Week of 01/10/2022

DCFS Support

Gov. Pritzker Announces Support for Legislation to Protect Social Workers

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Staff

01/10/2022

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

 

McClure supports legislation creating stricter penalties for harming DCFS employees

Metro East Sun

Solange DeLisle

01/12/2022

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

Ethics

Senator DeWitte Champions New Ethics Reform Bill

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NEWSDESK

10/13/2022

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

 

Illinois legislature needs new watchdog

Chicago Sun Times, The Telegraph

Staff

01/14/2022

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

 

Complaint over inspector vacancy

93.9 WTAX News

01/10/2022

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

 

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

Northwest Herald

Scott T. Holland

01/11/2022

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

 

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

The Illinoize

Patrick Pfingsten

10/11/2022

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

 

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

Lake County Gazette

Steven Hughes

01/13/2022

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

 

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

The Illinoize

Patrick Pfingsten

01/10/2022

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

Law Enforcement

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

Dupage Policy Journal

Andy Nghiem

01/11/2022

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

 

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

West Cook News

Andy Nghiem

01/18/2022

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

 

Illinois Democrats propose additional funding to fight carjackings, retail theft

FOX 32 Chicago

Mike Flannery

01/12/2022

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

Redistricting

County denounces 'pure political move'

The Telegraph

Scott Cousins

01/14/2022

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

 

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

Chambana Sun

Art Benavidez

01/12/2022

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

 

Valentines for Seniors’

Sen. Fowler launches 'Valentines for Seniors' card drive

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Kenzie Dillow

01/10/2022

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

 

State Senator collects Valentines Day cards for seniors

KFVS 12

Mike Mohundro

10/12/2022

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

 

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

My Huntley News

MICHELLE MORENO

01/10/2022

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

 

Sen. Bailey Launches Valentines For Seniors Program

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Staff

01/12/2022

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

 

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

Peoria Standard

Glenn Minnis

01/15/2022

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

 

Senator collects Valentines for seniors

QuadCities

Linda Cook

01/16/2022

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

MISC.

Logan County veteran Harold Krusemark celebrates 100th birthday

The Courier

Staff

01/10/2022

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

 

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

My Journal Courier, The Edwardsville Intelligencer, The Telegraph

Shepard Price

01/17/2022

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

 

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

CU-CitizenAccess

Ryan Head

01/12/2022

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

 

McClure Opens Chatham Office in Addition to Jacksonville Location

WLDS/WEAI News

Jeremy Coumbes

10/13/2022

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

 

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

KFVS News

Colin Baillie

01/13/2022

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

 

Senate advances bill requiring insurance to cover glucose monitors

The Daily Line

Justin Heath

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

 

Food Pantry Opens In Cairo

The Gazette-Democrat

Staff

01/11/2022

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

 

Which States Might Legalize Online Casino Gaming In 2022?

US Bets

Bennett Conlin

10/13/2022

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

 

The nuclear community rallies to save Diablo Canyon

Nuclear Newswire

ANS News

01/13/2022

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

 

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

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Shabnam Danesh

01/18/2022

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