Emissions, Human Trafficking, Women’s Day, and More

Pritzker Proposes over $2 billion in New State Spending Backed by $1 Billion in New Taxes

 Analysts have been looking over the FY25 budget proposal made by Governor Pritzker to the Illinois General Assembly last month and have outlined over $2 billion in new State spending backed up by $1 billion in new taxes on Illinois families and businesses. Much of the money will go to existing State programs, headed by nearly-free health care for undocumented immigrant adults through the “Health Benefit Coverage for Immigrant Adults” and “Health Benefit Coverage for Immigrant Seniors” programs, which currently cost Illinois taxpayers almost $1 billion per year.

Another reckless, out-of-touch plan paid for by you, the Illinois taxpayers.

Fighting Human Trafficking

Our open border crisis has also fueled an increase in human trafficking across the country and right here in Illinois. This week we introduced a bill package that provides protections to individuals who have fallen victim to human trafficking in our state.


Keep Radical California Emission Standards out of Illinois

My Republican colleagues and I have joined thousands of concerned Illinois residents working as part of statewide and local grassroots efforts to keep strict California Emission Standards from being enacted by radical Illinois Democrats. These emission standards would eliminate the production and use of gasoline-powered vehicles and force drivers to buy electric vehicles in Illinois in the near future.

House Bill 1634, introduced by Chicago Democrat Edgar Gonzalez, was again scheduled for debate this week in the House Energy and Environment Committee, but was not called. It would require Illinois to adopt California’s ultra-strict motor vehicle emission standards, including requiring automakers to increase the percentage of zero-emission vehicle sales (electric vehicles) every year – 35 percent for model year 2026, 68 percent by 2030, and 100 percent by 2035. This would apply to ALL new passenger cars, trucks, and SUVs sold in Illinois.

The bill is on the committee schedule again for hearing next Tuesday, March 12 at 4:00pm. You can help us stop this ridiculous proposal by submitting a committee witness slip on the General Assembly website. Make sure your voice is heard loud and clear.

Celebrate International Womens Day!

International Women’s Day (today!) is a time to recognize the cultural, economic, and political accomplishments and contributions of women. Thank you to the trailblazing women who worked to achieve gender equality in the United States and across the globe!