Week of 04/04/2022

Budget/Taxes

Sen. Brian Stewart

4-9-22

Ogle County Newspapers

Issue: New state budget

 

Sen. Chapin Rose

4-10-22

Edwardsville Intelligencer (36 other sources)

Issue: New state budget

 

Sen. Chapin Rose

4-9-22

WICD-TV (Champaign) (1 other source)

Issue: Issue: New state budget

 

Sen. Chapin Rose

4-9-22

WIFR-TV (Rockford) (3 other sources)

Issue: New state budget

 

Sen. Chapin Rose

4-9-22

WTTW-TV (Chicago)

Issue: New state budget

 

Sen. Chapin Rose

4-9-22

Southern Illinoisan (1 other source)

Issue: New state budget

 

Sen. Chapin Rose

4-9-22

WJBD Radio (Salem)

Issue: New state budget

 

Sen. Chapin Rose

4-9-22

WMBD Radio (Peoria)

Issue: New state budget

 

Sen. Dan McConchie

4-4-22

Chronicle Media (Cook County) (1 other source)

Issue: Senate Dem tax relief plan

 

Sen. Dave Syverson

4-6-22

WTVO-TV (Rockford)

Issue: Capping the sales tax on motor fuel

 

Sen. Chapin Rose

4-9-22

WAND-TV (Decatur) (1 other source)

Issue: New state budget

 

Sen. Chapin Rose

4-8-22

KHQA-TV (Hannibal/Quincy) (2 other sources)

Issue: New state budget

 

Sen. Chapin Rose

4-8-22

Edwardsville (Intellingencer) (2 other sources)

Issue: New state budget

 

Sen. Dan McConchie

4-10-22

Edwardsville Intelligencer (31 other sources)

Issue: New state budget

 

Sen. Dan McConchie

4-9-22

KHQA-TV (Hannibal/Quincy) (2 other sources)

Issue: Budget/Tax relief plan

 

Sen. Dan McConchie

4-9-22

KHQA-TV (Hannibal/Quincy)

Issue: New state budget

 

Sen. Dan McConchie

4-9-22

Muddy River News (Quincy)(2 other sources)

Issue: New state budget

 

Sen. Dan McConchie

4-9-22

WTTW-TV (Chicago)

Issue: New state budget

 

Sen. Dan McConchie

4-9-22

Southern Illinoisan (1 other source)

Issue: New state budget

 

Sen. Dan McConchie

4-9-22

WMAY Radio (Springfield) (3 other sources)

Issue: New state budget

 

Sen. Dan McConchie

4-9-22

WBEZ Radio (Chicago)

Issue: New state budget

 

Sen. Dan McConchie

4-8-22

State Journal Register

Issue: New state budget

 

Sen. Dan McConchie

4-8-22

Edwardsville Intelligencer (2 other sources)

Issue: New state budget

 

Sen. Dan McConchie

4-8-22

WIFR-TV (Rockford)

Issue: New state budget

 

Sen. Dan McConchie

4-8-22

WSPY Radio (Plano/Aurora)

Issue: New state budget

 

Sen. Darren Bailey

4-9-22

WBEZ Radio (Chicago)

Issue: New state budget

 

Sen. Dave Syverson

4-11-22

Rockford Register Star

Issue: New state budget

 

Sen. Don DeWitte

4-9-22

WIFR-TV (Rockford) (3 other sources)

Issue: New state budget

 

Sen. Jason Barickman

4-9-22

WPRW Radio (Bloomington)

Issue: New state budget

 

Sen. Steve McClure

4-9-22

WICD-TV (Champaign) (1 other source)

Issue: New state budget

 

Sen. Steve McClure

4-9-22

Ogle County Newspapers

Issue: New State budget

 

Sen. Steve McClure

4-9-22

Starvedrock media (Regional radio station group)

Issue: New state budget

 

Sen. Win Stoller

4-9-22

Ogle County Newspapers

Issue: New state budget

 

Sen. Win Stoller

4-9-22

WMBD Radio (Peoria)

Issue: New state budget

 

Sen. Win Stoller

4-8-22

WYZZ-TV (Peoria)

Issue: New state budget

 

Democrats agree on election-year state budget with $1.8 billion in largely temporary tax relief

Chicago Tribune

DAN PETRELLA, CLARE SPAULDING and JEREMY GORNER

04/07/2022

‘Senate Republican leader Dan McConchie of Hawthorn Woods issued a statement condemning increased government spending as Democratic leadership telling Illinoisans “they think they know how to better spend your money.”’

