Week of 02/21/2022

Education

Senate Republicans Push to Empower Parents in Their Children’s Education

Vermilion County First

Steve Brandy

02/24/2022

‘“The Illinois State Board of Education, whose members are hand-chosen by Governor Pritzker, sets rules and standards for all public schools. Unfortunately, this system minimizes the voices of families, doesn’t provide any sort of accountability to the public, and creates a situation where members are more beholden to the Governor than Illinois families. That’s not right,” said State Sen. Terri Bryant (R-Murphysboro). “Parents of our state deserve to have a voice in the education of their children. One of the ways we can begin to give them back their voice is to allow for the public to choose the individuals that are making crucial educational decisions on behalf of our children.”’

 

‘“As parents, we ought to have the ability to see exactly what is being taught in the classroom, which can not only impact the educational success of students, but the people that they become,” said State Sen. Neil Anderson (R-Andalusia). “This legislation would bring much-needed transparency without forcing parents to jump through hoops to find out what their child is learning. By viewing the curriculum, parents will have the opportunity to better decide if it suits their child’s academic needs.”’

 

‘“Illinois’ Invest in Kids program provides tuition for a private education, giving low-income students in struggling schools an opportunity for a better educational outcome. Invest in Kids has already been the source of many success stories, but the program is set to expire. Extending the program will provide a real choice to families,” said State Sen. Jil Tracy (R-Quincy). “We are also looking to offer some stability for students, by creating a funding preference for those currently participating in the program, thus providing educational stability for them and their families.”’

 

‘“This program is making a difference for at-risk students every day. It’s vitally important that we protect it and help it to grow,” said State Sen. Jason Barickman (R-Bloomington). ‘“The changes we are proposing will help ensure a solid foundation for the scholarship program so that it can continue to provide better educational opportunities for students.”’

 

Illinois Senate GOP package aims to provide school curriculum to parents

FOX 32 News

Staff

02/24/2022

‘"What information is taught to students, as well as how it is taught, has an impact not only on the educational success of students but the people they become in everyday society," said State Senator Neil Anderson.’

 

Sen. Jason Barickman

2-25-22

Pure Oldies 107.5FM (Springfield)

Issue: Empowering parents’ voices in education

 

Sen. Terri Bryant

2-25-22

Champaign News Gazette (30 other sources)

Issue: Addressing the teacher shortage/increasing seats on the ISBE

 

Sen. Dave Syverson

2-25-22

WREX-TV (Rockford) (multiple newscasts)

Issue: Empowering parents’ voices in education

 

Sen. Jil Tracy

2-27-22

DeWitt Daily News

Issue: Empowering parents’ voices in education

 

Sen. Jil Tracy

2-26-22

WLDS/WEAI Radio (Jacksonville)

Issue: Empowering parents’ voices in education

 

Sen. Jil Tracy

2-25-22

Champaign News-Gazette (30 other sources)

Issue:  Invest in Kids” program

 

Sen. Neil Anderson

2-27-22

DeWitt Daily News

Issue: Empowering parents’ voices in education

 

Sen. Neil Anderson

2-25-22

Champaign News-Gazette (30 other sources)

Issue: Empowering parents’ voices in education

 

Sen. Neil Anderson

2-25-22

Kewanee Star-Courier

Issue: Empowering parents’ voices in education

 

Lawmakers unveil bills to address Illinois teacher shortage

Capitol News Illinois, KPVI 6, The Rock Island Dispatch-Argus

GRACE KINNICUTT

02/25/2022

“Sen. Neil Anderson, R-Andalusia, said he believes parents have a right to know what materials are being taught in schools in order to better understand what their child is learning.”

 

“Sen. Terri Bryant, R-Murphysboro, introduced Senate Bill 4180 that creates five new seats on the Illinois State Board of Education. One board member per judicial district would be elected by voters.”

 

“Under Senate Bill 4181, Sen. Jil Tracy, R-Quincy, said the program would become permanent and provide educational stability for students.”

