Report your flood damage
On July 15, Gov. J.B. Pritzker asked Illinois residents to assess local flooding damage and report it to their county’s emergency management agencies. The information will be used to assess whether the state receives Federal Recovery Assistance.
Several laws take effect July 1
Not only will a new fiscal year begin on July 1, but many news laws will also take effect starting Monday. From increasing the age to purchase tobacco products to changing what is considered a full day of school, these new laws cover a wide range of topics.
U.S. Supreme Court says courts don’t have role in policing partisan gerrymandering
Senate Republicans are disappointed in a recent United State Supreme Court ruling on political gerrymandering but continue to call on the Illinois Legislature to pass a measure (SJRCA 4) that would give the people of Illinois the opportunity to amend the Illinois Constitution and create a new, non-partisan system for drawing maps.
Recreational cannabis legal in Illinois beginning Jan. 1
Illinois is now the 11th state to legalize the recreational use and sale of cannabis. The new law, which was signed by Governor J.B. Pritzker on Tuesday, sets in place regulations for businesses, possession limits for consumers, tax rates, and a process for expungement of records.
Rezin reacts to Gov.’s signature on extreme abortion bill: “Sad day in Illinois”
“Taking away all remaining rights for the unborn is not something we should be celebrating. To say I am disappointed is an understatement. This law is extreme and unsettling. Today is a sad day in Illinois.”
Rezin speaks out against extreme abortion measure
“If there is a line, we’ve definitely crossed it here in Illinois with this proposal. This bill goes way beyond just keeping abortions legal in Illinois and way beyond what Roe v. Wade allowed. This legislation not only allows for late-term, third trimester abortions of any kind, but it also allows for partial birth abortions and sex-selective abortions, all of which human dignity should tell us is just plain wrong.”
Legislation to combat human trafficking heads to Governor
More will be done to combat human trafficking in Illinois if Gov. J.B. Pritzker signs legislation sponsored by State Sen. Sue Rezin (R-Morris). Senate Bill 1890 would require employee training for law enforcement offices and hotel employees, and would increase the statute of limitations giving survivors more time to seek justice.
Rezin joins business, labor leaders promoting legislation to grow data center industry
State Senator Sue Rezin (R-Morris) joined business and labor communities Wednesday, May 22 in Springfield during a press conference to call on the Governor and lawmakers to pass legislation that would create tax incentives for the state's data center industry, bring high-paying trade labor union jobs to Illinois, and create greater economic opportunities and additional revenue streams for Illinois’ communities.
Illinois spends more than $1 billion every year in school administration costs
$544 per student. That’s how much Illinois school districts spend on administrative costs every year. And that number keeps rising year after year. The national average? $266 per student. That means that Illinois spends more than double what other states pay for administration. In fact, Illinois spends more than any other state in the country on administration annually.
Sign the Petition!
Voice your opposition to House Bill 2495/Senate Bill 1942 and HB 2467/SB 1594, which would allow for late-term abortions up to the moment of birth and would allow a minor to undergo an abortion procedure without parental notification. By signing this petition you are urging lawmakers to put a halt to these extreme measures and agreeing to receive legislative updates on this topic.
Rezin votes no on graduated income tax
“I’ve said all along, my main concern with the graduated income tax proposal is the lack of protections in place to ensure that the rates won’t affect the middle class. When the government needs more money, which it will, eventually the middle class will be the ones footing the bill. In fact, the proposed graduated rates have already changed from what the Governor proposed a few weeks ago.”
Rezin hosts Agricultural Advisory Committee meeting
In an effort to encourage dialogue about agricultural issues between State Sen. Sue Rezin (R-Morris) and leaders in the ag community, Rezin hosted an Agricultural Advisory Committee meeting on Monday, April 29 in Morris at the Grundy County Farm Bureau.
Local boy makes big impact on public policy
Nine year old Evan Simms of South Wilmington said he wants to encourage more people to become living organ donors when he testified in front of the Senate Revenue Committee last month on legislation (Senate Bill 68) sponsored by State Senator Sue Rezin (R-Morris). That bill passed the full Senate on Thursday, April 11.
Sen. Rezin bill to help prevent Sudden Infant Death Syndrome passes Senate
Unsafe sleep environments are often a large contributor to infant deaths labeled as Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) said State Senator Sue Rezin (R-Morris), who is chief sponsor of legislation that puts stricter requirements in place following an investigation where a child died suddenly and unexpectedly. Senate Bill 1568 passed the Senate on Wednesday, April 10.
Senator Rezin’s Youth Advisory Council brings local high schoolers to Springfield
Dozens of high school students from across State Senator Sue Rezin’s 38th Senate District traveled to Springfield on April 11 to participate in her Youth Advisory Council (YAC).
Starved Rock parking fee bill re-called, again fails one vote short
On Thursday, April 11, State Senator Sue Rezin’s hard fought effort to provide more funding to Starved Rock State Park fell one vote short, yet again, from making it out of the Illinois Senate. Senate Bill 1310 would have allowed the Illinois Department of Natural Resources to charge a minimal parking fee at the state park.
Rezin speaks out against graduated income tax
State Senator Sue Rezin (R-Morris) spoke out against the graduated income tax proposal (SJRCA 1) during Wednesday’s Senate Executive Committee hearing, and issued the following statement.
Starved Rock parking fee bill fails, concerns over exempting local residents
State Senator Sue Rezin’s legislation that would allow the Department of Natural Resources to charge a minimal parking fee at Starved Rock failed to pass the full Senate on Wednesday, April 10 with a vote of 29-9. Senate Bill 1310 needed 30 “yes” votes to pass but fell short by one vote.
Rezin bill heightens protections for those with pre-existing conditions
Legislation, sponsored by State Senator Sue Rezin (R-Morris), which seeks to better protect the healthcare of Illinoisans passed the Senate on Thursday, April 4.
Rezin bill ensures patients have affordable options to EpiPens
Health insurance companies would be required to offer generic alternatives for EpiPens under legislation sponsored by State Senator Sue Rezin (R-Morris). Senate Bill 2047 passed the Senate unanimously on Thursday, April 4.
Route 6 named after Kaszynski brothers, WWII veterans
As a way to pay tribute to the six Kaszynski brothers of Peru, who all served in World War II, State Senator Sue Rezin (R-Morris) hosted a ceremony Saturday, March 30 to officially name a section of Route 6 as the “Kaszynski Brothers Memorial Highway.”
Starved Rock better able to maintain safety and upkeep under Rezin legislation
In an effort to ensure safety and upkeep at Starved Rock State Park, State Senator Sue Rezin (R-Morris) is sponsoring legislation that would allow the Illinois Department of Natural Resources to implement a parking fee. Senate Bill 1310 passed the Senate Environment and Conservation Committee Thursday, March 21.
Sen. Rezin, constituent testify on bill to help prevent Sudden Infant Death Syndrome
State Senator Sue Rezin (R-Morris), pictured right, and Ashley Lamps (constituent of the 38th District), pictured left, testified in the Senate Local Government Committee Wednesday on Senate Bill 1568, which puts stricter requirements in place following an investigation where a child had died suddenly and unexpectedly.
FEMA recognizes City of Ottawa for flood prevention and response efforts
Ottawa residents will soon receive a 40 percent discount on their flood insurance premiums as a result of the city’s extensive efforts to mitigate and reduce flood damage.
Senate Subcommittee on Capital continues hearings
The newly formed Senate Subcommittee on Capital met in Edwardsville during the week to hear testimony from colleges, universities, and local governments in the southern Illinois region about their capital and infrastructure needs.