 

‘“We can even do the earned income tax credit increase that the governor proposed on a permanent basis,” said Republican Sen. Chapin Rose of Mahomet, “not election-year gimmicks, not designed to go away after the election is over, but on a permanent basis for the people of Illinois.”’

 

“GOP Sen. Jason Barickman of Bloomington said that while he supports this proposal, carjacking victims can likely already solve those issues through municipalities. He also said the majority party hasn’t done an effective enough job in passing legislation to hold criminals accountable.”

 

Senate Republic leader reacts to Democrats budget agreement

KHQA 7

KHQA Staff

04/07/2022

“Following Pritzker's news conference announcing the budget deal, Senate Republican Leader Dan McConchie issued a statement that said the budget doesn't provide Illinoisans with permanent tax relief while at the same time increases government spending.”

 

Grundy Co. Lawmakers Share Reaction To Passing of State Budget

WSPY News

Staff

04/09/2022

“The budget also doubles the property tax rebate up to $300 dollars and sends a one-time payment of at least $50 to most individuals and $100 per kid. State Senator Sue Rezin voted in favor of the tax relief portion of the plan, despite calling for permanent tax relief, but voted against the state spending plan.”

 

Senators Barickman and Rose Talk About The State Budget on Saturday Morning

Cities 92.9

Tom Davis

04/09/2022

‘State Senator Jason Barickman (R-Bloomington) released the following statement after the Illinois Senate adjourned in the early morning hours of April 9th: “There was a great opportunity this year to provide substantial and permanent tax relief to Illinois families while still passing a balanced, responsible budget. Unfortunately, what we ended up with was Democrats trying to buy votes with tax gimmicks that end as soon as the election is over. Worse yet, with crime out of control across the state, we were able to secure some much-needed help for police, but nothing that actually holds criminals accountable.”’

 

“Sen. Rose debate remarks about the $46 billion state budget plan.”

 

Illinois lawmakers approve crime package, $46.5 billion budget in marathon final day of session

Chicago Tribune

JEREMY GORNER, DAN PETRELLA and CLARE SPAULDING

04/09/2022

“Loathe to vote against tax breaks before facing voters later this year, however, Republicans nearly all voted in favor the proposal. Only GOP state Sen. Craig Wilcox of McHenry voted in opposition.”

 

Illinois Republicans criticize FY 2023 budget

News Channel

Marcella Baietto

04/09/2022

“State Senator Steve McClure, R-Springfield, released this statement: This was a unique legislative session, from beginning to end. I’m proud that I was able to advance some good legislation, including a bill to help frontline DCFS workers to protect themselves. We were able to get some additional funding for our struggling police departments, and some minor tax relief for the people of Illinois. It was extremely disappointing, however, that the super majority party refused to advance any kind of permanent tax relief, opting instead for short-term gimmicks that expire after the next election. Worse yet, they blocked any and all legislation that would actually hold violent criminals accountable and keep them behind bars.”

 

“State Senator Chapin Rose, R-Mahomet, also provided his perspective on the budget plan: The Democrats who control Springfield emptied out their bag of election year tricks- let’s start with tax breaks that expire, conveniently for them, after the election. But it’s what they didn’t do that is the real story. They aren’t providing permanent tax relief by eliminating the tax on food and drugs. They aren’t doubling the tax credit for property taxes. They aren’t even suspending the sales tax on gasoline to help working Illinoisans – all of which we proposed. Well, you’ve come to expect this from the tax-us-into-oblivion crowd that makes up JB Pritzker’s Democrat party.”

 

Area Lawmakers Mixed Over Budget, Tax Relief

Vermilion County First

Bill Pickett

04/09/2022

“Senator Jason Barickman, Republican of Bloomington, says lawmakers missed an opportunity to provide taxpayers some permanent relief….”

 

“Senator Chapin Rose says he is also disappointed a tax relief plan that was approved does not offer permanent relief….”

 

Pritzker, Democratic leaders agree to $1.8B temporary tax relief plan and budget

The Daily Line

Ben Szalinski

04/08/2022

‘“If the Democrats don’t want to do permanent tax relief to the tune of $2.2 billion on a plan that still provides a surplus, then what are they doing with that extra money? They’re spending it,” Sen. Chapin Rose (R-Mahomet) said.’

