Week of 03/14/2022

Blue Cross/Blue Shield

Sen. Sally Turner

3-13-22

WCIA-TV (Champaign)

Issue: Blue Cross/Blue Shield investigation

 

Sen. Sally Turner

3-13-22

WYZZ-TV (Peoria)

Issue: Blue Cross/Blue Shield investigation

 

Sen. Steve McClure

3-13-22

WCIA-TV (Champaign)

Issue: Blue Cross/Blue Shield investigation

 

Sen. Sally Turner

3-14-22

WCIA-TV (Champaign) (4 other sources) (multiple newscasts)

Issue: Blue Cross/Blue Shield investigation

 

Sen. Sally Turner

3-13-22

WMBD-TV (Peoria) (5 other sources)

Issue: Blue Cross/Blue Shield investigation

 

Sen. Steve McClure

3-14-22

WCIA-TV (Champaign)

Issue: Blue Cross/Blue Shield investigation

 

Sen. Sally Turner

3-14-22

WEHT-TV (Evansville, Indiana)

Issue: Blue Cross/Blue Shield investigation

Gas Tax

Sen. Dan McConchie

3-11-22

State Journal-Register

Issue: Senate GOP gasoline sales tax proposal

 

Sen. Don DeWitte

3-14-22

Daily Herald

Issue: Senate GOP gasoline sales tax proposal 

 

Sen. Don DeWitte

3-12-22

WQRF-TV (Rockford)

Issue: Senate GOP gasoline sales tax proposal

 

Sen. Don DeWitte

3-11-22

State Journal-Register

Issue: Senate GOP gasoline sales tax proposal

 

Sen. Don DeWitte

3-11-22

WIRF-TV (Rockford)

Issue: Senate GOP gasoline sales tax proposal

 

Sen. Neil Anderson

WIRF-TV (Rockford)

Issue: Senate GOP gasoline sales tax proposal

 

Sen. Sally Turner

3-11-22

State Journal Register

Issue: Senate GOP gasoline sales tax proposal

 

Sen. Steve McClure

3-11-22

State Journal Register

Issue: Senate GOP gasoline sales tax proposal

 

Sen. Chapin Rose

3-12-22

WRSP-TV (Springfield) (1 other source)

Issue: Senate GOP gasoline sales tax proposal

 

Sen. Chapin Rose

3-11-22

WAND-TV (Decatur) (multiple newscasts) (1 other source)

Issue: Senate GOP gasoline sales tax proposal

 

Sen. Dave Syverson

3-11-22

WMBD-TV (Peoria)

Issue: Senate GOP gasoline sales tax proposal

 

Sen. Dave Syverson

3-11-22

WQRF-TV (Rockford)

Issue: Senate GOP gasoline sales tax proposal

 

Sen. Dave Syverson

3-14-22

WGN Radio (Chicago)

Issue: Capping the sales tax on motor fuel

 

Sen. Neil Anderson

3-14-22

WIND Radio (Chicago)

Issue: Senate GOP gasoline sales tax proposal

 

Sen. Dave Syverson says he has a potential solution to lowering gas prices

10 WGN Radio

Curtis Koch

03/14/2022

“Illinois State Senator Dave Syverson from the 35th District joined Chicago’s Afternoon News to discuss how Illinois Republicans are hoping to save drivers money on gas by cutting the sales tax.”

Interviews

NEWSRADIO WJPF INTERVIEW WITH DALE FOWLER

NewsRadio WJPF

Staff

03/16/2022

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

Prisoner Review Board

Sen. Jason Plummer

3-12-22

WIND Radio (Chicago)

Issue: Pritzker’s abuse of PRB appointment process

 

Sen. Jason Plummer

3-14-22

Chronicle Media (Cook County)

Issue: Pritzker abuse of the executive appointments process (PRB)

 

Sen. Jason Plummer

3-14-22

Quincy Herald Whig

Issue: Pritzker abuse of the executive appointments process (PRB)

 

Sen. Jason Plummer

3-16-22

Daily Herald (30 other sources)

Issue: Pritzker’s abuse of executive appointments process/PRB

 

Sen. Jason Plummer

3-18-22

Chicago Crusader

Issue: PRB Executive Appointments

 

Pritzker pulls another Prisoner Review Board appointment, calls for Senate action

Capitol News Illinois

BETH HUNDSDORFER

03/16/2022

“A copy of the letter addressed to Sen. Laura Murphy, D-Des Plaines, and Sen. Jason Plummer, R-Edwardsville, was obtained by Capitol News Illinois. The letter urged the Executive Appointments Committee, which Murphy chairs, to act on the appointments.”

