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Friday, April 12th, 2019
Guest Column: Focus on Driving to Protect Roadways

It was my somber and sincere duty to attend the funeral of State Trooper Brooke Jones-Story on Wednesday, April 3. The life of Trooper Jones-Story was celebrated by her family,…

Friday, March 15th, 2019
Chesney Guest Column: Budget Process Begins in Springfield

As a freshman legislator in Springfield, I am experiencing a lot of “firsts”. The past few weeks have been the first state budgeting process I have been through.  As a…

Thursday, February 28th, 2019
Chesney Guest Column: Thoughts on Minimum Wage Increase

Can rural America be saved? This was a question posed by the New York Times a few months ago in December as well as in umpteen other articles since the…

Friday, February 15th, 2019
Chesney Guest Column: Support Fair Maps for lasting Government Reform

With the major topic of a $15/hour minimum wage dominating news cycles this week, I am planning a more extensive column next week on that topic and its effects, however,…

Wednesday, January 30th, 2019
Chesney Guest Column: Differing Legislative Priorities Apparent as Illinois House Battles Brew

We’ve all felt it.  We’ve all had conversations, discussions, and disagreements with friends from different parts of the State that have only bolstered our feelings.  We see it in the…

Thursday, January 17th, 2019
Guest Column: Inauguration, First Impressions & Executive Pay Raises

To know you are standing both in the foot-steps and on the shoulders of so many mostly-good and decent public servants is humbling; to recognize the great responsibility and efforts…