Week of 03/28/2022

Concealed Carry Renewal

Illinois concealed carry renewal backlogs persist

The Center Square

Greg Bishop

03/28/2022

“During a Senate committee last week, state Sen. Terri Bryant, R-Murphysboro, told Illinois State Police Director Brendan Kelly that problems persist despite a clearing of FOID card backlogs.”

 

Concealed carry delays still plaguing Illinois gun owners

Bearing Arms

Cam Edwards

03/30/2022

“During a Senate committee last week, state Sen. Terri Bryant, R-Murphysborow, told Illinois State Police Director Brendan Kelly that problems persist despite a clearing of FOID card backlogs.”

 

Sen. Terri Bryant

3-28-22

Effingham Daily News (9 other sources)

Issue: FOID card backlog persists

 

Illinois concealed carry renewal backlogs persist

The Center Square

Greg Bishop

03/28/2022

“During a Senate committee last week, state Sen. Terri Bryant, R-Murphysborow, told Illinois State Police Director Brendan Kelly that problems persist despite a clearing of FOID card backlogs.”

Democrat Tax Plan

Senate Democrats offer tax cut plan to help Illinois families; Republicans say their relief plans ignored

The Center Square

Kevin Bessler

03/29/2022

“State Sen. Don DeWitte, R-St. Charles, said Republicans have been pushing for tax relief since day one.”

 

Republican senator reacts to Senate Democrats tax relief plan

KHQA 7

KHQA Staff

04/01/2022

“State Senate Republican Leader Dan McConchie (R-Hawthorn Woods) reacted Friday night to the tax relief plan announced earlier on Friday by Senate Democrats.”

 

Senate Democrats Unveil $1.8 Billion Election Year Tax Package

The Illinoize

Patrick Pfingsten

03/02/2022

‘Republicans were skeptical of the plan. Senate Republican Leader Dan McConchie (R-Hawthorn Woods) called the proposal a “disingenuous gimmick.”’

 

Illinois Democrats offer temporary tax relief proposal that Republicans say doesn’t go far enough

The Center Square

Greg Bishop

03/01/2022

“State Sen. Jason Plummer, R-Bloomington, said Illinois taxpayers deserve more.”

 

Plan would put some bus drivers back behind the wheel by tweaking child support license suspensions

My Journal Courier

David C.L. Bauer

03/01/2022

“With the help of Sen. Steve McClure, a Springfield Republican, Davidsmeyer's House Bill 4230 passed both legislative chambers and now is on its way to the governor.”

 

As Democrats continue budget talks, Republicans say millions of their constituents are being snubbed

The Center Square

Greg Bishop

03/30/2022

“Assistant Senate Minority Leader Don DeWitte, R-St. Charles, said not having Republicans included in the budget negotiations is a major disservice to large parts of the state.”

 

Republican senator reacts to Senate Democrats tax relief plan

KHQA Fox Illinois

KHQA Staff

04/01/2022

“State Senate Republican Leader Dan McConchie (R-Hawthorn Woods) reacted Friday night to the tax relief plan announced earlier on Friday by Senate Democrats.”

 

Sen. Dan McConchie

4-2-22

WGEM-TV (Quincy) (1 other sources)

Issue: Senate Dem tax relief plan

 

Sen. Dan McConchie

4-3-22

WMAY Radio (Springfield)

Issue: Senate Dem tax relief plan

 

Sen. Dan McConchie

4-3-22

Starvedrock Media

Issue: Senate Dem tax relief plan

 

Sen. Dan McConchie

4-2-22

Champaign News Gazette (26 other sources)

Issue: Senate Dem tax relief plan

 

Sen. Dan McConchie

4-2-22

DeWitt Observer (6 other sources)

Issue: Senate Dem tax relief plan

 

Sen. Dan McConchie

4-2-22

KHQA-TV (Hannibal/Quincy) (4 other sources)

Issue: Senate Dem tax relief plan

 

Sen. Dan McConchie

4-1-22

WGEM-TV (Quincy) (3 other sources)

