Chesney Guest Column: Despite partisan rancor during Veto Session, Chesney discusses bipartisan legislation enacted since August

The second week of Veto Session was marred with partisan rancor over issues which the Democrats swung the pendulum, again, too far to the left due to overzealousness to their progressive ideals over addressing the issues families care about.

Their actions speak for themselves. I wrote in my last column about what Democrats perpetrated during Veto Session, but now I want to bring everyone up to speed on some of the bipartisan actions taken since August which do run up the scoreboard for Illinois citizens and the problems the public faces in interacting with their plentiful units of governments in this state.

Below are a few bills I co-sponsored which you may have missed and were signed into law since my last update on bipartisan legislation two months ago.

Senate Bill 1913– signed into law as Public Act 102-338- In addition to other penalties imposed for a violation of Scott’s Law, the court may order a person to perform community service.

Senate Bill 2150– signed into law as Public Act 102-375- 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. This removes 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.

House Bill 3027– signed into law as Public Act 102-453- Allows the Secretary of State to provide a disabilities motor decal or device to an expectant mother during her third trimester.

House Bill 3359– signed into law as Public Act 102-568- If a student has a personal support worker through the Home-Based Support Services Program for Adults with Mental Disabilities, a public university or community college district must permit the personal support worker to attend class with the student and may not charge the personal support worker tuition and fees for such attendance.

Senate Bill 2244– signed into law as Public Act 102-644- Amends the Senior Citizens Real Estate Freeze Tax Deferral Act to provide that the income limitation is increased by $10,000 for tax years 2022 through 2025 to help seniors stay in their homes.

Again, these are but a few examples of bills which didn’t catch a lot of public or media attention, but still may be of help to many Northwest Illinois residents. None of these bills were passed along partisan lines, as all attracted bipartisan support and cosponsorships.

I mention this all now because it illustrates that Democrats and Republicans can work together toward the common good. When the two parties fail to value working together, we tend to get controversial and untoward outcomes for the state we love. It is for the public to call the balls and strikes and ensure fair play through their actions to empower one team over the over at the ballot box. Keep this at top of mind if you don’t like the plays you’re seeing coming out of either side. The voters act as the umpires on the field, not the fans in the bleachers. That’s why it’s important for all voters to always keep our eyes on the ball.

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

State Representative Andrew Chesney advocates on behalf of the 89th District in Illinois. As a legislator, his policy priorities include cutting taxes, creating jobs, and government accountability and transparency.