Senators in the News

  • 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.”