Week of 12/13/2021

Energy

Rezin takes part in 'amazing discussion' about nuclear energy industry

Illinois Valley Times

Solange DeLisle

12/16/2021

“State Sen. Sue Rezin (R-Morris) recently took part in a nationwide webinar hosted by the American Nuclear Society to discuss challenges the nuclear energy industry faces amid the push for clean energy sources.””

 

Rezin participates in American Nuclear Society panel about 'sound and reliable energy'

Will County Gazette

Glenn Minnis

12/17/2021

“Sen. Sue Rezin (R-Morris) recently participated in a panel discussion with the American Nuclear Society for the second time this year.”

Events

State Sen. Fowler hosted annual Student Advisory Council Thursday

Marion Republican

LYNSEY WHITAKER

12/13/2021

“State Sen. Dale Fowler (R-Harrisburg) hosted nearly 60 students from 15 high schools Thursday on the campus of Southern Illinois University Carbondale as a part of his annual Student Advisory Council.”

Regional development leaders hold ribbon-cutting of new location housing three economic development groups

WSIU Public Radio

Kevin Boucher

12/14/2021

“State Senator Dale Fowler says the work of promoting business and jobs in the Marion office will have a ripple effect.”

 

Sen. Win Stoller speaks at Princeton Rotary

Shaw Media

Kim Shute

12/15/2021

“State Sen. Win Stoller (R-Germantown Hills) was particularly proud of a piece of legislation passed in his freshman term in the General Assembly.”

 

Fowler's student council digs into policy, crafting legislation

Marion Republican

Submitted by the office of State Sen. Dale Fowler

12/18/2021

“State Sen. Dale Fowler hosted nearly 60 students from 15 high schools on the campus of Southern Illinois University Carbondale this month, as a part of his annual Student Advisory Council.”

 

Dignitaries break ground on new Walker’s Bluff Casino Resort

Metropolis Planet

SCENE STAFF

12/13/2021

“Gov. Pritzker and State Sen. Dale Fowler (R-Harrisburg) joined Walker’s Bluff Winery owner Cynde Bunch and Elite Casino Resorts CEO Dan Kehl on Wednesday, Dec. 8, in a ceremony to celebrate the beginning of construction on a new $147 million casino resort investment, Walker’s Bluff Casino Resort, located near the Walker’s Bluff Winery in Carterville.”

Health

Northwestern Medicine to end maternity services at Illinois hospital

Becker’s Hospital Review

Marissa Plescia

12/15/2021

“Illinois state Sen. Craig Wilcox was against closing the unit, the County Scanner reported.”

 

State board approves request to eliminate maternity services at Northwestern Medicine Hospital in McHenry

Lake & McHenry County Scanner

Sam Borcia

12/14/2021

“Illinois State Senator Craig Wilcox of McHenry said he spoke out against the application and asked officials from Northwestern Medicine multiple questions, which he said he did not get any answers to.”

 

Elgin News Digest: U-46 administrator changes announced by superintendent; vaccine clinic to be held in Carpentersville; new HS boys lacrosse squad wins OK

Elgin Courier-News

Mike Danahey

12/16/2021

“The event is being sponsored by State sen. Don DeWitte, R-West Dundee, is partnership with the Illinois Department of Public Health COVID-19 Equity Team. There will also feature free health screenings and promotional giveaways.”

Stewart opposes bill requiring the unvaccinated to pay their own COVID-related health care expenses

Dekalb Times

Solange DeLisle

12/14/2021

“State Sen. Brian Stewart (R-Freeport) is against the legislation, House Bill 4259.”

 

Pritzker signs bill repealing abortion Parental Notification Act

WSIL TV 3

Kenzie Dillow

12/17/2021

“Senator Terri Bryant (R-Murphysboro) said she was saddened and angered by the Governor's decision.”

 

Sen. Turner Reacts to Pritker’s Signing of Repeal of Parental Notice of Abortion

Cities 92.9

Tom Davis

12/17/2021

‘State Senator Sally Turner (R-Beason) issued the following statement after the Governor signed House Bill 370 into law, which officially repeals the Parental Notice of Abortion (PNA) Act of 1995: “I am truly disappointed in the Governor’s decision to repeal the Parental Notice of Abortion Act.”’

 

Girls in Illinois will be able to get abortion without telling parents

WTVO News

WTVO

12/17/2021

‘State Senator Win Stoller (R-Germantown Hills) responded with a statement, saying, “Today the Governor officially turned his back on the rights of Illinois parents by signing the repeal of the Parental Notice of Abortion Act. , by signing this bill, the Governor has made it clear to the parents who live across our state that he believes that they have no right to be involved or even know about their daughter’s healthcare.”’

 

Northwestern Medicine says they will end maternity services at McHenry hospital next week

Lake and McHenry County Scanner

Sam Borcia

12/17/2021

“Illinois State Senator Craig Wilcox of McHenry said he spoke out against the hospital’s application and asked officials from Northwestern Medicine multiple questions, which he said he did not get any answers to.”