Issue: Senate Dem tax relief plan


Sen. Dan McConchie

4-1-22

WTTW-TV (Chicago)

Issue: Senate Dem tax relief plan

Sen. Dan McConchie

4-1-22

Pure Oldies 107.5 (Springfield)

Issue: Senate Dem tax relief plan

Education

Public Schools May Be Required To Provide Vegan, Vegetarian Lunch Options Under New Legislation

WLDS/WEAI News

Benjamin Cox

03/31/2022

‘State Senator Jil Tracy of Quincy says that the bill is yet another unfunded state mandate for public schools: “Local control and allowing a school district to function to serve the constituency their students require is a much more reasoned way to go about this.”’

 

Bill would require schools to offer vegan, vegetarian options upon request

Capitol News Illinois, Mohomet Daily

PETER HANCOCK

03/29/2022

“Sen. Jason Barickman, R-Bloomington, said schools already have the authority to offer plant-based food options because there is nothing in state law prohibiting it.”

 

“Sen. Jil Tracy, R-Quincy, pointed out that earlier in the day, the Senate Education Committee held a hearing on Senate Bill 4147 that would require schools to offer halal food options. That’s food deemed permissible under Islamic law.”

 

Lincoln College in Illinois to close after 157 years due to COVID impact

Jean Ann Miller

Lincoln Courier

03/31/2022

“In a joint statement, state Sen. Sally Turner, R-Beason, and state Rep. Tim Butler, R-Springfield, said Lincoln College's closure was devastating news for the local community.”

 

College Closes After 157 Years

Inside Higher Ed

Scott Jaschik

04/01/2022

‘A statement from State Senator Sally Turner and State Representative Tim Butler said, “Today’s unexpected and sudden closure announcement is devastating news for our local community. We both have had close family and friends who attended and graduated from Lincoln College, so we know just how special Lincoln is to its students and alumni. For more than 150 years, the namesake college of our 16th president has served as a higher educational pillar for central Illinois. It is painful to think that this historic institution will no longer be a part of our region.”’

 

Ag breakfast returns to in person program and awards 5 agriculture scholarships

Lincoln Courier

Jean Ann Miller

03/31/2022

“Keynote speaker was 87th district Representative Tim Butler who currently covers Logan County and told the room he and Senator Sally Turner would be leaving early due to a scheduled meeting with the Illinois Board of Higher Education regarding the news of Lincoln College closing.”

 

Senator Rezin proposes legislation to help school districts

WSPY News

Justin Ritz

03/31/2022

“State Senator Sue Rezin is proposing legislation that will help area school districts save time. Rezin says she wants school administrators to spend less time on writing reports for state agencies. Rezin says there is also a similar house bill from Ottawa State Rep. Lance Yednock.”

 

Sen. Sally Turner

4-1-22

WCIA-TV (Champaign)

Issue: Helping Lincoln College students

 

Sen. Sally Turner

4-1-22

WMBD-TV (Peoria) (multiple newscasts)

Issue: The closing of Lincoln College

 

Sen. Sally Turner

4-1-22

WCIA-TV (Champaign) (multiple newscasts)

Issue: The closing of Lincoln College

 

Sen. Jil Tracy

3-31-22

WLDS/WEAI Radio (Jacksonville)

Issue: Vegan lunch options for schools

 

Sen. Jil Tracy

3-31-22

DeWitt Daily News

Issue: Vegan lunch options for schools

 

Sen. Sally Turner

3-31-22

Lincoln Courier

Issue: Local Ag breakfast

 

Sen. Sally Turner

3-31-22

Bloomington Pantagraph

Issue: The closing of Lincoln College

 

Sen. Sue Rezin

3-31-22

WSPY Radio (Plano/Aurora)

Issue: Required school reports

 

Sen. Jil Tracy

3-30-22

KMOX Radio (St. Louis)

Issue: Requiring schools to offer vegan lunch options

 

Sen. Jason Barickman

3-30-22

Southern Illinoisan

Issue: Requiring schools to offer vegan lunch options

 

Sen. Jason Barickman

3-31-22

Metropolis Planet (28 other sources)