 

Pritzker asks Senate to hold confirmation hearings on Prisoner Review Board nominees in limbo for more than a year

The Daily Line

Ben Szalinski

03/17/2022

“Pritzker wrote a letter to chair of the Senate Executive Appointments Committee Sen. Laura Murphy (D-Des Plaines) and the committee’s Republican leader Sen. Jason Plummer (R-Edwardsville) Tuesday requesting six unconfirmed appointees receive a confirmation hearing before the deadline passes on the appointments in the next several weeks.”

Senior Citizen Care

Sen. Dan McConchie

3-11-22

WCIA-TV (Champaign)

Issue: Family visits to nursing homes

 

Sen. Dan McConchie

3-14-22

WOOZ Radio (Carterville/Carbondale)

Issue: Family visits to nursing homes

 

Sen. Dave Syverson

3-14-22

WOOZ Radio (Carterville/Carbondale) (2 other sources)

Issue: Family visits to nursing homes

 

Sen. Sue Rezin

3-14-22

Quincy Herald Whig

Issue: Standards of care at nursing homes

 

Sen. Dan McConchie

3-15-22

State Journal Register

Issue: Family visits to nursing homes

 

Bill requiring medical facilities to allow visitors during pandemic one step closer to passage

The Daily Line

Ben Szalinski

03/17/2022

“The initiative was brought to Senate Minority Leader Dan McConchie (R-Hawthorn Woods) by a constituent who was unable to visit her grandfather in the hospital last year during his final weeks.”

Veterans Affairs

Sen. Sue Rezin

3-11-22

Chronicle Illinois (Cook County)

Issue: LaSalle Veterans’ Home

 

Sen. Sue Rezin

3-14-22

Ogle County Newspapers

Issue: LaSalle Veterans’ Home lawsuit

 

Sen. Sue Rezin

3-14-22

Chicago Tribune (2 other sources)

Issue: LaSalle Veterans’ Home lawsuit

 

Sen. Sue Rezin

3-16-22

Patch.com

Issue: LaSalle Veterans’ Home lawsuit

 

Sen. Sue Rezin

3-16-22

WOOZ Radio (Carterville/Carbondale) (9 other sources)

Issue: LaSalle Veterans’ Home lawsuit

 

Sen. Sue Rezin

3-16-22

Mendota Reporter

Issue: LaSalle Veterans’ Home failures/Rezin reform legislation

 

Sen. Craig Wilcox

3-16-22

WIND Radio (Chicago)

Issue: LaSalle Veterans’ Home lawsuit/Covid deaths

 

Sen. Sue Rezin

3-19-22

Ogle County Newspapers

Issue: Reforms to address Covid-19 outbreak at LaSalle Veterans’ Home

 

Sen. Sue Rezin

3-19-22

Bloomington Pantagraph

Issue: Reforms to address Covid-19 outbreak at LaSalle Veterans’ Home

 

Families sue after deadly COVID-19 outbreak at LaSalle Veterans Home

The Center Square

Kevin Bessler

03/15/2022

“Republican State Sen. Sue Rezin of Morris has proposed legislation to avoid a similar event like the LaSalle outbreak in the future, including requiring an immediate on-site review by state health officials when an outbreak occurs at a veteran’s home. The Illinois Department of Public Health didn’t show up at the LaSalle home until 10 days after the outbreak.”

 

No Movement on Bills Meant to Protect Veterans Homes from Disease Outbreaks

WSPY News

Staff

03/17/2022

“Morris Republican State Senator Sue Rezin says she has yet to see any movement on three bills she proposed to prevent, and respond to, disease outbreaks at state-run veterans homes. The bills are in response to the deadly COVID-19 outbreak at the LaSalle Veterans home back in 2020.”

MISC.

Illinois lawmakers debate measure that would use federal funds to pay down unemployment debt

The Center Square

Andrew Hensel

03/14/2022

“Many Republicans in the Senate are opposed to the implementation of SB2803. State Sen. Win Stoller, R-Peoria, said that the $2 billion will not cover the state's debt.”

