Week of 11/14/2022

Events

Sen. Fowler helps organize a ham/turkey giveaway for Thanksgiving

WSIU Public Broadcasting

Brad Palmer

11/14/2022

“State Senator Dale Fowler has teamed up with Meridian and Heaven’s Kitchen to give 200 hams and turkeys to those in need this Thanksgiving season.”

 

Senator Fowler and Meridian to Give Away 200 free hams and turkeys

WSIU

Staff

11/16/2022

“State Senator Dale Fowler has teamed up with Meridian and Heaven’s Kitchen to give 200 hams/turkeys to those in need this Thanksgiving season.”

 

Senator Fowler and Meridian free ham and turkey giveaway

WSIL TV 3

Staff

11/18/2022

“State Senator Dale Fowler has teamed up with Meridian and Heaven’s Kitchen to give 200 hams/turkeys to those in need this Thanksgiving season.”

 

Thanksgiving meals for senior citizens in need

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WIFR Newsroom

11/19/2022

“Lifescapes’ clients gave away turkeys and hams at a drive-through event by the organizations staff and Illinois State Senator Dave Syverson’s office.”

Fentanyl Epidemic

State Senator Sue Rezin unveils legislation to battle fentanyl epidemic

WSPL FM 985, WGLC Classic Country 100.1
Staff

11/16/2022

“Illinois State Senator Sue Rezin, along with State Senator Sally Turner, have unveiled legislation that creates new offenses and penalties for those who engage in distributing and selling the powerful drug, fentanyl.”

 

Rezin Pushing For New Fentanyl-Related Charges And Penalties

WLPO 103.9

Jeremy Aitken

11/15/2022

‘“We cannot and should not continue to turn a blind eye to this staggering trend”. Those are words from State Senator Sue Rezin in regards to the ongoing fentanyl epidemic.’

 

“The Republican from Morris held a press conference along with State Senator Sally Turner of Beason and McLean County State's Attorney Erika Reynolds to unveil proposed laws creating new charges and penalties for those who sell drugs with fentanyl.”

 

State Senators announce legislation to target fentanyl

WAND

Staff

11/15/2022

“State Senator Sally Turner (R-Beason) and Senate Deputy Minority Leader Sue Rezin (R-Morris) held a press conference on Tuesday to unveil legislation that would create new offenses and penalties for those who intentionally sell scheduled drugs with fentanyl.”

 

Two Illinois lawmakers propose bill that could fight the fentanyl epidemic

WIFR 23

Staff

11/15/2022

“Illinois State Senator Sally Turner (IL-R) and Senate Deputy Minority Leader Sue Rezin (IL-R) proposed a bill Tuesday that would allow attorneys to combat the fentanyl epidemic.”

 

Illinois legislators renew push to fight against opioids with new bill

WQAD 8

David Bohlman

11/15/2022

“On Tuesday, Illinois State Senators Sally Turner and Sue Rezin were joined by the Mclean County State's Attorney Erika Reynolds to renew their push in the fight against opioids.”

 

Officials create new penalties for individuals who sell fentanyl

WICS/WCCU, KHQA 7

Staff

11/16/2022

‘“Nationally, nearly 70,000 people 18 and older died in 2021 from synthetic opioid-related incidents, with 90 percent of those being fentanyl-related. That is equivalent to one plane crashing each and every day,” said Senator Sue Rezin, R-Morris.’

 

Illinois: New Legislation Cracks Down on Fentanyl Dealers

WWBL

John WWBL

11/15/2022

“Illinois Senator Sally Turner of Beason says the offense would be punishable by nine to 40 years in prison.”

 

Sens. Turner, Rezin Unveil Legislation To Combat Fentanyl Epidemic

WCSJ News

Justin Ritz

11/18/2022

“In their ongoing desire to combat the ongoing fentanyl epidemic that is running rampant throughout the state and nation, State Senator Sally Turner of Beason and Sue Rezin of Morris held a press conference at the State Capitol to unveil legislation that creates two new offenses and penalties for individuals who intentionally sell scheduled drugs with fentanyl or use electronic communication devices to sell fentanyl.”