Issue: Requiring schools to offer vegan lunch options

 

Sen. Jil Tracy

3-31-22

Metropolis Planet (28 other sources)

Issue: Requiring schools to offer vegan lunch options

 

Sen. Jil Tracy

3-30-22

Southern Illinoisan

Issue: Requiring schools to offer vegan lunch options

 

Sen. Sally Turner

3-31-22

Inside Higher Ed (industry media source)

Issue: Lincoln College closing

 

Sen. Sally Turner

3-30-22

Bloomington Pantagraph

Issue: Lincoln College closing

 

Sen. Jason Barickman

3-29-22

Effingham Daily News (6 other sources)

Issue: Requiring schools to offer vegan lunch options

 

Sen. Jil Tracy

3-29-22

Effingham Daily News (6 other sources)

Issue: Requiring schools to offer vegan lunch options

 

Sen. Sue Rezin

3-30-22

WCSJ Radio (Morris)

Issue: Mandate relief for schools

 

Bill to give vaccinated teachers paid sick leave from COVID-19 advances to Senate floor for final vote

The Daily Line

Ben Szalinski

03/31/2022

‘“I voted for this originally,” Senate Minority Leader Dan McConchie (R-Hawthorn Woods) said during the committee meeting Wednesday. “I’m concerned about this mandate and treating different groups within the collective bargaining agreement differently in regards to this.”’

Energy

Sen. Sue Rezin

3-31-22

Chronicle Media (Cook County) (28 other sources)

Issue: Energy grid reliability

 

Sen. Sue Rezin

3-31-22

Southern Illinoisan (1 other source)

Issue: Energy grid reliability

 

State Senate approves energy grid reliability task force

Capitol News Illinois

JERRY NOWICKI

03/31/2022

“Sen. Sue Rezin, a Republican from Morris who voted for CEJA, praised the task force bill.”

 

Sen. Sue Rezin

4-1-22

Alton Telegraph

Issue: Energy Grid Reality Task Force

Health

Bill securing sick leave for vaccinated teachers heads to Pritzker’s desk

23 WIFR

Mike Miletich

03/31/2022

‘“It seemed like this was a requirement by the governor’s office,” said Sen. Jil Tracy (R-Quincy). “And it seemed to put some people in an unfair position.”’

 

“Senate Republican Leader Dan McConchie also stressed concerns about the legislation. He noted that Pritzker has consistently tried to put a vaccine mandate in schools. McConchie noted that some courts tossed out that executive order. The Hawthorn Woods Republican argued this is another attempt for Pritzker to have the mandate in law.”

 

MEASURE BENEFITING ONLY VACCINATED SCHOOL STAFF CUED UP FOR GOVERNOR

WMIX 94

Staff

03/31/2022

‘“We are going to allow pay concessions for sick days for those teachers who have been vaccinated only,” said state Sen. Jil Tracy, R-Quincy. “This only applies to vaccinated individuals.”’

 

Stoller keeps heat on Democrats regarding COVID-19 debt repayment plan

1470 & 100.3 WMBD

Will Stevenson

03/28/2022

“State Senator Win Stoller (R-Germantown Hills) says not enough of the American Recovery Plan money given to the state was used to pay down the debt in the UI Trust Fund.”

 

“Stoller held a press conference this afternoon at Widmer Interiors in Peoria, where he is the CEO. He was joined by State Senator Sue Rezin (R-Morris), Senate Deputy Minority Leader.”

 

COVID-19 leave for vaccinated teachers clears Illinois General Assembly

Capitol News Illinois

PETER HANCOCK

03/31/2022

“Senate Minority Leader Dan McConchie, R-Hawthorn Woods, pointed to a hypothetical example of two teachers, one vaccinated and one not, who have to stay home to take care of a sick child. He said one of those would receive paid leave to do so but the other would not.”

 

‘Fertility fraud’ exposes doctors’ crimes in new bill

Week 25 News

Jon Schoenheider

03/30/2022

“Koehler, a Democrat, adds there’s bipartisan support for the bill. State senator and Republican Jason Barickman is acting as chief co-sponsor.”