 

Sen. Jason Barickman

2-24-22

WCBU Radio (Peoria)

Issue: Parental rights in education

 

Sen. Jason Barickman

2-24-22

WMBD Radio (Peoria)

Issue: Parental rights in education

 

Sen. Jason Barickman

2-24-22

WHOI-TV (Peoria) (2 other sources)

Issue: Parental rights in education

 

Sen. Jil Tracy

2-24-22

WHOI-TV (Peoria) (2 other sources)

Issue: Parental rights in education

 

Sen. Neil Anderson

2-24-22

WFLD-TV (Chicago)

Issue: Parental rights in education

 

Sen. Terri Bryant

2-24-22

WHOI-TV (Peoria) (2 other sources)

Issue: Parental rights in education

 

Sen. Dave Syverson

2-25-22

WREX-TV (Rockford) (multiple newscasts)

Issue: Parental rights in education

 

Sen. Jil Tracy

2-24-22

WGN Radio (Chicago)

Issue: Parental rights in education

 

Sen. Neil Anderson

2-24-22

WGN Radio (Chicago)

Issue: Parental rights in education

 

Sen. Terri Bryant

2-25-22

WIND Radio (Chicago)

Issue: Parental rights in education

 

Sen. Terri Bryant

2-24-22

WGEM-TV (Chicago)

Issue: Parental rights in education

 

Sen. Terri Bryant

2-25-22

Champaign News Gazette (30 other sources)

Issue: Addressing the teacher shortage/increasing seats on the ISBE

LIG

Sen. Dan McConchie

2-22-22

Daily Herald

Issue: React to appointment of LIG

 

Sen. Jil Tracy

2-21-22

Chronicle Media (Collar Counties)

Issue: Appointment of LIG

 

Sen. Jason Barickman

2-22-22

WCBU Radio (Peoria)

Issue: Appointment of LIG

 

Legislators from suburbs offer mixed reactions to new ethics watchdog in Springfield

The Daily Herald

Maria Gardner

02/22/2022

‘"Bypassing the citizen oversight process set in state law is contrary to even Judge McCuskey's stated desires and interpretation of the law," Senate Minority Leader Dan McConchie of Hawthorn Woods, a Republican, said in a statement after the Senate vote. "This is not only uncalled for but feeds into the mistrust that many Illinoisans rightfully have of their state government."’

 

Retired judge McCuskey says he’s optimistic about new legislative watchdog role

Illinois Newsroom

Eric Stock

02/22/2022

“Republican State Sen. Jason Barickman of Bloomington voted “no” on McCuskey’s appointment. The two state representatives in McLean County, Republicans Dan Brady and Keith Sommer, both had excused absences.”

Mask Mandates

Mask mandates coming off in most indoor settings Monday

The Center Square

Greg Bishop

02/24/2022

“State Sen. Jason Barickman, R-Bloomington, said the Democratic controlled legislature has failed to address Pritzker’s unilateral rule.”

 

Sen. Dan McConchie

2-26-22

WCBU Radio (Peoria) (1 other source)

Issue: Mask mandate – Supreme Court ruling

 

Sen. Darren Bailey

2-26-22

WCBU Radio (Peorial) (1 other source)

Issue: The original mask mandate lawsuit

 

Eye On Illinois: Even if masking settled, clarity still needed on executive powers

Shaw Local

Scott T. Holland

02/22/2022

“In December, McConchie vowed to keep working toward changing the way political maps are drawn in Illinois. Last week, he wanted Pritzker to stop seeking a court to endorse his school-based COVID mitigation rules.”

 

Senate Republicans propose legislation to empower parents of schoolchildren

WJBC

Dave Dahl

02/25/2022

“It’s really, said State Sen. Jason Barickman (R-Bloomington), about empowerment.”

 

Senate passes bill Republicans say will increase Illinois energy fees by $80 million

The Center Square, KPVI 6

Greg Bishop

02/25/2022

“State Sen. Darren Bailey, R-Xenia, said the measure is a follow up to sweeping alternative energy legislation he said was “hastily” enacted last summer, and the timing of Friday’s legislation is poor.”

