Week of 01/24/2022

COVID-19

Sen. Sue Rezin

AdVantage News (Alton)(3 other sources – generated by Illinois Radio Network a division of The Center Square)

Jan. 27, 2022

Issue: Vaccinated teacher Covid-19 sick time

 

Sen. Sue Rezin

Jan. 25, 2022

The Marietta Daily Journal (Georgia) (5 other sources)

Issue: Compromise reached for vaccinated teacher COVID-19 sick time

 

Sen. Darren Bailey

Illinois Business Journal

Jan. 25, 2022

Issue: Covid mitigations lawsuit

 

Sen. Darren Bailey

The DeWitt Observer

Jan. 25, 2022

Issue: Covid mitigations lawsuit

 

Sen. Darren Bailey

The Edwardsville Intelligencer

Jan. 24, 2022

Issue: Covid-19 teacher sick leave initiative

 

Rezin reminds constituents that free COVID-19 tests are available

Illinois Valley Times

John Suayan

01/29/2022

“State Sen. Sue Rezin (R-Morris) is reminding her constituents that free COVID-19 test kits are available from the government.”

 

Fowler: Free COVID-19 tests are available from government

SE Illinois News

David Beasley

01/29/2022

“State Sen. Dale Fowler (R-Harrisburg) is reminding constituents that they can order free COVID-19 tests.”

Education

Public school employees now have expanded access to FMLA benefits in Illinois

Sangamon Sun

Solange DeLisle

01/24/2022

“According to the Illinois General Assembly website, the bill had received support from several GOP lawmakers including Sen. Chapin Rose (R-Mahomet), Sue Rezin (R-Morris), and Dale Fowler (R-Harrisburg), and Rep. Tony McCombie (R-Savanna).”

Energy

Senator Terri Bryant files legislation to expand training and assistance for Illinoisans affected by the Energy Transition Act

WSIU Public Radio

Benjy Jeffords

01/24/2022

“Illinois State Senator Terri Bryant has filed legislation that expands opportunities for Illinoisans affected by the Energy Transition Act.”

 

Sen. Terri Bryant introduces bill for coal workers following Clean Energy Bill

WSIL TV 3

Madeline Parker

10/26/2022

“State Senator Terri Bryant introduced legislation to help those who would lose their jobs at those plants.”

 

Sen. Terri Bryant introduces bill for coal workers following Clean Energy Bill

Madeline Parker

River Bender

01/27/2022

“State Senator Terri Bryant introduced legislation to help those who would lose their jobs at those plants.”

Ethics

Rockford lawmakers propose new way to remove elected officials for certain crimes

WSIL TV 3

Andrew Carrigan

01/25/2022

“Rockford Senator Dave Syverson (R) filed Senate Bill 3460 last week. Democratic lawmaker Steve Stadelman, of Rockford, is a chief co-sponsor of the bill.”

 

Bill could remove local elected officials from office while facing criminal charges

23 WIFR

Ali Rasper

01/26/2022

“Sen. Dave Syverson says Senate Bill 3460 could close the loophole for County and Township elected leaders.”

 

Winnebago County coroner's ongoing misconduct, theft charges prompt call for change

Rockford Register Star

Chris Green

01/26/2022

“On Wednesday, state Sen. Dave Syverson, R-Cherry Valley, was joined by a contingent of area Republican and Democratic lawmakers, state's attorneys from Boone and Winnebago counties, and Winnebago County Board Chairman Joe Chiarelli to introduce Senate Bill 3460.”

 

Sen. Dave Syverson

The Marietta Daily Journal (Georgia) (4 other sources)

Jan. 26, 2022

Issue: Winnebago County Coroner corruption

 

Sen. Dave Syverson

WIFR-TV (Rockford)

Jan. 26, 2022

Issue: Winnebago County Coroner corruption

 

Sen. Dave Syverson

WQRF-TV (Rockford)

Jan. 26, 2022

Issue: Winnebago County Coroner corruption

 

Sen. Don DeWitte

Jan. 25, 2022

The Marietta Daily Journal (Georgia) (4 other sources)

Issue: Legislative Budget Oversight Commission not ‘pure oversight’ member says

 

Legislative Budget Oversight Commission not ‘pure oversight,’ member says

The Center Square

Greg Bishop

01/25/2022

“Commission member, state Sen. Don DeWitte, R-St. Charles, said the commission does not provide as much oversight as the group’s title suggests.”

