislation that strengthens the enforcement mechanism for the ethical standards of state legislators. In addition to serving on the Senate Republican Caucus and on the Senate Ethics Committee, Sen. Tracy is the ranking Republican on the Legislative Ethics Commission (LEC).

     

    Illinois legislature needs new watchdog

    Chicago Sun Times, The Telegraph

    Staff

    01/14/2022

    “State Sen. Jil Tracy, R-Quincy, has introduced a bill with additional proposals, including barring elected officials from sitting on the commission, giving the legislative inspector general’s office independent subpoena power and broadening access to commission minutes for journalists and the public, ideas that were floated in 2020 before the Joint Committee on Ethics and Lobbying.”

     

    Complaint over inspector vacancy

    93.9 WTAX News

    01/10/2022

    ‘“Basically, they don’t like the recommendation. And you have a citizens’ advisory group to represent the public to be impartial in telling you who you think would make a good legislative inspector general,” said State Sen. Jil Tracy (pictured) (R-Quincy), “and it’s just troubling that the Democrats’ majority does not seem to want that. They want to appoint their own.”’

     

    Eye On Illinois: Time to remove lawmakers from LIG appointment process

    Northwest Herald

    Scott T. Holland

    01/11/2022

    ‘“Confirming a candidate before LIG Pope left has always been my top priority,” state Sen. Jill Tracy, R-Quincy, Senate Ethics Commission chairwoman, said during a Thursday news conference. “It is unfortunate that my goal was not shared by some of the Democrat members of the LEC who did what they could to stall and circumvent the selection process.’

     

    Tracy on Inspector General Opening: "We've been at an impasse"

    The Illinoize

    Patrick Pfingsten

    10/11/2022

    “Sen. Jil Tracy (R-Quincy) is criticizing Democrats on the bicameral, bipartisan Legislative Ethics Commission for pushing a candidate for LIG that wasn’t recommended by a search committee. She says Republicans are pushing to follow the recommendation of the independent search committee.”

     

    DeWitte pushes to 'further empower' Illinois legislative inspector general'

    Lake County Gazette

    Steven Hughes

    01/13/2022

    “State Sen. Don DeWitte co-sponsored legislation to strengthen ethics within the state.”

     

    The Illinoize with Sen. Jil Tracy (R-Quincy) on vacant Legislative Inspector General

    The Illinoize

    Patrick Pfingsten

    01/10/2022

    “Patrick Pfingsten of theillinoize.com discusses the deadlock filling the vacancy for Legislative Inspector General, the watchdog of the General Assembly, with Legislative Ethics Commission Chair Sen. Jil Tracy (R-Quincy).”

    Law Enforcement

    'They work days, nights, weekends and holidays': Curran observes National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day

    Dupage Policy Journal

    Andy Nghiem

    01/11/2022

    “On Jan. 9, Illinois State Sen. John Curran (R-Downers Grove) honored police officers for National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day.”

     

    Curran observes National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day and thanks officers for 'keeping us safe'

    West Cook News

    Andy Nghiem

    01/18/2022

    “On Jan. 9, state Sen. John Curran (R-Downers Grove) honored police officers and their efforts for National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day.”

     

    Illinois Democrats propose additional funding to fight carjackings, retail theft

    FOX 32 Chicago

    Mike Flannery

    01/12/2022

    ‘"We've been frozen out of discussions on criminal justice for the past five years. And in that time, what we've seen in the arc has been lessening deterrence, lessening accountability in the criminal justice arena," said State Sen. John Curran (R-Downers Grove).’

    Redistricting

    County denounces 'pure political move'

    The Telegraph

    Scott Cousins

    01/14/2022

    “State Rep. Amy Elik, R-Fosterburg, and Sen. Jason Plummer, R-Edwardsville, did attend the meeting. Both were very critical of the new law and how it was passed.”

     

    Senator speaks out on new Illinois judicial subcircuits 'designed to politicize the courts'

    Chambana Sun

    Art Benavidez

    01/12/2022

    “Republican state Senator Chapin Rose has released a statement on what he is calling “a power grab” after legislative Democrats passed new judicial subcircuits maps that included Champaign County.”

     

    Valentines for Seniors’

    Sen. Fowler launches 'Valentines for Seniors' card drive

    WSIL TV 3, The Vienna Times, The Randolph County Herald tribune, Do Quoin Evening Call

    Kenzie Dillow

    01/10/2022

    “To help uplift the spirits of seniors throughout the community, State Senator Dale Fowler (R-Harrisburg) is collecting Valentine’s Day cards for his annual Valentines for Seniors Card Drive now through early February.”

     

    State Senator collects Valentines Day cards for seniors

    KFVS 12

    Mike Mohundro

    10/12/2022

    “State Senator Dale Fowler is trying to make Valentine’s Day a little sweeter for senior citizens by uplifting their spirits with the cards.”

     

    SENATOR DON DEWITTE LAUNCHES SECOND ANNUAL ‘VALENTINES FOR SENIORS’ CARD DRIVE

    My Huntley News

    MICHELLE MORENO

    01/10/2022

    “In January 2021, State Senator Donald “Don” DeWitte (R-St. Charles) participated in the first “Valentines for Seniors” card drive program, which originally started to help uplift the spirits of long-term care facility residents who had limited contact from visitors due to the strict COVID-19 guidelines at the time.”

     

    Sen. Bailey Launches Valentines For Seniors Program

    My Radio Link, Classic Hits 97.9

    Staff

    01/12/2022

    “To help uplift the spirits of seniors throughout the community, State Senator Darren Bailey (R-Louisville) is collecting Valentine’s Day cards for his annual Valentines for Seniors Program.”

     

    Turner collecting Valentines for seniors in assisted living, long-term care facilities

    Peoria Standard

    Glenn Minnis

    01/15/2022

    “State Sen. Sally Turner (R-Lincoln) is asking 44th District residents to spread the love this Valentine’s Day season.”

     

    Senator collects Valentines for seniors

    QuadCities

    Linda Cook

    01/16/2022

    “To help uplift the spirits of seniors throughout the community, Illinois State Sen. Neil Anderson, R-Andalusia, is collecting Valentine’s Day cards for his annual Valentines for Seniors Program.”

    MISC.

    Logan County veteran Harold Krusemark celebrates 100th birthday

    The Courier

    Staff

    01/10/2022

    “Illinois State Senator Sally Turner (R-Beason) presented Krusemark with proclamations from the Senate and from Representative Tim Butler (R-Springfield). Turner then encouraged those in attendance to sing "Happy Birthday" to Krusemark.”

     

    Here is a roundup of resolutions introduced to the Illinois General Assembly in 2022

    My Journal Courier, The Edwardsville Intelligencer, The Telegraph

    Shepard Price

    01/17/2022

    “Senate Resolution 661, proposed by Sen. Win Stoller, R-Peoria, on Dec. 15, directs the auditor general to conduct a management audit of the State's boards and commissions for FY 2021 and FY 2022. The resolution has been referred to assignments.”

     

    Contaminated drinking water from Peoples Gas leak persists, funds frozen as lawsuit continues

    CU-CitizenAccess

    Ryan Head

    01/12/2022

    ‘Kerry Gifford, the general manager of the water district, said: “We needed to get the area that the gas well filled in the water district boundaries. And we were able to get that done and get the district boundaries expanded. Chapin Rose assisted with that process.”’

     

    McClure Opens Chatham Office in Addition to Jacksonville Location

    WLDS/WEAI News

    Jeremy Coumbes

    10/13/2022

    “50th district State Senator Steve McClure is opening a new office.”

     

    Initiative by Fowler Bonan Foundation aims to collect food for families in need

    KFVS News

    Colin Baillie

    01/13/2022

    “That’s the goal of an effort by State Senator Dale Fowler and his Fowler Bonan Foundation.”