 

Sen. Dan McConchie

4-1-22

Champaign News Gazette (3 other sources)

Issue: COVID-19 time off for vaccinated teachers

 

Sen. Dan McConchie

4-1-22

DeWitt Daily News

Issue: COVID-19 time off for vaccinated teachers

 

Sen. Jil Tracy

3-31-22

Chicago Tribune (2 other sources)

Issue: Covid-19 sick leave for teachers

 

Sen. Dan McConchie

3-31-22

Chronicle Media (Cook County) (29 other sources)

Issue: Covid-19 leave for teachers

 

Sen. Dan McConchie

3-31-22

WHOI-TV (Peoria) (1 other source)

Issue: Covid-19 leave for teachers

 

Sen. Dan McConchie

3-31-22

Chicago Tribune (2 other sources)

Issue: Covid-19 sick leave for teachers

 

Sen. Jil Tracy

3-31-22

WHOI-TV (Peoria) (1 other source)

Issue: Covid-19 sick leave for teachers

 

COVID-19 leave for vaccinated teachers clears General Assembly

Capitol News Illinois

PETER HANCOCK

03/31/2022

“Senate Minority Leader Dan McConchie, R-Hawthorn Woods, pointed to a hypothetical example of two teachers, one vaccinated and one not, who have to stay home to take care of a sick child. He said one of those would receive paid leave to do so but the other would not.”

Legal Cannabis Regulation 

Issues of trust surround aspects of Illinois’ legal cannabis regulation

The Center Square

Greg Bishop

03/28/2022

“During a Senate committee hearing last week, state Sen. Jason Plummer, R-Edwardsville, raised another issue of trust surrounding the state’s regulation of the industry.”

 

Illinois Senate Committee Abruptly Halts Debate On Bill To Protect Workers Who Test Positive For Cannabis

Marijuana Moment

Ben Adlin

03/31/2022

“Sen. Jil Tracy (R) questioned the boundaries of the bill’s exemptions, noting that it leaves the term “heavy machinery” undefined and appears to exempt workers in retail settings from the privacy protections but not workers in otherwise similar wholesale settings.”

 

“Republican Sen. Sue Rezin asked how the process for companies declaring safety-sensitive positions would work. She said businesses in what she described as her “chemical corridor” district had told her they have difficulty finding enough workers who test negative for THC.”

 

“A few on the panel, including Sen. Donald P. DeWitte (R), said the state’s cannabis legalization law had explicitly granted employers the ability to preserve zero-tolerance drug policies.”

 

Issues of trust surround aspects of Illinois’ legal cannabis regulation

The Center Square

Greg Bishop

03/28/2022

“During a Senate committee hearing last week, state Sen. Jason Plummer, R-Edwardsville, raised another issue of trust surrounding the state’s regulation of the industry.”

Prisoner Review Board

Sen. Jason Plummer

3-28-22

Chronicle Media (Cook County) (1 other source)

Issue: PRB Appointees/5 people await confirmation process

 

Sen. Jason Plummer

3-28-22

Jacksonville Journal-Courier (16 other sources)

Issue: PRB appointees

 

Sen. Terri Bryant

3-28-22

Effingham Daily News (1 other source)

Issue: PRB Appointees

 

Illinois Prisoner Review Board Down Two More Members

Vandalia Radio

Todd Stapleton

03/29/2022

“State Senator Jason Plummer, who is the Republican spokesperson on the Executive Appointments Committee, says he wishes everyone could sit in committee.”

 

Rejections, resignations from Prisoner Review Board spark concerns

News Channel ABC 20

Jordan Elder

03/29/2022

“Sen. Steve McClure, R-Springfield, sits on the Executive Appointments committee and spoke out against the rejected nominee Monday.”

 

Political battle stalls IL Prisoner Review Board

WIBQ

Cole Henke

03/30/2022

“Any appointee the governor puts forward now will be willingly walking into a battlefield for the upcoming election. Senate Republican Chapin Rose (R-Mahomet) said the board is better off not taking votes at all instead of the ones that Pritzker’s appointees were making.”

