Week of 04/18/2022

Cannabis

Sen. Sue Rezin

4-20-22

WHOI-TV (Peoria) (1 other source)

Issue: Testing positive for pot on the job

 

Sen. Sue Rezin

4-20-22

WEEK-TV (Peoria) (multiple newscasts) (1 other source)

Issue: Testing positive for pot on the job

 

Sen. Sue Rezin

4-20-22

WHOI-TV (Peoria)

Issue: Testing positive for pot on the job

 

Sen. Sue Rezin

4-21-22

WEEK-TV (Peoria)

Issue: Positive pot test at work

Events

Students debate mock legislation at Senator Dale Fowler's Spring Student Advisory Council

WSIU Public Radio

Benjy Jeffords

04/20/2022

“Dozens of high school students reunited Wednesday for the spring session of Senator Dale Fowler’s annual Student Advisory Council.”

 

Sen. Dale Fowler

4-22-22

Dailey Republican (Marion)

Issue: Paul Simon Institute guest to discuss higher-ed and Riverport projects

 

Sen. Dale Fowler

4-21-22

WSIL-TV (Harrisburg) (multiple newscasts) (2 other sources)

Issue: Youth Advisory Council

 

Sen. Dale Fowler

4-21-22

WSIL-TV (Harrisburg)

Issue: Paul Simon Institute guest to discuss higher-ed and Riverport projects

 

State Sen. Dale Fowler to discuss Illinois higher education, Cairo river port

SIU Carbondale News

Staff

04/21/2022

“Illinois State Sen. Dale Fowler is the next guest in the virtual speaker series hosted by Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s Paul Simon Public Policy Institute.”

 

State Sen Jason Plummer welcomes students to Springfield as part of his Youth Advisory Council event

Vandalia Radio

Todd Stapleton

04/22/2022

“State Senator Jason Plummer welcomed high school students from across the 54th District to the Capitol to hold a mock legislative hearing.  The event was part of the Senator’s annual Youth Advisory Council.”

 

Senator Stoller answers Geneseo High panelists about his first year as a legislator

Beth Welbers

Geneseo Republic

04/22/2022

“State Senator Win Stoller (R-Germantown Hills) got a rare opportunity to answer questions and give a few insights to a panel of Geneseo High School students Tuesday afternoon, April 19.  The six students were invited to the meeting based on their leadership skills and interest in a future career in government.”

 

Senator Plummer Welcomes Students to the Capitol to Tackle the Legislative Process

Effingham Radio

Staff

04/22/2022

“State Senator Jason Plummer (R-Edwardsville) welcomed high school students from across the 54th District to the Capitol to hold a mock legislative hearing.”

 

Sen. Dale Fowler

4-21-22

Metropolis Planet

Issue: Blood Drive at the Hub

Finances

Illinois Republicans disapprove of budget signed by governor

WSIL TV 3

Staff

04/19/2022

“Senator Terri Bryant (R-Murphysboro) says it's irresponsible spending.”

 

“Senate Republican Leader Dan McConchie (R-Hawthorn Woods) called it a campaign stunt by the Governor.”

 

Sen. Dan McConchie

4-21-22

WHOI-TV (Peoria)

Issue: Gasoline tax

 

Sen. Dan McConchie

4-21-22

WGEM-TV (Quincy)

Issue: Gasoline tax

 

Sen. Darren Bailey

4-20-22

WAWV-TV (Terre Haute, IN)

Issue: New state budget

 

Sen. Sue Rezin

4-20-22

WSPY Radio (Plano/Aurora)

Issue: New state budget

 

Sen. Win Stoller

WYZZ-TV (Peoria) (1 other source)

Issue: Gasoline tax

 

Sen. Craig Wilcox

4-21-22

Kankakee Daily Journal

Issue: Public pensions

 

Sen. Win Stoller

4-24-22

WCMY Radio (Ottawa)

Issue: Two-week review for a state budget

 

Sen. Dan McConchie

4-22-22

WIFR-TV (Rockford) (4 other sources)

Issue: Illinois Bonding upgrade

 

Sen. Jason Barickman

4-22-22

El Dia News Chicago

Issue: Tax dollars funding attorneys for immigration hearings

 

Sen. Steve McClure

4-24-22

WICD-TV (Champaign) (1 other source)

Issue: Gasoline tax/sticker requirement

 

Sen. Sue Rezin

4-22-22

WCSJ Radio (Morris)