 

Democrats finalize state budget, focus on crime bills

Andrew Adams

State Journal-Register

04/07/2022

‘“What is most unfortunate about the Democrats’ budget plan is we have an opportunity right now to provide permanent tax relief for the people of Illinois," said Senate Republican Leader Dan McConchie, R-Hawthorn Woods. "Yet instead, the Democrats are choosing to provide one-time checks and other temporary relief just before the election which expires right after the election. Additionally, we are significantly increasing government spending."’

 

Tax cuts expected in Illinois budget, but likely temporary despite calls for permanent relief

The Center Square

Greg Bishop

04/07/2022

“State Sen. Chapin Rose, R-Mahomet, said that’s doable and will still maintain the governor’s proposed spending with a surplus.”

Lawmakers wrap up session with early-morning passage of $46.5 billion budget

Capitol News Illinois

JERRY NOWICKI & PETER HANCOCK

04/09/2022

‘“Everybody in this room knows it's damn near impossible to know what's actually happening here without a bill being filed,” Sen. Chapin Rose, R-Mahomet, said at the hearing that concluded after 10 p.m. “How do you possibly begin to ask questions about something that doesn't yet exist?”’

 

‘“Let’s call this budget what it really is—an attempt to buy your vote,” Senate Republican Leader Dan McConchie, of Hawthorn Woods, said in a statement.’

 

Pay raises for lawmakers, temporary tax cuts part of largest spending plan in Illinois history

The Center Square

Greg Bishop

04/09/2022

“State Sen. Terri Bryant, R-Murphysboro, said the reality is the Democrats’ plan practically spends all the state is bringing in and at record levels.”

 

In All Night End of Session, Tensions Flare, Democrats Pass Budget

The Illinoize

Patrick Pfingsten

04/09/2022

‘"There was a deliberate choice made not to give people their money back, but to take it and spend it," said Sen. Chapin Rose (R-Mahomet). He called the plan "a missed opportunity."’

 

‘“Let’s call this budget what it really is—an attempt to buy your vote,” said Senate Republican Leader Dan McConchie (R-Hawthorn Woods) in a statement. “For months, Republicans have proposed permanent tax relief. Instead, Democrats chose a permanent expansion to spending handing out one-time checks right before the election and then abandoning taxpayers right after the election. While some tax relief is better than none-at-all, Illinoisans deserve real relief instead of bigger government.”’

 

A tale of two state budgets

1470 & 100.3 WMBD

Will Stevenson

04/07/2022

“State Senator Chapin Rose of Champaign County says the GOP proposal makes permanent some of the tax relief ideas Pritzker is proposing as temporary.”

 

Budget Reaction

93.9 WTAX

Staff

04/08/2022

“What we’re seeing at the price pump, a lot of that is baked into the sales tax that’s on top,” said Senate Minority Leader Dan McConchie (R-Hawthorn Woods) “What we’ve proposed doing is capping that at pre-pandemic levels in order to help provide relief.”

 

Democrats Reach Budget Deal

The Illinoize

Patrick Pfingsten

04/08/2022

“Republicans were critical of the Democratic plan. Senate Republican Leader Dan McConchie (R-Hawthorn Woods) said the plan relies too much on short term fixes instead of long term tax relief.”

 

Senate Democrats propose tax relief plan including $100 checks for nearly all taxpayers

The Daily Line

Ben Szalinski

04/04/2022

‘Across the aisle, Senate Minority Leader Dan McConchie (R-Hawthorn Woods) called the plan an election year “gimmick.”’

Education

Governor signs teacher paid leave act

WCSJ News 103.1

Staff

04/05/2022

“Republican Morris State Senator Sue Rezin says the bill is really a way for the governor to impose a vaccine mandate.”

 

Sen. Craig Wilcox

4-6-22

WDML Radio (Mt. Vernon) (8 other sources)

Issue: Paid leave only for vaccinated teachers

 

Sen. Dan McConchie

4-4-22

Chicago Tribune

Issue: Essay contest to honor teachers

 

Sen. Sue Rezin

4-6-22

WCSJ Radio (Morris) (1 other source)

Issue: Paid leave only for vaccinated teachers

 

Sen. Craig Wilcox

4-6-22

WIND Radio (Chicago)

Issue: Paid leave only for vaccinated teachers

 

Sen. Jason Plummer

4-6-22

Edwardsville Intelligencer (2 other sources)

Issue: Paid leave for Covid vaxxed teachers

 

Sen. Steve McClure

4-6-22

Edwardsville Intelligencer (2 other sources)

