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Thursday, March 4, 2021
Chesney Guest Column: Let’s Play Ball- Bipartisan Legislators and Educators Request Increased Capacity for Extracurriculars

Joining a bipartisan coalition of legislators and educators, I signed on to a letter to Governor JB Pritzker this past week requesting a loosening of COVID-19 restrictions at K-12 extracurricular…


Monday, February 22, 2021
Chesney files bill to protect law enforcement in wake of “punish the police” law

State Representative Andrew Chesney reacted to Governor JB Pritzker’s signing the “punish the police” bill — House Bill 3653 — into law today: “Governor JB Pritzker endangered all Illinois residents…


Friday, February 19, 2021
Chesney Guest Column: Mixed Messages Frustrate Pandemic Response

Local health departments, medical groups, news media and many constituents have contacted my office recently frustrated by deficiencies in the rollout of the Coronavirus vaccination effort in Illinois. Limited supplies…


Wednesday, February 17, 2021
Chesney pans Budget Speech as tone-deaf “well produced Hollywood-style production”

State Representative Andrew Chesney reacted to Governor JB Pritzker’s Budget Address today: “This was more political commercial than an honest budget address to the people of Illinois. While well-produced Hollywood-style…


Tuesday, February 16, 2021
Chesney files bill to eliminate FOID cards

Calling them an “unnecessary hurdle for law-abiding citizens”, State Representative Andrew Chesney announced he filed House Bill 1770 (HB 1770) in the Illinois House to repeal the Firearm Owners Identification…


Wednesday, February 10, 2021
Chesney named Minority Spokesperson of Cities & Villages Committee

Serving on the Freeport City Council during the transition to a City Manager form of government, as well as serving as a member of the House Cities and Villages Committee…


Monday, February 8, 2021
Op-Ed: Progressive and Conservative Legislators Unite to Protect Against Exploitative Loans

By: Rep. Will Guzzardi (D-Chicago) & Rep. Andrew Chesney (R-Freeport) We are two legislators who don’t agree on a lot. One of us is a Chicago Democrat who co-chairs the…


Thursday, February 4, 2021
Chesney Guest Column: Culturally Responsive Teaching Mandate Misses Mark

On February 16, the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules (JCAR) will consider a rule change drafted by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) to implement “Culturally Responsive Teaching and…


Wednesday, February 3, 2021
Chesney says “Leading by Example” means “Waiting our Turn”

Reacting to the announcement that Governor JB Pritzker has changed his mind to allow state legislators to be vaccinated before the medically vulnerable public, State Representative Andrew Chesney said sometimes,…


Thursday, January 21, 2021
Chesney Guest Column: Lame-Duck Session Delivers Unfunded Mandates on Law Enforcement

Ogle County Sheriff Brian VanVickle made history as one of the first committee witnesses to testify before the General Assembly via video stream during the lame-duck session in opposition to…