 

Sen. Sally Turner

11-16-22

KFVS-TV (Cape Girardeau, Mo.) (1 other source)

Issue: Fentanyl epidemic

 

Sen. Sally Turner

11-16-22

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

Issue: Fentanyl epidemic

 

Sen. Sally Turner

11-16-22

WMBD-TV (Peoria) (multiple newscasts)

Issue: Fentanyl epidemic

 

Sen. Sally Turner

11-16-22

WAND- TV (Decatur) (multiple newscasts)

Issue: Fentanyl epidemic

 

Sen. Sally Turner

11-16-2

WGEM-TV (Quincy) (multiple newscasts)

Issue: Fentanyl epidemic

 

Sen. Sally Turner

11-15-22

WTZZ-TV Peoria

Issue: Fentanyl epidemic

 

Sen. Sally Turner

11-15-22

KLJB-TV (Davenport, IA)

Issue: Fentanyl epidemic

 

Sen. Sally Turner

11-15-22

WCIA-TV (Champaign)

Issue: Fentanyl epidemic

 

Sen. Sally Turner

11-15-22

WLS Radio (Chicago) (multiple newscasts)

Issue: Fentanyl epidemic

 

Sen. Sally Turner

11-15-22

KWQC-TV (Davenport, Ia.)

Issue: Fentanyl epidemic

 

Sen. Sally Turner

11-15-22

WFLD-TV (Chicago)

Issue: Fentanyl epidemic

 

Sen. Sally Turner

11-15-22

WGN Radio (Chicago)

Issue: Fentanyl epidemic

 

Sen. Sally Turner

11-16-22

State Journal Register

Issue: Fentanyl epidemic

 

Sen. Sally Turner

11-16-22

KFVS-TV (Cape Girardeau, Mo.) (1 other source)

Issue: Fentanyl epidemic

 

Sen. Sally Turner

11-15-22

Ogle County Newspapers

Issue: Fentanyl epidemic

 

Sen. Sally Turner

11-15-22

WCIA-TV (Champaign)

Issue: Fentanyl epidemic

 

Sen. Sally Turner

11-15-22

Illinois Issues (3 other sources)

Issue: Fentanyl epidemic

 

Sen. Sally Turner

11-15-22

Southern Illinoisan (2 other sources)

Issue: Fentanyl epidemic

 

Sen. Sally Turner

11-15-22

Quad City Times

Issue: Fentanyl epidemic

 

Sen. Sally Turner

11-15-22

WMAY Radio (Springfield)

Issue: Fentanyl epidemic

 

Sen. Sally Turner

11-15-22

Centralia Morning Sentinel

Issue: Fentanyl epidemic

 

Sen. Sally Turner

11-15-22

WFLD-TV (Chicago)

Issue: Fentanyl epidemic

 

Sen. Sally Turner

11-15-22

StarvedRock Media (Central Illinois regional news source)

Issue: Fentanyl epidemic

 

Sen. Sue Rezin

11-16-22

WSIL-TV (Harrisburg)

Issue: Fentanyl epidemic

 

Sen. Sue Rezin

11-16-22

WRSP-TV (Springfield) (multiple newscasts)

Issue: Fentanyl epidemic

 

Sen. Sue Rezin

11-16-22

WMBD-TV (Peoria) (multiple newscasts)

Issue: Fentanyl epidemic

 

Sen. Sue Rezin

11-16-22

WAND-TV (Decatur) (multiple newscasts)

Issue: Fentanyl epidemic

 

Sen. Sue Rezin

11-16-22

WRSP-TV (Springfield) (multiple newscasts)

Issue: Fentanyl epidemic

 

Sen. Sue Rezin

11-15-22

WYZZ-TV (Bloomington)

Issue: Fentanyl epidemic

 

Sen. Sue Rezin

11-15-22

KWQC-TV (Davenport, Ia)

Issue: Fentanyl epidemic

Health

Lawmakers press CMS, Aetna over diminished retiree health benefits

WCIA 3

Renée Cooper

11/16/2022

‘“What are we going to do to offer actual choice to these people who worked for the State of Illinois their entire lives? And by the way, the deal was free,” Sen. Chapin Rose (R-Mahomet) said angrily.’

