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Senate passes McCann’s legislation to rebuild human service program

The Illinois Senate passed legislation filed by State Sen,. Sam McCann (R-Plainview) to re-launch a program to help people with mental and physical disabilities find employment. “I believe we have a duty to help people who simply want to work and contribute to our society but are struggling to overcome severe disabilities,” said Sen. McCann. “This will allow these individuals to join the workforce and work for the good of the public...

McCann files legislation to streamline Governor and Lt. Governor offices

Voters could soon have the choice of deciding whether to realize potential improved efficiency and savings of merging the operations budgets of the Governor and Lieutenant Governor, thanks to legislation filed by State Senator Sam McCann (R-Plainview)...

50th District Update: Remaining Open

This week I filed legislation to place a referendum on the ballot during the next general election in November 2018. This referendum would ask voters to decide whether to create a new, elected Director for the Department of Agriculture. This is something that 12 other states have done, including two states bordering Illinois...

McCann statement on HB40

State Senator Sam McCann (R-Plainview) released the following statement after the Illinois Senate passed House Bill 40. “Taxpayer funded abortions represent an affront to the morals of the people of Illinois and the sanctity of life. Further, the middle of a budget impasse is the wrong time to be adding millions...

McCann files legislation to create elected state Agriculture Director

State Senator Sam McCann (R-Plainview) has filed legislation to allow voters to turn the Illinois Director of Agriculture into a statewide elected position...

50th District Update: Watching Out For What Matters

Dear Friends, Recently I was able to advance legislation that could expand our state's veterans court program. I've always believed that we need to do what we can to help those who have given so much for us, and I believe this is another step in that direction...

Senate passes McCann’s legislation to help volunteer fire and EMS

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Senate unanimously passed legislation filed by State Senator Sam McCann (R-Plainview) to make it easier for volunteer firefighters and paramedics to receive emergency communications.

Officer Scot Fitzgerald honored in Springfield

Officer Scot Fitzgerald’s name has been permanently added to the Police Memorial located on the Illinois State Capitol Grounds, which is a monument to officers who have given their lives in the line of duty...

Senate passes McCann legislation to expand access to veterans courts

Veterans may soon have easier access to the extra services and support provided by veterans courts, thanks to legislation sponsored by State Sen. Sam McCann (R-Plainview) that passed the Senate unanimously...

50th District Update: Protecting Families

Dear Friends, Recently I was able to pass legislation through the Illinois Senate and House that would stop the Illinois Department of Corrections from firing nurses and outsourcing their jobs. This was in response to a recent announcement from the Governor that 124 of the nurses would be laid off in June. The reason given was to save money by outsourcing the jobs to an out-of-state company...

Senator McCann passes legislation to protect prison nurses

SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois State Senate advanced legislation that would prevent corrections nurses from losing their jobs do to private outsourcing. The bill was sponsored by State Sen. Sam McCann (R-Plainview)...

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...