Senators in the News

  • 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.”