Week of 03/07/2022

Emergency Powers

Turner Renews Call to Rein in Pritzker’s Abuse of Emergency Powers

Cities 92.9

Tom Davis

03/09/2022

“As the two-year anniversary approaches of Governor JB Pritzker’s first disaster declaration in response to COVID-19, State Senator Sally Turner (R-Beason) is renewing her call to rein in the Governor’s ability to impose sweeping emergency powers and require legislative input and oversight. Since the Governor’s first declaration on March 9, 2020, he has re-issued his disaster declaration approximately every 30 days as a “work around” to the 30-day limit on declared disasters imposed by the Emergency Management Agency Act.”

 

State Senator Calls For Lawmakers to Rein In Emergency Powers

WSPY NEWS

Staff

03/10/2022

“Morris State Senator Sue Rezin is calling for a bill that would impose limits on Governor J.B. Pritzker's emergency powers. Rezin says the governor has been using a work around to impose the emergency declaration since the COVID-19 disaster order was first declared on March 9 of 2020.”

 

Senator Rezin Trying To "Reign In" Governor Pritzker

103.9 WLPO News

Jeremy Aitken

03/09/2022

“Republican State Senator Sue Rezin thinks the Democrat governor has failed you and is aiming to rein in what she call's Pritzker's “abuse of emergency powers”. Rezin is co-sponsoring a proposed bill that would require the governor to get approval from the General Assembly before renewing emergency powers after the initial 30-day state of emergency declaration. Extending a state mask mandate would be a prime example.”

 

Sen. Sally Turner

3-9-22

WRPW Radio (Bloomington/Normal)

Issue: Pritzker abuse of emergency powers

 

Sen. Sue Rezin

3-9-22

Starvedrock Media (Regional radio station group in her district)

Issue: Pritzker abuse of emergency powers

 

Sen. Sue Rezin

3-9-22

WCMY Radio (Ottawa)

Issue: Governor’s emergency powers

 

Sen. Sue Rezin

3-9-22

Ogle County Newspapers

Issue: Governor’s emergency powers

 

Sen. Sue Rezin

3-9-22

WCSJ Radio (Morris) (2 other sources)

Issue: Governor’s emergency powers

Interviews/Op-eds

NEWSRADIO WJPF INTERVIEW WITH TERRI BRYANT | MARCH 7, 2022

WJPF Radio

Staff

03/07/2022

“Illinois State Senator Terri Bryant (R-Murphysboro) joins The Morning Newswatch.”

Gas Prices

Gas prices on the table as Illinois lawmakers discuss options for lowering costs

State Journal-Register

Andrew Adams

03/11/2022

Syverson and Sen. Donald DeWitte, R-St. Charles, introduced a plan to limit the taxes charged on sales of gasoline.”

 

“So far, only Republicans and business groups have come out in support of the plan, though every Republican in the Senate has signed on as a co-sponsor, including Springfield Sens. Steve McClure and Sally Turner as well as Senate Minority Leader Dan McConchie, R-Hawthorn Woods.”

 

Lawmakers want to cap Illinois sales tax on fuel

FOX Illinois

WICS/WRSP Staff

03/10/2022

‘“This plan will ensure that critically-needed projects are still properly funded while also providing relief for the people of our state who are currently experiencing generational high inflation,” said Senator Sally Turner, R-Beason. “Illinois lawmakers must act quickly to pass this legislation, so our constituents can have some level of reprieve before the situation gets too out of hand.”’

 

‘"If we do nothing consumers are going to be devastated by this increase in tax these increased revenues just become a windfall for politicians and the government we don't believe that that's fair," said Sen. Dave Syverson, R-Rockford.’

 

‘“The government shouldn’t gouge you at the same time the price at the pump goes through the roof,” said Senator Chapin Rose, R-Mahomet.’

 

Republicans look to save Illinois drivers $1 billion at the pump by capping sales tax

The Center Square

Greg Bishop

03/10/2022

“State Sen. Dave Syverson, R-Cherry Valley, said their measure differs from the governor’s proposal to freeze the annual gas tax in several ways. The governor’s plan could save taxpayers about $135 million while the GOP plan could save taxpayers around $1 billion.”

 

“State Sen. Chapin Rose, R-Mohamet, said state government is already reaping increased revenue because of record inflation.”

 

“State Sen. Don DeWitte, R-St. Charles, said that’s unrealistic for families struggling to make ends meet now.”

 

Proposed legislation would cap state sales tax on fuel

WAND News

Staff

03/10/2022

“Senate Bill 4195, would cap the state's sales tax on motor fuel at last year's level, because gas prices rose. State Sen. Chapin Rose (R-Mahomet) released a statement on Thursday that explained the bill could potentially save drivers $1 billion over the next fiscal year if gas prices reach $5.50 per gallon.”

