Chesney Guest Column: Bill Signing Season Reminds of Areas of Bipartisan Agreement

Despite what you may see on cable news, politicians do not actually disagree on every issue along party lines. In fact, a strong majority of legislation considered in the State of Illinois is vastly bipartisan and a considerable amount also unanimously supported.

While contentious legislation certainly dominates the news cycles, most bills are passed both bipartisanly and with wide consensus among legislators from all corners of the geography of Illinois. Certainly, I have written in past columns about my agreement with progressive democrats on issues like opposing usurious payday loans and our shared support of companion animals and against animal testing.

With Governor Pritzker working through a myriad of legislation sent to him this Spring, we are reminded of areas of bipartisan agreement. Below are a few bills I co-sponsored or sponsored which you may have missed and were signed into law over the past few weeks:

House Bill 605– signed into law as Public Act 102-268- Requires Illinois State flags purchased by State institutions to be manufactured in the United States.

House Bill 1916Chief Sponsor- Chesney– signed into law as Public Act 102-393- Initiative of local road commissioners to requires the Illinois Department of Transportation to update its policy for providing project notifications to the public.

House Bill 2776– signed into law as Public Act 102-0384- Provides that review and determination of an application for an Illinois professional license to a service member or their spouse shall be expedited by the department processing the application within 30 days (instead of 60) after the date on which the department receives all necessary documentation.

Senate Bill 58– signed into law as Public Act 102-353- Reduces Trailer Fees for trailers weighing less than 3,000 pounds from $118 to $36.

Senate Bill 1624– signed into law as Public Act 102-404- Adds agricultural sciences as a course option for the science category and agricultural education as a course option for the electives category with respect to the high school coursework that a person must satisfactorily complete for university admission.

Senate Bill 1913– signed into law as Public Act 102-338- Provides that, in addition to other penalties imposed for a violation of provisions concerning operation of a vehicle while approaching an authorized emergency vehicle (Scott’s Law), the court may order a person to perform community service as determined by the court.

Senate Bill 2150– signed into law as Public Act 102-375- Provides that a person 35 years of age or older who has served a municipality as a regularly enrolled volunteer, paid-on-call, or part-time firefighter is eligible to take an examination for a position as a firefighter (removing a requirement the volunteer, paid-on-call, or part-time work was 5 years immediately preceding the time that the municipality begins to use full-time firefighters to provide all or part of its fire protection service).

Again, these are but a few examples of bills which didn’t get a lot of press or television time, but are still of interest and benefit to many Northwest Illinois residents. Some of these bills had Republicans as Chief Sponsor. Some had Democrats. All are fine pieces of bipartisan legislation that Illinoisans can be proud of, regardless of their personal political beliefs or opinions.

More on legislation still pending Executive action which I have sponsored or co-sponsored can be found at my legislative website at repchesney.com.