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Friday, December 13, 2019
Chesney’s Weekly Roundup- week ending December 14, 2019

BUDGET Fitch Ratings issues watch report on Illinois’ fiscal stability.  The credit rating agency identified Illinois as one of three states that should be closely scrutinized by debt investors in…


Friday, December 6, 2019
Chesney’s Weekly Roundup- week ending December 7, 2019

BUDGET COGFA reports on November State tax revenues.  The Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability (COGFA), the General Assembly’s nonpartisan budget-forecasting arm, constantly monitors Illinois State tax cash flows.  Public…


Wednesday, December 4, 2019
Chesney Guest Column: Thankful for shared Northwest Illinois Values

With Thanksgiving behind us and the Christmas Season fast approaching, family draws near as we celebrate the most glorious gift given us by God. As I reflect on the past…


Friday, November 22, 2019
Chesney’s Weekly Roundup- week ending November 23, 2019

EDUCATION Outcry against misuse of “seclusion rooms” by schools across Illinois; State takes action.  Many school districts use “seclusion rooms” and “isolation rooms” as places where students whom an educator…


Thursday, November 21, 2019
Chesney Guest Column: The “Urgency of the Moment” Wasted by NOT Prohibiting Corruption

Illinois Democrats had a moment during the final week of legislative session in 2019.  Some might say a rare moment; others may say a moment they can choose to take…


Friday, November 15, 2019
Chesney’s Weekly Roundup- week ending November 16, 2019

ETHICS REFORM House Republicans call for passage of sweeping ethics reform package. In the wake of even more federal corruption investigations entangling multiple layers of Illinois government, House Republicans continued…


Thursday, November 14, 2019
Chesney Criticizes Democrats’ “Half-Hearted Ethics Punt”

State Representative Andrew Chesney criticized Democrat legislators for only making a “half-hearted ethics punt” during the Fall Veto Session. “There is so much low-hanging fruit on reform that the tree…


Monday, November 11, 2019
Honoring our Veterans

Happy Veteran’s Day! Thank you to all those who have served and all those who honor their service here at home. We are a grateful nation, humbled by your fight…


Friday, November 8, 2019
Chesney’s Weekly Roundup- week ending November 9, 2019

ETHICS REFORM House Republicans Introduce Sweeping Ethics Reform Package in Response to Federal Investigations.  Illinois House Republican Leader Jim Durkin along with members of the House Republican caucus have announced…


Friday, November 8, 2019
Chesney Guest Column: Feds Circling Capitol Corruption

Four weeks ago, I called on Senator Marty Sandoval (D-Chicago) to resign from Chairmanship of the Senate Transportation Committee, after he became ensnared in a federal investigation.  Later that day,…