 

Electric vehicles out of reach for some as mechanics, builders expect higher costs

The Center Square, The Fairfield Sun Times

Greg Bishop

03/11/2022

“State Sen. Neil Anderson, R-Andalusia, said the governor is out of touch with what’s happening on the ground.”

 

New Proposal For Helping Gas Prices

Taylorville Daily News

Leroy M Kleimola

03/12/2022

“State Senator Chapin Rose is sponsoring legislation to provide permanent tax relief to families at the gas pump. Senator Rose says gas prices are out of control and while he can’t control what barrel’s of oil sells for, he believes that politicians should stop trying to benefit off of price spikes.”

 

Republican lawmakers propose capping Illinois' fuel tax amid surging prices

13 WREX Newsroom

Staff

03/10/2022

“Senators Dave Syverson (R-Cherry Valley) and Donald DeWitte (R-St. Charles) held a news conference at the Capitol on Thursday to call on the General Assembly and the Pritzker Administration to immediately cap the state’s sales tax on motor fuel at 18 cents per gallon, which is what drivers were paying last fall before prices started to climb dramatically.”

 

Rose Sponsors Legislation To Provide Relief At The Pump

Effingham Radio

Staff

03/13/2022

“As gas prices continue to skyrocket out of control, State Senator Chapin Rose (R-Mahomet) is sponsoring legislation to provide permanent tax relief to families at the pump.”

 

Sen. Chapin Rose

3-10-22

WICD-TV (Champaign)

Issue: Capping sales tax on motor fuel

 

Sen. Chapin Rose

3-10-22

WAND-TV (Decatur)

Issue: Capping sales tax on motor fuel

 

Sen. Chapin Rose

3-10-22

HomeTownRegister (regional newspaper/west central Illinois) (7 other sources)

Issue: Capping sales tax on motor fuel

 

Sen. Dave Syverson

3-11-22

KWQC-TV (Quad Cities) (3 other sources)

Issue: Capping sales tax on motor fuel

 

Sen. Dave Syverson

3-10-22

WFLD-TV (Chicago)

Issue: Capping sales tax on motor fuel

 

Sen. Dave Syverson

3-10-22

WTWO-TV (Rockford)

Issue: Capping sales tax on motor fuel

 

Sen. Dave Syverson

3-10-22

WICD-TV (Champaign)

Issue: Capping sales tax on motor fuel

 

Sen. Don DeWitte

3-11-22

KWQC-TV (Quad Cities) (3 other sources)

Issue: Capping sales tax on motor fuel

 

Sen. Don DeWitte

3-10-22

WFLD-TV (Chicago)

Issue: Capping sales tax on motor fuel

 

Sen. Don DeWitte

3-10-22

WTWO-TV (Rockford)

Issue: Capping sales tax on motor fuel

 

Sen. Neil Anderson

3-11-22

KWQC-TV (Quad Cities) (3 other sources)

Issue: Capping sales tax on motor fuel

 

Sen. Sally Turner

3-10-22

WICD-TV (Champaign)

Issue: Capping sales tax on motor fuel

 

Sen. Dave Syverson

3-11-22

WGEM-TV (Quincy) (multiple newscasts) (1 other source)

Issue: Capping sales tax on motor fuel

 

Sen. Dave Syverson

3-11-22

WFLD-TV (Chicago) (multiple newscasts) (1 other source)

Issue: Capping sales tax on motor fuel

 

Sen. Dave Syverson

3-11-22

WTVO-TV (Rockford) (multiple newscasts)

Issue: Capping sales tax on motor fuel

 

Sen. Dave Syverson

3-11-22

WREX-TV (Rockford)

Issue: Capping sales tax on motor fuel

 

Sen. Dave Syverson

3-11-22

WEEK-TV (Peoria)

Issue: Capping sales tax on motor fuel

 

Sen. Dave Syverson

3-11-22

WHOI-TV (Peoria) (multiple newscasts)

Issue: Capping sales tax on motor fuel

 

Sen. Dave Syverson

3-10-22

WQRF-TV (Rockford)

Issue: Capping sales tax on motor fuel

 

GOP senators push to freeze gas tax ‘windfall’ as alternative energy bills wind through legislature

The Daily Line

Alex Nitkin

03/11/2022

“Sen. Dave Syverson (R-Rockford) and Sen. Don DeWitte (R-St. Charles) led a news conference on Thursday to unveil a plan to permanently cap the state’s percentage-based sales tax on gasoline so that it can never pull in more than $0.18 per gallon on any purchase. They predicted the change would save Illinois drivers hundreds of millions of dollars, especially if prices keep climbing.”