     

    Senate advances bill requiring insurance to cover glucose monitors

    The Daily Line

    Justin Heath

    “Also on the Insurance Committee’s docket for 2022 are SB2970, a bill introduced by Sen. Sue Rezin (R-Morris) that would prohibit Illinois from applying for any federal waiver that would reduce or eliminate any protection or coverage required under the U.S. Affordable Care Acts well as SB3054, a bill sponsored by Sen. Laura Ellman (D-Naperville) that requires health insurance to cover compression sleeves.”

     

    Food Pantry Opens In Cairo

    The Gazette-Democrat

    Staff

    01/11/2022

    “The client choice food pantry and office are located at 1401 Washington Ave. in Cairo. An open house to celebrate the opening of the facility was held Monday morning, Jan. 3. Those who attended the open house included Cairo Mayor Thomas Simpson, Arrowleaf board member Artie McBride, TJay Purchase, State Rep. Patrick Windhorst, R-Metropolis, Marsha Hayes, Arrowleaf board member Vickie Foulks, Candice Smith, State Sen. Dale Fowler, R-Harrisburg, and Arrowleaf CEO Sherrie L. Crabb.”

     

    Which States Might Legalize Online Casino Gaming In 2022?

    US Bets

    Bennett Conlin

    10/13/2022

    ‘“Likelihood for this year is nil, but future years, I don’t know,” Illinois state Sen. Dave Syverson told US Bets.’

     

    The nuclear community rallies to save Diablo Canyon

    Nuclear Newswire

    ANS News

    01/13/2022

    “In mid-December, ANS hosted a webinar that brought together Illinois state Sen. Sue Rezin, Stanford University Ph.D. candidate Ejeong Baik, and the director of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers’ Utility Department, Donnie Colston. The panelists discussed how nearly a dozen U.S. nuclear power plants have been prematurely retired. However, as clean energy commitments expand globally and nationally, the value of existing nuclear power plants and the numerous closures seem diametrically opposed—especially in the case of Diablo Canyon.”

     

    New law will save small business owners in Illinois thousands of dollars this tax season

    Chicago WGN 9, WMBD 31, WTVO ABC 17, Fox 2 Now (KTVI-TV), CI Proud

    Shabnam Danesh

    01/18/2022

    ‘“Most small businesses pay their business taxes on their personal tax return. My S.A.L.T. bill shifts that business income away from that personal return, so that they pay taxes as a business,” explained State Sen. Win Stoller (R-Germantown Hills), who sponsored the bill.’

  • Week of 01/03/2022

    Posted by · January 12, 2022 3:58 PM

    COVID-19

    State Senator Dave Syverson thinks a proof of a vaccine mandate is a bad idea for the Forest City

    WREX 13

    Cassandra Bretl

    01/03/22

    “Republican State Senator Dave Syverson says showing proof of a vaccine in order to experience normal activities like dining, working out and enjoying entertainment venues is the exact opposite of what the 815 should do.”

    Interviews/Op-Eds

    Illinois State Senator Steve McClure

    WTAX News Radio

    Joey M.

    01/07/22

    “Joey McLaughlin talks with Illinois State Senator Steve McClure about session this week and the murder of a DCFS worker.”

     

    NEWSRADIO WJPF INTERVIEW WITH TERRI BRYANT

    WJPF News Radio

    Staff

    01/07/22

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

    LIG Replacement

    Tracy files legislation to give Illinois' legislative inspector general teeth as post sits vacant, vows to 'keep trying to get this rectified'

    West Central Reporter

    Glenn Minnis

    01/09/22

    “With a vacancy at the legislative inspector general post, state Rep. Jil Tracy says she and fellow Republicans are recommitted to fighting for reform in Springfield.”

     

    State Now Without Legislative Inspector General

    WLDS/WEAI News Radio

    Benjamin Cox

    01/07/22

    “Current Inspector General Carol Pope’s last day on the job was Wednesday, leaving no one in the office to answer and investigate complaints of misconduct within the legislature. State Senator Jil Tracy of Quincy, Chair of Legislative Ethics Committee, says lawmakers have known a replacement was needed for months now, but no one has been hired.”

     

    IL legislative inspector general job vacant. Republicans, Democrats blame each other CAPITOL NEWS ILLINOIS, Belleville News-Democrat

    BETH HUNSDORFER

    01/07/22

    ‘“We have to re-educate ourselves to fight the corruption that exists under the Capitol dome,” Sen. Jil Tracy, R–Quincy, who chairs the Senate Ethics Commission, said during a news conference Thursday.’

     

    Partisan dispute leaves Illinois legislature’s watchdog office vacant

    CHICAGO TRIBUNE

    DAN PETRELLA

    01/06/22

    ‘“In the past six months, Democrat lawmakers have done what they can to stymie the process and our progress,” Republican state Sen. Jil Tracy of Quincy, who chairs the ethics commission, said during a news conference Thursday.’

     

    Illinois Legislative Inspector General officially resigns with no replacement

    KHQA 7

    Jakob Emerson

    01/06/22

    “Senator Jil Tracy, R-Quincy, said in a press conference on Thursday that the replacement process has been taking place since last fall, but is currently stalled out on picking Pope’s successor.”

     

    Illinois legislative inspector general leaves role months after warning lawmakers of resignation

    KFVS 12

    Mike Miletich

    01/06/22

    “The state went four years without a legislative inspector general before Pope took over the office in early 2019. Sen. Jil Tracy (R-Quincy) says that cannot happen again as complaints against lawmakers would go unaddressed.”

     

    Lawmakers point fingers after failing to replace Legislative Inspector General

    The Center Square

    Greg Bishop

    01/06/22

    “State Sen. Jil Tracy, R-Quincy, who chairs the Legislative Ethics Commission that oversees the inspector’s office, said the Democratic majority has stifled the process to get a replacement and complaints will go nowhere.”

     

    Partisan gridlock upends appointment of legislative watchdog, leaving key post vacant

    The Daily Line

    Alex Nitkin

    01/06/22

    ‘“The Legislative Ethics Commission is at an impasse,” Sen. Jil Tracy (R-Quincy), the Republican chair of the commission, said during a news conference she called on Thursday to draw attention to the issue.’

     

    Complaint over inspector vacancy

    WTAX

    Staff

    01/09/22

    “Basically, they don’t like the recommendation. And you have a citizens’ advisory group to represent the public to be impartial in telling you who you think would make a good legislative inspector general,” said State Sen. Jil Tracy (pictured) (R-Quincy), “and it’s just troubling that the Democrats’ majority does not seem to want that. They want to appoint their own.”

    Public Safety

    Syverson, Rowe seek death penalty for those accused of fatally shooting cops: 'This war on police officers must end'

    Kankakee Times, Rockford Sun

    Glenn Minnis

    01/06/22

    “Just days after two local police officers were shot to death in separate incidents, GOP state Sen. Dave Syverson (R-Rockford) is pushing to have the death penalty reinstalled in Illinois.”

     

    Some Republicans critical of Democrats delayed actions on enhancing penalty for assaulting social workers

    The Center Square

    Greg Bishop

    01/07/22

    “State Sen. Brian Stewart, R-Freeport, said in a statement it’s “terrible” another child protection worker has had to die to spark action. He’s had Senate Bill 610 filed since February 2021 and said Democrats are politicizing the effort by saying they are introducing penalty enhancements.”

     

    GOP pushes tough state crime measures

    Doug Wolfe

    WAND 17

    01/05/22

    “State Representative Dan Caulkins, (R) Decatur, and State Senator Chapin Rose, (R) Mahomet, both filed bills last fall to enhance penalties for certain violent crimes including strict guidelines for sentencing those convicted of being a felon in possession of a gun. The widow of a slain Champaign police officer even appeared at the State Capitol to help push for passage of the measures during the fall veto session but the bills were not even assigned to a committee by the Democratic majority.”

