Week of 05/30/2022

Energy

Federal Grid Operator concerned over power outages ahead of Summer

KFVS 12

Colin Baillie

06/02/2022

“State Senator Terri Bryant says the rolling blackouts that could happen this summer could be impactful. Not only to residential customers but also businesses and schools.”

 

Sen. Terri Bryant

6-2-22

WGEM-TV (Quincy)

Issue: Power grid shortcomings/rolling blackouts this summer

 

Sen. Don DeWitte

6-6-22

Daily Herald

Issue: Transportation funding in the era of electric vehicles/Charging for vehicle miles traveled

Events

Ugaste, DeWitte to host mobile office hours Thursday in Huntley

Northwest Herald

Shaw Local News Network

05/31/2022

“State Rep. Dan Ugaste and State Sen. Don DeWitte will host mobile office hours Thursday in Huntley.”

 

Sen. Don DeWitte

5-31-22

Ogle County Newspapers

Issue: Mobile office hours

 

Vandalia Correctional Center Town Hall Postponed

WGEL

Staff

06/02/2022

“Senator Jason Plummer and Representative Blaine Wilhour have announced that they have had to postpone their Town Hall on the Vandalia Correctional Center, which was scheduled for Monday, June 6.”

 

Sen. Jason Plummer

6-1-22

Effingham Daily News

Issue: Postponement of Town Hall on the Vandalia CC

Interviews

NEWSRADIO WJPF INTERVIEW WITH DALE FOWLER

WJPF News Radio

Staff

05/31/2022

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

Public Safety

SWANSON BILL TO HELP EMERGENCY DISPATCHERS SIGNED INTO LAW

WGIL Galesburg’s News

Staff

06/01/2022

“Legislation sponsored by State Senator Neil Anderson (R-Andalusia) and State Representative Dan Swanson (R-Alpha) was signed into law late last week.”

 

Dispatchers now classified as first responders

KHQA 7

WICS/WRSP Staff

05/31/2022

“Classifying emergency medical dispatchers as first responders will allow them to have access to many of the same services and benefits as other first responders, according to one of the bill's sponsors, State Senator Neil Anderson, R-Andalusia.”

 

Bill to support emergency dispatchers signed into law

Quad Cities

Sharon Wren

05/31/2022

“Emergency dispatchers will now be able to access many of the same services and benefits as other first responders, thanks to legislation sponsored by State Senator Neil Anderson (R-Andalusia) and State Representative Dan Swanson (R-Alpha) that was signed into law last week.”

 

Turner-Sponsored Legislation to Protect Victims’ Privacy Becomes Law

Cities 92.9

Tom Davis

05/31/2022

“Legislation introduced by State Senator Sally Turner (R-Beason) that would provide victims of child sex crimes with additional privacy protections was signed into law on May 27.”

 

McClure DCFS Worker Pepper Spray Bill Signed Into Law

WLDS/WEAI

Benjamin Cox

05/31/2022

“Governor J.B. Pritzker signed Senate Bill 1486 on Friday. The measure was chiefly sponsored by 50th District State Senator Steve McClure, who introduced the measure after Deidre Silas was murdered in Thayer while doing a home visit for endangered children in January.”

 

DCFS employees will soon be able to carry pepper spray

Fox

WRSP/WICS Staff

06/01/2022

‘“Frontline DCFS workers face dangerous situations far too often as they work to protect the vulnerable children of Illinois,” said Senator Steve McClure. “This will give those employees the ability to carry pepper spray and create a training program to ensure they know how to use it in an emergency situation.”’

 

Sex offender employee loophole closure takes effect after the Illinois State Fair

KHQA 7

Marcella Baietto

06/01/2022

“That event then prompted lawmakers like Senator Steve McClure, R-Springfield, and Senator Turner to close a loophole that allowed registered sex offenders to work at the State Fair, but just not at county fairs.”

 

Sen. Neil Anderson

6-1-22

WGIL Radio (Galesburg)

Issue: Emergency dispatchers as First Responders

 

Sen. Neil Anderson

5-31-22

WYZZ-TV (Peoria)

Issue: Emergency dispatchers as First Responders

 

Sen. Neil Anderson

5-31-22

WICD-TV (Champaign) (2 other sources)

Issue: Emergency dispatchers as First Responders

 

Sen. Neil Anderson

5-31-22

OurQuadCities.com

Issue: Emergency dispatchers as First Responders

 

Sen. Sally Turner

5-31-22

WRPW Radio (Bloomington/Normal)

Issue: Child Sex Crime victim privacy

 

Sen. Steve McClure

5-31-22

WMAY Radio (Springfield)

Issue: Sex offenders banned from carnival jobs

 

Sen. Steve McClure

5-31-22

WLDS/WEAI Radio (Jacksonville)

Issue: DCFS workers can carry pepper spray

 

Sen. Neil Anderson

6-1-22

WQAD-TV (Quad Cities) (1 other source)

Issue: Emergency dispatchers as First Responders

 

Sen. Steve McClure

6-1-22

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

Issue: DCFS workers can carry pepper spray

 

Sen. Steve McClure

6-1-22

WICD-TV (Champaign) (1 other source)

Issue: Sex offenders banned from carnival jobs

 

Sen. Steve McClure

6-2-22

WICS-TV (Springfield) (multiple newscasts) (1 other source)

Issue: Sex offenders banned from carnival jobs

 

Sen. Steve McClure

6-2-22

WICD-TV (Champaign)

Issue: Sex offenders banned from carnival jobs

 

Sen. Steve McClure

6-2-22

WCCU-TV (Springfield)

Issue: Sex offenders banned from carnival jobs

 

Veterans Affairs

Don Cooper, other soldiers honored at Harrisburg's 'Little Arlington'

WSIL TV 3

Danny Valle

05/30/2022

‘"There's no question that Don is smiling as he always smiled each and everyday," Sen. Dale Fowler (R-Harrisburg) said. "He's smiling down today at Little Arlington about how proud he is of this incredible memorial."’

 

Sen. Dale Fowler

6-3-22

WSIL-TV (Harrisburg) (multiple newscasts) (1 other source)

Issue: Portion of Route 1 named after Sgt. Brian Romans

 

Sen. Dale Fowler

6-3-22

WPSD-TV (Paudcah, KY)

Issue: Portion of Route 1 named after Sgt. Brian Romans

MISC.

Change in state law to help youth entrepreneurs

The Southern Illinoisian

LES O'DELL

06/01/2022

“State Sen. Dale Fowler, R-Harrisburg, introduced a bill to amend a previously enacted state code which directs the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic to establish Entrepreneurship Assistance Centers throughout the state.”

 

Sen. Don DeWitte

5-31-22

WIFR-TV (Rockford) (4 other sources)

Issue: Future of Work task force

 

Sen. Dale Fowler

6-1-22

Southern Illinoisan

Issue: IDCEO Entrepreneurship Assistance Centers

 

Sen. Dale Fowler

6-3-22

Southern Illinoisan

Issue: Southern Illinois Airport expansion

 

Sen. Terri Bryant

6-3-22

Southern Illinoisan

Issue: Southern Illinois Airport expansion

 

Sen. Terri Bryant

6-3-22

WSIL-TV (Harrisburg) (1 other source)

Issue: Murphysboro Airport expansion/job creation

 

As some states take measures to relieve gas prices like tax suspensions, Illinois does little, critics say

The Center Square

Kevin Bessler

06/02/2022

“State Sen. Dave Syverson, R-Cherry Valley, called on lawmakers to head back to Springfield for a special session to address the situation.”