 

‘“This is truly a windfall for the state of Illinois,” Sen. Chapin Rose (R-Mahomet) said. “No one…expected this money. The state is gouging people at the pump on this. We need to give them their money back.”’

Prisoner Review Board

Appointments pulled for 2 members of Prisoner Review Board

Capitol News Illinois

BETH HUNDSDORFER

03/08/2022

‘“Between the two of them, I think they have served a combined six years on the Prisoner Review Board, raking in approximately a half-million dollars in taxpayer funded salary,” said Sen. Jason Plummer, R-Edwardsville.’

 

Sen. Jason Plummer

3-8-22

Effingham Daily News (4 other sources)

Issue: Abuse of the PRB appointment process

 

Sen. Jason Plummer

3-9-22

Southern Illinoisan

Issue: PRB appointees

 

Sen. Jason Plummer

3-9-22

Kankakee Daily Journal (1 other source)

Issue: PRB appointees

 

Sen. Jason Plummer

3-11-22

WIND Radio (Chicago)

Issue: Abuse of the Executive Appointments process

 

Republicans critical of Pritzker’s prisoner review board maneuvering

The Center Square

Greg Bishop

02/09/2022

“After the hearing, state Sen. Jason Plummer, R-Edwardsville, said that excuse doesn’t cut it with dozens of other people having gone through the process for other positions.”

Public Safety

Wives of fallen Illinois officers call for passage of public safety bills

Quad-City Times

TAYLOR VIDMAR

03/09/2022

“They were accompanied by state Sen. Chapin Rose, R-Mahomet, who filed and sponsored all seven bills.”

 

Security is main issue with transfer of inmates to Lawrence

Pontiac Daily Leader

Erich Murphy

03/08/2022

“State Sen. Terri Bryant, R-Murphysboro, said that she didn't get the answers for the transfers that she was looking for when she, and other legislators, met with Jeffreys last week.”

 

Sen. Terri Bryant

3-8-22

Pontiac Daily Leader

Issue: Downsizing Pontiac and Vandalia CC

 

Sen. Chapin Rose

3-9-22

WAND-TV (Decatur)

Issue: Wives of fallen police officers

 

Sen. Chapin Rose

3-9-22

WIFR-TV (Rockford) (3 other sources)

Issue: Wives of fallen police officers

 

Sen. Chapin Rose

3-9-22

Southern Illinoisan (1 other source)

Issue: Wives of fallen police officers

 

Sen. Chapin Rose

3-10-22

WEEK-TV (Peoria)

Issue: Senate GOP Crime package

 

Sen. Chapin Rose

3-10-22

WGEM-TV (Quincy) (multiple newscasts) (1 other source)

Issue: Senate GOP Crime package

 

Sen. Chapin Rose

3-9-22

WRSP-TV (Springfield) (multiple newscasts)

Issue: Senate GOP Crime package

 

Sen. Chapin Rose

3-9-22

WEEK-TV (Peoria)

Issue: Wives of fallen police officers

Veterans Affairs

Rezin Again Pushes for Bills Meant to Prevent Outbreaks at State Veterans Home

WSPY News

Ethan Kruger

03/10/2022

“Morris State Senator Sue Rezin is again advocating for a set of bills meant to protect state run veterans homes from disease outbreaks.”

 

Rezin continues to push outbreak protections for vets homes

WGEM

Mike Miletich

03/10/2022

“Sen. Sue Rezin (R-Morris) filed three proposals last year to hold the state accountable for the 36 deaths and help prepare for future outbreaks.”

 

Legislation would address outbreak protocol lapses senator says still exist at veterans homes

The Center Square

Kevin Bessler

03/10/2022

“State Sen. Sue Rezin, R-Morris, said she does not want to see a repeat of the tragedy at the LaSalle Veterans Home where 36 residents died during a COVID-19 outbreak beginning in November 2020.”

 

Sen. Sue Rezin

3-10-22

Quincy Herald-Whig (22 other sources)

Issue: LaSalle Veterans’ Home failures/Rezin reform legislation

 

Sen. Sue Rezin

3-10-22

Quad-City Times

Issue: LaSalle Veterans’ Home failures/Rezin reform legislation

 

Sen. Sue Rezin

3-10-22

WFLD-TV (Chicago)

Issue: LaSalle Veterans’ Home failures/Rezin reform legislation

 

Sen. Sue Rezin

3-10-22

Starvedrock Media (regional radio station group)

Issue: LaSalle Veterans’ Home failures/Rezin reform legislation

 

Sen. Sue Rezin

3-10-22

Ogle County Newspapers

Issue: LaSalle Veterans’ Home failures/Rezin reform legislation

 