     

    Republican lawmakers push to repeal criminal justice measures

    The Center Square

    Kevin Bessler

    01/05/22

    “Passage could be difficult. Last October, state Sen. Chapin Rose, R-Mahomet, unveiled a package of legislative proposals he called the “Fund the Police Act,” a response to advocates who called to defund the police after the police killing of George Floyd.”

     

    New Illinois bill increases penalties for crimes against DCFS workers

    23 WIFR

    WIFR Newsroom

    01/06/22

    ‘“We have to make it clear that we will not tolerate any kind of violence against the people who are working to protect kids and families,” says State Senator Steve McClure (R-Springfield). “I am proud to be a chief co-sponsor of this legislation, as I was honored to be a chief co-sponsor of similar legislation in the past. I am hopeful that we can finally advance this idea, particularly to honor the memory of Deidre Silas and her public service to our state’s most vulnerable children and families.’

    Redistricting

    State Senate approves remap of judicial subcircuits

    Capitol News Illinois, The Shelbyville News, KPVI 6, Voice of Alexandria

    PETER HANCOCK

    01/06/22

    “Area State Senator Chapin Rose (R-Mahomet), an attorney, thinks the politicians in Springfield should leave the judicial system alone.”

     

    ‘“I'm just very, very concerned about the rush to do this with very little transparency for the judiciary,” said Senate Republican Leader Dan McConchie, of Hawthorn Woods. “I mean, it's one thing to draw districts and so forth for partisan sake in legislative districts and such. I think the judiciary … I just think it really is concerning where this is going,”’

     

    Update on legislative proposal to gerrymander judiciary in Madison and Bond counties

    Madison-St. Clair Record

    Ann Maher

    01/05/22

    “According to Capitol Fax, the Senate did not have a quorum when it was supposed to convene at 11 a.m. today, and when Republicans learned about it, all but Leader Dan McConchie left the building. Senate President Harmon later said there would be a quorum after 2 p.m. The report said members would be back after 4 p.m.”

     

    Plummer on passage of judicial gerrymandering: Our court system is being politicized

    Madison-St. Clair Record

    Illinois State Sen. Jason Plummer

    01/06/22

    “What happened (Wednesday) evening, once again in the dark of night, is a historic and extreme political power grab committed by politicians who have decided they want to change the rules because they no longer like how the people of Illinois are voting.”

     

    Illinois House, Senate send proposal for new judicial 'subcircuits' to governor's desk

    The State Journal-Register

    Dean Olsen and Andrew Adams

    01/06/22

    Sen. Jason Plummer, R-Vandalia, was among a group of Republicans who critiqued the bill. He said he heard opposition to the measure from his local judges and court officials.

     

    Republican Minority Leader Dan McConchie, R-Hawthorn Woods, who earlier Wednesday said Republicans wouldn’t assist Democrats in establishing an in-person quorum to debate the legislation, said the process was rushed and that more time was needed.

     

    ‘Senate President Don Harmon, D-Oak Park, the bill’s Senate sponsor, did not provide any examples of groups that had been consulted in Madison County while preparing the legislation. Sen. Steve McClure, R-Springfield, said the new subcircuit maps were “done in such a quick way, it doesn’t make sense to rush this to this extent.”’

     

    GOP walkout, remap dominate day

    WTAX

    Staff

    01/06/22

    ‘“Judges should be neutral arbitrators of the law, not cronies for a political machine,” said Senate Minority Leader Dan McConchie (R-Hawthorn Woods). “This is nothing more than a power grab and another example of the corruption that exists in this state.”’

     

    Illinois Democrats advance judicial subcircuits during one-day session

    The Center Square

    Greg Bishop

    01/05/22

    “Senate Minority Leader Dan McConchie, R-Hawthorn Woods, said the process has been neither transparent nor inclusive.”

    MISC.

    A look behind the legislative curtain with Sen. Barickman

    WGLT News

    Charlie Schlenker

    01/05/22

    “Even though this is an election year and big controversial issues are unlikely to reach passage in Springfield, there are opportunities to get things done in the state legislature. Bloomington-Normal Republican State Sen. Jason Barickman said those tend to be measures on smaller things affecting people in his district.”

     

    ILLINOIS ATTRACTS NATIONAL ATTENTION WITH RADICAL PRO-ABORTION REPEAL

    Illinois Review

    Staff

    01/07/22

    “Planned Parenthood thanked and praised the governor, of course. But Kenzie Dillow, reporting for WSIL-TV, quotes GOP State Sen. Terri Bryant, saying “she was saddened and angered by the governor’s decision. ‘The Governor has chosen to once again attack the rights of parents by signing a bill that essentially tells parents that they do not deserve to know about the health care of their children. Repealing this vital law will prevent parents from being able to provide the support these young girls need during the most difficult time in their life.”

     

    Lake County’s congressmen call for accountability and unity a year after insurrection; ‘The threat to our representative democracy is just as serious today’

    Lake County News-Sun, Chicago Tribune

    Steve Sadin

    01/05/22

    ‘State Sen. Dan McConchie, R-Hawthorn Woods, the senate minority leader in the Illinois General Assembly who was critical of the attack on the Capitol last year, remains hopeful unity can be achieved despite the country’s “divided political culture.” “We can once again become the American people that respect and value one another, no matter our differences,” he said in an email. “I still believe that strongly today, and will continue to work to ensure our democratic system operates in a manner that values all perspectives and ensures all voices are heard.”’

  • Week of 12/27/2021

    Posted by · January 12, 2022 3:52 PM

    COVID-19

    Bailey Calls For End To School Mask Mandate

    WMAY Newsroom

    Staff

    12/29/2021

    “State Senator Darren Bailey says the mask requirement is just one example of an “extreme agenda” being pushed by Governor JB Pritzker and the main teachers’ unions, where control over schools is being taken away from parents and local school boards.”

    Energy

    TOP 10 Stories of 2021, Number 3: Lawmakers Save Dresden Nuclear Station

    WSPY News FM 107.1

    Staff

    12/29/2021

    “State Senator Sue Rezin said the legislation keeps two nuclear power plants open.”

    LIG Replacement

    Replacement for outgoing Legislative Inspector General Carol Pope remains uncertain

    The State Journal-Register

    Dean Olsen

    12/31/2021

    “The Legislative Ethics Commission, a bipartisan group of almost all lawmakers who are appointed by leaders in the state House and Senate, hasn’t been able to reach consensus on whom to recommend to the General Assembly for Pope’s replacement, LEC chairperson Jill Tracy said Thursday.”

     

    “*An earlier version of this story incorrectly quoted Sen. Jil Tracy as saying she asked Legislative Inspector General Carol Pope to remain on the job through June 6. In fact, Tracy said she asked Pope to remain through Jan. 6, and Pope agreed.”

    Redistricting

    Judges say Dems' partisan power grab in drawing new maps didn't also violate Voting Rights Act

    Cook County Record

    Jonathan Bilyk

    12/30/2021

    ‘Illinois Senate Republican Leader Dan McConchie, R-Hawthorn Woods, called the ruling a “disappointment.”’

     

    Federal appellate court panel upholds Illinois' new legislative maps

    The Center Square

    Dan McCaleb

    12/30/2021

    “Illinois Senate Republican Leader Dan McConchie, who also was a party to the consolidated case, said Pritzker and legislative Democrats failed voters.”

    Youth Advisory Council

    Bryant hosts first Youth Advisory Council

    Herald Tribune, DuQuoin Call

    Submitted by State Sen. Terri Bryant’s office

    12/28/2021

    “On Dec. 7, more than 30 high school students from 16 schools across the 58th Senate District gathered at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale to participate in state Sen. Terri Bryant's first Youth Advisory Council.”

