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Senator McCann advances legislation to improve rural internet quality

The Illinois Senate Telecommunications and Information Technology has passed legislation sponsored by State Sen. Sam McCann (R-Plainview) aimed at improving quality and service for rural broadband customers...

50th District Update: Citizens Speaking Up

Dear Friends, We've had a lot of visitors recently to the Capitol. I've been meeting with groups ranging from motorcyclists to physical education advocates, and this is in addition to the usual number of constituent visits and kids serving as pages for the day. In addition, we've received a lot of phone calls covering a wide variety of issues...

50th District Update: Slow Progress

Dear Friends, Recently I told you about a wide-ranging package of budget and governmental reform legislation that is being considered in the Illinois Senate. This past week, a handful of those bills passed, and further action was held off until later...

50th District Update: Important Days Ahead

As you are likely aware, in the coming days and weeks the Illinois Senate will potentially be taking several votes on a multitude of issues. The recently introduced "grand bargain" budget proposal covers multiple subjects in an attempt to bridge the massive divide that has embroiled our Capitol for too long...

Senator McCann statement on inauguration of 100th General Assembly

β€œIt is truly humbling to once again have the honor of representing the great families of the 50th Senate District. I hope that the actions of this legislative body will live up to the lofty words that were spoken today, as well as to the weight of the truly historic 100th General Assembly..."

McCann: Budget proposal shows path forward

A package of bills filed in the Illinois Senate on January 9 could be the key to ending the current budget impasse that has dragged on for a year and a half, according to State Senator Sam McCann (R-Plainview)...

50th District Update: The New Year Begins

Dear Friends, The New Year is officially upon us. I sincerely hope that each and every one of you has a wonderful and joyful 2017. At the Capitol, we will soon be...

50th District Update: Happy Holidays / New Year, New Laws

Dear Friends, I know many of us have a very busy few days ahead of us with friends and family, so I don't want to take too much of your time. I truly hope you have quite a bit to be thankful for this year and I hope your holiday season is filled with love and good cheer...

50th District Update: The Next Generation

I've recently spent quite a bit of time at several of our local schools and with school children visiting us at the Capitol. I'm always amazed by how sharp these young minds are, and some of the questions they ask. I've been hit with everything from the budget crisis to my opinion of Star Wars. To me, the most important part of these conversations is the attempt to connect our students with their government and hopefully engage them in the process. I've always said that the world is run by those

50th District Update: Shoring Up Our Infrastructure

It's been less than a month since the Illinois State Fair wrapped up its festivities for 2016. The physical conditions of the fairgrounds became a major issue to the event, partly due to a massive downpour that flooded several parking lots. But there were also issues with a major power outage on the grounds itself, and the actual condition of the buildings became a talking point in agriculture news publications...

50th District Update: Bringing Together a Diverse State

This week I had a great opportunity to tour a Macoupin County farm that has become a model for many in the conservation and sustainable agriculture communities. The farm is owned and operated by Woody Woodruff, who also works with the Illinois Stewardship alliance helping to teach other farms about conservation techniques...

50th District Update: Protecting the Voice of the People

Dear Friends, We recently received some bad news from the Illinois Supreme Court. In a close ruling, the justices decided to block a citizen-led redistricting referendum from appearing on the November ballot. The majority opinion stated that the proposal didn't meet the tight requirements set forth in the Illinois Constitution...

50th District Update: State Fair Time

This week marks the beginning of one of the biggest events for many of us in Illinois, the State Fair. Our capital city will see thousands of visitors coming in from around the world to have some fun. I once again took part in the opening night festivities and it was great to see so many people excited for fair time...

50th District Update: Remembering Our Heroes

This week I had the distinct honor to help dedicate memorials to four Calhoun County law enforcement officers who gave their lives in the line of duty. You can read more about these four men and the memorials below...

Four memorials dedicated for fallen Calhoun County officers

SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Sam McCann (R-Plainview) joined with the friends and families of four fallen Calhoun County officers to dedicate a series of memorials in their honor...