Week of 11/22/2021

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.”