    MISC.

    Illinois state senator updates area residents about Springfield happenings

    Iroquois County

    CARLA WATERS

    12/29/2021

    “State Sen. Jason Barickman says 2021 “has been a tough year” in Springfield.”

     

    Cairo River Port Project could be an economic boom for the region

    WSIU Public Radio

    Benjy Jeffords

    12/29/2021

    “Senator Dale Fowler has been an outspoken proponent of the port project for years.”

                                                                                                                                                               

    Stoller: Pritzker has 'turned his back on the rights of Illinois parents'

    Illinois Valley Times

    Glenn Minnis

    12/28/2021

    “State Sen. Win Stoller (R-Peoria) argues Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s signing of the Parental Notice of Abortion Act represents the latest volley in his ongoing war on Illinois parents.”

  • Week of 12/13/2021

    Posted by · January 12, 2022 3:49 PM

    Energy

    Rezin takes part in 'amazing discussion' about nuclear energy industry

    Illinois Valley Times

    Solange DeLisle

    12/16/2021

    “State Sen. Sue Rezin (R-Morris) recently took part in a nationwide webinar hosted by the American Nuclear Society to discuss challenges the nuclear energy industry faces amid the push for clean energy sources.””

     

    Rezin participates in American Nuclear Society panel about 'sound and reliable energy'

    Will County Gazette

    Glenn Minnis

    12/17/2021

    “Sen. Sue Rezin (R-Morris) recently participated in a panel discussion with the American Nuclear Society for the second time this year.”

    Events

    State Sen. Fowler hosted annual Student Advisory Council Thursday

    Marion Republican

    LYNSEY WHITAKER

    12/13/2021

    “State Sen. Dale Fowler (R-Harrisburg) hosted nearly 60 students from 15 high schools Thursday on the campus of Southern Illinois University Carbondale as a part of his annual Student Advisory Council.”

    Regional development leaders hold ribbon-cutting of new location housing three economic development groups

    WSIU Public Radio

    Kevin Boucher

    12/14/2021

    “State Senator Dale Fowler says the work of promoting business and jobs in the Marion office will have a ripple effect.”

     

    Sen. Win Stoller speaks at Princeton Rotary

    Shaw Media

    Kim Shute

    12/15/2021

    “State Sen. Win Stoller (R-Germantown Hills) was particularly proud of a piece of legislation passed in his freshman term in the General Assembly.”

     

    Fowler's student council digs into policy, crafting legislation

    Marion Republican

    Submitted by the office of State Sen. Dale Fowler

    12/18/2021

    “State Sen. Dale Fowler hosted nearly 60 students from 15 high schools on the campus of Southern Illinois University Carbondale this month, as a part of his annual Student Advisory Council.”

     

    Dignitaries break ground on new Walker’s Bluff Casino Resort

    Metropolis Planet

    SCENE STAFF

    12/13/2021

    “Gov. Pritzker and State Sen. Dale Fowler (R-Harrisburg) joined Walker’s Bluff Winery owner Cynde Bunch and Elite Casino Resorts CEO Dan Kehl on Wednesday, Dec. 8, in a ceremony to celebrate the beginning of construction on a new $147 million casino resort investment, Walker’s Bluff Casino Resort, located near the Walker’s Bluff Winery in Carterville.”

    Health

    Northwestern Medicine to end maternity services at Illinois hospital

    Becker’s Hospital Review

    Marissa Plescia

    12/15/2021

    “Illinois state Sen. Craig Wilcox was against closing the unit, the County Scanner reported.”

     

    State board approves request to eliminate maternity services at Northwestern Medicine Hospital in McHenry

    Lake & McHenry County Scanner

    Sam Borcia

    12/14/2021

    “Illinois State Senator Craig Wilcox of McHenry said he spoke out against the application and asked officials from Northwestern Medicine multiple questions, which he said he did not get any answers to.”

     

    Elgin News Digest: U-46 administrator changes announced by superintendent; vaccine clinic to be held in Carpentersville; new HS boys lacrosse squad wins OK

    Elgin Courier-News

    Mike Danahey

    12/16/2021

    “The event is being sponsored by State sen. Don DeWitte, R-West Dundee, is partnership with the Illinois Department of Public Health COVID-19 Equity Team. There will also feature free health screenings and promotional giveaways.”

    Stewart opposes bill requiring the unvaccinated to pay their own COVID-related health care expenses

    Dekalb Times

    Solange DeLisle

    12/14/2021

    “State Sen. Brian Stewart (R-Freeport) is against the legislation, House Bill 4259.”

     

    Pritzker signs bill repealing abortion Parental Notification Act

    WSIL TV 3

    Kenzie Dillow

    12/17/2021

    “Senator Terri Bryant (R-Murphysboro) said she was saddened and angered by the Governor's decision.”

     

    Sen. Turner Reacts to Pritker’s Signing of Repeal of Parental Notice of Abortion

    Cities 92.9

    Tom Davis

    12/17/2021

    ‘State Senator Sally Turner (R-Beason) issued the following statement after the Governor signed House Bill 370 into law, which officially repeals the Parental Notice of Abortion (PNA) Act of 1995: “I am truly disappointed in the Governor’s decision to repeal the Parental Notice of Abortion Act.”’

     

    Girls in Illinois will be able to get abortion without telling parents

    WTVO News

    WTVO

    12/17/2021

    ‘State Senator Win Stoller (R-Germantown Hills) responded with a statement, saying, “Today the Governor officially turned his back on the rights of Illinois parents by signing the repeal of the Parental Notice of Abortion Act. , by signing this bill, the Governor has made it clear to the parents who live across our state that he believes that they have no right to be involved or even know about their daughter’s healthcare.”’

     

    Northwestern Medicine says they will end maternity services at McHenry hospital next week

    Lake and McHenry County Scanner

    Sam Borcia

    12/17/2021

    “Illinois State Senator Craig Wilcox of McHenry said he spoke out against the hospital’s application and asked officials from Northwestern Medicine multiple questions, which he said he did not get any answers to.”

     

    Bryant: Newly created standards for midwives 'momentous victory' for those in the profession

    Metro East Sun

    12/18/2021

    “State Sen. Terri Bryant (R-Murphysboro), who co-sponsored the legislation, called Gov. J.B. Pritzker's (D-Ill.) signing the bill on Dec. 14 a major win for midwives and mothers in Illinois.”

    Public Safety

    Reimagine Public Safety Act to drive violence intervention funds to state’s most dangerous areas

    Pontiac Daily Leader

    Erich Murphy

    12/14/2021

    “The GOP, led by Sen. Chapin Rose, R-Mahomet, also pushed for measures eliminating good time sentence reductions for someone who brought a weapon to a penal institution or attacked a law officer.”

     

    Bailey backs Illinois legislation to label violence against police officers a hate crime: 'Anything to help'

    SE Illinois News

    Andy Nghiem

    12/14/2021

    “State Sen. Darren Bailey (R-Xenia) recently weighed in on proposed legislation that would make violence against police officers a hate crime in the state of Illinois.”

     

    McClure backs Illinois bill labeling attacks on police as hate crimes to 'stick up for' law enforcement

    Sangamon Sun

    David Hutton

    12/14/2021

    “The Police Crime Bill, which is sponsored by state Rep. Marty Moylan (D-Des Plaines), has the support of a number of lawmakers, including state Sen. Steve McClure (R-Springfield).”

     

    'It's a shame we have to do this': Wilcox backs bill for hate crime penalties in attacks against Illinois law enforcement

    McHenry Times

    Glenn Minnis

    12/15/2021

    “Republican state Sen. Craig Wilcox is all in on legislation that seeks to impose stiffer penalties against those who attack law enforcement by declaring the offense a hate crime.”

