Veto Session, Firearm Registration Hearing, Senior Health Fair and More

Veto Session Starts Next Tuesday

The first week of our two-week veto session will begin on Tuesday, October 24. Lawmakers will consider not only Governor Pritzker’s vetoes of bills enacted in the spring session, but also new legislative business. As completely new legislation must be approved by a supermajority vote during veto session, minority Republicans could have a voice in any new legislation that moves forward. 

The Illinois House has posted its veto session calendar online. After taking a break for Halloween, the General Assembly will wrap up its veto session work on Thursday, November 9, the day before Veterans’ Day.

The Governor only issued six vetoes of bills passed by legislators this spring, three total vetoes and three amendatory vetoes. One of the vetoed bills that may be brought up is SB 76 that effectively lifts the ban on nuclear power plant development in our state. House Republicans will also be pushing for the General Assembly to renew the Invest in Kids scholarship program that, without action, will expire at the end of the year, ending education choice for thousands of middle and lower income families. I will keep you updated.

C02 Pipeline Application Withdrawn…for Now

For the second time this year, a company with plans to build a carbon dioxide pipeline through Illinois has withdrawn its application. 

Application for CO2 pipeline in Illinois temporarily withdrawn | Illinois |

Early Media Reports Show Prosecutors Have Ongoing Concerns About Elimination of Cash Bail

McHenry County’s top prosecutor used the words ‘absurd’ and ‘incoherent’ to describe what he witnessed in court on the day the no-cash-bail law took effect.

Criminal justice systems across the state have been adjusting to the new law. Under the Pretrial Fairness Act portion of the SAFE-T Act, judges must decide within 48 hours if someone charged with a crime should be held in jail. Non-violent offenders are given a notice to appear at their court date and released. To prepare for the new law, law enforcement agencies had to familiarize themselves with the changes. 

Resources are being stretched thin all across the state with the elimination of cash bail. An assistant state’s attorney in McLean County spent at least 1,000 hours studying and teaching a prosecutor’s team about the Pretrial Fairness Act. More than half of Illinois’ 102 counties do not have a full-time public defender. Large counties like Cook County are set up to run court all day and every day, but that’s simply not the case everywhere in Illinois. Court reporters are in short supply, and state’s attorney’s offices in some counties are one-person operations. There are judges who travel from courthouse to courthouse in some rural counties. Additional staff will need to be hired in many areas and budgets will be very, very strained. 

Public Hearings Coming on New Firearms Registration Rules

The Illinois State Police have agreed to hold additional public hearings about the registration process under Democrats’ firearms ban and may refine the rules before they become permanent next year.

Around the District

Thank you to everyone who participated, helped, and attended our Senior Health Fair this week at the Kroc Center in Quincy! Sen. Jil Tracy and I had a great morning talking with seniors from throughout Adams County, helping provide free screenings, health and fitness information, and more. Thanks again to the many vendors and medical professionals that helped out, and special thanks to the Kroc Center for co-hosting with us!

My office, along with other local State Representatives and Senators, joined members of area municipalities, economic development organizations, chambers and visitors bureaus at the Amtrak corridor meeting to discuss area transportation needs. The group also toured the amazing Washington Theatre in Quincy.

Pictured: Mayor Mike Troup of Quincy, Mayor Mike Inman of Macomb and Mayor Pro Tem Mike Dobson of Hannibal, Mo.