Issue: Paid leave for Covid vaxxed teachers

Healthcare

Sen. Sue Rezin

4-4-22

WCMY Radio (Ottawa)

Issue: Peru and Spring Valley hospitals share license

 

Sen. Win Stoller

4-4-22

WCMY Radio (Ottawa)

Issue: Peru and Spring Valley hospitals share license

 

Sen. Jil Tracy

4-7-22

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

Issue: Nursing home funding reform/Medicaid

 

Nursing home reform, two years in the making, passes IL Senate

WGEM

Lizzie Seils

04/06/2022

“Sen. Jil Tracy (R-Quincy) said she was made aware of about nine homes still at risk of being a “loser” under new legislation. Gillespie said she is not aware of those homes but will check with her staff.”

Prisoner Review Board

Sen. Jason Barickman

4-4-22

Quincy Herald-Whig

Issue: PRB appointees

 

Sen. Jason Plummer

4-4-22

Chicago Tribune

Issue: PRB appointees

 

Sen. Jason Plummer

4-5-22

Chicago Tribune

Issue: PRB appointees

 

Sen. Jason Plummer

4-10-22

Alton Telegraph (31 other sources)

Issue: PRB appointments

 

Sen. Jason Plummer

4-9-22

Southern Illinoisan (1 other source)

Issue: PRB appointments

 

Pritzker taps former Rauner chief of staff, former judge for PRB

Capitol News Illinois, Voice of Alexandria

BETH HUNDSDORFER

04/09/2022

“One of Pritzker’s most vocal critics on the PRB issue, Sen. Jason Plummer, R-Edwardsville, said in a statement released on Friday that the PRB is a critical to Illinois’ public safety and he’s glad to see the vacancies addressed.”

 

Gov. Pritzker taps two lawyers for Prisoner Review Board — one a former aide to past nemesis Bruce Rauner

Chicago Sun-Times

Tina Sfondeles

04/08/2022

‘Urging a no vote on the Senate floor nearly two weeks ago, state Sen. Terri Bryant, R-Murphysboro, said Wilson’s votes to release “cop-killers” send a “troubling message to the family members of these officers that their sacrifice ... is somehow insignificant.”’

 

‘Referring to the bipartisan rejection of Wilson, state Sen. Jason Plummer, R-Edwardsville, issued a statement Friday crediting Pritzker with taking steps to fill the vacancies after “allowing his controversial appointees to fulfill his agenda until even Democrats had enough of his gamesmanship.’

Public Safety

Bill allowing DCFS employees to carry pepper spray heads to governor

KHQA 7

KHQA Staff

04/06/2022

“The legislation was advanced by State Senator Steve McClure (R-Springfield), State Representative Sandy Hamilton (R-Springfield), and State Representative Tony McCombie (R-Savanna).”

 

Illinois lawmakers pass bill removing potential penalties for carjacking victims

The Center Square

Andrew Hensel

04/08/2022

“Illinois has seen a rise in carjackings in the city of Chicago and other areas of the state the past couple of years. State Sen. Jason Barickman, R-Bloomington, said not enough has been done to help the victims of these crimes.”

 

Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s battles over crime now being seen on state boards

Chicago Tribune

RAY LONG and JEREMY GORNER

04/07/2022

‘“Democrats as a whole are afraid of the crime issue,” said state Sen. Jason Plummer, an Edwardsville Republican who serves as minority spokesman on the Executive Appointments Committee.’

 

Sen. Darren Bailey

4-4-22

WBEZ Radio (Chicago)

Issue: Death penalty for cop killers

 

Sen. John Curran

4-4-22

Ogle County Newspapers

Issue: Combating retail theft

 

Sen. Chapin Rose

4-5-22

Champaign News Gazette

Issue: Local gun violence

 

Sen. Dan McConchie

4-5-22

WDML Radio (Mt. Vernon)

Issue: Newly-introduced Democrat crime legislation

 

Sen. Jason Barickman

4-5-22

Champaign News Gazette

Issue: Local gun violence

 

Sen. Jil Tracy

4-5-22

WIFR-TV (Rockford) (3 other sources)

Issue: Crime bill/witness protection

 

Sen. John Curran

4-5-22

Chicago Tribune (2 other sources)

Issue: Newly-introduced Democrat crime legislation

 

Sen. John Curran

4-5-22

WGN-TV (Chicago)

Issue: Newly-introduced Democrat crime legislation

 

Sen. Neil Anderson

4-5-22

WIFR-TV (Rockford) (3 other sources)

Issue: Crime bill/witness protection

 