    Transportation

    Anderson celebrates opening of the new I-74 bridge; 'a historic day'

    Rock Island Today

    Rock Island Today Reports

    12/13/2021

    “State Sen. Neil Anderson (R-Andalusia) celebrated the completion of the new Interstate-74 bridge that spans the Mississippi River and connects Illinois and Iowa.”

    MISC.

    Syverson sheds light on identity theft in legislative update

    Rockford Sun

    John Suayan

    12/16/2021

    “State Sen. Dave Syverson (R-Rockford) in his legislative update for the week of Dec. 6-10 touched on the issue of identity theft and how it’s adversely impacting Illinois.”

     

    McHenry County hopes to move past regional education office's troubled past

    Daily Herald/Shaw Media

    Ben Szalinski

    12/13/2021

    “State Sen. Craig Wilcox, a Republican from McHenry and former county board member, is working to make changes to state regulations that govern what qualifies a person to be regional superintendent.”

     

    IDNR announces grants supporting Natural Areas Stewardship

    Department of Natural Resources

    Jayette Bolinski

    12/13/2021

    “I’m excited to see this program moving forward and providing grants to help protect our natural areas so that people can continue to enjoy them for generations to come,” said State Senator Jason Barickman (R-Bloomington), the sponsor of legislation that funded the program. “Our nature preserves and parks provide amazing opportunities for healthy recreation and education.”

     

    Stewart highlights water assistance program in recent weekly update

    Illinois Valley Times

    Glenn Minnis

    12/14/2021

    “State Sen. Brian Stewart (R-Freeport) is making sure residents struggling with water and sewer bills are aware of a new $42 million assistance program.”

    Plummer praises 'overwhelming' community response in wake of deadly Edwardsville tornado

    Metro East Sun

    Glenn Minnis

    12/16/2021

    “Republican state Sen. Jason Plummer is praising his Edwardsville constituents for their response to the tornado that recently tore through the Edwardsville community, toppling an Amazon delivery station and leaving six dead.”

     

    Chicago voters deserve elected officials who will prioritize safety

    Chicago City Wire

    Press Release

    12/17/2021

    “Illinois Democrats have ignored calls to increase accountability and empower voters. In September, IOP, Senator Jason Barickman (R-Bloomington) and Representative Mark Batinick (R-Plainfield) launched a statewide ballot initiative to give voters the right to recall elected officials. The need for this emergency power has only become more dire since then.”

     

    Illinois senator celebrates Bill of Rights Day

    West Cook News

    Glenn Minnis

    12/17/2021

    “Illinois State Sen. John Curran made it a point of celebrating Dec. 15 for its national significance.”

     

    Watch now: Eureka College expands tuition-free program

    The Pantagraph

    Connor Wood

    12/17/2021

    “Area politicians commended Eureka for expanding the program. State Sen. Jason Barickman sent a staff member to join Wednesday's press conference, and U.S. Rep. Darin LaHood and State Rep. Tom Bennett sent their congratulations.”

     

    McHenry Co. Board wants repeal of township dissolution law

    Daily Herald, Shaw Media

    Ben Szalinski

    12/19/2021

    “State Sen. Craig Wilcox, a Republican from, told board members last month he doesn't expect township issues to come up next year ahead of the June primaries, especially proposals that might be controversial. The General Assembly is scheduled to wrap up the spring session in early April, about six weeks earlier than usual.”

  • Week of 12/06/2021

    Posted by · December 14, 2021 9:55 AM

    Conservation Task Force

    Barickman appointed to lead Thirty-by-Thirty Conservation Task Force

    Kankakee Times

    Emily Bevard

    12/06/2021

    “State Sen. Jason Barickman (R-Bloomington) has been appointed to lead the Thirty-by-Thirty Conservation Task Force, which aims to help protect the state’s natural resources.”

     

    “The Thirty-by-Thirty Conservation Task Force was officially created in August through House Bill 3928. Barickman was a chief sponsor of the bill, also sponsored by Sen. Chapin Rose (R-Champaign).”

     

    “Barickman was appointed to head the committee Nov. 23 by Senate Minority Leader Dan McConchie (R-Hawthorn Woods), according to the release.”

    State Sen. Jason Barickman appointed to conservation task force

    The Times, Shaw Media

    Shaw Local News Network

    12/08/2021

    “State Sen. Jason Barickman, R-Bloomington, soon will be serving on a task force organized to help protect the state’s natural resources, an effort that got a boost from high school students in the 53rd Senate District.”

     

    “Barickman was appointed to the task force Nov. 23 by Senate Minority Leader Dan McConchie (R-Hawthorn Woods).”

    IDNR Announces Grants Supporting Natural Areas Stewardship

    River Bender

    Staff

    12/10/2021

    ‘“I’m excited to see this program moving forward and providing grants to help protect our natural areas so that people can continue to enjoy them for generations to come,” said State Senator Jason Barickman (R-Bloomington), the sponsor of legislation that funded the program. “Our nature preserves and parks provide amazing opportunities for healthy recreation and education.”’

    COVID-19

    Lax vax axe? Legislator calls proposal to put unvaccinated on the hook for their COVID-19 expenses a ‘starting point’

    Chicago Sun-Times

    Rachel Hinton

    12/06/2021

    ‘State Senate Republican Leader Dan McConchie of Hawthorn Woods said in a brief statement he opposes “taking health care away from Illinoisans.”’

    Historic Bishop Hill wants $500K in COVID relief to promote tourism

    Geneseo Republic

    Beth Welbers

    12/08/2021

    “Similar letters of support for the proposal were received by State Rep. Dan Swanson of Woodhull, and State Sen. Win Stoller of Germantown Hills."

    Bryant condemns IDPH for delay in visitation guidance; 'IDPH had plenty of time to get these guidelines out'

    North Egypt News

    Andy Nghiem

    12/10/2021

    “State Sen. Terri Bryant (R-Murphysboro) recently blasted the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) for waiting until the day before Thanksgiving to issue guidance on visiting long-term care facilities.”

    35th District State Senator Opposes Forcing Non-vaccinated to Pay for Healthcare Expenses

    WSPY News

    Staff

    12/10/2021

    “Rockford Republican State Senator Dave Syverson says he opposes a proposal that suggests forcing non-vaccinated people to pay their own medical bills if they contract COVID-19.”

    Interstate Improvements

    Pritzker announces next phase of project to widen and improve I-57 in southern Illinois

    WPSD Local News

    Leanne Fuller

    12/09/2021

    “Republican State Sen. Dale Fowler of Harrisburg joined Pritzker in making the announcement.”

    Fowler praises bipartisan efforts to make I-57 expansion a reality

    Carbondale Reporter

    John Suayan

    12/10/2021

    ‘State Sen. Dale Fowler (R-Harrisburg) on Dec. 8 hailed the next phase of the Interstate 57 expansion project as part of “a long-standing continuing vision to improve and revitalize Illinois roadways.”’

    Gov. Pritzker announces next phase of Interstate 57 expansion

    WSIL TV News 3

    Kenzie Dillow

    12/08/2021

    ‘“This collaboration and investment between the federal and state government is an example of great work being done to ensure drivers have smooth roads and the safest route on Illinois roadways,” said State Senator Dale Fowler (R-Harrisburg). “There is no doubt, portions of Interstate 57 remain congested creating serious challenges and posing dangerous risks. By investing in Illinois’ infrastructure, we are investing in jobs and our local economy, which will continue to put southern Illinois on the map for years to come.”’

    Pritzker touts infrastructure funding in southern Illinois stops

    Capitol News Illinois

    JERRY NOWICKI

    12/08/2021

    “He was accompanied by Sen. Dale Fowler, R-Harrisburg, and Rep. Dave Severin, R-Benton.”