 

Sen. Rose Reacts to Gov. Pritzker's Fight Over Masks in School

DeWitt Daily News

Staff

02/26/2022

“State Senator Chapin Rose on the WHOW Morning Show Thursday told Regional Radio over 80-percent of Illinois school districts have chosen to walk away from the Governor's mask mandate after a Sangamon County judge ruled in favor of Illinois schools.”

 

State Senate Republicans Offer Education Reforms

WLDS/WEAI

Benjamin Cox

02/26/2022

‘47th District State Senator Jil Tracy of Quincy says another bill makes the “Invest in Kids” Scholarship program permanent to help low-income families pay for private school: “Extending the program will provide a real choice to students and their families whose future might be otherwise limited by educational resources that are not meeting their needs for whatever reasons.”’

 

Sen. Jason Plummer

2-21-22

WIND Radio (Chicago)

Issue: React to Governor appealing mask ruling to state Supreme Court

Prison Closures

Sen. Jason Barickman

2-22-22

Pontiac Daily Leader

Issue: Partial closure of the Pontiac and Vandalia CC

 

Sen. Terri Bryant

2-22-22

Pontiac Daily Leader

Issue: Partial closure of the Pontiac and Vandalia CC

Public Safety

Morris State Senator Backs Bill Package Meant to Combat Crime

WSPY News

Ethan Kruger

02/21/2022

“State Senator Sue Rezin is backing a package of bills meant to get tough on crime in Illinois. Rezin says the bill package addresses a spike of violent crimes across the state including carjackings and freeway shootings.”

 

Illinois bill would recognize 9-1-1 dispatchers as first responders

The Center Square

Kevin Bessler

02/25/2022

‘“Qualifying them, giving them the recognition as first responders, is pretty important not only for them but it's important for people to understand that they too are first responders and they deserve that recognition,” said the bill's sponsor, state Sen. Neil Anderson, R-Moline.’

 

Sen. Neil Anderson

2-24-22

WRSP-TV (Springfield) (1 other source)

Issue: Emergency Dispatchers as First Responders

 

Sen. Sue Rezin

2-23-22

Mendota Reporter

Issue: GOP Crime Package

 

Sen. Neil Anderson

2-24-22

WRSP-TV (Springfield) (multiple newscasts) (1 other source)

Issue: Emergency dispatchers as First Responders

 

Sen. Neil Anderson

2-24-22

WAND-TV (Decatur) (1 other source)

Issue: Emergency dispatchers as First Responders

 

Sen. Neil Anderson

2-21-22

WAND-TV (Decatur)

Issue: Emergency services dispatchers as first responders

 

Sen. Neil Anderson

2-25-22

Streeterville News

Issue: Emergency dispatches as First Responders

 

Sen. Neil Anderson

2-27-22

WRSP-TV (Springfield)

Issue: Emergency dispatches as First Responders

 

Sen. Neil Anderson

2-27-22

WAND-TV (Decatur)

Issue: Emergency dispatches as First Responders

 

Sen. Steve McClure

2-25-22

WGEM-TV (Quincy)

Issue: DCFS workers can carry pepper spray

 

Sen. Steve McClure

2-25-22

WGN Radio (Chicago) (multiple newscasts)

Issue: DCFS workers can carry pepper spray

 

Sen. Neil Anderson

2-25-22

WMBD Radio (Peoria)

Issue: Emergency dispatches as First Responders

 

Sen. Steve McClure

2-26-22

WLDS Radio (Jacksonville)

Issue: DCFS workers can carry pepper spray

 

Sen. Steve McClure

2-25-22

WAND-TV (Decatur)

Issue: DCFS workers can carry pepper spray

 

Sen. Steve McClure

2-25-22

WHOI-TV (Peoria) (2 other sources)

Issue: DCFS workers can carry pepper spray

 

GOP state senators file education proposals on eve of deadline

WGEM

Lizzie Seils

02/24/2022

“Additionally, Sen. Anderson (R-Moline) introduced a proposal requiring school districts to publicly post their curriculum and lesson plans. He argued it would keep parents in the loop for their children’s education.”

