Week of 02/28/2022

COVID-19

Sen. Dan McConchie

3-2-22

Mendota Reporter

Issue: Mask mandate – Supreme Court ruling

 

Sen. Dan McConchie

3-7-22

Quincy Herald-Whig

Issue: Mask mandates – Supreme Court ruling

 

Senator Rezin Shares Thoughts on When Pandemic Could Become Endemic

WSPY News

Staff

03/02/2022

“State Senator Sue Rezin was on WCSJ’s People are Talking this week providing her thoughts on the Covid-19 pandemic and its lasting impacts.”

 

Sen. Dan McConchie

2-28-22

Capitol News Illinois (32 other sources)

Issue: Mask mandate for schools

 

Sen. Don DeWitte

2-28-22

Washington Examiner (Center Square story) (2 other sources)

Issue: Mask mandate for schools

 

Sen. Sue Rezin

3-2-22

WSPY Radio (Aurora)

Issue: When will the Covid-19 pandemic end?

 

Sen. Win Stoller

3-2-22

WCSJ Radio (Morris) (1 other source)

Issue: When will the Covid-19 pandemic end?

 

Sen. Dan McConchie

3-1-22

DuQuoin Evening Call

Issue: Mask mandates – Supreme Court ruling

Education

How to solve Illinois' teacher shortage? Lawmakers push variety of ideas

The Pantagraph

TAYLOR VIDMAR

03/04/2022

“State Sen. Terri Bryant, R-Murphysboro, filed Senate Bill 4180, which would require five new elected — not governor-appointed — members of the Illinois State Board of Education.”

 

Sen. Neil Anderson

3-5-22

Galesburg Register-Mail

Issue: Education/Empowering parents

 

Sen. Terri Bryant

3-6-22

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Issue: Teacher shortage

 

Sen. Terri Bryant

3-4-22

Southern Illinoisan

Issue: Teacher shortage

 

Sen. Neil Anderson

3-3-22

WICD-TV (1 other source)

Issue: Education/Empowering parents

 

Sen. Jason Barickman

3-3-22

WICD-TV (Champaign) (1 other source)

Issue: Education/Empowering parents

Madigan Indictment

Rezin react to Madigan indictment

103.9 WLPO

John Small

03/02/2022

“State Senator Sue Rezin has released a statement after the U.S. Attorney's Office announced the indictment of former Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan on public corruption charges.”

 

Sen. Barickman Statement on Announcement of Madigan Indictment

Cities 92.9, KHQA 7

Tom Davis

03/03/2022

‘State Senator Jason Barickman (R-Bloomington) released the following statement regarding the indictment of former Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan: “Today Madigan joins a long list of Illinois politicians who have been indicted by the federal government. This is another example of the need for stronger ethics standards and the continued need to root out corruption in Illinois government. It also shows why we need a strong two-party system that offer voters real choices, so that they can send corrupt politicians packing. People deserve the chance to have a government that they can trust.”’

 

Sen. Sally Turner Reacts to Indictment of Michael Madigan

Cities 92.9

Tom Davis

03/03/2022

‘State Senator Sally Turner (R-Beason) issued the following statement after the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced the indictment of former Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan on public corruption charges: “Today’s indictment of former Speaker Madigan comes as no surprise to far too many people. Once again, the ethics laws of our state have failed the people of Illinois and has forced the federal government to step in to clean up Illinois’ corruption.”’

 

Local Lawmakers React To Former Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan's Indictment

WCSJ News

Staff

03/03/2022

“Meanwhile, State Senator Sue Rezin said with this indictment, I hope that my Democrat colleagues choose to take a tougher stance on public corruption and work with us to create stronger ethics reforms.”

 

Sen. Brian Stewart

3-2-22

WIFR-TV (Rockford)

Issue: Madigan indictment

 

Sen. Dale Fowler

3-2-22

WPSD-TV (Paducah, KY)

Issue:  Madigan indictment

 

Sen. Dan McConchie

3-2-22

News AKMI (online US-based news site) (8 other sources)

Issue:  Madigan indictment

 

Sen. Dan McConchie

3-2-22

State Journal Register (2 other sources)

Issue:  Madigan indictment

 

Sen. Dan McConchie

3-2-22

Daily Herald

Issue:  Madigan indictment

 

Sen. Jason Barickman

3-3-22

WRPW Radio (Bloomington/Normal)

Issue:  Madigan indictment

 

Sen. Jason Barickman

3-3-22

Ogle County Newspapers

Issue:  Madigan indictment

 

Sen. Jason Barickman

3-2-22

KHQA-TV (Quincy) (1 other source)

Issue:  Madigan indictment

 

Sen. Jason Barickman

3-2-22

WYZZ-TV (Peoria)

Issue:  Madigan indictment

 

Sen. Neil Anderson

3-2-22

WICD-TV (Champaign)

Issue:  Madigan indictment

 

