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50th District Update: February 23

Lawmakers were back at the Capitol this week for three days, with activity mostly centered on committee hearings, which is typical for the early portion of a new legislative session. However, the Illinois Senate did advance several measures, including a bill to put EpiPens into the hands of state law enforcement, a proposal to protect vulnerable veterans and legislation seeking to protect victims of domestic violence. Additionally...

50th District Update: February 16

The Governor laid out his proposed fiscal plan this week to the General Assembly during the annual budget address. Also during the week, flags were ordered to be lowered in remembrance of Commander Paul Bauer, a 31-year CPD veteran who was killed outside the Thompson Center on Feb. 13. In other news, the voter registration deadline is approaching for the upcoming primary election.

Sen. McCann’s statement on the Governor’s budget address

“There is one simple constitutional requirement placed on the Governor for his annual budget address, and that is that to present a balanced budget. He has now had four tries and has failed to uphold the responsibility every time by relying on proposals that either won’t pass, are unconstitutional, or simply rob Peter to pay Paul....

50th District Update: February 12

Lawmakers returning to Springfield for the second week of the Legislative Session heard testimony in the Veterans Affairs Committee about the previous Legionella outbreaks at the Quincy Veterans’ Home and began advancing legislation through Senate Committees....

Sen. McCann’s statement on the Governor’s State of the State address

“The themes from the Governor’s addresses haven’t changed much in the last four years. I agree that we need bipartisan cooperation aimed at reforming what has too-often been a broken state government. We all may have different ideas about how to fix the system, but there is common ground to be found. What the state and this effort have been lacking...

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)....