Sen. Sue Rezin

3-10-22

WYZZ-TV (Peoria)

Issue: LaSalle Veterans’ Home failures/Rezin reform legislation

 

Sen. Sue Rezin

3-10-22

WCMY Radio (Ottawa)

Issue: LaSalle Veterans’ Home failures/Rezin reform legislation

 

Sen. Sue Rezin

3-10-22

WSPY Radio (Aurora)

Issue: LaSalle Veterans’ Home failures/Rezin reform legislation

 

Sen. Sue Rezin

3-11-22

WGEM-TV (Quincy) (multiple newscasts) (1 other source)

Issue: LaSalle Veterans’ Home failures/Rezin reform legislation

 

Sen. Sue Rezin

3-10-22

WEEK-TV (Peoria)

Issue: LaSalle Veterans’ Home failures/Rezin reform legislation

 

Sen. Sue Rezin

3-10-22

WHOI-TV (Peoria) (2 other sources)

Issue: LaSalle Veterans’ Home failures/Rezin reform legislation

 

Eye On Illinois: Past time to get serious about public health crisis reforms

By Scott T. Holland

03/12/2022

“State Sen. Sue Rezin didn’t need to use that phrase to make her point crystal clear. During a press conference Thursday, the veteran Morris Republican again stressed the importance of examining exactly what went wrong at the La Salle Veterans Home in fall 2020, where a COVID-19 outbreak led to hundreds of positive tests and 36 resident fatalities.”

MISC.

News Release says Winnebago County Republican Executive Committee condemns no confidence letter against Chairman. Others on Executive Committee disagree.

23 WIFR

Mike Garrigan

03/09/2022

“The no confidence letter lists nine issues; ranging from not utilizing the committee headquarters for 12 months despite paying rent, to the mishandling of checks and deposits from the committee account. In the news release Nicolosi says he has the full support of the executive committee; and the anonymous no confidence letter wouldn’t have been written if he wasn’t running for the 35th District State Senate seat against longtime incumbant Dave Syverson. But executive committee member Jan Klaas disputes Nicolosi’s claims.”

 

Pritzker administration should investigate ghost networks, continuity of care disruptions, Sen. Turner says

My Stateline

Mark Maxwell

03/13/2022

“State Senator Sally Turner, a Republican from Lincoln, called on the Department of Insurance to investigate Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois after a Target 3 report revealed its customers were left with astronomical medical bills, or were left to navigate a ‘ghost network’ of doctors in a dead-end directory.”

 

Sen. Dan McConchie

3-9-22

Southern Illinoisan

Issue: React to Sen. Cullerton guilty plea for corruption

 

Sen. Dan McConchie

3-8-22

EdGlen Today (Edwardsville-Glen Carbon)

Issue: Judicial redistricting lawsuit

 

Sen. Dan McConchie

3-8-22

Chicago Tribune

Issue: React to Sen. Cullerton guilty plea for corruption

 

After two years of COVID executive orders, calls for oversight persist in Illinois

The Center Square

Greg Bishop

03/09/2022

“State Sen. Sue Rezin, R-Morris, said the effects of the governor’s unilateral rule and lack of oversight over the past two years has been painful. Other states had fewer restrictions and are thriving, she said.”

 

Illinois lawmakers advance pension buyout extension fueled by $1B of bonding

The Bond Buyer

Yvette Shields

03/10/2022

“Rep. Win Stoller, R-Germantown Hills, who was the sole committee vote against the legislation, said ‘in a state that is not in the best financial condition taking on debt is not something I’m comfortable with.’”

 

Bill protecting family visits to nursing homes wins overwhelming support

The Center Square contributor

Zeta Cross

03/12/2022

“The visitation prohibitions frustrated relatives and friends who were kept away from loved ones at nursing homes and long-term care facilities for weeks and even months. To prevent future Illinois governors from ever enacting such a ban again, Illinois Senate Minority Leader Dan McConchie, R-Hawthorn Woods, drafted Senate Bill 1405. The measure passed the Illinois Senate unanimously last month and is expected to pass the Illinois House this spring.”

 

“State Sen. Dave Syverson, R-Cherry Valley, a co-sponsor of the bill, said the ban defied common sense – even when the pandemic was raging and vaccines were not available.”

 

Republican senator urges bills preventing future health outbreaks get a proper hearing

Capitol News Illinois

GRACE KINNICUTT

03/10/2022

“Sen. Sue Rezin, R-Morris, reintroduced legislation to improve and hasten the state’s response to the outbreak, but on Thursday called for more help from lawmakers to advance the bills which remain in the Assignments Committee.”