Sen. Sally Turner

3-3-22

WRPW Radio (Bloomington/Normal)

Issue:  Madigan indictment

 

Sen. Sally Turner

3-2-22

WYZZ-TV (Peoria)

Issue:  Madigan indictment

 

Sen. Sally Turner

3-2-22

WICD-TV (Champaign)

Issue:  Madigan indictment

 

Sen. Sue Rezin

3-3-22

WCSJ Radio (Morris)

Issue:  Madigan indictment

 

Sen. Sue Rezin

3-3-22

Ogle County Newspapers

Issue:  Madigan indictment

 

Sen. Sue Rezin

3-2-22

Starvedrock Media (regional radio station group)

Issue:  Madigan indictment

 

Sen. Sue Rezin

3-2-22

Ogle County Newspapers

Issue:  Madigan indictment

 

Sen. Win Stoller

3-2-22

WYZZ-TV (Peoria)

Issue: Madigan indictment

 

Sen. Brian Stewart

3-3-22

WCMY Radio (Ottawa)

Issue: Madigan indictment

 

Sen. Don DeWitte

3-3-22

Daily Herald

Issue: Madigan indictment

 

Sen. Jason Barickman

3-3-22

WMBD Radio (Peoria)

Issue: Madigan indictment

 

Sen. John Curran

3-3-22

Positively Naperville

Issue: Madigan indictment

 

Sen. Sally Turner

3-3-22

WMBD Radio (Peoria)

Issue: Madigan indictment

 

Sen. Sally Turner

3-3-22

Kewanee Star-Courier (1 other source)

Issue: Madigan indictment

 

Sen. Sue Rezin

3-3-22

WCMY Radio (Ottawa)

Issue: Madigan indictment

 

Sen. Win Stoller

3-3-22

WMBD Radio (Peoria)

Issue: Madigan indictment

 

'I hope this signals a turning point': Suburban politicians react to Madigan's indictment

The Daily Herald

Jake Griffin

03/03/2022

“Republican Senate leader Dan McConchie of Hawthorn Woods praised federal investigators from the FBI and IRS who helped in the investigation that led to Madigan's indictment.”

 

How some lawmakers reacted to Michael Madigan's indictment on fraud, bribery charges

The State Journal-Register

Staff report

02/03/2022

Sen. Sally Turner, (R-Beason): ‘“Today’s indictment of former Speaker Madigan comes as no surprise to far too many people. Once again, the ethics laws of our state have failed the people of Illinois and has forced the federal government to step in to clean up Illinois’ corruption.”’

 

Prisons

Lawmakers concerned over Pontiac prison downsizing plan

WGLT

Charlie Schlenker

03/01/2022

‘“The department insists that there's not going to be a change in personnel. They've had some difficulty with overtime. And they think this might help alleviate that. They also think that some of the closure is a result of the deferred maintenance expenses that exist there,” said State Sen. Jason Barickman, R-Bloomington.’

 

Sen Plummer talks more on Vandalia Prison situation, says they will continue in talks with DOC

Vandalia Radio

Todd Stapleton

03/04/2022

“And, State Senator Jason Plummer says they continue dialogue with the DOC on this.  Senator Plummer says they want to make sure the Department of Corrections fully utilizes the assets they have at Vandalia.”

 

Sen. Jason Barickman

3-2-22

Pontiac Daily Leader

Issue: Pontiac Correctional Center – Transfers underway

 

Sen. Jason Barickman

3-1-22

Southern Illinoisan (3 other sources)

Issue: Downsizing Pontiac and Vandalia CC

 

Public Safety

New Bill To Recognize Dispatchers As First Responders

Taylorville Daily News

Leroy M Kleimola

02/28/2022

“A new bill that is being pushed through would classify officially emergency dispatchers as first responders under Illinois code. The proposal, from State Senator Neil Anderson and Representative Dan Swanson would go a long way towards recognizing the hard work that goes into being a dispatcher. State Senator Anderson says most people don’t even realize how much dispatchers go through.”

 

SAFE-T Act driving up spending by Law Enforcement Training Standards Board on training, body cameras

The Daily Line

Ben Szalinski

“I’ve been talking to a number of sheriffs [and] local law enforcement officials that are hiring people,” Sen. Win Stoller (R-Germantown Hills) said. “There’s a waitlist to get into the academy for the training that they’re telling me can be four, six, eight months or more just to get somebody in and then they need to have the on-the-job training. So it can be six months to a year just to get somebody hired.”

 

Illinois Senate approves bill to allow local officials charged with a felony to be placed on leave

Shaw Local

Northwest Herald

02/28/2022

“The legislation was sponsored by state Sens. Craig Wilcox, R-McHenry; Dave Syverson, R-Cherry Valley; Steve Stadelman, D-Rockford; and Brian Stewart, R-Freeport.”