 

GOP state senators continue call for ethics reform

KWQC 7

Lizzie Seils

01/27/2022

‘“[We’ve gone] 21 days with no official watchdog over behavior of legislators in the general assembly,” Sen. Don DeWitte (R - St. Charles) said. “We know that there currently there is at least one open complaint sitting at the vacant Legislative Inspector General’s office.”’

 

“The bipartisan joint commission, chaired by Quincy Senator Jil Tracy (R), has looked over potential candidates for the commission suggested by an independent search committee. However, it appears they are currently at an impasse.”

 

Senate Republicans call for ‘common sense’ ethics reforms

Capitol News Illinois

GRACE KINNICUTT

01/27/2022

‘“It is not OK to have the legislative inspector general’s seat empty, and it is not OK for the majority party to play political games with an issue as important as legislative ethics, and it is not OK for legislators to think they can police themselves,” Sen. Don DeWitte, R-St. Charles, said during a virtual news conference.’

 

“To address the shortcomings Republicans felt were not properly addressed in the last reform bill, Sen. Jil Tracy, R-Quincy, introduced Senate Bill 3636, which takes “meaningful action” to address corruption within the state government. The legislation would build on SB 539, which was passed in 2021.”

 

“Sen. Sally Turner, R-Lincoln, says the bill addresses glaring omissions left out of last year’s bill.”

 

‘“It’s too easy for legislators to spend their time in Springfield advocating on behalf of special interests instead of their constituents,” Sen. Terri Bryant, R-Murphysboro said.

 

Illinois Senate Republicans introduce bill to fight corruption

WSIL TV 3

Madeline Parker

01/27/2022

‘"Our constituents expect us to be held to high ethical standards. They must know that we are adhering to the spirit of the law so that they can be confident that their representatives are representing them, not special interests. To regain the trust of the people of our state, we must close the loopholes that lawmakers have used and abused over the years,” said Senator Terri Bryant.’

 

Sen. Don DeWitte

Jan. 28, 2022

KFVS-TV (3 other sources)

Issue: Ethics reform

 

Sen. Don DeWitte and Sen. Sally Turner and Sen. Terri Bryant and Sen. Jil Tracy

Jan. 27, 2022

Southernminn.com (40 other sources)

Issue: Ethics reform

 

Sen. Terri Bryant

Jan. 27, 2022

Coal News, EdGlenToday.com

Issue: Protecting coal worker jobs

 

Sen. Terri Bryant

Jan. 28, 2022

KMOX Radio (St. Louis), WRSP-TV (Springfield) (1 other source), WLS Radio (Chicago)

Issue: Ethics reform  

 

Sen. Jil Tracy

Jan. 28, 2022

KMOX Radio (St. Louis)(4 separate times throughout the day), KFVS-TV (3 other sources)

Issue: Ethics reform

 

Sen. Jil Tracy

Jan. 27, 2022

KBSI-TV (Cape, Girardeau, MO), WYZZ-TV (Peoria), WGEM-TV (Quincy)

Issue: Ethics reform

 

Republicans demanding more stern regulations on ethics

WJBC News

Dave Dahl

01/28/2022

“The continued absence of a legislative inspector general is just one of the complaints from State Sen. Jil Tracy (R-Quincy).”

Events

McClure opens office in Chatham

Metro East Sun

George Willis

01/24/2022

“State Sen. Steve McClure (R-Springfield) has announced he’s running to represent the newly drawn 54th District in the 2022 election, but he hasn’t forgotten his current constituency in the 50th District. McClure announced he is opening a new district office in the Village of Chatham. Elected in November 2018, McClure has established offices in Springfield and Jacksonville. The Chatham office offers a more accessible location for residents in the southern part of the district.”

