Gun Ban Update, Addressing Professional Licensing Failures, Ag Week, and more

Gun ban opponents appeal to SCOTUS

Opponents of the Democrats’ firearms ban have formally appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court to have their voices heard against the Illinois law. The appeal papers were filed on Monday, March 11.

Defenders of the ban assert that it is a reasonable limit on the enjoyment of rights otherwise guaranteed under the Second Amendment.  In response, critics and opponents point to the language of the Second Amendment and to the wording of recent federal court decisions (including Supreme Court decisions) on firearms rights. In separate but related arguments, they also point to what critics see as fatal flaws in the text of the Illinois law, including inconsistencies and gray areas in the way the law tries to define “assault weapons” and other banned items.  

The Supreme Court has not yet formally agreed to hear the case against the Protect Illinois Communities Act on its normal docket but could do so at any time.

Law limiting constitutional challenges to Cook and Sangamon County ruled unconstitutional

Meanwhile, a controversial law signed by Governor JB Pritzker that limits the ability of Illinoisans to file lawsuits challenging the constitutionality of laws to only Cook and Sangamon Counties was ruled unconstitutional by a Madison County judge this week. Read more below.

House Republicans introduce legislation to Address Failures at IDFPR

For years, Illinois workers who must be licensed by the State of Illinois have had to wait so long for their license or renewal from the Department of Professional Regulation that it has actually becomes a barrier to work. House Republicans held a press conference this week to discuss the ongoing issues at the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation.

One of the highlights of the License Convenience Act (House Bill 4855), would require the department to accept electronic payments for licenses and fees. Other components reduce fees for many licensed professions and expedite licensure for health care professionals.

Around the House (and the District too)

Illinois FFA and Agriscience student groups descended on the Statehouse this week and their voices were definitely heard! I was so pleased to meet with several groups from our district.  These student leaders give me hope for a brighter future.

I was also honored to be a part of the Livingston County Farm Bureau’s Legislative Breakfast. Thank you Precision Planting for hosting! It was a perfect way to wrap up a great Ag Week!

County -Specific Turkey Hunting permits available

Interested in turkey hunting in the spring?

According to IDNR, turkey permits remaining after the 3rd lottery drawing are now available over-the-counter on a first-come, first-served basis.

To view a list of remaining county-specific turkey permits go to:

2024springturkeyremainingcountyquotasafterl3.pdf (

Senior Illinoisan Hall of Fame – Nominations now open!

Nominations are open for the @Illinois Department on Aging’s Senior Illinoisan Hall of Fame which honors the accomplishments of Illinois residents aged 65 and older.

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!

Saint Patrick’s Day honors the foremost patron saint of Ireland, Saint Patrick. Don’t forget to wear green to celebrate on Sunday!