 

Illinois Prisoner Review Board Down Two More Members

Effingham Radio

03/29/2022

“The state Senate voted yesterday against Governor Pritzker’s nomination of Eleanor Wilson to the board.  She had served on the board in an interim capacity since March of last year.  State Senator Jason Plummer, who is the Republican spokesperson on the Executive Appointments Committee, says he wishes everyone could sit in committee.”

 

Two More Members Out at IL Prison Review Board on Monday, Pritzker Defends Nominations

WLDS/WEAI

Benjamin Cox

03/31/2022

‘During floor debate, 50th District Republican Senator Steve McClure criticized Wilson for her votes in releasing a number of violent criminals who re-offended upon their release on parole: “These are serious cases. When a judge looks at the evidence and decides that you need to go serve 100 to 300 years in prison because your crime was so horrific – that needs to be taken very seriously.”’

 

‘Republican Senator Jason Plummer in a press release for the Senate GOP Caucus also had a swift reaction to the governor calling state Republicans members of the QAnon conspiracy theory group: “In the spirit of Margaret Thatcher, when one’s opponents resort to low grade personal attacks, it shows that they have no legitimate political arguments left. I am embarrassed for the Governor.”’

 

Sen. Jason Plummer

3-31-22

Chicago Tribune

Issue: PRB appointees

 

Sen. Jason Plummer

3-31-22

WLDS/WEAI Radio (Jacksonville)

Issue: PRB appointees

 

Sen. Sue Rezin

4-2-22

Ogle County Newspapers

Issue: PRB appointees

 

Sen. Jason Barickman

4-3-22

Southern Illinoisan (16 other sources)

Issue: PRB appointees

 

Sen. Chapin Rose

3-30-22

WWVR Radio (Paris) (3 other sources)

Issue: PRB appointees

 

Sen. Steve McClure

3-31-22

WLDS/WEAI Radio (Jacksonville)

Issue: PRB appointees

 

Sen. Steve McClure

3-30-22

KHQA-TV (Hannibal-Quincy)

Issue: PRB appointees

 

Sen. Terri Bryant

3-30-22

State Journal Register

Issue: PRB Appointees

 

Sen. Terri Bryant

3-30-22

WDML Radio (Mt. Vernon) (4 other sources)

Issue: PRB Appointees

 

Sen. Jason Plummer

3-30-22

WCIA-TV (Champaign) (multiple newscasts)

Issue: PRB appointees

 

Sen. Jason Plummer

3-29-22

WHBF-TV (Davenport, IA)

Issue: PRB appointees

 

Sen. Jason Plummer

3-29-22

WMBD-TV (Peoria)

Issue: PRB appointees

 

Sen. Jason Plummer

3-29-22

WBBM Radio (Chicago)

Issue: PRB appointees

 

Sen. Steve McClure

3-29-22

WBBM Radio (Chicago) (multiple newscasts)

Issue: PRB appointees

 

Sen. Chapin Rose

3-30-22

WEHT-TV (Evansville, IN)

Issue: PRB appointees

 

Sen. Chapin Rose

3-30-22

WCIA-TV (Champaign)

Issue: PRB appointees

 

Sen. Dan McConchie

3-29-22

WFLD-TV (Chicago)

Issue: PRB appointees

 

Sen. Terri Bryant

3-29-22

Ogle County Newspapers (27 other sources)

Issue: PRB Appointees

 

Sen. Terri Bryant

3-29-22

Southern Illinoisan (1 other source)

Issue: PRB appointees

 

Sen. Terri Bryant

3-29-22

WFLD-TV (Chicago)

Issue: PRB appointees

 

Senate rejects Prisoner Review Board nominee after another resigns, leaving board short of quorum

The Daily Line

Ben Szalinski

03/29/2022

“Sen. Terri Bryant (R-Murphysboro) called Wilson’s nomination “more troubling than any of the individuals” Pritzker has nominated. Republicans who spoke out against Wilson cited seven cases in which she voted to release people convicted of murdering police officers as well as others who committed brutal murders and were sentenced to multiple centuries behind bars.”  