 

CMS Agrees to Senator Rose’s Request for EIU-Area Retiree Healthcare Seminar

My Radio Link (Mattoon)

Staff

11/19/2022

“State Senator Chapin Rose (R-Mahomet) is pleased to report that CMS has agreed to his request to add an open enrollment seminar for Eastern Illinois University retirees, retired teachers, and retired state workers in and around Coles County.”

 

Sen. Chapin Rose

11-15-22

WCIA-TV (Champaign)

Issue: State retiree health insurance

 

Sen. Chapin Rose

11-15-22

WSIL-TV (Harrisburg)

Issue: State retiree health insurance

Interviews

Illinois State Senator Steve McClure

WTAX 93.9

Joey Mclaughin

11/15/2022

“Joey Mclaughin talks with Illinois State Senator Steve McClure about leadership in his caucus, the start of the veto session and the Safe-T act.”

Leadership

Curran eyes ‘balance’ as he prepares to lead Illinois Senate’s GOP minority

Capitol News Illinois

JERRY NOWICKI

11/18/2022

“Senate Minority Leader-elect John Curran will take over a caucus that’s more than doubled in size by the majority-party Democrats.”

 

“In January, he’ll take over for Minority Leader Dan McConchie, a Hawthorn Woods Republican who was chosen for the post in November 2020, but whose caucus chose a new route by electing Curran this week.”

 

Daily Herald opinion: With election out the way, it's time for sincerity on SAFE-T Act

Daily Herald

Staff

11/19/2022

‘And, we're encouraged by the words of Downers Grove Republican Senate Minority Leader-elect John Curran in a report by Capitol News Illinois: "There's no reason we can't be fair and, at the same time, protect public safety. That's where this needs to ultimately land."’

 

Opinion | Eye On Illinois: How will leadership change affect Statehouse strategy, tone?

Shaw Media

Scott T. Holland

11/19/2022

“Republicans changed General Assembly leadership this week, electing state Sen. John Curran, R-Downers Grove, as Senate minority leader and state Rep. Tony McCombie, of Savanna, to lead the House caucus.”

 

Curran preparing to take over Senate Republicans, downplaying division within Republican Party

The Daily Line

Ben Szalinski

11/17/2022

“The Senate Republican Caucus will have a new leader in January when Sen. John Curran (R-Downers Grove) takes the helm from Senate Minority Leader Dan McConchie (R-Hawthorn Woods) after the caucus unanimously voted for Curran to be their leader at a closed-door meeting Tuesday night.”

 

New state Senate GOP leader welcomes billionaires’ bucks but warns party must ‘diversify our fundraising’

Chicago Sun Times

Tina Sfondeles

11/16/2022

“After a bruising election that relied heavily on billionaire megadonors, newly selected Illinois Senate Minority Leader John Curran on Wednesday said Republicans must find broader financial support for candidates if the party wants to have “a bigger voice” in Springfield.”

 

Curran ousts McConchie, McCombie follows Durkin as Republicans shake up General Assembly leadership

The Daily Line

Ben Szalinski

11/16/2022

“The Senate Republicans selected Sen. John Curran (R-Downers Grove) as their new caucus leader with current Minority Leader Dan McConchie (R-Hawthorn Wood) stepping aside. On the House side, Republicans backed Rep. Tony McCombie (R-Savanna) to be current Minority Leader Jim Durkin’s (R-Western Springs) successor.”

 

General Assembly returns to Springfield with several issues on tap a week after election shakes up membership

The Daily Line

Ben Szalinski

11/15/2022
“In the Senate, a group of lawmakers are also set to remove Senate Minority Leader Dan McConchie (R-Hawthorn Woods) from his leadership position. McConchie’s caucus gained one seat in the chamber, but The Illinoize reported Thursday that 13 of the 20 Republican senators signed on to a letter backing Sen. John Curran (R-Downers Grove) to be the caucus’ next leader.”

