• Illinois Public Affairs Network 2016 Session Wrap-Up with Senator Dave Luechtefeld

    Jun 23, 2016
    Senator Dave Luechtefeld (R-Okawville) provided his views on the 2016 Illinois legislative session to an audience of 30 Illinois Public Affairs Network members on Friday, June 17th at the Doubletree Hotel in Collinsville. 

    Senator Dave Luetchefeld address the June 2016 Illinois Public Affairs Network meeting

    Sen. Luechtefeld began the discussion by saying “Illinois has a debt that it cannot pay – it’s over the top - and that the State of Illinois is headed towards a disaster [that was] going to happen whether Bruce Rauner was governor or [not].” Citing the fact that a budget agreement tomorrow would still result in $7 billion in fiscal needs, the Senator emphasized his belief that the General Assembly must create a situation where people and businesses want to come to Illinois.

    The Senator also discussed the Illinois education crisis that has evolved from the budget situation. While the Senate passed legislation that would have produced $900 million new dollars for K-12 education, the House voted the bill down. Despite this bill being defeated, the Senator stated that he believes the Governor wants to see schools open on time and that an education budget will pass the General Assembly by July 1st.

    In closing, Sen. Luechtefeld detailed his belief that “Springfield is about power and how to keep it”. He went on to say that “Illinois now has a reputation that is hard to fix.  We are past the point of solving the problem by cutting [spending] and passing a tax [increase].” The Illinois fiscal year begins July 1st, and the Senator stated that the legislative working groups will continue meeting to reach an agreement with the Senate due to convene the last week of June. 
  • House Sullies the Senate’s Fun as Sullivans take MVP Trophies

    May 25, 2016

    It was a bright and sunny afternoon in Springfield, making perfect weather for the 24th Annual Illinois House vs. Senate Softball Game at Lincoln Park. Senate President John Cullerton (D-6th) had the honor of throwing out the first pitch to start a high-scoring game that the House won 15-8.  The House would take an early 2-0 lead after the first, but a 6 run inning by the Senate in the 5th would allow the upper-chamber to take their first lead of the game 8-7. The House would not let this hold for long though, as they came right back in the 6th with a few runs of their own and lead the rest of the way.

    Representative Ed Sullivan (R-51st) and Senator John Sullivan (D -47th) were awarded the MVP trophies for their incredible efforts. 

    View the full album of photos from the event at the Chamber's Flickr page.

    Group photo after a well-played game-350 Rep. John DAmico (D-15th) rounds 3rd for home plate-350
    Group photo of the House and Senate teams after game
    Rep. John D'Amico (D-15th) rounds 3rd for home plate 
    House MVP Rep. Ed Sullivan (R-51st) swinging at home-350 Sen. Mike Hastings (D-19th) makes the catch-350
    Rep. Ed Sullivan (R-51st) won the House MVP award Sen. Mike Hastings (D-19th) makes the play at 2nd base
    A part of the crowd enjoying a heated game-350 The House Cheerleaders enter the field to pump up the crowd-350
    A part of the crowd enjoying a heated game and tasty BBQ The House Cheerleaders enter the field to pump up the crowd

    See more photos from the event here.