 

General Assembly Works on Legislation to Remove Elected Officials Charged with Crimes Related to Official Duties

Center for Illinois Politics

Margaret Rock

03/05/2022

“State Senator Craig Wilcox (R-McHenry), one of the senate’s co-sponsors of the bill, explained that the legislation provides for the county board to review the alleged crimes involving a violation of an elected official’s oath to determine by a three-fifths vote of all members if they should be placed on administrative leave.”

 

‘Another supporter of the bill, Dave Syverson (R-Cherry Valley) concurred, pointing out, “There was zero mechanism for this (what happened in the case of the Winnebago County coroner), and it is clearly a problem we had to figure out.”’

 

Sen. Brian Stewart

2-28-22

Ogle County Newspapers

Issue: Removing elected officials charged with a crime

 

Sen. Craig Wilcox

2-28-22

Ogle County Newspapers

Issue: Removing elected officials charged with a crime

 

Sen. Dave Syverson

2-28-22

Ogle County Newspapers

Issue: Removing elected officials charged with a crime

 

Sen. Jil Tracy

2-28-22

Muddy River News (Quincy)

Issue: GOP legislative package/Addressing teacher shortage

 

Sen. Neil Anderson

2-28-22

Muddy River News (Quincy)

Issue: GOP legislative package/Addressing teacher shortage

 

Sen. Neil Anderson

2-28-22

DeWitt Daily News

Issue: Emergency dispatchers as First Responders

 

Sen. Steve McClure

2-28-22

DeWitt Daily News

Issue: DCFS workers can carry pepper spray

 

Sen. Terri Bryant

2-28-22

Muddy River News (Quincy)

Issue: GOP legislative package/Addressing teacher shortage

 

MISC.

10 years later: City of Harrisburg remembers lives lost during Leap Day tornado

WSIL TV 3

Paul Wilcoxen

02/28/2022

‘"We always pledged that we would never forget February 29, 2012," said Senator Dale Fowler (R-Harrisburg).’

 

Lincoln museum makes case for more state funding after cutting ties with fundraising arm

The Daily Line

Ben Szalinski

02/28/2022

‘“In my opinion, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library is one of the crown jewels of Illinois and I certainly appreciate where the library is and what it does for Illinois citizens and all our citizens in our country,” Sen. Brian Stewart (R-Freeport) said.’

 

State Legislators Discuss Issues at Vermilion County Farm Bureau

Vermilion County First

Steve Brandy

03/01/2022

“GOP 51st District State Senator Chapin Rose agreed.  He says with so many roads needed for farming still under township jurisdiction, downstate townships sometimes do not have enough people in office to get the job done.”

 

WGLT's the Leadoff is everything you need to know for Wednesday, March 2, 2022

WGLT's The Leadoff

Staff

03/02/2022

“Bloomington City Manager Tim Gleason says the city is changing the way it's managing Grossinger Motors Arena going forward. Plus, Republican State Senator Jason Barickman tells WGLT's Charlie Schlenker he has problems with the way the state went about transferring some medium security inmates out of the Pontiac Correctional Center.”

 

Turner and Butler host blood drive to help combat shortages

News Channel ABC 20

WICS/WRSP Staff

03/02/2022

“Senator Sally Turner and State Representative Tim Butler are hosting a blood drive to help combat the nationwide blood shortage.”

 

Sen. Dale Fowler

2-28-22

Southern Illinoisan

Issue: Honoring the victims of the 2012 Harrisburg tornado

 

Sen. Sally Turner

3-3-22

WICD-TV (Champaign)

Issue: Blood Drive in Lincoln

 

Sen. Sally Turner

3-3-22

WCCU-TV (Springfield)

Issue: Blood Drive in Lincoln

 

Sen. Dave Syverson

2-28-22

WIFR-TV (Rockford)

Issue:  Protecting visitation rights of senior citizens in healthcare facilities

 

Sen. Darren Bailey

2-28-22

WIND Radio (Chicago)

Issue: Electric rate hike

 

Sen. Dave Syverson

2-28-22

WREX-TV (Rockford)

Issue:  Protecting visitation rights of senior citizens in healthcare facilities

 

Sen. Craig Wilcox

3-1-22

Associated Press

Issue: National Natural Gas Safety Awareness

 

Sen. Dale Fowler

3-1-22

DuQuoin Evening Call

Issue: Incentivize Illinoisans to purchase vehicles manufactured in-state

 

Sen. Steve McClure

3-1-22

Edwardsville Intelligencer (2 other sources)

Issue: Driver’s license suspension for use of cell phone resulting in the traffic death of another person

 

Sen. Craig Wilcox

3-2-22

PR Newswire

Issue: National Natural Gas Safety Awareness Campaign

 

Sen. Sue Rezin

3-2-22

Ogle County Newspapers

Issue: LaSalle Veterans Home deaths

 

Sen. Sally Turner

3-2-22

WICS-TV (Springfield)

Issue: Blood drive in Lincoln