 

After big losses last week, Illinois GOP vows big changes with new legislative leaders: ‘We certainly have a lot to rebuild’

Chicago Sun Times

Tina Sfondeles

11/15/2022

“Illinois Senate Republicans on Tuesday night selected Curran to lead their caucus, replacing Senate Minority Leader Dan McConchie of Hawthorn Woods.”

 

Curran Named New Illinois Senate Republican Leader

Effingham Radio

Staff

11/16/2022

“The Illinois Senate Republicans are choosing state Senator John Curran to be their leader for the 103rd General Assembly.”

 

“He is replacing outgoing leader and state Senator Dan McConchie.”

 

ILGOP Selects New General Assembly Leadership

WLDS/WEAI

Benjamin Cox

11/16/2022

Curran will replace Senator Dan McConchie of Hawthorne Woods.”

 

After Election Losses, Illinois Republicans Pick New State Senate and House Leaders

WTTW

Amanda Vinicky

11/15/2022

“Tony McCombie of Savanna as the new minority leader, and senators elected state Sen. John Curran of Downers Grove as their new leader, replacing, respectively, Jim Durkin and Dan McConchie.”

 

Sen. Dan McConchie

11-17-22

WRPW Radio (Bloomington/Normal)

Issue: Senate Republican leadership

 

Sen. Dan McConchie

11-17-22

Muddy River News (Quincy/Hannibal)

Issue: Senate Republican leadership

 

Sen. Dan McConchie

11-17-22

DeWitt Daily News

Issue: Senate Republican leadership

 

Sen. Dan McConchie

11-15-22

WTTW-TV (Chicago)

Issue: Senate Republican Leader

 

Sen. Dan McConchie

11-15-22

WGN-TV (Chicago) (1 other source)

Issue: Senate Republican Leader

 

Sen. Dan McConchie

11-15-22

Quad City Times (2 other sources)

Issue: Senate Republican Leader

 

Sen. Dan McConchie

11-15-22

Southern Illinoisan

Issue: Senate Republican Leader

 

Sen. Dan McConchie

11-15-22

Daily Herald (2 other sources)

Issue: Senate Republican Leader

 

Sen. John Curran

11-17-22

WICD-TV (Champaign) (multiple newscasts)

Issue: Senate Republican leadership

 

Sen. John Curran

11-17-22

WCCU-TV (Springfield)

Issue: Senate Republican leadership

 

Sen. John Curran

11-17-22

WRPW Radio (Bloomington/Normal)

Issue: Senate Republican leadership

 

Sen. John Curran

11-17-22

Muddy River News (Quincy/Hannibal)

Issue: Senate Republican leadership

 

Sen. John Curran

11-17-22

DeWitt Daily News

Issue: Senate Republican leadership

 

Sen. John Curran

11-16-22

WRSP-TV (Springfield) (2 other sources)

Issue: New Senate Republican Leader

 

Sen. John Curran

11-16-22

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

Issue: New Senate Republican Leader

 

Sen. John Curran

11-16-22

WAND-TV (Decatur) (multiple newscasts) ( 2 other sources)

Issue: New Senate Republican Leader

 

Sen. John Curran

11-15-22

WCIA-TV (Champaign)

Issue: New Senate Republican Leader

 

Sen. John Curran

11-15-22

WTTW-TV (Chicago)

Issue: Senate Republican Leader

 

Sen. John Curran

11-15-22

WICD-TV (Champaign) (2 other sources)

Issue: Senate Republican Leader

 

Sen. John Curran

11-15-22

WGN-TV (Chicago) (1 other source)

Issue: Senate Republican Leader

 

Sen. John Curran

11-15-22

Quad City Times (2 other sources)

Issue: Senate Republican Leader

 

Sen. John Curran

11-15-22

Southern Illinoisan

Issue: Senate Republican Leader

 

Sen. John Curran

11-15-22

Daily Herald

Issue: Senate Republican Leader

 

Sen. John Curran

11-15-22

WUEZ Radio (Carterville) (2 other sources)

Issue: Senate Republican Leader

 

Sen. Sue Rezin

11-15-22

Chicago Tribune (Jim Nowlan opinion)

Issue: Leadership of the Illinois Republican Party

PRB

Illinois parole board has quorum, expects elevated clemency requests

The Center Square

Greg Bishop

11/15/2022

‘State Sen. Jason Barickman, R-Bloomington, told PRB Chair Edith Crigler that it's like a game of “cat and mouse.”’