    Interviews/ Op-eds

    State Senator Chapin Rose 12-9-21

    The News-Gazette

    Staff

    12/09/2021

    “Dave Gentry and CW Greer talk to State Senator Chapin Rose about the Omicron variant, vaccination mandates, and more.”

    Public Safety

    After poor audit findings, state lawmakers look to reprioritize Illinois State Police focus

    The Center Square, Washington Examiner

    Greg Bishop

    12/10/2021

    “State Sen. Chapin Rose, R-Mahomet, was critical of the backlogged applications for Firearm Owner’s Identification Cards, which another audit found was pervasive with ISP’s management. Some people waited a year or more to get their FOID cards so they could exercise their Second Amendment Rights.”

    Pritzker signs anti-violence legislation

    The Center Square

    Kevin Bessler

    12/10/2021

    “State Sen. Neil Anderson, R-Andalusia, a firefighter and medic, said the measures include criminal justice changes that would keep violent offenders off the streets, offenders he keeps dealing with repeatedly.”

    Reimagine Public Safety Act to drive violence intervention funds to state’s most dangerous areas

    Capitol News Illinois

    JERRY NOWICKI

    12/10/2021

    “The GOP, led by Sen. Chapin Rose, R-Mahomet, also pushed for measures eliminating good time sentence reductions for someone who brought a weapon to a penal institution or attacked a law officer.”

    Pritzker signs $250M public safety expansion bill to address gun violence as public health crisis

    The Daily Line

    Caroline Kubzansky

    12/12/2021

    ‘Durkin’s Senate colleague, Sen. Chapin Rose (R-Mahomet) filed a set of proposals geared toward law enforcement earlier this fall. The package includes a measure called the “Fund the Police Act.”’

    Illinois State Police audit shows $2.3 million went missing

    Illinois Policy Institute

    Dylan Sharkey

    12/10/2021

    “State Sen. Chapin Rose, R-Mahomet, highlighted the widespread delays for Firearm Owner’s Identification cards. He said 87% of FOID applicants experienced delays, some of up to a year.”

    Redistricting

    Wilcox: 'Pritzker and his allies have no interest in doing what is best for the people of Illinois'

    Lake County Gazette

    Glenn Minnis

    12/08/2021

    “State Sen. Craig Wilcox (R-McHenry) is no fan of Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s decision to sign off on Democratic lawmakers' map redistricting plan.”

     

    “Joining the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) as plaintiffs are Senate Republican Leader Dan McConchie (R-Lake Zurich) and House Republican Leader Jim Durkin (R-Burr Ridge), with each insisting the maps approved by Pritzker serve to underrepresent minority groups by reducing the number of districts where Latinos make up a majority of the voting-age population.”

    Wilcox criticizes Pritzker for signing partisan Illinois redistricting maps for 'power and control'

    McHenry Times

    Glenn Minnis

    12/10/2021

    “Republican state Sen. Craig Wilcox (R-McHenry) is blasting Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s recent decision to sign off on what he’s sees as heavily gerrymandered Illinois redistricting maps.”

     

    “Joining the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) as plaintiffs are Senate Republican Leader Dan McConchie and House Republican Leader Jim Durkin, with each insisting the maps inked by Pritzker serve to underrepresent minority groups by reducing the number of districts where Latinos make up a majority of the voting age population.”

    Judges ponder intent, impact of state legislative maps on minorities in high-stakes hearing

    The Daily Line

    Caroline Kubzansky

    12/07/2021

    “The three plaintiffs are the Mexican American Legal Defense Fund, legislative minority leaders Rep. Jim Durkin (R-Western Springs) and Sen. Dan McConchie (R-Hawthorne Woods) and the East Saint Louis and Illinois State NAACP.”

    Redistricting Lawsuit Gets Final Showdown in Federal Court

    The Illinoize

    Rebecca Holland

    12/08/2021

    ‘In a statement, Sen. Jason Barickman (R-Bloomington), the top Republican on the Senate Redistricting Committee, contended Pritzker either “didn’t really review the politician-drawn maps, or he agreed to protect politicians at the expense of Latino and African American voters in Illinois.”’

    Youth Advisory Council

    Senator Plummer Gives Students The Chance To Get Involved With State Government

    Effingham Radio

    Staff

    12/08/2021

    “Dozens of students from the eight counties in the 54th District had the opportunity Monday to immerse themselves in state government and the process of passing new laws. The event was part of State Senator Jason Plummer’s (R-Edwardsville) Youth Advisory Council program.”

    Sen. Fowler hosts students for annual Student Advisory Council

    KFVS 12

    Lucas Sellem

    12/10/2021

    “State Senator Dale Fowler hosted nearly 60 students from 15 high schools Thursday, Dec. 9 on the campus of Southern Illinois University Carbondale as a part of his annual Student Advisory Council.”

    MISC.

    City of Carrollton Applying for Downtowns & Main Streets Grant

    WLDS/WEAI News Radio

    Benjamin Cox

    12/07/2021

    “The City of Carrollton now appears to be looking at applying for the same grant program. The Greene Prairie Press reports that the Carrollton City Council recently spoke with Benton & Associates Engineer Jamie Headen, State Representative C.D. Davidsmeyer, and State Senator Steve McClure about the application process.”

    Tracy offers holiday safety tips, urges parents to read 2021 Safe Shopping Guide

    West Central Reporter

    Glenn Minnis

    12/09/2021

    “State Sen. Jil Tracy (R-Quincy) is reminding residents of all the steps they need to be taking to assure a safe holiday season.”

    Curran remembers Illinoisans who lost their lives at Pearl Harbor

    West Cook News, Will County Gazette

    Zachary Richter

    12/11/2021

    “Sen. John Curran remembers the lost lives at the Pearl Harbor attack as this year marks the 80th anniversary of that dreadful day in the history of America.”

    'We honor and remember': Curran recalls Illinoisans killed in attack on Pearl Harbor

    South Cook News

    Karen Kidd

    12/12/2021

    “Illinois State Sen. John Curran (R-Downers Grove) earlier this week recalled the unprovoked Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941 and what the Democrat then president had to say about the date.”

    Walker's Bluff breaks ground on Casino Resort

    WSIL TV News 3

    News 3

    12/08/2021

    ‘“I am proud to see this bi-partisan initiative come to life,” said State Senator Dale Fowler (R-Harrisburg). “This year, I filed legislation that has since been signed into law by the Governor, to guarantee this multi-million dollar project be built by the laborers of southern Illinois. Today’s ground breaking ceremony is a sign for hundreds of new jobs to come and will put a much-needed investment back into our local economy.”’

    'Troubling' power struggle at tollway leaves some senators contemplating legislative fix

    Daily Herald

    Marni Pyke

    12/07/2021

    ‘Republican Sen. Don DeWitte of St. Charles said the board's resolution empowering Evans "is contrary to language contained in the tollway act and perhaps this process should have come back to the legislature for permission and authority to do what you have done."’

    Illinois task force looking at changing ‘qualified immunity’ stalls on recommendations

    The Center Square, Washington Examiner

    Greg Bishop

    12/09/2021

    “State Sen. John Curran, R-Lemont, opposed the move.”

    Walker's Bluff casino resort breaks ground; 1,400 jobs tied to $147.2 million project

    The Southern Illinoisan

    Marilyn Halstead

    12/08/2021

    “The celebration featured speakers, State Sen. Dale Fowler, Gov. Pritzker, Jerry Womick of Labor’s Local 773, Comptroller Susanna Mendoza, Cynde Bunch and Dan Kehl, who all spent time thanking others and expressing thankfulness for the jobs the project brings to Southern Illinois.”

