Legislative Update 1-7-22

DAY 3 – No School, And We All Pay for It!

You Know Something Is Terribly Wrong When Even Lori Lightfoot Is Making Sense

Chicago Mayor Lightfoot blasts teachers union over school closings.


In my session email on Tuesday, I mentioned that we are off to a slow start with two of three session days canceled this week already.  I also mentioned that for obviously political reasons the Democrats in charge of the session schedule have chosen to abbreviate the entirety of Spring Session this year.  With the Primary being pushed to late June, they want all work completed by April 8th.

The shortened and early schedule now requires us to submit all legislative bills for formal drafting by January 14th.  If you have ideas on how the state of Illinois could improve, let’s sit down and discuss if a legislative fix is needed ASAP.  Oftentimes, some of the best legislation comes from people who see where the law is unworkable or simply unfair.

For the record, I think we should have an earlier and more concentrated session schedule with a focus first on the budget.  Usually, we hear nothing about a budget until a couple days before the end of the Spring Session and then are forced to vote on 1,000 page budgets with only a few hours of review.  It is wrong and must be changed.  The “free” money from the federal COVID relief legislation will run out in a year or two and Illinois will be worse off than before after having neglected systemic financial problems.

These bills passed on January 5th.

1. HR595 – Remote Voting. Passed the House 69-26. I opposed the legislation. It provides the House on any session day may allow for remote voting by members.  Members need to be in their seats and speaking up on the issues on behalf of their constituents.  It is much more powerful to be there in person and in discussion with members on the important issues we vote on.

2. HB3138 – Democrat Wants All Counties to Have a Judicial System like Cook County. Passed 66-34 with no Republican votes.  Creates judicial sub-circuits in three counties and redistricts other sub-circuits in counties that already have political sub-circuits.  This bill is nothing more than a way for lightly qualified Democrats to run in smaller gerrymandered Democrat-majority districts instead of county-wide.  It blatantly allows for the judiciary to become more partisan.  In that regard, the lighter bail or no-cash bail, determinations that are common place in Cook County will filter into the neighboring county of DuPage which is known for giving people with serious felony arrests tougher bail conditions.

My colleague, Rep. David Friess, had this to say about the legislation.

These maps were redrawn for purely partisan advantage, the definition of court-packing. Democrats in Illinois are more obsessed with growing political advantages than tackling crime in Illinois as earlier in the night, they further increased protection for detained suspects while further hampering police. Democrats seemingly have their priorities backward. They have proven themselves to be pro-crime, anti-police, and pro-electioneering. This is not good governance for the people of this state. It is quite the opposite. Our constituents deserve better from their elected officials.”

Read more in this article.

3. HB3512 – Criminal Justice Reform Trailer Bill. Passed 67-42.  I opposed the legislation. Trailer bills are bills that fix mistakes that were unintended or usually that received a backlash from the community dealing with the issue that a change was necessary.  This bill tweaked changes on phone call protocol of people arrested, dates on when mandatory supervised release for class 3 and 4 felons take place, and changes to the Police Training act including offenses that would automatically decertify an officer.

Read more here.

Democrat Induced Crime Wave Continues:

  • Open borders
  • Felony bond reform
  • No cash bail
  • Far-left prosecutors and district attorneys
  • Police degradation
  • Complicit media

 What could possibly go wrong?

Recently in Illinois:

Bradley Police Sergeant Murdered

West Chicago Man Carjacks Someone Half Hour After Release From Custody

2 Chicago Men Carjack Man At Gunpoint In His Own Garage

3 Rockford Teens Charged In Shooting At High School

Berwyn Carjacking Suspects Spur Illinois State Police Chase On Eisenhower Expressway

Break Up The Monopolies?

Why would we do a silly thing like that?  If the playing field was leveled for the meat processing and big tech industries, surely the American people would stand to gain on many levels. But we all know that Democrats prefer to expand their power by lining the pockets of government.

What’s their oh-so-predictable solution?



Biden aims to reduce meat prices with more regulations, federal spending.

Sen. Josh Hawley: Democrats Want to ‘Leverage the Power’ of Big Tech


CPS Cares About Not Spreading COVID!

So, naturally, they spent $32 million of their federal money earmarked for COVID relief on critical race theory initiatives.

Hope your 2022 is off to a great start!

We Are Here To Serve You!

As a state representative, my office is available to assist you with any issues you may have when interacting with a state agency. Whether you need help with unemployment claims, getting a FOID card, renewing your drivers license or resolving a tax problem, we are here to serve you.

Oftentimes, some of the best legislation comes from people who see where the law is unworkable or simply unfair.

If you have ideas on how the state of Illinois could improve, let’s sit down and discuss if a legislative fix is needed.

Please call our office at 217.876.1968 to get help or schedule an appointment to see me. The office is located at 715 W Imboden Dr, Decatur.

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