 

Illinois parole board has quorum, expects elevated clemency requests

Illinois Radio Network

Greg Bishop

11/18/2022

‘State Sen. Jason Barickman, R-Bloomington, told PRB Chair Edith Crigler that it's like a game of “cat and mouse.”’

 

Sen. Jason Barickman

11-15-22

WMAY Radio (Springfield) (9 other sources)

Issue: Illinois Prisoner Review Board expects elevated clemency requests

SAFE-T Act

Safe-T Act talks at IL fall veto session to restart after Thanksgiving

WSIL TV 3

Danny Valle

11/15/2022

“Senator Chapin Rose (R-Champaign) says lawmakers weren't given enough time to read the bill. On the day the act passed both chambers in 2020, the senate voted just one hour after receiving the final bill.”

 

Lawmakers to tackle SAFE-T Act in fall veto session

News Channel ABC 20

Noelle Forde

‘"What I'm hoping is that there will be a major bill to really fix it," said Senator Steve McClure, R-Springfield. "Because there's been a couple of bills that have passed but none of them have really fixed the major flaws in the legislation, so that's one major thing to get done."’

 

Illinois legislators consider changes to law that abolishes cash bail

KSDK 5 On Your Side

Mark Maxwell

11/15/2022

“Senator Steve McClure (R-Springfield), a former prosecutor, suggested the law should expand to give judges discretion whether to detain a defendant before their trial on all felony charges.”

 

Three legislative session days remain before Illinois' no-cash bail enacts Jan. 1

The Center Square

Andrew Hensel

11/19/2022

“Republicans have called for repealing the measure due to how Democrats handled it, said state Sen. John Curran, R-Downers Grove.”

 

With three session days left, SAFE-T Act changes could be forthcoming, ‘technical’ in nature

Capitol News Illinois

JERRY NOWICKI

11/16/2022

“Senate Minority Leader-elect John Curran, meanwhile, said in an interview with Capitol News Illinois that his caucus has generally been “frozen out” of negotiations on the SAFE-T Act’s cash bail provisions.”

 

Sen. John Curran

11-17-22

WJBD Radio Salem (5 other sources)

Issue: SAFE-T Act issues

 

Morris state senator to continue focusing on SAFE-T Act after reelection

WSPY News

Ethan Kruger

11/16/2022

“Morris Republican State Senator Sue Rezin says she wants to see continued work on the SAFE-T Act in her next term.”

UI Trust Fund

Gov. Pritzker aims to boost funds, pay debts ahead of forecasted $1.7 Bill surplus

WSIL TV 3

Danny Valle

11/15/2022

“Senator Chapin Rose (R-Champaign) says the state should plan to use the projected surplus to pay down debt like the Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund.”

Veto Session

Sen. Steve McClure

11-16-22

KSDK-TV (St. Louis, Mo.) (multiple newscasts)

Issue: Veto Session/Ending Cash Bail

 

Sen. Steve McClure

11-16-22

KHQA-TV (Quad Cities)

Issue: Veto Session/Ending Cash Bail

 

Sen. Steve McClure

11-15-22

WICD-TV (Champaign) (1 other source)

Issue: Veto Session/Ending Cash Bail

MISC.

Illinois GOP Taking Stock, Looking to Future After ‘Very Disappointing’ Election

WTTW

Paul Caine

11/14/2022

“Republican state Sen. Jason Plummer agreed that the Republican Party in Illinois simply does not have the electoral infrastructure to compete effectively.”

 

Sen. Steve McClure

11-14-22

Edwardsville Intelligencer

Issue: Amazon layoffs (Note: Amazon has a huge warehouse in the Edwardsville area)

 

Sen. Dan McConchie

11-17-22

Crain’s Chicago Business

Issue: Abortion