Interviews/Op-ed/Editorials

Stevie Jay & Diane Ducey give away IL vs Mich St tx from Serra Automotive’s Ben Quattrone. Senator Chapin Rose tells us his version of the state of Illinois politics. Pet Pro, Dr Todd Lykins

PodBean

The Stevie Jay Morning Show

01/25/2022

Sen. Chapin Rose

 

Editorial: We still need answers on the troubling tollway leadership shift

Daily Herrald

The Daily Herald Editorial Board

01/25/2022

"It's very troubling," Democratic state Sen. Laura Murphy of Des Plaines said after the hearing. "That's why we're going to continue to hold hearings." And Republican Sen. Don DeWitte of St. Charles said the board's resolution empowering Evans "is contrary to language contained in the tollway act."

 

Editorial: Unfortunately, ideas for more vibrant democracy in Illinois aren't likely to get real scrutiny

Daily Herald

The Daily Herald Editorial Board

01/26/2022

“But don't expect them to get any traction in the Democrat-controlled Illinois legislature. For one thing, Democratic leaders already showed no interest in the provisions when they were originally introduced a year ago. For another, in Illinois' partisan political environment, it's hard to know whether the proposals announced by Senate Minority Leader Dan McConchie, of Hawthorn Woods, are serious or just an opportunity to create an election issue around which to rally voters.”

 

Illinois State Senator Steve McClure

93.9 WTAX

Joey M.

01/28/2022

“Joey McLaughlin talks with Illinois State Senator Steve McClure.”

 

NEWSRADIO WJPF INTERVIEW WITH DALE FOWLER | JANUARY 28, 2022

WJPF Radio

Staff

01/28/2022

“Illinois State Senator Dale Fowler (R-Harrisburg) joins The Morning Newswatch.”

 

Law Enforcement

SENATOR BAILEY FILES LEGISLATION TO REINSTATE DEATH PENALTY FOR KILLING POLICE OFFICERS

The Villagers Voice

VILLAGERS VOICE

01/26/2022

“As part of his ongoing efforts to support and protect the brave men and women who serve as police officers, State Senator Darren Bailey (R-Louisville) filed Senate Bill 3899, which would reinstate the death penalty for individuals found guilty of killing police officers.”

 

Dueling plans want to allow death penalty for people who kill police officers

WCIA News

Tim Ditman

01/26/2022

“Republican Senator Darren Bailey announced Wednesday he’s filed legislation on the topic. The bill allows prosecutors to seek the death penalty for anyone 18 and up who’s been found guilty of first-degree murder of a police officer who was on the job. The person also must know or should have known the victim was an officer. Also, defendants in death penalty cases would have access to legal resources in their defense.”

 

“A separate plan from Republican Senator Neil Anderson would allow the death penalty for killers of any first responder: police officers, firefighters, EMTs/paramedics, ambulance drivers, other medical assistance or first aid personnel, and employees of an institution such as the Department of Corrections or a similar local correctional agency.”

 

Sen. Chapin Rose

Jan. 26, 2022

WAND-TV (Decatur)

(1 other source)

Issue: Anti-crime legislative package

 

Death penalty for cop killers

93.9 WTAX

Staff

01/26/2022

‘“Friends, this insanity has got to stop,” said State Sen. Darren Bailey (R-Xenia). “The bill I filed is for every police officer who has ever carried the weight of the badge. Our police officers and their families who have faced ever growing scrutiny from extreme anti-law enforcement proposals enacted in Springfield and signed by our governor.”’

 

Sen. Darren Bailey

Jan. 27, 2022

WREX-TV (Rockford)

Issue: Death penalty for cop killers

 

Sen. Darren Bailey

WHOI-TV (Peoria)

Jan. 27, 2022

Issue: Death penalty for cop killers

 

Sen. Darren Bailey

WSIL-TV (Harrisburg)

(1 other source)

Jan. 27, 2022

Issue: Death penalty for cop killers

 

Sen. Darren Bailey

WTHI-TV (Terre Haute, IN)

Jan. 27, 2022

Issue: Death penalty for cop killers

 

Sen. Darren Bailey

WCIA-TV (Champaign), WAND-TV (Decatur), WMBD-TV (Peoria), WICD-TV (Champaign), KSDK-TV (St. Louis, MO), WEEK-TV (Peoria) (1 other source), KHQA-TV (Hannibal, Mo) (3 other sources), WEVV-TV (Evansville, IN) (1 other source), WHBF-TV (Quad Cities), WTOL-TV (Toledo, OH), WEHT-TV (Evansville, IN), WGEM-TV (Quincy), KLJB-TV (Quad Cities), WTVW-TV (Evansville, IN), WGN-TV (Chicago)

