Observations and comments about state government by State Representative Robert W. Pritchard. District Office 815-748-3494 or E-Mail to bob@pritchardstaterep.com October 3, 2016 In This Issue:  Share Your Views about Education on Wednesday  Fiscal Outlook Remains Bleak  Local Innovators Inspired by the Past  Proposed Constitutional Amendment Explained  Registering to Vote on Election Day Modified  Illinois...
Illinois' dysfunction continues with the majority party passing a $40 billion operating budget for Fiscal Year 2017 (FY17). This is an unrealistic budget that further places human service providers, vendors and individuals who rely on state services in jeopardy. Illinois is now in its 12th month without a budget...
Observations and comments about state government by State Representative Robert W. Pritchard. June 6, 2016 In This Issue: Flurry of Bills Pass House General Assembly Continues to Allow Skipping of Pension Payments Budget Bills Fail, New Proposal Offered Movement Toward a New School Funding Formula Stalls State Developing New...
Observations and comments about state government by State Representative Robert W. Pritchard. May 9, 2016 In This Issue: Legislators Remember Fallen Officers The Rocky Road for Constitutional Amendments General Assembly Moves to Protect Road Funds Cashless Tolling Expanded Local Advocates Make Their Case Power Plants Closing but Not the Youth Prison ...
Observations and comments about state government by State Representative Robert W. Pritchard. District Office 815-748-3494 or E-Mail to bob@pritchardstaterep.com March 7, 2016 In This Issue: Compromise Improves Chicago School Board Proposal Election Fuels More Spending Bills End to Paper Licenses Groups Educate Legislators Higher Ed Compact Helps All Units of Government NIU Recognizes Impressive Scholars House Ignores Work, Goes...
Observations and comments about state government by State Representative Robert W. Pritchard. February 22, 2016 In This Issue: Breaking the Budget Gridlock Executive Order Seeks Better Coordination and Results Higher Education Crisis Growing County Boards Share Legislative Agendas Social Service Agencies Feel Different Effects Breaking the Budget Gridlock Since the General Assembly has...
Observations and comments about state government by State Representative Robert W. Pritchard. February 1, 2016 In This Issue: ‘State of the State’ Worth Reading Push for Public-Private Partnership Empty Promise of Partial Funding for Higher Education Legislature Joins in Recognizing DeKalb Townships Respond to Task Force Report Education Council Meets Thursday ...
Observations and comments about state government by State Representative Robert W. Pritchard. January 18, 2015 In This Issue: 2016 Session Off to Stuttering Start Criminal Justice Reform Takes Time Illinois Bonds are Hot Commodity Focus on Local Government Mandates, Consolidation Workshop Moves Residents Toward Citizenship Join the Discussion on Education Issues Good News Abounds  2016 Session Off to Stuttering...
Observations and comments about state government by State Representative Robert W. Pritchard. November 2, 2015 In This Issue: High School Football Playoffs Underway County Preserves and Paths Benefit from ComEd Grants Governor Focuses on Economic Development UPS Hiring Local Seasonal Workers Changes Coming for Illinois’ Specialty License Plates Learn about Diabetes in November High School Football Playoffs Underway  ...
Observations and comments about state government by State Representative Robert W. Pritchard. August 3, 2015 In This Issue: Springfield Happenings Last Week ADA Celebrates 25 Years and Medicaid Turns 50 Local Restaurant Judged for “Best Steak” Governor Signs Veteran Bill Illinois Tourism Continues to Boom Renewable Energy Task Force Created Grants...
Observations and comments about state government by State Representative Robert W. Pritchard. May 18, 2015 In This Issue: Don’t be Distracted Budget Update House Praises Tornado Response Retiring Sheriff Honored Madigan’s Empowerment Zone Legislation Fails Freezing Property Taxes Not the Answer to Relief Don’t be Distracted If you’ve ever attended a magic show you...
Observations and comments about state government by State Representative Robert W. Pritchard. May 11, 2015 What a Week! Budget Update Court To Legislature: do your Job Worker’s Compensation Reform Play Ball! Advice on Helping Wild Animals Youth Demonstrate Technology Budget Update While it may not appear that the legislature is moving very quickly...