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Tuesday, November 21, 2017 8:56 PM

FCC to Repeal Net Neutrality

The FCC chairman, Ajit Pai, announced he plans to scrap net neutrality. It's expected to be approved along a party-line vote. I can't think of a better of example of how Republicans value corporate profits over individual rights.

https://www.nytimes.com/video/us/100000005564560/what-is-net-neutrality.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=first-column-region&region=top-news&WT.nav=top-news



Tuesday, August 1, 2017 5:16 PM

Pritchard to Leave Legislature

August 1, 2017

Representative Robert Pritchard (R - IL 70) has announced that he will not be seeking re-election to the Illinois House of Representatives next fall.  Citing 14 years in Springfield as being long enough, Bob plans to devote more time to family and serving the community in new ways.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Representative Pritchard for his service to the district.  Even though we often disagree on policy and specific votes, I've always found Bob to be very approachable.  He seems to be at every event in the district, and always has time to talk to constituents.  I've found him responsive - always hearing what I have to say, and personally answering my emails.  In short, Bob has been an excellent representative.  I hope, given the chance, to be as accessible and responsive as Bob has been.

Thank you Bob, and best wishes for the future!


Friday, July 7, 2017 9:48 AM

Budget update

Reprinted with permission from Linda Chapa LaVia (D-Aurora):

Budget Update as of Friday, Illinois has its first full year budget since Pat Quinn was our governor. Here are a few of the items in our Bipartisan (Republican and Democratic votes) balanced budget which we passed despite Gov. Rauner's intense effort to kill it: 1) the budget cuts $3 billion from current spending levels immediately, 2) it pays down $8 billion of our backlog of old bills, 3) it closes tax loopholes on millionaires and billionaires like Bruce Rauner, 4) it spends less than the Governor's proposed budget, 5) it generates $1.4 billion in pension reform savings, 6) it has the same income tax rate as the Republican proposal that the Governor supported in his call for the Special Session, 7) it has $350 million more for K-12 education, as well as $50 million increase for early childhood education, 8) it Increased funding for community mental health, violence prevention, substance abuse and at-risk youth programs, and 9) it increases the Earned Income Tax Credit. Over the next few days, I will provide more details because #RealFacts matter. I will also be scheduling a few town hall meetings as well as Coffee and Conversation gatherings. Stay tuned for more information. Feel free to share this information with your friends.


Thursday, July 6, 2017 4:40 PM

Illinois Has A Budget!

The Illinois House voted to overide the Governor's veto this afternoon.  For the first time in 3 years, we have a budget.


Wednesday, July 5, 2017 3:42 PM

Illinois Senate Takes Action


The Illinois Senate celebrated Independence Day by passing the spending side of the budget the House had approved the day before. Governor Rauner celebrated Independence Day by vetoing the budget. The Senate immediately overrode the veto. The House is scheduled to vote on their override tomorrow (Thursday) afternoon.


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