Illinois General Assembly

Final nail in ‘The Velvet Hammer’s’ political coffin? Madigan’s record run as speaker could be nearing an end

Original story published by Rachel Hinton of the Chicago Sun-Times on 11/19/2020. Photo credit to Tim Akimoff of WBEZ. A link to the article may be found HERE   Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan may soon be out of the leadership post he’s held for nearly four decades. After members of his inner circle were…

Illinois lawmakers have introduced a bill to ban Native American mascots

Original article written by Harmeet Kaur for CNN on February 27th, 2020. Link to the original story may be found HERE  illustration credit to Barbara E. Munson for the Wisconsin Indian Education Association. A link to their page may be found HERE Updated 5:41 PM ET, Thu February 27, 2020 (CNN) – Sports mascots that…

Illinois becomes first state to require insurers to cover EpiPens for kids, but questions remain about costs

Original story written by Lisa Schencker for the Chicago Tribune on August 14th, 2019. Link to original article may be found HERE Photo credit to Rich Pedroncelli for the Associated Press. Health insurance companies will have to cover life-saving EpiPens or similar devices for kids with allergies under a new state law that takes effect…

New Study Finds Prevalence of Sesame Allergy, as Illinois Becomes First State to Mandate Sesame Labeling on Packaged Foods

Original Article published by Food and Drug Law at Keller and Heckman LLP on August 7th, 2019 for the National Law Review. Link to original story may be found HERE A new study by researchers from Northwestern University found that 0.49% of Americans, or 1.5 million children and adults, reported having an allergy to sesame, based on…

What to do about property taxes? Gov. J.B. Pritzker asks a task force to figure it out

Written by Jamie Munks for the Chicago Tribune on 8/2/2019. Link to original article may be found HERE Photo credit to Terrence Antonio James, photographer for the Chicago Tribune. Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed a bill Friday creating a task force to make recommendations on ways to alleviate the rising property tax burden on Illinois homeowners.…

Illinois’ sesame labeling law likely to pull nation’s food producers into the requirement

Story originally published for The Center Square on August 1st, 2019, by author Cole Lauterbach. Link to original article may be found HERE Illinois’ newest law is likely to have a nationwide effect on food warning labels across the country, according to an industry expert. The law enacted late last month requires any packaged retail product sold…

Government Consolidation Mail

I sent out a mass email to my constituents this past Friday that spoke about some of my efforts towards government consolidation and lowering our property tax burden.  I also included a flyer for our next property tax appeal seminar as the picture for this post. For those of you who are not signed up…

Editorial: To declutter Illinois and save dollars, eliminate townships

Original article written by the Chicago Tribune Editorial Board for the Chicago Tribune on June 17th, 2019. Link to original article may be found HERE Photography credit to John J. Kim, Staff Photographer for the Chicago Tribune.  How many units of government do you think there are in Illinois? Two thousand? Five thousand? Try 6,963.…

Illinois Lawmaker Wants Clearer Labeling For Sesame

Originally written for National Public Radio – Illinois on 4/21/19 by Mary Hansen. Link to original article may be found HERE. Around 150,000 children have an allergy to sesame, a study from Northwestern University shows. A proposal at the Illinois Statehouse could help parents and children avoid foods with the ingredient. State Rep. Jonathan Carroll’s eight-year-old…

With Eye Toward Cost Reductions, Carroll Targets Townships

Originally written for Journal & Topics by “Journal Staff” on April 11th, 2019. Link to original article may be found HERE. Continuing his efforts to scale back the size and number of units of local government, and to reduce skyrocketing property taxes, State Rep. Jonathan Carroll (D-57th) passed bipartisan consolidation legislation out of Illinois the…
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