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Senate Week In Review

Despite criticism from Republican lawmakers, good government groups, and community organizations, Democrat legislative leaders rushed to pass new, adjusted legislative maps in a one-day special sessio...

 

Senate Week In Review

Gov. JB Pritzker continued his go-it-alone approach to governing the state this week by announcing new mask and vaccination mandates — changes to Illinois’ COVID-19 mitigation plan that were made...

 
 By Brian Stewart    Opinion    July 28, 2021

Senate Week In Review

Illinois school districts have regained some local control over COVID-19 protocols within their districts. In other news, three administrators at the Choate Mental Health and Developmental Center in...

 
 By Brian Stewart    News    July 7, 2021

Senate Week In Review

Gov. JB Pritzker hailed Illinois’ new credit rating this week as a victory despite the state’s credit score being just two steps above junk status. Also, a new report shows that Illinois is among...

 
 By Brian Stewart    News    July 7, 2021

Stewart Traveling Office Hours

State Sen. Brian Stewart (R-Freeport) is announcing that his District Office staff has set Traveling Office Hours July 7 to help constituents in three Jo Daviess communities. District Office staff...

 

Senate Week in Review

While session isn’t scheduled to resume until April 13, Republican lawmakers continued to raise their concerns about Illinois’ legislative map drawing process during remote redistricting hearings...

 
 By Brian Stewart    Opinion    April 7, 2021

Senate Week In Review

State legislative leaders took a stand this week against Illinois’ longstanding history of gerrymandering, arguing that lawmakers have no business being involved in the drawing of legislative...

 

Senate Week In Review

Newly-compiled and shocking numbers related to the state’s vaccination rollout warrant the need for a clear explanation from the Pritzker Administration. Meanwhile, Senate Republican lawmakers are...

 

Senate Week In Review

Illinois lawmakers are back at work in their districts after a rapid-fire lame-duck session wrapped up on Jan. 13, leaving Gov. J.B. Pritzker with a number of new bills that will soon be awaiting his...

 

From The Desk Down State

Residents across Illinois will soon begin receiving invitations to fill out the 2020 census forms. Mandated by the United States Constitution, the census is a count of the United States population...

 
 By Brian Stewart    Opinion    March 4, 2020

From The Desk Down State

Members of the Illinois Sheriffs’ Association are sounding the alarm about a recent policy change that releases non-citizen felons who have served their sentences back into Illinois communities...

 

From The Desk Down State

In his second Budget Address to lawmakers, Gov. J.B. Pritzker unveiled a proposal that seeks $1.6 billion in new spending and makes some funding for priorities like education, health care and public...

 

From The Desk Down State

A group of bipartisan lawmakers have introduced a new amendment to our state’s Constitution that would take the process of drawing legislative districts out of the hands of sitting lawmakers....

 

From The Desk Down State

The first $50 million of the $420 million dedicated to statewide broadband Internet expansion was released during the week, along with information about how to apply for the grants. Applicants for...

 

From The Desk Down State

Governor J.B. Pritzker painted a rosy picture in his first “State of the State” address January 29, but Senate Republican lawmakers say a greater emphasis should have been placed on rooting out...

 

From The Desk Down State

A major issue with the state’s Automatic Voter Registration program made headlines during the week raising questions about the integrity of Illinois’ Elections. According to media reports, more...

 

From The Desk Down State

In the wake of federal indictments and raids, and elected official resignations, a special legislative panel heard testimony during the week addressing ethics and lobbying legal loopholes....

 

From The Desk Down State

The state’s population decline continues to be a cause for concern as Illinois enters a new decade with nearly 160,000 fewer residents. Our state ended 2019 with the largest population loss in the...

 

From The Desk Down State

As a New Year approaches Illinois residents may want to know about several notable laws that take effect on January 1, 2020. The new laws kicking off 2020 cover everything from transportation safety...

 

From The Desk Down State

Watchdog group Truth in Accounting has issued a report that ranks Illinois among the least fiscally-transparent states in the nation. Illinois has been ranked ninth-worst, with the state’s score...

 

From The Desk Down State

November is a month of celebrating all that is good about our nation’s freedom and its democracy. The first week of November we typically exercise our right to vote for our state and federal...

 

From The Desk Down State

With sales of cannabis for recreational use set to begin on January 1, state and local governments, along with Illinois businesses, are continuing to prepare for the new law to take effect. During...

 

From The Desk Down State

During the final hours of the fall Veto Session, the Senate Republican Caucus united in support of real ethics reform, standing in opposition to House Joint Resolution 93 – a measure that would...

 

From The Desk Down State

Senators and Representatives return to the Capitol November 12-14 for the second and final week of the fall Veto Session. Nearly two dozen committee hearings are scheduled for the week on a variety...

 

From The Desk Down State

During the upcoming fall veto session, during which we generally take action on bills vetoed by the Governor, Illinois lawmakers could also be asked to consider a proposal to consolidate suburban and...

 

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