 

‘“This person does not deserve to stay on this board where they can do more harm and terrorize more victims in this state,” Sen. Chapin Rose (R-Mahomet) said.’ 

 

“Sen. Jason Plummer (R-Edwardsville) said he believes people should be given second chances, but Wilson let out people who were too high of a risk to commit more crimes.”

 

UPDATED: One Prisoner Review Board member resigns; Senate rejects another

Capitol News Illinois

BETH HUNDSDORFER

03/28/2022

‘“Miss Wilson voted multiple times to release cop killers, release those who are putting their jobs on the line for us,” said Sen. Terri Bryant, R-Murphysboro.’

 

Pritzker blames GOP, not majority Democrats, for prisoner review board appointees being rejected

The Center Square

Greg Bishop

03/29/2022

“But state Sen. Terri Bryant, R-Murphysboro, said the governor is promoting a false narrative.”

 

Eye On Illinois: Are lawmakers more upset with PRB’s makeup or its powers?

Shaw Media

Scott T. Holland

03/31/2022

“On Jan. 21, state Sen. Darren Bailey, R-Xenia, filed Senate Bill 3899, which would reinstate the death penalty in Illinois as a possible punishment for killing a police officer. It has two GOP cosponsors and sits in the Assignments Committee. Three days later state Rep. Dave Severin, R-Benton, filed the substantially similar House Bill 4746, which has six GOP cosponsors and sits in the Rules Committee.”

Public Safety

Illinois Senate bill to crack down on smash-and-grab thefts has bipartisan support

Chicago Journal

JOHN O'CONNOR

03/30/2022

‘“This will lead to a more comprehensive prosecution that will capture more individuals that are involved in the network,” said Sen. John Curran, a Downers Grove Republican and co-sponsor of the legislation. “You’re talking about anyone involved in organizing, planning through the actual commission of the crime and on the back end with the proliferation of stolen goods.”’

 

Sen. John Curran

4-1-22

Daily Herald

Issue: Combating retail theft

 

Sen. Chapin Rose

3-31-22

WHOI-TV (Peoria) (1 other source)

Issue: Protecting DCFS employees/Aggravating battery

 

Sen. Jil Tracy

3-31-22

WHOI-TV (Peoria) (1 other source)

Issue: Protecting DCFS employees/Aggravating battery

 

Sen. John Curran

4-1-22

Daily Herald

Issue: Targeting retail theft

 

Sen. Neil Anderson

3-31-22

WAND-TV (Decatur)

Issue: Dispatchers are first responders

 

Sen. John Curran

3-31-22

Jacksonville Journal-Courier (108 other sources)

Issue: Retail theft legislation

 

Sen. John Curran

3-30-22

Freeburg Tribune (1 other source)

Issue: Retail theft legislation

 

Sen. John Curran

3-30-22

DeWitt Daily News

Issue: Retail theft legislation

 

Sen. Dan McConchie

3-29-22

Pontiac Daily Leader (publishing Cap Fax report)

Issue: Retail theft legislation

 

Sen. John Curran

3-29-22

WFLD-TV (Chicago)

Issue: Retail theft legislation

 

Sen. John Curran

3-29-22

Ogle County Newspapers (6 other sources)

Issue: Retail theft legislation

 

Sen. John Curran

3-29-22

Mattoon Journal Gazette & Charleston Times-Courier (4 other sources)

Issue: Retail theft legislation

 

Sen. John Curran

3-29-22

State Journal Register

Issue: Retail theft legislation

 

Sen. John Curran

3-29-22

Positively Naperville

Issue: Retail theft legislation

 

Sen. Steve McClure

3-29-22

KHQA-TV (Hannibal/Quincy) (1 other source)

Issue: Retail theft legislation

 

Watch now: Illinois lawmakers target 'smash-and-grab' retail crime

The Pantagraph

Kade Heather

03/29/2022

“The legislation has at least one bipartisan sponsor in State Sen. John Curran, R-Downers Grove, and Karr says he expects more bipartisan support in the House.”