 

“Some U.S. states used their ARPA dollars to pay off all of their unemployment debt, Sen. Sue Rezin, R-Morris, said, and Illinois needs to take the same approach.”

 

GOP Senator: "Unreal" State Paying $700,000 to Sponsor NASCAR Race

The Illinoize

Patrick Pfingsten

03/15/2022

“But Sen. Chapin Rose (R-Mahomet), the top Republican budget negotiator, says Pritzker should be using state funds to roll back the state motor fuel tax or the gasoline sales tax to provide consumers relief as gas prices continue to tick near $5 per gallon.”

 

Sen. Chapin Rose

3-13-22

Champaign News-Gazette

Issue: Singling out Champaign County when it comes to county executive appointments

 

Sen. Craig Wilcox

3-14-22

Daily Herald

Issue: Lake Michigan pollution

 

Sen. Dan McConchie

3-14-22

Daily Herald

Issue: Lake Michigan pollution

 

Sen. Don DeWitte

3-13-22

Ogle County Newspapers

Issue: Tri-City Health Partnership

 

Sen. Dave Syverson

3-14-22

WIRF-TV (Rockford)

Issue: “SPC. Brandon Rowe Memorial Highway”

 

Sen. Sue Rezin

3-11-22

WIFR-TV (Rockford)

Issue: Illinois unemployment insurance fund

 

Sen. Steve McClure

3-15-22

Illinois Business Journal

Issue: Renovations at Lewis and Clark College

 

Sen. Steve McClure

3-14-22

Alton Telegraph

Issue: Renovations at Lewis and Clark College

 

Sen. Steve McClure

3-14-22

EdGlen Today

Issue: Renovations at Lewis and Clark College

 

Sen. Sue Rezin

3-14-22

Starvedrock Media (6 other sources)

Issue: Illinois Unemployment Trust Fund debt

 

Sen. Jason Plummer

3-15-22

Illinois Business Journal

Issue: Hispanic American Construction Industry Association opposes union-backed wage theft legislation

 

Sen. Steve McClure

3-15-22

Edwardsville Intelligencer (1 other source)

Issue: Renovations at Lewis and Clark College

 

Sen. Steve McClure

3-15-22

State Journal Register

Issue: Allowing DCFS workers to carry pepper spray

 

Sen. Steve McClure

3-16-22

WLDS/WEAI Radio (Jacksonville)

Issue: Capital projects for Lewis and Clark Community College

 

Sen. Terri Bryant

3-15-22

Pontiac Daily Leader

Issue: Downsizing of Pontiac and Vandalia Correctional Centers

 

Sen. Terri Bryant

3-16-22

Southern Illinoisan

Issue: NAACP Freedom Fund Banquet

 

HEADLINES FOR WEDNESDAY, MARCH 16TH

104.9 WFIW

03/16/2022

“More than 100 people attended the Second Amendment Town Hall Meeting in Carmi Monday. State Senator Darren Bailey spoke on several issues, including the FOID Card, which he continues to call unconstitutional. He called on people to be active in calling lawmakers and filling witness slips in support or opposition of bills in committee.”

 

Job market continues to recover from pandemic, IDES head tells lawmakers

The Daily Line

Ben Szalinski

03/16/2022

“While progress is being made to address the department’s staffing needs, Richards said they are still working to identify how many people were victims of unemployment fraud. When pressed by Sen. Craig Wilcox (R-McHenry), Richards declined to elaborate on how much of the pandemic fraud at IDES involved identity theft.”

 

Pension spiking costs continue to hit Illinois taxpayers

The Center Square

Brett Rowland

03/18/2022

“State Sen. Craig Wilcox, R-McHenry, said some local taxpayers probably aren't aware of how school districts are spending tax dollars. The majority of school district funding in Illinois comes from local property taxes. Most national analyses show Illinois residents pay, on average, the second highest property taxes in the U.S., behind only New Jersey.”

 

Sen. Dave Syverson

3-19-22

WIRF-TV (Rockford)

Issue: SPC Brandon Jacob Rowe Memorial Highway.

 

Sen. Steve McClure

3-18-22

WICD-TV (Champaign)

Issue: DCFS workers carrying pepper spray

 

Sen. Win Stoller

3-20-22

Champaign News-Gazette

Issue: Unemployment Insurance Fund debt