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We are now well into Governor Pritzker’s latest shutdown of the Northwest Illinois economy, purportedly because of “science and data”, regardless of whether that science and data contradicts...

 

The State Rep's Report

This past week, I enjoyed hosting my third TeleTownHall Meeting since the COVID pandemic set into Illinois this Spring. Many of you may have received a call from my office asking you to hold on the...

 

State Rep's Report

It seems the “thought police” are at it again, this time attacking the “power of positive thinking”. No doubt, it is exceptionally easy to get stuck in the mire of negativity that is part and...

 

State Rep's Report

Northern District US Attorney, John Lausch, recently announced a US District Court filing which disclosed a deferred prosecution agreement for corporate bribery involving a “high-level official...

 

Chesney Calls On Madigan To Resign

State Representative Andrew Chesney (R-Freeport) called on Speaker Michael Madigan to “resign from the General Assembly or be removed.” In the wake of ongoing federal investigations surrounding...

 

State Reps' Report

Illinois hospitals serve a critically important role in Northwest Illinois communities. Not only is healthcare delivery one of the largest industries representing thousands of jobs in our region,...

 
 By Andrew Chesney    Opinion    July 8, 2020

State Rep's Report

As the State of Illinois, as one unit and not regionally, moved into Phase 4 of Governor Pritzker’s Restore Illinois Plan, businesses across Illinois are working towards reopening but still under...

 

State Rep's Report

With news this past week of the Illinois State Fairs being cancelled this year due to coronavirus, along with many other county fairs, livestock shows and 4-H fairs, it is important we recognize the c...

 

State Rep's Report

“The continued victimization is not just an insult to my family, but to all victims of crimes in Illinois,” said Bob Peters, Jr., who bears the namesake of his father, Bob Peters, Sr., a murder vi...

 
 By Andrew Chesney    Opinion    May 13, 2020

State Rep's Report

When the Governor unveiled his Restore Illinois Plan on May 5th, I was, at first, optimistic. From a 30,000-foot view, the plan was regional with phases of re-opening the state for business so we can...

 

State Rep's Report

Over the past month, I have put Northwest Illinois Values on the forefront as we discuss our regional response to the COVID-19 pandemic. I have helped share stories of neighbors helping neighbors,...

 

The State Rep's Report

I’ve been known to attract some online criticism from time to time. However, one of the more perplexing reasons I have caught grief while serving in elected office is the reaction I often receive...

 

State Rep's Report

You may have seen that we recently alerted the public to a very serious concern with funding law enforcement training in the State of Illinois. Without intervention by the Illinois legislature, the...

 

The State Rep's Report

Months before Lt. Governor Juliana Stratton cut to the front of line to be one of the first in Illinois to purchase legal marijuana on January 1st, plans were already in the works by the Pritzker...

 

State Rep's Report

Expect the drum beat on ethics reform to continue at the State Capitol as more legislators become embroiled in what is now apparently a web of corruption being unwoven by President Trump's Federal...

 

State Rep Report

Joining a chorus of fed-up legislators recognizing overburdened taxpayers deserve real property tax reform in Illinois, we must blow the whistle on the actions, and inactions, of the Illinois...

 

State Rep's Report

It’s no secret that much of rural Illinois, the vast region of Illinois outside of Chicago and the collar counties, feels forgotten by Chicago democrats running Illinois when it comes to things...

 

State Rep's Report

Illinois Democrats had a moment during the final week of legislative session in 2019. Some might say a rare moment; others may say a moment they can choose to take at any time. Federal investigations...

 

State Rep's Report

Illinois Democrats had a moment during the final week of legislative session in 2019. Some might say a rare moment; others may say a moment they can choose to take at any time. Federal investigations...

 

State Rep's Report

Four weeks ago, I called on Senator Marty Sandoval (D-Chicago) to resign from Chairmanship of the Senate Transportation Committee, after he became ensnared in a federal investigation. Later that day,...

 

State Rep's Report

Pension Reform Is The 800-Pound Gorilla You cannot address budgetary reform in Illinois without addressing pension reform. You cannot address high property taxes in Illinois without addressing...

 

State Rep Report

Well by now we’ve all heard the news. Another Chicago-area lawmaker ensnared in a federal investigation with search warrants served on multiple state and local government offices in Chicago, the...

 

State Rep's Report

In my last column, I wrote about how priorities matter with limited time the General Assembly is in Session. One of the ways I sought to “practice what I preach” was to spend time this Spring...

 

State Rep's Report

Priorities matter. How we spend our time is a statement of those priorities. Unfortunately, time is limited in our lives and in the government bodies influencing our lives and livelihoods. As such,...

 

State Rep's Report

There are so many issues in Springfield that Democrats and Republicans are on polar-opposite viewpoints. Tax policies, how to keep businesses in Illinois, how to keep people in Illinois, how to...

 

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