 

Illinois lawmakers try to tackle 'organized retail crime' as legislative session wraps up

Andrew Adams

State Journal-Register

03/29/2022

“Glowiak Hilton's proposal has earned support from both sides of the aisle. In addition to herself and Turner, Sen. John Curran, R-Downer's Grove.”

 

Illinois lawmakers look to address organized retail crime

Capitol News Illinois

GRACE KINNICUTT

03/29/2022

‘“Make no mistake, these crimes are not random,” Sen. John Curran, R-Downers Grove, said. “They are sophisticated, orchestrated events that exploit gaps in our criminal statutes to help fund gang activity and crime rates.”’

 

Sen. Steve McClure

KHQA-TV (Hannibal-Quincy)

Issue: Allowing DCFS workers to carry pepper spray

UI Trust Fund

Sen. Sue Rezin

3-28-22

WYZZ-TV (Peoria) (multiple newscasts)

Issue: Unemployment Trust Fund debt (from press conference)

 

Sen. Sue Rezin

3-28-22

WMBD-TV (Peoria)

Issue: Unemployment Trust Fund debt (from press conference)

 

Sen. Terri Bryant

3-28-22

WXEF Radio (Effingham)

Issue: Unemployment Trust Fund debt

 

Sen. Win Stoller

3-28-22

KHQA-TV (Quincy)

Issue: Issue: Unemployment Trust Fund debt (from press conference)

 

Sen. Win Stoller

3-28-22

WYZZ-TV (Peoria)

Issue: Issue: Unemployment Trust Fund debt (from press conference)

Sen. Win Stoller

3-28-22

WAND-TV (Decatur)

Issue: Issue: Unemployment Trust Fund debt (from press conference)

 

Sen. Win Stoller

3-28-22

WMBD Radio (Peoria)

Issue: Issue: Unemployment Trust Fund debt (from press conference)

 

Sen. Win Stoller

3-28-22

WYZZ-TV (Peoria)

Issue: Issue: Unemployment Trust Fund debt (from press conference)

 

Sen. Sue Rezin

3-29-22

WMBD-TV (Peoria) (multiple newscasts)

Issue: Unemployment Trust Fund debt (from press conference)

 

Sen. Win Stoller

3-29-22

WMBD-TV (Peoria) (multiple newscasts) (2 other sources)

Issue: Issue: Unemployment Trust Fund debt (from press conference)

 

Republicans push to fully pay off state's unemployment debt

KHQA 7

WICS/WRSP Staff

03/28/2022

“Republican Senator Win Stoller, R-Peoria, said this whole situation could've been avoided just by using all of the federal money.”

 

State Senator Rezin critical of handling of Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund debt

WALLS 102
Staff

03/28/2022

“Illinois Senate Deputy Minority Leader Sue Rezin (R-Morris) has criticized Illinois Democrats for legislation that fell short of funding the $4.5 billion Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund debt, which she claimed could lead to one of the largest tax increases on Illinois employers in history.  Senate Bill 2803 appropriated only $2.7 billion of the $8.1 billion available from the federal American Rescue Plan Act to the UI Trust Fund.”

 

Illinois’ Trust-Fund Debt Paydown Earns Business Plaudits, and Republican Grumbling

The River Cities Reader

Rich Miller

03/28/2022

The appreciation from business groups was definitely not matched by the Republicans’ tone. They fretted that since all the debt wasn’t eliminated, the rest would have to come from employer tax-hikes and worker benefit-cuts. Senate Republican Leader Dan McConchie issued a statement predicting that the bill will have a “devastating” impact on businesses — the same businesses whose industry representatives called the same bill a “positive step.”

