Hundreds of Bills Advance, A Few Victories, Pro-Life/Pro Second Amendment Rallies, and More

A Few Wins

On our third reading deadline last week bills sponsored by House Democrats far, far outnumbered Republican bills that were allowed to progress to the floor for consideration. It was no surprise. 

Bills passed the House Week of 4/15 – Total 324 / Democrat 291 – Republican 33 – 10.2%

However, we were still able to secure some hard-fought wins for our families, including:

 We will not be in session in Springfield this week, but next week we will return for the homestretch of the spring session. 

Passed Legislation Could Increase Your Health Insurance Costs

Thursday night the House passed legislation that could (and probably will) increase your insurance costs. House Bill 5395 modifies health insurance regulations and that could cost you money.  I voted no. Read more here.

Ranked Choice Voting Discussions Continue

I spent Friday morning with my good friend John C. Ackerman – Tazewell County Clerk in our Ranked Choice Voting Task Force meeting. This complex and convoluted idea would change how we as voters choose who we want to represent us in primary races. Instead of selecting our favorite candidate in each race, we would give each candidate a ranking.

It’s nice to have John there to offer his subject matter expertise in this arena.

Welcome Rep. Sheehan!

Last week Rep. John Cabello and I officially welcomed a new law enforcement veteran to our caucus! With nearly two decades of service as a Police Officer, Patrick Sheehan brings a wealth of experience and dedication to his new role as State Representative. We’re glad to have him on board!

Around the District/Capitol

Gun owners from across the state joined us in Springfield to raise their voices for the protection of Second Amendment rights. I was proud to stand with these dedicated individuals today in the Capitol as we work together to uphold this most important Constitutional right. Thank you, Illinois Rifle Association.

We also had an amazing crowd at the Capitol last week for the annual March for Life. I will always work to protect ALL lives. 

 I had the opportunity to meet with students from Illinois Valley Community College and Heartland Community College. These are our next generation of leaders!

It was an honor to receive my 20-year Certificate as a member of the Spring Bay Son’s of the American Legion this past week!  What a great turnout!