  • Week of 11/29/2021

    Posted by · December 14, 2021 9:49 AM

     COVID-19

    'Thank you to Willowbrook': Curran meets with constituents amid opposition to vaccine mandate

    West Cook News

    John Kelly

    12/03/2021

    “On Nov. 30, Senator John Curran spent some time in Westbrook speaking with his constituents after he recently objected to changing the Health Care Right of Conscience Act, not for vaccinations, but protecting Illinois residents' religious freedoms, he said.”

    Pensions

    'They keep wanting more and more': Wilcox pushes zero-balance budgeting to battle Illinois pension shortfall

    Lake County Gazette

    John Kelly

    12/02/2021

    ‘"It’s the same issue that gets us into being so dependent on property taxes or schools," Illinois State Sen. Craig Wilcox told the Lake County Gazette. "They keep wanting more and more with this majority, and each time they have to look for someplace to skewer it from. There’s no way any of this is sustainable, and that's what we’re seeing."’

    'All the bad decisions': McClure deplores Illinois growing pension crisis he says majority likely won't resolve

    Sangamon Sun

    Karen Kidd

    12/03/2021

    “Sen. Steve McClure (R-Springfield) told Sangamon Sun that, if current political practice doesn't change, he sees no path to a successful pension plan that doesn't somehow leave tax payers holding the bag.”

    Prisoner Review Board

    Prisoner Review Board notes on early releases show sympathy for violent offenders; Sen. Plummer outraged

    MADISON - ST. CLAIR RECORD

    Steve Korris

    12/01/2021

    ‘State Sen. Jason Plummer (R-Vandalia) urges Illinoisans to speak out against “left-wing policies that allow violent criminals to roam free.”’

     

    “Earlier this month, Plummer and fellow Republican Senators Terri Bryant of Murphysboro and Steve McClure of Jacksonville issued a protest statement on the board’s actions.”

    Public Safety

    Brooks, Bailey team up for change in Chicago neighborhood

    Chicago City Wire

    Glenn Minnis

    11/30/2021

    “Pastor Corey Brooks and state Sen. Darren Bailey (R-Louisville) are joining forces in bringing hope to a Chicago neighborhood.”

    Bailey vows to fight violence: 'In the near future, I'll be putting together a plan'

    SE Illinois News

    Glenn Minnis

    12/02/2021

    “State Sen. Darren Bailey (R-Xenia) recently peered into the darkness from a South Side rooftop and vowed change is coming.”

    Bailey joins Chicago's Project H.O.O.D. in fight against rising violence, laments 'stifled' police force

    East Central Reporter

    East Central Reporter Reports

    12/03/2021

    “Republican state Sen. Darren Bailey had an eye-opening experience after recently spending a night with Pastor Corey Brooks' organization on the rooftop of a South Side Chicago neighborhood.”

    Sen. Bryant says IDOC has broken an agreement regarding inmates housed at Murphysboro facility

    The Southern Illinoisan

    Marilyn Halstead

    12/03/2021

    “State Sen. Terri Bryant (R-Murphysboro) believes the Illinois Department of Corrections has broken an agreement with the residents of Murphysboro, particularly parents of children who attend the General John A. Logan Attendance Center.”

    Redistricting

    Oral arguments to begin Tuesday in three federal cases over Illinois legislative maps

    Capitol News Illinois

    Peter Hancock

    12/05/2021

    “And Republican leaders in the General Assembly – Sen. Dan McConchie, of Hawthorn Woods, and Rep. Jim Durkin, of Western Springs – filed suit challenging both the Chicago and Metro East maps based on arguments largely similar to those of the other two plaintiffs.”

    MISC.

    We asked these 17 Illinois politicians: What are you thankful for?

    The Pantagraph

    BRENDEN MOORE

    11/30/2021

    ​‘Senate Minority Leader Dan McConchie, R-Hawthorn Woods “I’m thankful to live in a country that allows disabled people like me to overcome overwhelming obstacles to reach for and achieve great things. I’m thankful to live in a state that welcomes immigrants like my strong wife, who survived the selfishness of the government leaders in her communist homeland, to build a family on love instead of fear. I’m thankful to live in a community that provides my two amazing daughters the freedom of ideas and the belief that, through hard work, they can accomplish anything to which they set their mind.”’

     

    ‘State Sen. Chapin Rose, R-Mahomet “I’m thankful for my amazingly awesome wife and our kids. I am very blessed that we are able to raise our children in the greatest nation to have ever existed and for the abundant opportunities God continues to provide. Happy Thanksgiving to all.”’

     

    ‘State Sen. Sally Turner, R-Beason “This holiday season I am thankful for my strong faith, the freedoms I enjoy as an American, and the good health of my family and friends. I am also so thankful for the past 11 months, where I have had the privilege to represent the people of the 44th Senate District. I would like to wish everyone a happy and blessed holiday.”’

    Gov. Pritzker signs five new bills into law, including bipartisan legislation

    The Telegraph

    Shepard Price

    12/01/2021

    “HB 3666 passed 110-0 with two abstain votes in the House and 43-16 in the Senate, with Sens. Jason Plummer, R-Vandalia, Steve McClure, R-Springfield, and Jil Tracy, R-Quincy voting against. Sens. Christopher Belt, D-Swansea, Doris Turner, D-Springfield, and Rochelle Crowe, D-Glen Carbon, voted for the bill.”

    Rezin, Plummer make 'friendly wager' on high school football — and Wilmington food charity wins

    Kendall County Times

    Glenn Minnis

    12/01/2021

    “Illinois State Sen. Jason Plummer (R-Edwardsville) owes the town of Wilmington a visit — and some chow.”

     

    “Plummer finds himself on the hook after losing a bet to GOP colleague Sen. Sue Rezin when high school football teams from their respective districts recently met in the 2A state championship game.”

    Bailey calls for accountability in Springfield, calls Illinois 'worth fighting to restore'

    SE Illinois News

    Glenn Minnis

    12/03/2021

    “Illinois State Sen. Darren Bailey (R-Xenia) accuses his colleagues across the aisle of failing to scrutinize Gov. J.B. Pritzker's use of federal funds.”

    Senator touts new program that puts Illinois 'on course to be a leader' in electric vehicle manufacturing

    NW Illinois News

    Andy Nghiem

    12/01/2021

    “Illinois may soon be plugging in instead of gassing up in the wake of a new law, and state Sen. Brian Stewart is cheering it on.”

  • Week of 11/22/2021

    Posted by · December 02, 2021 11:43 AM

    COVID-19

    McConchie: Pritzker shouldn't 'override the sincerely held beliefs and freedoms' of 12 million Illinoisans

    Kane County Reporter

    Trina Thomas

    11/24/2021

    “Sen. Dan McConchie (R-Lake Zurich) criticized Gov. Pritzker on the Senate floor after the Democratic governor signed off on a bill that allows employers to enforce COVID-19 vaccination and testing policies.”

    Events

    Fowler donates grip socks, candy canes to Southern Illinois Adopt a Grandparent Program

    Southern Illinois News

    Solange DeLisle

    11/23/2021

    “State Sen. Dale Fowler (R-Harrisburg) is doing his part to make sure elderly people living in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities in Southern Illinois have a care package during the holidays.”

    Fowler donates to Southern Illinois Adopt a Grandparent program

    SE Illinois News

    Glenn Minnis

    11/26/2021

    “State Sen. Dale Fowler (R-Harrisburg) is thinking of the elderly this holiday season.”

    FOID

    Davidsmeyer: 'The Democrats want to keep federal COVID dollars for their own slush fund'

    Metro East Sun

    Glenn Minnis

    11/26/2021

    “Davidsmeyer said he stands with state Sen. Neil Anderson (R-Moline) who has proposed has Senate Bill 1754 as the solution. The measure seeks to eliminate the need to possess an FOID card in order to be a legal gun owner.”