Jan. 27, 2022

Issue: Death penalty for cop killers

 

Sen. Darren Bailey

Telemundo Chicago

Jan. 27, 2022

Issue: Death penalty for cop killers

 

Sen. Darren Bailey

KMOX Radio (St. Louis)

Jan. 27, 2022

Issue: Death penalty for cop killers

 

Sen. Darren Bailey

WLS Radio (Chicago)

Jan. 27, 2022

Issue: Death penalty for cop killers

 

Sen. Darren Bailey

WBBM Radio (Chicago)

Jan. 27, 2022

Issue: Death penalty for cop killers

 

Sen. Neil Anderson

Jan. 27, 2022

WCIA-TV (Champaign) (1 other source), WMBD-TV (Peoria), WHBF-TV (Quad Cities)

Issue: Death penalty for murder of first responders

 

Sen. Darren Bailey

Jan. 27, 2022

KWQC-TV (Quincy) (2 other sources)

Issue: Capital punishment for cop killers

 

Sen. Darren Bailey

KFVS-TV (Cape Girardeau, MO.)(1 additional source)

Jan. 27, 2022

Issue: Capital punishment for cop killers

 

Sen. Darren Bailey

KTVI-TV (St. Louis, MO) (3 additional sources)

Jan. 26, 2022

Issue: Capital punishment for cop killers

 

Sen. Darren Bailey

WCIA-TV (Champaign)

Jan. 26, 2022

Issue: Capital punishment for cop killers

 

Sen. Darren Bailey

WZTV-TV (Nashville, TN) (48 other sources)

Jan. 26, 2022

Issue: Capital punishment for cop killers

 

Sen. Darren Bailey

WAND-TV

Jan. 26, 2022

Issue: Capital punishment for cop killers

 

Sen. Darren Bailey

WTHI-TV (Terre Haute, IN) (4 other sources)

Jan. 26, 2022

Issue: Capital punishment for cop killers

 

Sen. Darren Bailey

WYOU-TV (Scranton, PA)

Jan. 26, 2022

Issue: Capital punishment for cop killers

 

Sen. Darren Bailey

WQRF/WTWO-TV (Rockford)

Jan. 26, 2022

Issue: Capital punishment for cop killers

 

Sen. Darren Bailey

Pure Oldies 107.5FM (Springfield)

Jan. 26, 2022

Issue: Capital punishment for cop killers

 

Sen. Darren Bailey

WXEF-FM (Effingham)

Jan. 26, 2022

Issue: Capital punishment for cop killers

 

Sen. Darren Bailey

WMBD Radio (Peoria)(1 additional source)

Jan. 26, 2022

Issue: Capital punishment for cop killers

 

Sen. Darren Bailey

WMAY Radio (Springfield)

Jan. 26, 2022

Issue: Capital punishment for cop killers

 

Sen. Darren Bailey

WSPA-TV (Greenville/Spartanburg/Anderson, South Carolina) (6 other sources)

Jan. 26, 2022

Issue: Capital punishment for cop killers

 

Sen. Neil Anderson

KWQC-TV (Quincy) (2 other sources)

Jan. 27, 2022

Issue: Death penalty for cop killers

 

Sen. Neil Anderson

WTHI-FM (Terre Haute, IN) (4 other sources)

Jan. 26, 2022

Issue: Dueling plans allowing death penalty for cop killers/first responders

 

Illinois Senator wants to reinstate death penalty for anyone who kills police officers

WCIA News 3

Sarah Lehman

01/26/2022

“That’s one reason why Senator Darren Bailey filed Senate Bill 3899.”

