Week of 11/29/2021

 COVID-19

'Thank you to Willowbrook': Curran meets with constituents amid opposition to vaccine mandate

West Cook News

John Kelly

12/03/2021

“On Nov. 30, Senator John Curran spent some time in Westbrook speaking with his constituents after he recently objected to changing the Health Care Right of Conscience Act, not for vaccinations, but protecting Illinois residents' religious freedoms, he said.”

Pensions

'They keep wanting more and more': Wilcox pushes zero-balance budgeting to battle Illinois pension shortfall

Lake County Gazette

John Kelly

12/02/2021

‘"It’s the same issue that gets us into being so dependent on property taxes or schools," Illinois State Sen. Craig Wilcox told the Lake County Gazette. "They keep wanting more and more with this majority, and each time they have to look for someplace to skewer it from. There’s no way any of this is sustainable, and that's what we’re seeing."’

'All the bad decisions': McClure deplores Illinois growing pension crisis he says majority likely won't resolve

Sangamon Sun

Karen Kidd

12/03/2021

“Sen. Steve McClure (R-Springfield) told Sangamon Sun that, if current political practice doesn't change, he sees no path to a successful pension plan that doesn't somehow leave tax payers holding the bag.”

Prisoner Review Board

Prisoner Review Board notes on early releases show sympathy for violent offenders; Sen. Plummer outraged

MADISON - ST. CLAIR RECORD

Steve Korris

12/01/2021

‘State Sen. Jason Plummer (R-Vandalia) urges Illinoisans to speak out against “left-wing policies that allow violent criminals to roam free.”’

 

“Earlier this month, Plummer and fellow Republican Senators Terri Bryant of Murphysboro and Steve McClure of Jacksonville issued a protest statement on the board’s actions.”

Public Safety

Brooks, Bailey team up for change in Chicago neighborhood

Chicago City Wire

Glenn Minnis

11/30/2021

“Pastor Corey Brooks and state Sen. Darren Bailey (R-Louisville) are joining forces in bringing hope to a Chicago neighborhood.”

Bailey vows to fight violence: 'In the near future, I'll be putting together a plan'

SE Illinois News

Glenn Minnis

12/02/2021

“State Sen. Darren Bailey (R-Xenia) recently peered into the darkness from a South Side rooftop and vowed change is coming.”

Bailey joins Chicago's Project H.O.O.D. in fight against rising violence, laments 'stifled' police force

East Central Reporter

East Central Reporter Reports

12/03/2021

“Republican state Sen. Darren Bailey had an eye-opening experience after recently spending a night with Pastor Corey Brooks' organization on the rooftop of a South Side Chicago neighborhood.”

Sen. Bryant says IDOC has broken an agreement regarding inmates housed at Murphysboro facility

The Southern Illinoisan

Marilyn Halstead

12/03/2021

“State Sen. Terri Bryant (R-Murphysboro) believes the Illinois Department of Corrections has broken an agreement with the residents of Murphysboro, particularly parents of children who attend the General John A. Logan Attendance Center.”

Redistricting

Oral arguments to begin Tuesday in three federal cases over Illinois legislative maps

Capitol News Illinois

Peter Hancock

12/05/2021

“And Republican leaders in the General Assembly – Sen. Dan McConchie, of Hawthorn Woods, and Rep. Jim Durkin, of Western Springs – filed suit challenging both the Chicago and Metro East maps based on arguments largely similar to those of the other two plaintiffs.”

MISC.

We asked these 17 Illinois politicians: What are you thankful for?

The Pantagraph

BRENDEN MOORE

11/30/2021

​‘Senate Minority Leader Dan McConchie, R-Hawthorn Woods “I’m thankful to live in a country that allows disabled people like me to overcome overwhelming obstacles to reach for and achieve great things. I’m thankful to live in a state that welcomes immigrants like my strong wife, who survived the selfishness of the government leaders in her communist homeland, to build a family on love instead of fear. I’m thankful to live in a community that provides my two amazing daughters the freedom of ideas and the belief that, through hard work, they can accomplish anything to which they set their mind.”’

 

‘State Sen. Chapin Rose, R-Mahomet “I’m thankful for my amazingly awesome wife and our kids. I am very blessed that we are able to raise our children in the greatest nation to have ever existed and for the abundant opportunities God continues to provide. Happy Thanksgiving to all.”’

 

‘State Sen. Sally Turner, R-Beason “This holiday season I am thankful for my strong faith, the freedoms I enjoy as an American, and the good health of my family and friends. I am also so thankful for the past 11 months, where I have had the privilege to represent the people of the 44th Senate District. I would like to wish everyone a happy and blessed holiday.”’

Gov. Pritzker signs five new bills into law, including bipartisan legislation

The Telegraph

Shepard Price

12/01/2021

“HB 3666 passed 110-0 with two abstain votes in the House and 43-16 in the Senate, with Sens. Jason Plummer, R-Vandalia, Steve McClure, R-Springfield, and Jil Tracy, R-Quincy voting against. Sens. Christopher Belt, D-Swansea, Doris Turner, D-Springfield, and Rochelle Crowe, D-Glen Carbon, voted for the bill.”

Rezin, Plummer make 'friendly wager' on high school football — and Wilmington food charity wins

Kendall County Times

Glenn Minnis

12/01/2021

“Illinois State Sen. Jason Plummer (R-Edwardsville) owes the town of Wilmington a visit — and some chow.”

 

“Plummer finds himself on the hook after losing a bet to GOP colleague Sen. Sue Rezin when high school football teams from their respective districts recently met in the 2A state championship game.”

Bailey calls for accountability in Springfield, calls Illinois 'worth fighting to restore'

SE Illinois News

Glenn Minnis

12/03/2021

“Illinois State Sen. Darren Bailey (R-Xenia) accuses his colleagues across the aisle of failing to scrutinize Gov. J.B. Pritzker's use of federal funds.”

Senator touts new program that puts Illinois 'on course to be a leader' in electric vehicle manufacturing

NW Illinois News

Andy Nghiem

12/01/2021

“Illinois may soon be plugging in instead of gassing up in the wake of a new law, and state Sen. Brian Stewart is cheering it on.”