Issue: New state budget/federal tax dollars

 

Sen. Dan McConchie

4-21-22

WQRF-TV (Rockford)

Issue: Gasoline tax

 

Sen. Dan McConchie

4-21-22

WIFR-TV (Rockford)

Issue: Gasoline tax

 

Sen. Jason Barickman

4-22-22

State Journal Register (29 other sources)

Issue: New state budget/late night debate/no review

 

Sen. Jason Barickman

4-21-22

Southern Illinoisan

Issue: New state budget/late night debate/no review

 

Sen. Sue Rezin

4-21-22

WCSJ Radio (Morris)

Issue: New state budget

 

Sen. Win Stoller

4-21-22

DeWitt Daily News

Issue: Two-week review for a new state budget

 

Sen. Chapin Rose

4-22-22

State Journal Register (29 other sources)

Issue: New state budget/late night debate/no review

 

Sen. Chapin Rose

4-21-22

Southern Illinoisan (1 other source)

Issue: New state budget/late night debate/no review

 

Sen. Jason Barickman

4-20-22

Illinois Business Journal (2 other sources)

Issue: Tax relief in the new state budget

 

Gov. Pritzker signed the new Illinois budget on Tuesday

WSIU Public Radio

Brad Palmer

04/19/2022

“Republican State Senator Terri Bryant from Murphysboro criticized the budget, saying it sets the state up for a financial disaster down the road by increasing spending by nearly three billion dollars on one-time, unexpectedly high revenue.”

 

State lawmakers react to state budget

CI Proud

Liam Donahue

04/19/2022

‘On the other hand, Republican State Senator Win Stoller said he feels Illinois is on a “sugar high.”’

 

State Senator thinks Illinois budget misses the mark

WSPY News

Ethan Kruger

04/20/2022

“Morris Republican State Senator Sue Rezin says the $46 billion Illinois spending plan signed by Governor J.B. Pritzker misses out on a few priorities.”

 

'Election-year gimmicks': Political efforts to ease pain of gas prices under scrutiny

ABC 7

Diane Pathieu, Craig Wall and ABC7 Chicago Digital Team

04/20/2022

‘"And that is what's really unfortunate is the government really forcing private business to advertise on the Democrats behalf in this case," said State Senator Dan McConchie, Senate Republican Leader.’

 

Rezin Says Pritzker's Budget Relies On Money That Won't Be There in Future

WSPY News

Justin Ritz

04/22/2022

“Morris Republican State Senator Sue Rezin says the $46 billion Illinois spending plan, signed by Governor J.B. Pritzker, misses out on a few priorities.”

 

With Moody's upgrade for Illinois' finances, Republicans say structural problems persist

The Center Square, 1340 WJOL

Kevin Bessler

04/22/2022

“The Governor is grabbing ahold of anything within reach to try and trick the people of Illinois that he is creating a fiscally responsible government while ignoring the fact that this year’s budget was only attainable because Illinois received over $16 billion in federal bailout money,” said Senate Republican Leader Dan McConchie, R-Hawthorn Woods. “The truth is, Pritzker continues to put Illinois on a path toward fiscal insolvency by increasing state spending and failing to address the systemic issues that are causing people to flee this state.”

 

“Earlier in the day, state Sen. Jason Barickman, R-Bloomington, told the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at Southern Illinois University the state’s finances still need a lot of work and the budget is not what it may seem.”

 

Budget bills were filed after committee hearing scheduled to discuss them

JERRY NOWICKI

Capitol News Illinois

04/21/2022

‘“I don't know what we're supposed to gain from this hearing when we don't have anything in front of us,” Sen. Chapin Rose, R-Mahomet, said at the hearing. “How do you possibly begin to ask questions about something that doesn't yet exist?”’

 

Community Forum: Barickman Says State Budget is a Missed Opportunity

WJEZ Classic Hits

Staff

04/22/2022

“State Senator Jason Barickman talks with Todd Wineburner about the state budget and his disappointment with it. The Community Forum on WJEZ is sponsored by K & S Ford in Fairbury.”

 

St. Senator wants two week introduction of bills before a vote

1430 WCMY

Steven Devine

02/24/2022

“Republican St. Sen. Win Stoller of Germantown Hills wants to reform the state budget process. He has introduced an amendment to the State’s Constitution that would require bills to be delivered in two weeks in advance of a vote.”