 

Sen. Darren Bailey

Jan. 27, 2022

DeWitt Daily News, WSTO-FM (Evansville, IN), Champaign News Gazette, WLS radio (Chicago), WAND-TV (Decatur)(1 other source), WCIA-TV (Champaign)(1 other source)

Issue: Capital punishment for cop killers

 

Sen. Darren Bailey

Jan. 27, 2022

WEEK-TV (Peoria), WMBD-TV (Peoria), WEVV-TV (Evansivlle)(1 other source), KMOX Radio (St. Louis), WCIA-TV (Champaign), KLJB-TV (Davenport), WCCU-TV (Springfield), WCIA-TV (Champaign)

Issue: Capital punishment for cop killers

 

Sen. Neil Anderson

Jan. 27, 2022

WMBD-TV (Peoria), KLJB-TV (Davenport), WCIA-TV (Champaign)

Issue: Capital punishment for cop killers

 

Sen. Neil Anderson

Jan. 27, 2022

Ogle County Newspapers

Issue: Capital punishment for killing police

 

Rose to make new effort to pass crime bill

WAND 17

Doug Wolfe

01/28/2022

“State Senator Chapin Rose, (R) Mahomet, will make another attempt at getting a crime bill, with tough sentences, passed in Spring session of the Illinois General Assembly.”

 

Bills propose arming DCFS workers, reinstating death penalty for killing police

Shaw Media

Troy Taylor

01/27/2022

“State Sen. Neil Anderson of the 36th District filed a bill to reinstate the death penalty for individuals found guilty of killing first responders. McCombie’s package also includes a death-penalty provision.”

 

Valentines for Seniors

Barickman hosting Valentine drive for seniors

Hoopeston Chronicle

Jordan Crook

01/25/2022

“For many seniors living in nursing homes and assisted living facilities, the ongoing pandemic has been an unusually lonely time. State Senator Jason Barickman (R-Bloomington) is hoping to brighten the Valentine season for many of these residents through his Valentines for Seniors program.”

 

Sen. Jason Barickman

Jan. 25, 2022

WRPW-FM (Normal)

Issue: Barickman Hosting Valentine Drive for Seniors

 

Plummer Collecting Valentines For Seniors

WGEL 101.7

Staff

01/26/2022

“Illinois State Senator Jason Plummer is hosting a valentine card drive for senior citizens.”

 

McClure Collecting Valentines For Seniors

WLDS/WEAI 107.1

Benjamin Cox

01/27/2022

“State Senator Steve McClure is hoping to bring joy to seniors for Valentine’s Day.”

 

Sen. Don DeWitte

Jan. 27, 2022

Elgin News Digest

Issue: Valentines for Seniors

 

Senator Rezin Hosting Valentine's For Senior Card Drive

WCSJ News

Jeff Lockridge

01/31/2022

“State Senator Sue Rezin is encouraging spreading some love and Valentine’s cheer to area seniors with her annual card drive.”

 

Veterans Affairs

Area Republicans Criticize Governor for Not Signing Veterans Affairs Accountability Bill

Ethan Kruger

WSPY 107.1 News

01/26/2022

“Morris State Senator Sue Rezin also was critical of the governor's office missing the deadline to sign the bill. Rezin says the governor's office has a bad habit of making mistakes when caring for veterans with catastrophic consequences.”

 

Pritzker Fails to Sign IDVA Accountability Unit Bill; Becomes Law Anyway

WLDS/WEAI 107.1 News

Benjamin Cox

01/26/2022

‘A press release by Republican Illinois Senator Sue Rezin of Morris yesterday says Pritzker’s failure to act on the bill was another incident of “the Pritzker Administration’s history of making careless mistakes when caring for veterans.”’

 

Pritzker not publicly signing accountability unit law a ‘disservice to veterans,’ senator says

The Center Square

Greg Bishop

01/28/2022

“State Sen. Sue Rezin, R-Morris, said there’s a pattern of miscommunication inside the Pritzker administration when it comes to veterans’ affairs.”

 

Sen. Sue Rezin

WCSJ-FM (Morris) (2 other sources)

Jan. 27, 2022

Issue: Criticisms of Governor for not signing Veterans Affairs accountability bill

 

Sen. Sue Rezin

KHQA-TV (Hannibal, MO)(1 other source)

Jan. 26, 2022

Issue: Oversight for Illinois Veterans Affairs Department

 

Sen. Sue Rezin

WLDS/WEAI Radio (Jacksonville)

Jan. 26, 2022

Issue: Criticisms of Governor for not signing Veterans Affairs accountability bill

 

Sen. Sue Rezin

Chicago Tribune

Jan. 25, 2022

Issue: Criticisms of Governor for not signing Veterans Affairs accountability bill

 

Update: State senator and representative condemn governor for not creating veterans’ unit

1430 WCMY

Steven Devine

01/30/2022

“Republican St Rep. David Welter and Republican St Sen. Sue Rezin are denouncing Gov. Pritzker for not taking action on legislation that would create a veterans’ accountability unit with the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs. But the law will take effect in June, even though the governor didn’t sign or veto it after the sixty-day period.”

