The House has finally regained some semblance of normal operations over the past month and a half. Although committee hearings have been conducted virtually (despite objections from many legislators like myself to meet in person), the House has been holding session in person every week to take up the people’s business. During this time, revelations have come to light about questionable investment practices of Gov. Pritzker’s trust, and Speaker Mike Madigan has finally been indicted on federal corruption charges. Even against this backdrop, House Democrats continue to refuse our calls to take up ethics reform legislation that would go after this type of behavior. Likewise, Republican calls to address the failures of the SAFE-T Act and pass legislation that would restore public safety and support our police have so far been met with resistance from the majority party. Click here for more information on legislation I have been working on this year.
Below is more detail on recent activity at the Capitol and around the State. Also, some information on upcoming events.
Honoring the life of “Porkbuster” Congressman Harris Fawell.
House Resolution 647 honors the life of Illinois Congressman Harris Fawell, who passed away last year. Fawell gave me a shot when I was a young kid fresh out of college and taught me more in six months than in four years earning my college degree. He was a leader as a budget hawk who founded the Porkbusters’ Coalition in Congress to curb billions in pork-barrel spending. Watch the Video Here.
Condemning Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Three years ago, I had the honor to welcome a group of young Ukrainian leaders to the Illinois Capitol for a program promoting democracy and free markets in Eastern Europe. During 2020 and 2021, our own 33rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team of the Illinois National Guard was in Ukraine helping train Ukrainian forces. Now, those young leaders and Ukrainian forces trained by Illinois Guardsmen are engaged in a fight to defend their freedom and their democracy. We must stand united in condemning Putin’s war and do all we can to defend democracy. More Here.
Gov. Pritzker’s investment in a state contractor raises serious questions.
In 2019, Governor-Elect JB Pritzker pledged that he would purge his personal portfolio of any companies that do business with the state. Despite this, revelations from a Better Government Association report show his trust investing in a major state contractor. This is exactly the type of unethical behavior that must be stopped. More Here.
Former House Speaker Mike Madigan indicted on federal corruption charges.
The corruption surrounding Madigan has been obvious for years. He did everything in his power to stonewall the Special Investigating Committee when he realized his abuse of power would be exposed. The only question left is for every member of the Democratic caucus who supported him over the years to explain what they knew about it and why they kept supporting him. Read More Here.
Legislation allowing recall of Cook County State’s Attorney.
State’s Attorney Foxx has created a crisis of confidence in the Cook County judicial system. Giving preferential treatment to some defendants like Jussie Smollett and totally ignoring the victims of crime has caused the public to lose faith in her ability to execute the duties she was elected to do. House Bill 5712 would allow citizens the ability to recall the Cook County State’s Attorney. Read More Here.
- Blood Drive in Lincoln with Sen. Sally Turner – Friday, March 18 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. To schedule a donation appointment, Click Here.
- Coffee & Conversation with Rep. Sandy Hamilton – Thursday, April 14 from 7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. at Papo’s Café in Springfield. Click Here for details.
- Coffee & Conversation with Rep. Sandy Hamilton – Saturday, May 14 from 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. at Mel-O-Cream Donuts on Grand Ave. in Springfield. Click Here for details.