 

Illinois lawmakers respond to budget signing

Fox Illinois

Press Release

04/19/2022

‘Senate Republican Leader Dan McConchie (R-Hawthorn Woods) issued the following statement after Governor Pritzker signed an election-year state budget: “This budget is nothing more than a campaign tool for Pritzker and the Democratic Party. Providing one-time checks to people in the mail right before their names appear on the ballot and expire right after the Election is a disgrace. And then, to also force gas stations and grocery stores to post signs that tout their short-term ‘tax relief’ just shows how desperate they are to win over Illinoisians. Nobody will be fooled by their gamesmanship.”’

 

Tracy addresses budget concerns during Politics and Pancakes breakfast

DREW ZIMMERMAN

Herald-Whig

04/19/2022

“Sen. Jil Tracy voiced her concerns about Illinois $46.5 billion spending plan, which was signed into law Tuesday, during Quincy’s first Politics and Pancakes breakfast of the year.”

 

Fuel retailers approve suing over Illinois gas tax sticker requirement

The Center Square

Greg Bishop

04/19/2022

“While Republicans didn’t support the spending plan, they did support the tax cuts, though Senate Minority Leader Dan McConchie, R-Hawthorn Woods, said Republicans wanted broader and more permanent, not temporary, cuts.”

 

Pritzker signs final first-term budget ahead of reelection push

Capitol News Illinois

JERRY NOWICKI

04/19/2022

‘“This budget is nothing more than a campaign tool for Pritzker and the Democratic Party,” Senate Minority Leader Dan McConchie, R-Hawthorn Woods, who voted for the tax relief plan, said in a statement. “Providing one-time checks to people in the mail right before their names appear on the ballot and expire right after the election is a disgrace.”’

 

Largest spending plan in Illinois history now law as critics see no reforms

The Center Square

Greg Bishop

04/19/2022

“Republican state Sen. Terri Bryant, R-Murphysboro said the state’s finances are being floated by one-time federal tax funds that aren’t expected in future years.”

 

Research shows elimination of the grocery tax doesn’t help low-income Illinoisans

The Center Square

Kevin Bessler

04/18/2022

‘“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, 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,” Senate Minority Leader Dan McConchie, R-Hawthorn Woods, said in a statement.’

 

Pritzker touts state’s latest Wall Street bond rating upgrade: ‘Step by step we are putting Illinois on firm fiscal footing’

Chicago Sun-Times

Tina Sfondeles

04/21/2022

“Despite the latest upgrade, Pritzker’s foes, including Illinois Senate Republican Leader Dan McConchie, R-Hawthorn Woods, said the Democratic governor is ignoring the fact that this year’s budget included $16 billion in federal dollars.”

 

Sen. Craig Wilcox

4-19-22

Daily Herald (23 other sources)

Issue: New state budget/temporary tax cuts

 

Sen. Darren Bailey

4-20-22

WCIA-TV (Champaign) (multiple newscasts)

Issue: New state budget

 

Sen. Darren Bailey

4-20-22

WHBF-TV (Quad Cities) (multiple newscasts)

Issue: New state budget

 

Sen. Win Stoller

4-20-22

WMBD-TV (Peoria) (multiple newscasts) (1 other source)

Issue: New state budget/taxes

 

Sen. Win Stoller

4-19-22

WYZZ-TV (Peoria)

Issue: New state budget/taxes

 

Sen. Dan McConchie

4-21-22

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

Issue: Gasoline tax

 

Sen. Dan McConchie

4-20-22

Illinois Business Journal (2 other sources)

Issue: Tax relief in the new state budget

 

Democrats declare ‘Illinois is back’ as Pritzker signs budget and tax relief plan into law

The Daily Line

Ben Szalinski

04/20/2022

‘“This budget is nothing more than a campaign tool for Pritzker and the Democratic Party,” Senate Minority Leader Dan McConchie (R-Hawthorn Woods), who voted against the budget but for the tax relief bill, said in a statement. “Providing one-time checks to people in the mail right before their names appear on the ballot...is a disgrace,” McConchie wrote. “And then, to also force gas stations and grocery stores to post signs that tout their short-term ‘tax relief’ just shows how desperate they are to win over Illinoisians.”’