 

Pritzker not publicly signing accountability unit law a ‘disservice to veterans,’ senator says

Illinois Radio Network

Greg Bishop

“State Sen. Sue Rezin, R-Morris, said there’s a pattern of miscommunication inside the Pritzker administration when it comes to veterans’ affairs.”

 

Voter Empowerment

Sen. Dan McConchie

Lake County Gazette

Jan. 26, 2022

Issue: Voter Empowerment resolutions

 

Sen. Dan McConchie

Jan. 24, 2022

Kane County Reporter

Issue: Voter empowerment constitutional amendments

 

Sen. Dan McConchie

Jan. 24, 2022

Quincy Herald-Whig/Capitol Recap

Issue: Voter empowerment constitutional amendments

 

Stoller: Amendments are 'designed to give Illinois voters a more active role in the state’s democratic process'

Peoria Standard

Glenn Minnis

01/25/2022

“State Sen. Win Stoller (R-Peoria) is pushing a plan he argues is intended to give voters more of a say in the direction of their government.”

 

MISC.

Gov. Pritzker Announces Nearly $220 Million In Rebuild Illinois Funding To Support Local Transit, Ports Projects

Effingham Radio

Staff

01/26/2022

‘“This is another very exciting project for Southern Illinois as we continue to capitalize on opportunities that lie within our two mighty rivers,” said State Senator Dale Fowler (R-Harrisburg). “Coupling this project along with the Alexander Cairo Port District will bring new jobs, out of state investments and economic development to some of our most economically depressed areas of the state. By turning old investments into new, continues our quest of creating much needed hope and prosperity to the Southern Illinois region.”’

 

Sen. Dale Fowler

Jan. 26/27, 2022

WSIL-TV (Harrisburg)(1 other source)

Issue: Rebuild Illinois funding

 

Sen. Dale Fowler

EdGlenToday.com

Illinois Ag Connection

Jan. 26/27, 2022

Issue: Rebuild Illinois funding (They reprinted Governor’s press release)

 

Sen. Jason Plummer

The Marietta Daily Journal (Georgia)(4 other sources)

Jan. 26, 2022

Issue: Judicial subdistricts temporarily blocked

 

Judicial subcircuits enacted by Pritzker, Democratic lawmakers temporarily blocked

The Center Square

Greg Bishop

01/26/2022

“State Sen. Jason Plummer, R-Edwardsville, reacted to a Sangamon County judge this week temporarily blocking those new judicial districts from going into effect in Madison County.”

 

Sen. Fowler: Nearly $19 million in funding for port project, broadband

KFVS 12

Lucas Sellem

01/27/2022

“State Senator Dale Fowler announced that new capital investments could soon come to the southern Illinois region.”

 

Sen. Terri Bryant

Jan. 28, 2022

State Journal Register (45 other sources)

Issue:  DCFS shelter problems

 

SEN. FOWLER ANNOUNCES INVESTMENTS IN AREA PORTS, BROADBAND INTERNET INFRASTRUCTURE

New Country Z100

Nora Inman

01/28/2022

“Illinois State Senator Dale Fowler is announcing the investment of nearly $19 million in port and broadband improvements for southern Illinois.”

 

Senator Plummer Reacts: Judge Blocks New Judicial Districts From Going Into Effect In County

River Bender, Ed Glen Today

Greg Bishop

01/29/2022

“State Sen. Jason Plummer, R-Edwardsville, reacted to a Sangamon County judge this week temporarily blocking those new judicial districts from going into effect in Madison County.”

 

Port revitalization project funding to bring jobs to Gallatin County

WSIL TV 3

Madeline Parker

01/28/2022

“Senator Dale Fowler said these employment opportunities can help revitalize not only the port, but the Shawneetown and Gallatin County communities.”