Sen. John Curran

4-6-22

WGN-TV (Chicago) (multiple newscasts)

Issue: Newly-introduced Democrat crime legislation

 

Sen. Jason Plummer

4-7-22

Chicago Tribune

Issue: Democrat anti-crime proposals

 

Sen. John Curran

4-6-22

WGN-TV (Chicago)

Issue: Democrat carjacking proposal

 

Sen. Neil Anderson

4-6-22

Streeterville News (7 other sources)

Issue: Democrat anti-crime proposals

 

Sen. Steve McClure

4-6-22

WICD-TV (Champaign)

Issue: Allowing DCFS employees to carry pepper spray

 

Sen. Steve McClure

4-6-22

WAND-TV (Decatur)

Issue: Allowing DCFS employees to carry pepper spray

 

Sen. Jason Plummer

4-7-22

WIND Radio (Chicago)

Issue: Democrat anti-crime proposals

 

Sen. John Curran

4-6-22

WGN-TV (Chicago) (multiple newscasts)

Issue: Democrat carjacking proposal

 

Sen. Steve McClure

4-7-22

WICS-TV (Springfield) (multiple newscasts)

Issue: Allowing DCFS employees to carry pepper spray

Sen. Craig Wilcox

4-8-22

Ogle County Newspapers (15 other sources)

Issue: Child Abuse Prevention Month/Roar for AJ

 

Sen. Dave Syverson

4-10-22

WIFR-TV (Rockford)

Issue: County government crime bill

 

Sen. Jason Barickman

4-9-22

WCIA-TV (Champaign)

Issue: Democrat crime legislation

 

Sen. Jil Tracy

4-9-22

Peoria Journal Star (4 other sources)

Issue: Democrat crime legislation

 

Sen. Neil Anderson

4-9-22

Peoria Journal Star (5 other sources)

Issue: Democrat crime legislation

 

Sen. Steve McClure

4-9-22

Peoria Journal Star (28 other sources)

Issue: Democrat crime legislation

 

Sen. Steve McClure

4-10-22

Chicago Tribune

Issue: Democrat crime legislation

 

Crime was a big topic for lawmakers this spring. What did they accomplish in their last week?

State Journal-Register

Andrew Adams

04/09/2022

‘"This legislation is doing absolutely nothing," said Sen. Steve McClure, R-Springfield. "It's just the same old stuff with some different language in the statutes," he later added.’

 

“The bill, HB 4736, passed in the Senate on Thursday on a nearly party-line 40-17 vote, with Sen. Jil Tracy, R-Quincy voting for the measure. It passed with bipartisan support in the House on Friday in a 109-2 vote.”

 

“Sen. Neil Anderson, R-Andalusia, is an outspoken advocate for firearms owners. On Wednesday, he was a featured speaker at an event hosted by the Illinois State Rifle Association.”

 

‘I was terrified:’ Lightford, Senate Democrats present legislation to combat carjackings

The Daily Line

Ben Szalinski

04/06/2022

“The recent proposals introduced do very little to move the needle on this very serious issue,” Sen. John Curran (R-Downers Grove) said in a statement. “They simply just add bureaucracy and taxpayer dollars to this epidemic and do nothing to actually hold offenders accountable for their actions. If we really want to get serious on crime, we need to start having real conversations about ways to deter this kind of activity.”

MISC.

Witness protection program bill moves out of committee on partisan vote

WEEK 25, WGEM

Lizzie Seils

04/05/2022

“Republicans took issue with what they considered unequal representation in the task force since minority leaders could only appoint one person each to the task force. Additionally, Sen. Neil Anderson (R - Moline) argued rank-and-file police officers should be involved in the discussion.”

 

‘“I like the idea,” Sen. Jil Tracy (R - Quincy) said. “What I find disingenuous is the fact that we are unwilling to make this a bipartisan task force. It’s a poison pill and I think it solidifies the direction we’re going in locking out the minority party.”’

 

Lawmakers, ‘Roar for AJ’ group to hold rally in remembrance of AJ Freund at Illinois State Capitol

County Scanner

Sam Borcia

05/06/2022

“State Representative Steve Reick (R-Woodstock), State Senator Craig Wilcox (R-McHenry) and Rep. Tom Weber (R-Lake Villa) will attend the rally, according to a statement.”