 

Pritzker, Dem leaders boast over state’s 3rd Moody’s credit upgrade in less than a year

The Daily Line

Ben Szalinski

04/22/2022

‘“The truth is, Pritzker continues to put Illinois on a path toward fiscal insolvency by increasing state spending and failing to address the systemic issues that are causing people to flee this state,” Senate Minority Leader Dan McConchie (R-Hawthorn Woods) said in a statement. “Should he remain in office next year, he is going to be confronted with a major hangover after the federal money dries up and state spending is at a record high.”’

 

Backlash over gas tax sticker requirement

Fox Illinois WICS/WRSP

Noelle Forde

04/24/2022

‘"Everyone knows that one of the biggest issues is inflation. One of those areas that hits the hardest is at the gas pump. There's no question it's an election gimmick," said Sen. Steve McClure, R-Springfield.’

Health

Illinois pharmacies could soon dispense HIV prevention medications

KWQC 6, 23 WIFR

Mike Miletich

04/18/2022

“Sen. Jason Barickman (R-Bloomington) and Rep. Seth Lewis (R-Bartlett) were the only Republicans in either chamber to support the proposal.”

 

Sen. Jason Barickman

4-19-22

KFVS-TV (Cape Girardeau, MO) (5 other sources)

Issue: Pharmacists dispensing HIV meds/Fentanyl tests

 

Expansion of Medicaid for noncitizens sent to governor

Capitol News Illinois

PETER HANCOCK

04/22/2022

‘“We had a bipartisan group for the last three months, getting up at 7 o'clock in the morning for these meetings with the agreement that all Medicaid expansions and increases were going to be working through this group,” Sen. Dave Syverson, R-Rockford, said during floor debate in the Senate. “And then you turn around a couple hours after this agreement and you change the bill.”’

 

Sen. Dave Syverson

4-25-22

State Journal-Register (Springfield) (26 other sources)

Issue: Expanding Medicaid for noncitizens

 

Sen. Dave Syverson

4-22-22

Bloomington Pantagraph (1 other source)

Issue: Expanding Medicaid for noncitizens

Interviews

State Senator Chapin Rose 4-21-22

The News-Gazette

Staff

04/21/2022

“Dave Gentry and CW Greer talk to State Senator Chapin Rose about the passing of Jim Turpin, the recent budget that Governor Pritzker signed, bills not advancing in the Illinois House and Senate, the gun violence effecting the state, and more.”

Public safety

Organized retail crime bill helps law enforcement address ‘evolving criminal,’ Karr says

The Daily Line

Ben Szalinski

04/18/2022

“Karr and Attorney General Kwame Raoul introduced the plan at a February news conference, triggering months of negotiations with lawmakers and stakeholders to find a solution that works best for everyone and addresses the problem. The bill was introduced by Sen. Suzy Glowiak Hilton (D-Western Springs) and Sen. John Curran (R-Downers Grove) in the final weeks of session, but a final version was not agreed to until the final day of session.”

 

“Sen. Steve McClure(R-Springfield) said the bill will do little to deter people from committing the crime because Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx typically does not press charges on thefts below $1,000 in value.”

 

Sen. Terri Bryant

4-24-22

Belleville News-Democrat (1 other source)

Issue: DCFS child protection/family problems

MISC.

Bill creating task force to evaluate using tax funds for immigration lawyers cued up for Pritzker

The Center Square, KPVI 6

Andrew Hensel

04/20/2022

“State Sen. Jason Barickman, R-Bloomington, was against the bill for a number of reasons.”

 

Bill would require schools to offer vegan, vegetarian options

Forest Park Review

“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.”

 

Sen. Dale Fowler

4-19-22

Illinois Ag Connection (industry magazine) (3 other sources)

Issue: Illinois’ new $30 million tourism campaign

 

Sen. Dan McConchie

4-25-22

AdvisorNews (Industry media source) (3 other sources)

Issue: Illinois’ credit upgrade

 

Sen. Dan McConchie

4-22-22

St. Louis Post Dispatch

Issue: Illinois’ credit upgrade

 

Sen. Dan McConchie

4-22-22

Edwardsville Intelligencer (2 other sources)

Issue: Illinois’ credit upgrade

 

Sen. Sue Rezin

4-24-22

WCSJ Radio (Morris) (2 other sources)

Issue: Parking on roads near Starved Rock State Park

 

Sen. Jason Barickman

4-23-22

Bloomington Pantagraph

Issue: ISU Engineering School

 

Sen. Win Stoller

4-22-22

Geneseo Republican

Issue: Reviewing his first year in the state senate