Week of 12/27/2021

COVID-19

Bailey Calls For End To School Mask Mandate

WMAY Newsroom

Staff

12/29/2021

“State Senator Darren Bailey says the mask requirement is just one example of an “extreme agenda” being pushed by Governor JB Pritzker and the main teachers’ unions, where control over schools is being taken away from parents and local school boards.”

Energy

TOP 10 Stories of 2021, Number 3: Lawmakers Save Dresden Nuclear Station

WSPY News FM 107.1

Staff

12/29/2021

“State Senator Sue Rezin said the legislation keeps two nuclear power plants open.”

LIG Replacement

Replacement for outgoing Legislative Inspector General Carol Pope remains uncertain

The State Journal-Register

Dean Olsen

12/31/2021

“The Legislative Ethics Commission, a bipartisan group of almost all lawmakers who are appointed by leaders in the state House and Senate, hasn’t been able to reach consensus on whom to recommend to the General Assembly for Pope’s replacement, LEC chairperson Jill Tracy said Thursday.”

 

“*An earlier version of this story incorrectly quoted Sen. Jil Tracy as saying she asked Legislative Inspector General Carol Pope to remain on the job through June 6. In fact, Tracy said she asked Pope to remain through Jan. 6, and Pope agreed.”

Redistricting

Judges say Dems' partisan power grab in drawing new maps didn't also violate Voting Rights Act

Cook County Record

Jonathan Bilyk

12/30/2021

‘Illinois Senate Republican Leader Dan McConchie, R-Hawthorn Woods, called the ruling a “disappointment.”’

 

Federal appellate court panel upholds Illinois' new legislative maps

The Center Square

Dan McCaleb

12/30/2021

“Illinois Senate Republican Leader Dan McConchie, who also was a party to the consolidated case, said Pritzker and legislative Democrats failed voters.”

Youth Advisory Council

Bryant hosts first Youth Advisory Council

Herald Tribune, DuQuoin Call

Submitted by State Sen. Terri Bryant’s office

12/28/2021

“On Dec. 7, more than 30 high school students from 16 schools across the 58th Senate District gathered at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale to participate in state Sen. Terri Bryant's first Youth Advisory Council.”

MISC.

Illinois state senator updates area residents about Springfield happenings

Iroquois County

CARLA WATERS

12/29/2021

“State Sen. Jason Barickman says 2021 “has been a tough year” in Springfield.”

 

Cairo River Port Project could be an economic boom for the region

WSIU Public Radio

Benjy Jeffords

12/29/2021

“Senator Dale Fowler has been an outspoken proponent of the port project for years.”

                                                                                                                                                           

Stoller: Pritzker has 'turned his back on the rights of Illinois parents'

Illinois Valley Times

Glenn Minnis

12/28/2021

“State Sen. Win Stoller (R-Peoria) argues Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s signing of the Parental Notice of Abortion Act represents the latest volley in his ongoing war on Illinois parents.”