Week of 01/17/2022

Ethics

Legislative News from Senator Don DeWitte

Tittle Press

NewsDesk

01/19/2022

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

 

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

Peoria Standard

Caleb Lombardo

01/18/2022

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

 

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

Higher Education

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

SE Illinois News

Ariana Chiarenza

01/21/2022

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

 

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

Sangamon Sun

Trina Thomas

01/22/2022

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

Law Enforcement/ Public safety

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

Illinois News Live

Roger Milian

01/21/2022

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

 

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

WCIA News

Sarah Lehman

01/20/2022

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

 

Sen. John Curran

01/16/2022

WFLD-TV (Chicago)

Issue: Senate Republican crime package

 

Sen. Chapin Rose

WRSP-TV (Springfield)

01/21/2022 & 01/22/2022

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

 

Sen. Chapin Rose

WAND-TV (Decatur)

01/22/2022

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

 

Sen. Steve McClure

WCIA-TV (Champaign)

01/19/2022

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

 

Sen. Steve McClure

KLJB-TV (Davenport, Iowa)

01/19/2022

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

 

Sen. Steve McClure

WYOU-TV (Scranton, PA)

01/19/2022

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

 

Sen. Steve McClure

01/19/2022

WHBF-TV (Davenport)

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

 

Sen. Steve McClure

WMBD-TV (Peoria)

01/18/2022

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

 

Sen. Steve McClure

KLJB-TV (Davenport)

01/18/2022

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

 

Sen. Steve McClure

01/18/2022

WYZZ-TV (Peoria)

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

 

Sen. Steve McClure

01/18/2022

KTVI-TV (St. Louis)

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

 

Sen. Steve McClure

01/18/2022

WCIA-TV (Champaign)

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

SALT

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

Times News Network, WMBD, WYOU-TV

Staff

01/18/2022

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

 

Sen. Win Stoller

01/18/2022

WYOU-TV (Scranton, PA)

Issue: SALT Business legislation/law

 

Sen. Win Stoller

01/17/2022 & 01/18/2022

WMBD-TV (Peoria)

Issue: SALT Business legislation/law

 

Sen. Win Stoller

01/17/2022

WYZZ-TV (Peoria)

Issue: SALT Business legislation/law

Valentines for Seniors

Making Valentine's Day special for Illinoisans

WTHI-TV 10

Ashlyn Hendrix

WTHI

01/18/2022

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

 

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

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

HOLLY KEE

012/18/2022

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

 

Senator Plummer Hosting Valentine Card Drive For Seniors

Effingham Radio

Staff

01/21/2022

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

 

VALENTINES FOR SENIORS CARD DRIVE NOW THROUGH FEB.10TH

WDKB 94.9 Northern Illinois Music

Peyton

01/19/2022

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

 

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

Lake County Journal

Staff

01/20/2022

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

 

Sen. Darren Bailey

01/19/2022

WTHI-TV (Terre Haute, IN)

Issue: Valentines for Seniors

Voter Empowerment

Senate Republicans offer ‘voter empowerment’ amendments

Capitol News Illinois

PETER HANCOCK

01/18/2022

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

 

Sen. Dan McConchie

WRSP-TV (Springfield)

01/23/2022

Issue: Sen. McConchie’s voter empowerment amendments

 

Sen. Dan McConchie

WEEK-TV (Peoria)

01/19/2022

Issue: Sen. McConchie’s voter empowerment amendments

 

Sen. Dan McConchie

WSIL-TV (Harrisburg, IL)

01/19/2022

Issue: Sen. McConchie’s voter empowerment amendments

 

Sen. Dan McConchie

WHOI-TV (Peoria)

01/19/2022

Issue: Sen. McConchie’s voter empowerment amendments

 

Sen. Dan McConchie

WAND-TV (Decatur)

01/18/2022

Issue: Sen. McConchie’s voter empowerment amendments

 

Sen. Dan McConchie

WGEM-TV

01/19/2022

Issue: Sen. McConchie’s voter empowerment amendments

 

Sen. Dan McConchie

WEEK-TV (Peoria)

01/18/2022

Issue: Sen. McConchie’s voter empowerment amendments

 

Sen. Dan McConchie

KHQA-TV (Quincy)

01/18/2022

Issue: Voter empowerment amendments

 

Sen. Dave Syverson

WREX-TV (Rockford)

01/18/2022

Issue: Voter empowerment amendments

 

Barickman Co-Sponsors Legislation Designed to Empower Voters

Cities 92.9

Tom Davis

01/22/2022

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

 

Lawmakers push for redistricting reform and more voter participation

Andrew Adams

State Journal-Register

01/18/2022

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

 

McConchie’s package of voter empowerment constitutional amendments.

WGN Radio

John Williams.

01/19/2022

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

 

Constitutional amendments seek more active role for IL voters

WAND 17

Staff

01/18/2022

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

 

Illinois Republicans show voter support with Voter Empowerment Project

1430 WCMY News

Steven Devine

01/21/2022

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

MISC.

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

Shaw Media, NewsTribune

Tom Collins

01/18/2022

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

 

McClure opens office in Chatham

Sangamon Sun

Laurie A. Luebbert

01/21/2022

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

 

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

 

Bryant seeks to expand training for Illinoisans hurt by energy transition

KFVS 12

Lucas Sellem

01/21/2022

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

 

State Senator Focusing on Education During Legislative Session

WSPY 107.1 News

Ethan Kruger

01/21/2022

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

 

Officials Announce I-57 Widening in Southern Illinois

Construction Equipment Guide

Illinois Department of Transportation

01/19/2022

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

 

Wilcox bill broadens appreciation for families of fallen Illinois service members

Lake County Gazette

Andy Nghiem

01/19/2022

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