 

Sen. Chapin Rose

4-5-22

WICD-TV (Champaign) (1 other source)

Issue: Picture with Fighting Illini-Big Ten Champions

 

Sen. Terri Bryant

4-5-22

Pontiac Daily Leader

Issue: DOC facilities in Pontiac and Vandalia

 

Sen. Craig Wilcox

4-6-22

Lake and McHenry County Scanner

Issue: Roar for AJ rally at the Capitol

 

Sen. Sally Turner

4-6-22

WLDS/WEAI Radio (Jacksonville)

Issue: Resolution urging college transfers for Illinois College students

 

Sen. Brian Stewart

4-9-22

Ogle County Newspapers

Issue: Hunting/Fishing licenses for veterans

 

Sen. Dale Fowler

4-10-22

Benton Evening News (2 other sources)

Issue: Shawneetown port project

 

Sen. Dale Fowler

4-10-22

Carbondale Times

Issue: State snake

 

Sen. Dale Fowler

4-8-22

Southern Illinoisan

Issue: Cape Girardeau air service/impact on region

 

Sen. Win Stoller

4-10-22

Starvedrock media (Regional radio station group)

Issue: Sgt. Lincoln Hollinsaid I-80 bridge

 

Sen. Bailey to host live Teletown Hall April 11

My Radio Link

04/06/2022

“State Senator Darren Bailey (R-Louisville) is inviting constituents across the 55th Senate District to his live Teletown Hall Monday, April 11, 2022.”

 

After partisan fight, lawmakers approve bill limiting donations in judicial elections

Andrew Adams

State Journal-Register

04/08/2022

“This was a point of contention during the Senate’s debate on Thursday. Sen. Jason Barickman, R-Bloomington, argued against the measure, saying that a wealthy candidate could fully fund their own campaign while their opponent, who may not be able to do the same, is left with fewer fundraising options.”

 

Illinois State Senator Steve McClure

93.9 WTAX News Radio

Joey M.

04/08/2022

“Joey McLaughlin discusses the end of session with Illinois State Senator Steve McClure.”

 

Statement from State Senator Jason Plummer on the end of the legislative session

Vandalia Radio

Todd Stapleton

04/09/2022

‘State Senator Jason Plummer (R-Edwardsville) released the following statement after the Illinois Senate adjourned in the early morning hours of April 9th: “Families are across this state are struggling to pay their bills while inflation and taxes are out of control. I supported numerous measures to freeze the gas tax, permanently, increase property tax credits, permanently, and to remove the sales tax on groceries and prescriptions, again, permanently. But after years of fee increases and tax hikes, the only thing the super majority Democrats would allow to move forward were shameless election year gimmicks that expire immediately after the coming election.”’

 

Cook County sheriff, state lawmakers propose legislation to ban untraceable ghost guns

Chicago Tribune, Quad-City Times

Shanzeh Ahmad

04/09/2022

‘“The public safety of the people of Illinois is so important,” said Sen. Chapin Rose, R-Mahomet. “We want each legislator to be held accountable (to) the citizens of Illinois. Are they going to continue to coddle violent offenders?”’

 

Resolution to name Princeton bridge to Honor Staff Sergeant Lincoln Hollinsaid passes

WALLS 102

Staff

04/10/2022

“State Senator Win Stoller (R-Germantown Hills) announced the initiative after the General Assembly passed the resolution this week.”

 

Crypto Industry Helps Write, and Pass, Its Own Agenda in State Capitols

The New York Times

Eric Lipton and David Yaffe-Bellany

04/10/2022

“In January, Sue Rezin, a Republican state senator, introduced the bill — at the urging of the chamber, she said in an interview. She said she was not a crypto expert and hadn’t “heard too much” about mining’s environmental impact.”

Illinois Senate advances legislation despite pushback from housing providers

The Center Square

Andrew Hensel

04/04/2022

“Most of the debate has been about the forced implementation of the Section 8 housing program. State Sen. Jason Barickman, R-Bloomington, said the bill will harm the state.”

 

After partisan fight, lawmakers approve bill limiting donations in judicial elections

State Journal-Register

Andrew Adams

04/08/2022

“This was a point of contention during the Senate’s debate on Thursday. Sen. Jason Barickman, R-Bloomington, argued against the measure, saying that a wealthy candidate could fully fund their own campaign while their opponent, who may not be able to do the same, is left with fewer fundraising options.”

 

Illinois lawmakers working to pass inflation relief

Fox Illinois

Noelle Forde

04/08/2022

‘"It's kind of disingenuous to put something and it expires when the election is over, I mean people see right through that," said Sen. Chapin Rose, R-Mahomet.’