 

“Lastly, Sen. Jil Tracy (R-Quincy) and Sen. Jason Barickman (R-Bloomington) proposed the continuation of the “Invest in Kids” scholarship funds. These funds are privately funded by donors using tax credits as incentives and are offered to low-income children. Tracy said children who receive a scholarship one year aren’t guaranteed one the next.”

 

“One of the proposals, by Sen. Terri Bryant (R-Murphysboro), would add five members to the Illinois State Board of Education by election. Those positions are filled now by appointment.”

 

McClure Bill To Allow DCFS Workers to Carry Pepper Spray Passes IL Senate

WLDS/ WEAI

Benjamin Cox

02/26/2022

“State Senator Steve McClure drafted the bill after the slaying of DCFS worker Deidre Silas in Thayer last month while she was investigating a child endangerment call.”

 

Sen. Neil Anderson

2-22-22

WAND-TV (Decatur)

Issue: Emergency dispatchers classified as First Responders

 

Sen. Chapin Rose

2-23-22

Mendota Reporter

Issue: GOP Crime Package

 

Sen. Dan McConchie

2-24-22

Mendota Reporter

Issue: GOP Crime Package

 

Sen. Steve McClure

2-21-22

Quincy Herald-Whig (25 other sources)

Issue: Allowing DCFS workers to carry pepper spray/Increased penalties for assaults on DCFS workers

 

Sen. Neil Anderson

2-22-22

WRSP-TV (Springfield) (multiple newscasts) (3 other sources)

Issue: Emergency dispatchers should be classified as first responders

 

Sen. Neil Anderson

2-22-22

WAND-TV (Decatur) (2 other sources)

Issue: Emergency dispatchers should be classified as first responders

MISC.

Sen Plummer wants to block Gov Pritzker from paying staff with private dollars

Vandalia Radio

Todd Stapleton

02/21/2022

“State Sen. Jason Plummer’s bill provides that no state employee may receive compensation from any private party for their work for the state of Illinois.”

 

Sen. Dave Syverson

2-25-22

WQRF-TV (Rockford)

Issue: Removing elected officials charged with a crime

 

Sen. Darren Bailey

2-28-22

WIND Radio (Chicago)

Issue: Electric rate hike

 

Sen. Dave Syverson

2-25-22

WTVO-TV (Rockford)

Issue: Removing elected officials charged with a crime

 

Sen. Dave Syverson

2-25-22

WIFR-TV (Rockford)

Issue: Removing elected officials charged with a crime

 

Sen. Sally Turner

2-25-22

WMBD Radio (Peoria)

Issue: Jelani Day bill

 

Sen. Don DeWitte

2-27-22

Daily Herald

Issue: Fundraiser for local food pantries

 

New legislation aims to address mental health in Illinois schools

The Center Square

Andrew Hensel

02/22/2022

“The bill was met with little pushback during the committee hearing. State Sen. Sue Rezin, R-Morris, said that she is surprised that this is not being done already at schools across the state.”

 

Sen. Craig Wilcox

2-25-22

Ogle County Newspapers

Issue: Jelani Day bill

 

Sen. Dale Fowler

2-25-22

DuQuoin Evening Call (2 other sources)

Issue: Stabilizing the DuQuoin State Fair

 

Sen. Jason Plummer

2-22-22

Muddy River News (Quincy)

Issue: Prohibiting the Governor from using his private funds to pay staff salaries

 

Sen. Dale Fowler

2-21-22

WSIL-TV (Harrisburg) (multiple newscasts)

Issue: Illinois entrepreneurship assistance center legislation

 

Sen. Sue Rezin

2-22-22

Ogle County Newspapers

Issue: Expansion Illinois’ LIHEAP

 

