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Friday, January 24, 2020
Local Legislators Encourage Freeport School Board to Reconsider Memorial Monument Removal

State Senator Brian Stewart and State Representative Andrew Chesney have released a statement in support of the grieving community members opposing the decision of their local Freeport School Board to…


Friday, January 24, 2020
Chesney’s Weekly Roundup- week ending January 25, 2020

ELECTIONS Federal and State Lawmakers Demand Accountability and Action to Preserve Integrity of Illinois Elections.  With early and absentee voting set to start on February 6, U.S. Congressman Rodney Davis,…


Friday, January 17, 2020
Chesney’s Weekly Roundup- week ending January 18, 2020

TAXES Property taxes create crushing burden for family farms.  Property taxes levy a tax based not on income generated by a piece of real property, but on the market value…


Friday, January 17, 2020
Chesney & McCombie Guest Column: One-Party Rule enabled Property Tax Dysfunction

Joining a chorus of fed-up legislators recognizing overburdened taxpayers deserve real property tax reform in Illinois, we must blow the whistle on the actions, and inactions, of the Illinois Property…


Friday, January 10, 2020
Chesney’s Weekly Roundup- week ending January 11, 2020

CORRUPTION Durkin calls for investigation after shocking email from Madigan confidant hints at rape cover-up, ghost payrolling.  The call came following the disclosure that a powerful former lobbyist with close…


Friday, January 3, 2020
Chesney Guest Column: Rural Illinois “Not Forgotten” when it comes to Higher Taxes and Fees

It’s no secret that much of rural Illinois, the vast region of Illinois outside of Chicago and the collar counties, feels forgotten by Chicago democrats running Illinois when it comes…


Friday, December 20, 2019
Chesney’s Weekly Roundup- week ending December 21, 2019

JOBS Illinois unemployment rate drops to historic low, but remains above national average.  The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) announced Thursday that the unemployment rate fell -0.1 percentage point…


Thursday, December 19, 2019
Chesney Guest Column: Despite Rancorous Rhetoric in National Politics, Many in Public Service Focused on Helping their Neighbors

As we bring 2019 to a close, I cannot help but think of one of our society’s favorite pieces of literature, Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.  Certainly, we all know…


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…