    HRCA

    Tracy: 'Democrats ignored' concerns of voters opposed to changes to Health Care Right of Conscience Act

    West Central Reporter

    Solange DeLisle

    11/23/2021

    “State Sen. Jil Tracy (R-Quincy) recently opposed legislation that "sets a dangerous precedent" by making changes and exceptions to the Health Care Right of Conscience Act (HCRCA), specifically for COVID-19 vaccines and testing.”

    Rezin: Constituents concerned 'their rights are being taken away from them'

    Will County Gazette

    Andy Nghiem

    11/24/2021

    “Senate Republican Deputy Leader Sue Rezin (R-Morris) recently voiced her opposition to changes to the Health Care Right of Conscience Act.”

    Interviews/Op-eds

    NEWSRADIO WJPF INTERVIEW WITH DALE FOWLER | NOVEMBER 23, 2021

    WJPF News Radio

    Staff

    11/23/2021
    “Illinois State Senator Dale Fowler (R-Harrisburg) joins The Morning Newswatch.”

    Stevie Jay and Diane Ducey IL sports and trending stories.

    The Stevie Jay Morning Show

    Phil Vanswol

    11/23/2021

    “Senator Chapin Rose gives his perspective of Kyle Rittenhouse verdict and more.”

    Redistricting

    Barickman among Illinois Republicans proposing redistricting map 'fixes'

    Peoria Standard

    Glenn Minnis

    11/24/2021

    “State Sen. Jason Barickman (R-Bloomington) isn’t letting up on the gas in his push to change the redistricting landscape in Illinois.”

    Tollway Reorganization

    Editorial: Senate wise to begin looking into management questions at the tollway

    Daily Herald

    The Daily Herald Editorial Board

    11/26/2021

    ‘The moves stirred some lawmakers - like Democratic Sen. Laura Murphy of Des Plaines and Republican Sen. Don DeWitte of St. Charles - to wonder whether all leaders at the tollway are, in DeWitte's words, "on the same page as to how they conduct their business."’

    State Senate committee expected to review tollway reorganization

    Daily Herald

    Marni Pyke

    11/23/2021

    ‘"These are significant tax dollars that this body is responsible for," said Republican Sen. Don DeWitte of St. Charles. "I believe it's vitally important that the executive director and board chairman in orchestration with the board be on the same page with regards to how they conduct their business."’

    Unemployment

    Unknown unemployment fraud compounded by delinquent report: GOP Senators say

    The Center Square, KPVI 6

    Greg Bishop

    11/23/2021

    ‘“If regular Illinois businesses and families miss financial reporting they are fined and can even face criminal penalties,” said Illinois Senate Republican Leader Dan McConchie, R-Hawthorn Woods. “The governor is not above the law. The UI Trust Fund is deeply in debt and without this report, we have absolutely no idea how big the problem really is.”’

     

    ‘“It is tremendously unfair to penalize Illinois businesses for fraud perpetrated by criminals and ineptness from the administration in dealing with the fraud,” said state Sen. Sue Rezin, R-Morris.’

    Rezin Criticizes Illinois Department of Employment Security for Failing to Report Financial Information

    WSPY News

    Staff

    11/25/2021

    “State Senator Sue Rezin said she was angry that the state agency is not being held to the same standards as Illinois private businesses.”

    MISC.

    Plummer: ‘Who are these lunatics?’ following DuPage Democrat's tweets about Waukesha bloodbath

    Metro East Sun

    Staff

    11/22/2021

    “State Sen. Jason Plummer (R-Edwardsville) is questioning DuPage Democrat Mary Lemanski’s behavior in light of a recent string of tweets diminishing the deaths of five and injuries to 40 after an SUV driver ran down participants in a Waukesha, WI Christmas parade.”

    'Good grief': Illinois senator decries Democratic Party representative's comments on Waukesha tragedy

    East Central Reporter

    East Central Reporter Reports

    11/28/2021

    ‘“Who are these lunatics? The same people that support ignorant and dangerous policies that let a maniac like this out of prison to wreak havoc on a community and destroy lives,” State Sen. Jason Plummer (R-Edwardsville) wrote on Facebook.’

     

    “Plummer, who took part in Sen. Steve McClure's listening tour recently, also called on his constituents to take action after the Prison Review Board released an inmate who had killed a police officer, Metro East Sun reported.”

    Column: Illinois politicians share what they are thankful for in 2021

    The Pantagraph

    BRENDEN MOORE

    11/23/2021

    ‘Senate Minority Leader Dan McConchie, R-Hawthorn Woods “I’m thankful to live in a country that allows disabled people like me to overcome overwhelming obstacles to reach for and achieve great things. I’m thankful to live in a state that welcomes immigrants like my strong wife, who survived the selfishness of the government leaders in her communist homeland, to build a family on love instead of fear. I’m thankful to live in a community that provides my two amazing daughters the freedom of ideas and the belief that, through hard work, they can accomplish anything to which they set their mind.”’

     

    ‘State Sen. Jason Barickman, R-Bloomington “I am grateful for my wonderful family, anchored by my wife Kristin, and including our three young children, Augie, Wally and Lia. I am thankful that we can raise our family in the greatest country in the world. Happy Thanksgiving!”’

     

    ‘State Sen. Chapin Rose, R-Mahomet “I’m thankful for my amazingly awesome wife and our kids. I am very blessed that we are able to raise our children in the greatest nation to have ever existed and for the abundant opportunities God continues to provide. Happy Thanksgiving to all.”’

     

    ‘State Sen. Sally Turner, R-Beason “This holiday season I am thankful for my strong faith, the freedoms I enjoy as an American, and the good health of my family and friends. I am also so thankful for the past 11 months, where I have had the privilege to represent the people of the 44th Senate District. I would like to wish everyone a happy and blessed holiday.”’

    Bryant offers tips for a safe, happy Thanksgiving dinner

    Carbondale Reporter

    Glenn Minnis

    11/24/2021

    “State Sen. Terri Bryant (R-Murphysboro) is urging her constituents to remain safety-conscious this holiday season.”

    Tracy points out new tax pinch, 'just one of 24' hikes under Pritzker, facing Illinoisans over the holidays

    Peoria Standard

    Glenn Minnis

    11/24/2021

    “State Sen. Jil Tracy (R-Quincy) alerted Illinois residents of a new tax on their holiday shopping bills, and she's pointing a finger at Gov. J.B. Pritzker.”

    Rezin Calls for More Action on Rising Crime on Illinois Roadways

    WSPY News

    Staff

    11/24/2021

    “State Senator Sue Rezin was on WCSJ’s People are Talking this week discussing an increase in crime in Illinois.”

    Syverson questions IDPH over 'dead last' staffing levels amid Bureau of Long Term Care review

    Rockford Sun

    Glenn Minnis

    11/27/2021

    “Republican state Sen. Dave Syverson is looking for answers from Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) officials about the agency’s direction.”

    Sims Jr. highlights Small Business Association's $44.8 billion in loans for helping Illinois owners 'stay afloat'

    Kankakee Times

    Glenn Minnis

    11/28/2021

    “The West Central Reporter reports that Sims recently exchanged heated words with state Sen. Steve McClure (R-Springfield) over a news report that Gov. J.B. Pritzker's administration was holding private sessions with Democrats over the state's redistricting process.”

    Nicor Gas rate hike approved by Illinois Commerce Commission, bemoaned by Citizens Utility Board

    The Daily Line

    Justin Heath

    11/23/2021

    “Critics of the Act have warned that it too will force up energy costs and cost the state jobs. Democrats have put the cost to residents around $3 per month. The Illinois AARP estimated $15 per month. State Senator Steve McClure (R-Springfield) has called it the largest rate hike in history.”