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Friday, September 8, 2023
News Update

I hope you and your family had a great Labor Day weekend. This past week has been slow on news since the legislature is not in session. So, I thought…

Thursday, September 7, 2023
Illinois Manufacturers’ Association ‘Made in Illinois’ program keeps focus on what’s made here

The Illinois Manufacturers’ Association hosts a yearly contest called ‘Makers Madness,’ which involves a bracket-style tournament in which the public decides what product earns that year’s title of The Coolest…

Wednesday, September 6, 2023
The economic impact of Scott Air Force Base

Scott Air Force Base in St. Clair County is integral to the economic growth and development of southwestern Illinois and the St. Louis metro region. Scott AFB is the largest…

Tuesday, September 5, 2023
Oct. 31 deadline to apply for Illinois mortgage assistance

The Illinois Homeowner Assistance Fund provides up to $60,000 in mortgage assistance to eligible homeowners — paid directly to the servicer, taxing body or other approved entity. More info here.

Monday, September 4, 2023
Happy Labor Day!

Today we recognize the many contributions of American workers to the strength and prosperity of our nation. Wishing all a happy Labor Day!

Friday, September 1, 2023
Capitol News Update

This past week has been busy throughout the district. I was able to attend the Illinois Wheat Association’s Annual Summer Summit, Grantfork’s Homecoming, Kirchenfest for St. Paul’s Catholic Church in…

Thursday, August 31, 2023
History of Ski soda produced in Illinois

Whether you call it soda or pop, Illinois boasts a number of unique soft drinks. The most popular of those brands include Green River, RC Cola, Ski and Dog n…

Wednesday, August 30, 2023
State Lawmakers tour Community Link workshop amid pending legislation

On August 28, State Representatives Charlie Meier, Katie Stuart, Amy Elik and Senator Erica Harriss toured the Community Link workshop in Breese. Lawmakers were at the facility to talk about…

Tuesday, August 29, 2023
Applications for Teacher of the Year Opens September 1

The Illinois State Board of Education’s 2024 Those Who Excel and Teacher of the Year Awards applications open Friday, September 1. Learn more at

Monday, August 28, 2023
Week in Review: Illinois corruption, retail theft on the rise, new gaming licenses and more

GENERAL ASSEMBLY Tim Mapes, key aide to former Speaker Madigan, convicted in federal court. The former chief of staff to the office of the Speaker was found guilty of perjury and…