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50th District Update: January 19

Senator McCann sponsors a new measure that would bring high-speed Internet access to rural school districts, the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) informed members of the Senate Republican caucus this week that there would be no delay in implementing the state’s new school funding law; and a new proposal would give Illinois motorists the option to register their vehicles for more than one year...

McCann continues push to bring high-speed internet to rural areas

New legislation sponsored by State Sen. Sam McCann (R-Plainview) would offer significant help to schools struggling with unreliable and slow internet. “Too many of our schools are unable to obtain reliable, high-speed internet access, leaving their schools on the wrong side of a digital education divide,” said Senator McCann. “This legislation is a promise to students that we will do everything in our power to make sure they have access to the tools they need to succeed.”

50th District Update: January 12

A joint Senate and House hearing to learn more about the incidents of Legionnaires’ disease at the Quincy Veterans’ Home was held this week in Chicago. Additionally, in recognition of the National Human Trafficking Awareness Month, Senate Republican lawmakers are joining a nationwide effort to raise awareness about this form of modern-day slavery...

Sen. McCann’s statement on the joint hearing on Legionnaires’ outbreak at Quincy Veterans’ Home

“This process is still ongoing and we don’t have all the answers yet. One thing is clear, we absolutely cannot allow this to happen again. Our veterans bravely sacrificed themselves to protect us, and we must do everything we can to protect them when they are in our care. Our safety net has failed...

50th District Update: January 5

On Jan. 1, more than 200 bills covering a wide variety of issues became law. These include two laws passed by Senator Sam McCann (R-Plainview) aimed at helping veterans and protecting volunteer firefighters and paramedics. In addition, Illinois residents can expect to see improved safety measures for children and Internet users in 2018 with new laws that help protect children in the foster care system, at day care and at school; as well as shield children and adults online.

New laws taking effect on January 1, 2018

As Illinois residents get ready to ring in a new year, they can also expect to see more than 200 new laws going into effect on Jan. 1. Here are all the new laws taking effect at the beginning of the new year.

50th District Update: December 1

With recent reports revealing a mixed bag on employment rates in Illinois, state leaders continue their efforts to improve the economy and prospects for jobs growth in the coming year. In other action, the Attorney General Office is reminding shoppers to review the annual Safe Shopping Guide, and the FBI is warning consumers to be aware of cyber criminals trying to steal their money and personal information.

50th District Update: November 24

Slight Improvement in Jobs A recent report by the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) indicates a slight drop in the state’s unemployment from 5.0% to 4.9%. It’s not a huge

Highway dedicated to honor soldier killed in action

SPRINGFIELD – A section of Illinois Highway 16 has been designated as the “Pfc. Gary Wayne Price Memorial Highway,” as a result of legislation sponsored by State Sen. Sam McCann (R-Plainview)...

McCann files legislation to help improve dangerous roads

SPRINGFIELD – Local road authorities may soon be able to receive financial assistance to stripe dangerous roadways, due to legislation filed by State Sen. Sam McCann (R-Plainview)....

McCann urges justices to consider expanding veterans court program

State Sen. Sam McCann (R-Plainview) is strongly urging that the Chief Justices of every judicial circuit in Illinois at least explore the possibility of adding additional veterans courts. The justices now have the ability to add more of the courts that focus on veterans due to legislation passed by Senator McCann and signed into law recently...

50th District Update: November 3

State lawmakers return to Springfield Nov. 7 for the final days of fall veto session. Lawmakers are expected to take up several pieces of new legislation and possibly vote on other legislation vetoed by the Governor. Also this week, the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) will begin to pour through thousands of surveys from across the state, advising them on how they can improve rest areas; the Illinois State Police is asking people to take part in a new logo contest; and new informati

50th District Update: October 27

SPRINGFIELD, IL –Lawmakers returned to the Capitol this week for the Fall Veto Session with some controversial matters to consider. In addition to consideration of gubernatorial vetoes, lawmakers in both chambers introduced new gun control legislation and the Legislative Audit Commission released its second audit of the troubled Neighborhood Recovery Initiative (NRI). The Senate also honored a Navy Seal and two policemen tragically killed in the line of duty...

50th District Update: October 13

This week, legislation was introduced in the Senate and the House banning the use of taxpayer dollars to finance elective abortions. The legislation reverses key portions of a new, controversial law that expanded taxpayer funding to pay for voluntary abortion procedures. In other state news, a new task force targeting the rise of opioid deaths in Illinois met this week. It’s estimated that in 2017 nearly 1,900 people in Illinois will die due to an opioid overdose...

Sen. McCann encourages families to submit stories of veterans to be showcased at Illinois Capitol

To help remember veterans, tell their incredible stories, and honor their legacy and sacrifice this upcoming Veterans Day, State Senator Sam McCann (R-Plainview) is encouraging constituents to submit a tribute and photo of their loved one who served our country to be displayed in the rotunda of the Illinois Capitol Nov. 1-Nov. 13.