Sen. Sue Rezin

2-25-22

Ogle County Newspapers

Issue: Jelani Day bill

 

Sen. Sue Rezin

2-25-22

WCMY Radio (Ottawa)

Issue: Jelani Day bill

 

Sen. Don DeWitte

2-21-22

WCIA-TV (Champaign) (1 other source)

Issue: Local governments benefitting from federal COVID funds

 

Sen. Jason Plummer

2-21-22

Streeterville News (Cook County)

Issue: Governor using his personal wealth to pay staff salaries

 

Sen. Don DeWitte

2-21-22

Daily Herald

Issue: Food pantries fundraiser

 

State lawmakers push Russia divestment, refugee funding boost amid Ukraine invasion

The Daily Line

Ben Szalinski

02/25/2022

“Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is also personal for Senate Minority Leader Dan McConchie (R-Hawthorn Woods). McConchie’s wife is an immigrant from Bulgaria, which fell behind the Soviet Union’s Iron Curtain.”

 

Lawmaker wants to block Pritzker from paying staff with private dollars

The Center Square

Kevin Bessler

02/21/2022

“Senate Bill 2213 introduced by state Sen. Jason Plummer, R-Edwardsville, provides that no state employee may receive compensation from any private party for their work within the scope of his or her employment by a state agency.”

 

Lawmakers throw $2,800 in groceries into carts in race to benefit Fox Valley food pantries

Daily Herald

Alicia Fabbre

02/21/2022

“State Sen. Don DeWitte and state Rep. Suzanne Ness hit the Batavia Jewel-Osco Monday morning for a friendly grocery store race benefiting two area food pantries and hundreds of families in Kane County.”

 

Sen. Steve McClure

2-24-22

Illinois Times

Issue: Texting while driving/fatality

 

Sen. Jason Plummer

2-24-22

Day By Day Live (Online – Looks to be a reprint of Sun-Times article) (1 other source)

Issue: Prisoner Review Board/Lack of Senate confirmation

 

Sen. Don DeWitte

2-24-22

WICD-TV (Champaign)

Issue: Senate Bill 1815 - Civil engineer/affidavit/Infrastructure

 

Sen. Don DeWitte

2-21-22

Ogle County Newspapers

Issue: Food pantries fundraiser

 

Sen. Fowler Co-Sponsoring Bill to Provide Financial Stability for Du Quoin State Fair

92.7 ALT 2K

Staff

02/21/2022

“State Senator Dale Fowler announced Friday that he is serving as a Chief Co-Sponsor on legislation that would ensure income from the Du Quoin State Fair to be placed into the appropriate fund to ensure financial stability for years ahead.”

 

Rockford area lawmakers express doubt, opposition to proposed 'raise-the-age' legislation

Rockford Register Star

Chris Green

02/23/2022

“State Sen. Dave Syverson, R-Cherry Valley, said he would "strongly oppose" any bill that raises the juvenile age.”

 

Illinois statehouse responds to Ukraine invasion, world conflict

23 WIFR

Lizzie Seils

02/24/2022

‘“I think the best thing we can do in our society when we see governments of this sort who are performing these kinds of actions overseas, is to reinforce the goodness and the quality that we have here in America with our democracy.” -- Senate Minority Leader Dan McConchie (R - Lake Zurich)’

 

Sen. Jason Plummer, R-Edwardsville Wants to Block Gov. Pritzker From Paying Staff With Private Dollars

Cardinal News

Staff

02/25/2022

“Senate Bill 2213 introduced by state Sen. Jason Plummer, R-Edwardsville, provides that no state employee may receive compensation from any private party for their work within the scope of his or her employment by a state agency.”

 

Illinois bill would recognize 9-1-1 dispatchers as first responders

The Center Square

Kevin Bessler

02/25/2022

‘“Qualifying them, giving them the recognition as first responders, is pretty important not only for them but it's important for people to understand that they too are first responders and they deserve that recognition,” said the bill's sponsor, state Sen. Neil Anderson, R-Moline.’