 

Bryant: Newly created standards for midwives 'momentous victory' for those in the profession

Metro East Sun

12/18/2021

“State Sen. Terri Bryant (R-Murphysboro), who co-sponsored the legislation, called Gov. J.B. Pritzker's (D-Ill.) signing the bill on Dec. 14 a major win for midwives and mothers in Illinois.”

Public Safety

Reimagine Public Safety Act to drive violence intervention funds to state’s most dangerous areas

Pontiac Daily Leader

Erich Murphy

12/14/2021

“The GOP, led by Sen. Chapin Rose, R-Mahomet, also pushed for measures eliminating good time sentence reductions for someone who brought a weapon to a penal institution or attacked a law officer.”

 

Bailey backs Illinois legislation to label violence against police officers a hate crime: 'Anything to help'

SE Illinois News

Andy Nghiem

12/14/2021

“State Sen. Darren Bailey (R-Xenia) recently weighed in on proposed legislation that would make violence against police officers a hate crime in the state of Illinois.”

 

McClure backs Illinois bill labeling attacks on police as hate crimes to 'stick up for' law enforcement

Sangamon Sun

David Hutton

12/14/2021

“The Police Crime Bill, which is sponsored by state Rep. Marty Moylan (D-Des Plaines), has the support of a number of lawmakers, including state Sen. Steve McClure (R-Springfield).”

 

'It's a shame we have to do this': Wilcox backs bill for hate crime penalties in attacks against Illinois law enforcement

McHenry Times

Glenn Minnis

12/15/2021

“Republican state Sen. Craig Wilcox is all in on legislation that seeks to impose stiffer penalties against those who attack law enforcement by declaring the offense a hate crime.”

Transportation

Anderson celebrates opening of the new I-74 bridge; 'a historic day'

Rock Island Today

Rock Island Today Reports

12/13/2021

“State Sen. Neil Anderson (R-Andalusia) celebrated the completion of the new Interstate-74 bridge that spans the Mississippi River and connects Illinois and Iowa.”

MISC.

Syverson sheds light on identity theft in legislative update

Rockford Sun

John Suayan

12/16/2021

“State Sen. Dave Syverson (R-Rockford) in his legislative update for the week of Dec. 6-10 touched on the issue of identity theft and how it’s adversely impacting Illinois.”

 

McHenry County hopes to move past regional education office's troubled past

Daily Herald/Shaw Media

Ben Szalinski

12/13/2021

“State Sen. Craig Wilcox, a Republican from McHenry and former county board member, is working to make changes to state regulations that govern what qualifies a person to be regional superintendent.”

 

IDNR announces grants supporting Natural Areas Stewardship

Department of Natural Resources

Jayette Bolinski

12/13/2021

“I’m excited to see this program moving forward and providing grants to help protect our natural areas so that people can continue to enjoy them for generations to come,” said State Senator Jason Barickman (R-Bloomington), the sponsor of legislation that funded the program. “Our nature preserves and parks provide amazing opportunities for healthy recreation and education.”

 

Stewart highlights water assistance program in recent weekly update

Illinois Valley Times

Glenn Minnis

12/14/2021

“State Sen. Brian Stewart (R-Freeport) is making sure residents struggling with water and sewer bills are aware of a new $42 million assistance program.”

Plummer praises 'overwhelming' community response in wake of deadly Edwardsville tornado

Metro East Sun

Glenn Minnis

12/16/2021

“Republican state Sen. Jason Plummer is praising his Edwardsville constituents for their response to the tornado that recently tore through the Edwardsville community, toppling an Amazon delivery station and leaving six dead.”

 

Chicago voters deserve elected officials who will prioritize safety

Chicago City Wire

Press Release

12/17/2021

“Illinois Democrats have ignored calls to increase accountability and empower voters. In September, IOP, Senator Jason Barickman (R-Bloomington) and Representative Mark Batinick (R-Plainfield) launched a statewide ballot initiative to give voters the right to recall elected officials. The need for this emergency power has only become more dire since then.”

 

Illinois senator celebrates Bill of Rights Day

West Cook News

Glenn Minnis

12/17/2021

“Illinois State Sen. John Curran made it a point of celebrating Dec. 15 for its national significance.”

 

Watch now: Eureka College expands tuition-free program

The Pantagraph

Connor Wood

12/17/2021

“Area politicians commended Eureka for expanding the program. State Sen. Jason Barickman sent a staff member to join Wednesday's press conference, and U.S. Rep. Darin LaHood and State Rep. Tom Bennett sent their congratulations.”

 

McHenry Co. Board wants repeal of township dissolution law

Daily Herald, Shaw Media

Ben Szalinski

12/19/2021

“State Sen. Craig Wilcox, a Republican from, told board members last month he doesn't expect township issues to come up next year ahead of the June primaries, especially proposals that might be controversial. The General Assembly is scheduled to wrap up the spring session in early April, about six weeks earlier than usual.”