Employee pay ruling. Budget address. Sex offender restrictions.

Judge Denies Attorney General’s Motion to Stop State Worker Pay

Thursday afternoon, A St. Clair County judge denied Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s motion that would have stopped state workers' paychecks during the budget impasse.  Even though this ruling favors state workers, during this uncertainty, we are continuing to push for a hearing on our bill, HB1787 which would provide a continuing appropriation for employees to provide certainty for them and their families as we continue to negotiate an overall compromise solution.

Budget Address

This week the Governor delivered his third, and perhaps his most important state budget address in the House Chamber. I believe a responsible budget compromise is within reach. You can watch my video reaction below.

You can also click here to view the Governor’s full budget proposal.

Local Child Sex Offender Initiative Receives House Hearing

The Illinois House Judicial-Criminal Committee this week heard testimony from a local family  working with me on legislation barring convicted child sex offenders from possessing in prison any photographs or images of their victims or other minors.

House Bill 806 was brought to me on the behalf of local children who were traumatized when they
learned that the parent who sexually abused one of their siblings had photos and sketches of them in his prison cell.  The legislation will specifically prevent an inmate from receiving or possessing a photograph of a minor under 18 years of age while incarcerated in the Department of Corrections if he or she has been convicted of criminal sexual assault; aggravated criminal sexual assault; predatory criminal sexual assault of a child; criminal sexual abuse; aggravated criminal sexual abuse; or a substantially similar offense involving a victim under the age of 18.

Following the Wednesday hearing, House Bill 806 will be sent to sub-committee for further review.

Under the Dome- Welcome to the Capitol

This week’s Under the Dome video here on my website highlights the Capitol building, and how to make the most of your visit. Click the video below to watch.


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