 

Sen. Dan McConchie

3-30-22

Illinois Times (Springfield)

Issue: Unemployment Trust Fund debt

 

Sen. Sue Rezin

3-29-22

WAND-TV (Decatur)

Issue: Unemployment Trust Fund debt

 

Sen. Sue Rezin

3-29-22

WMBD-TV (Peoria)

Issue: Unemployment Trust Fund debt

 

Sen. Sue Rezin

3-29-22

WYZZ-TV (Peoria)

Issue: Unemployment Trust Fund debt

 

Sen. Win Stoller

3-29-22

WAND-TV (Decatur)

Issue: Unemployment Trust Fund debt

 

Sen. Win Stoller

3-29-22

WMBD-TV (Peoria)

Issue: Unemployment Trust Fund debt

 

Sen. Win Stoller

3-29-22

WYZZ-TV (Peoria)

Issue: Unemployment Trust Fund debt

 

Sen. Sue Rezin

3-29-22

WCMY Radio (Ottawa)

Issue: Unemployment Trust Fund debt

MISC.

Rental property owners remain opposed to bill requiring subsidized housing

The Center Square

Andrew Hensel

03/31/2022

“Committee member and Illinois state Sen. Donald DeWitte, R-St. Charles, said the bill still needs work.”

 

“Most of the debate has been about the forced implementation of the Section 8 housing program. Senate Minority Leader Dan McConchie, R-Hawthorn Woods, said so far the two sides can't come together due to that issue.”

 

McConchie launches essay contest to honor teachers

Kane County Chronicle

Northwest Herald staff report

04/03/2022

“In an effort to honor teachers and educators across the 26th Senate District, state Sen. Dan McConchie is launching is a “My Inspirational Teacher” essay contest.”

 

11-year-old southern Ill. boy works with senators, representatives to establish official state snake

KFVS 12

Amber Ruch

03/31/2022

“Senator Dale Fowler passed legislation through the Senate, inspired by Carterville resident Gentry Heiple, to establish the eastern milksnake as the official state snake of Illinois.”

 

ILLINOIS MAY SOON HAVE AN OFFICIAL STATE SNAKE

WMIX 94

Staff

03/31/2022

“An 11-year-old from Williamson County recommended naming the Eastern Milksnake to the list of state symbols, so Senator Dale Fowler of Harrisburg did his research.”

Sen. Craig Wilcox

4-2-22

Ogle County Newspapers

Issue: Capping the sales tax on motor fuel

 

Sen. Dale Fowler

4-1-22

Randolph County Herald Tribune

Issue: State snake

 

Sen. Dan McConchie

4-3-22

Ogle County Newspapers

Issue: Essay contest to honor teachers

 

Sen. Dave Syverson

4-2-22

Ogle County Newspapers

Issue: Capping the sale tax on motor fuel

 

Sen. Terri Bryant

4-1-22

Carbondale Times (4 other sources)

Issue: Molly Young memorial

 

Sen. Dale Fowler

4-1-22

WSIL-TV (Harrisburg) (multiple newscasts)

Issue: State Snake designation

 

Sen. Dale Fowler

3-31-22

KBSI-TV (Cape Girardeau, MO)

Issue: State Snake designation

 

Sen. Dale Fowler

3-31-22

KFVS-TV (Cape Girardeau, MO)

Issue: State Snake designation

 

Sen. Dale Fowler

3-31-22

WMIX Radio (Mt. Vernon) (1 other source)

Issue: State Snake designation

 

Sen. Brian Stewart

3-31-22

Ogle County Newspapers

Issue: Freeport Blood Drive

 

Sen. Steve McClure

4-1-22

Jacksonville Journal-Courier

Issue: Child support drivers license suspensions

 

Sen. Steve McClure

3-31-22

Alton Telegraph

Issue: Child support drivers license suspensions

 

Sen. Jason Barickman

3-31-22

WEEK-TV (Peoria) (multiple newscasts)

Issue: Fertility fraud

 

Sen. Jason Barickman

3-31-22

WHOI-TV (Peoria) (multiple newscasts)

Issue: Fertility fraud

 

Sen. Dan McConchie

3-31-22

WRPW Radio (Bloomington/Normal)

Issue: Subsidized housing

 

Sen. Don DeWitte

3-31-22

KFVS-TV (Cape Girardeau, MO) (3 other sources)

Issue: Subsidized housing

 

Sen. Jason Barickman

3-30-22

WHOI-TV (Peoria) (1 other source)

Issue: Fertility fraud