Legislative Update: Town Hall Meeting, School Masks, Drivers’ License Renewal

As your State Representative, I want to keep you informed on current events and important news in the State of Illinois throughout the year. I hope you find the following information of interest to you.


Town Hall Meeting July 20 in Mt. Zion

Join Rep. Halbrook and me at our Town Hall Meeting to learn more about legislation pending in the Illinois General Assembly and important issues concerning the state budget, FOID, schools reopening, property tax relief, redistricting, and other important issues facing the State of Illinois. The Town Hall is open to the public and media.

Doors open at 6 pm, discussion at 7 pm. The Town Hall will be held at Coz’s Pizza, located at 1405 East Village Parkway in Mt. Zion. *Dining at the restaurant will be open to the public and attendees.

Space is limited, please RSVP to Rep. Caulkins’s office at 217-876-1968 or Rep. Halbrook’s office at 217-774-1306.

Let School Districts Decide on Mask Requirement, Not the State

Today I sent a letter to Governor J.B. Pritzker concerning whether or not the State of Illinois will require children to wear a mask while in class and during activities this coming school year.

I urged the governor to relinquish his grip on local authority and let the school districts and parents make decisions on what is best for the community. We are all concerned about the health and welfare of our children. Decisions such as this must be made with careful deliberation and overwhelming consideration of the wishes of those closest to the issue – parents who know and care the most for their children.

My letter to the Governor can be viewed here.

30 Politicians Indicted Since 2019

Illinois continues to be dubbed one of the most corrupt states in America. We can’t sit back and do nothing, this is why I continue to sponsor legislation to fight corruption in the State of Illinois. My colleagues and I frequently say, “how many politicians must be indicted before the legislature enacts anti-corruption reforms”. Well, the time is now, not tomorrow, NOW! Check out the running list of indicted politicians here.

Drivers’ License Expiration Dates Extended

Illinois standard motor vehicle drivers’ licenses expire every four years and must be renewed.  Since March 2020, drivers with expiring or expired standard drivers’ licenses have been allowed by the Illinois Secretary of State (ILSOS) to keep using their old licenses. Their expired licenses have remained temporarily valid for the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic emergency. 

This period of temporary validity has been extended until January 1, 2022. This will prevent a crush of applicants crowding into Illinois Driver Services offices.  Illinoisans with expired drivers’ licenses are being urged to renew their licenses before the extended deadline.