Illinois Senate

Illinois Candidate Profile
11:58 am
Mon October 22, 2012

Democrat John Sullivan - 47th District State Senate

John Sullivan
Rich Egger
  • Interview with John Sullivan

The incumbent for an Illinois Senate seat in western Illinois is John Sullivan (D-Rushville). He is completing his third term in the Senate.

Sullivan said progress has been made during his time in the Legislature but there is more to do, which is why he is running for a fourth term.

Sullivan said NTN Bower in Macomb and Farmland Foods in Monmouth have expanded while he's been in office and Pella brought a new plant to Macomb. He said the state offers job creation incentives and he's worked to make sure some of that money has come to his district.

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Illinois Candidate Profile
11:36 am
Mon October 22, 2012

Republican Randy Frese - 47th District State Senate

Randy Frese
Rich Egger
  • Interview with Randy Frese

The challenger for an Illinois Senate seat in western Illinois is Randy Frese (R-Paloma). He is completing his second term as Adams County Circuit Clerk.

Frese said he is running for the Senate because state leaders are squandering opportunities for future generations, including his three daughters.

"We are just tremendously over our heads in debt in this state. There is not an area you can turn to that isn't getting paid or is backlogged for their payment. It's terrible," Frese said. "It's sad to see what's happening to the state of Illinois."

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Gov. Pat Quinn plans to sign the bill
6:15 am
Fri May 11, 2012

Illinois Lawmakers Pass Plan for Retirees to Pay Part of Premiums

Illinois State Capitol

The Illinois Senate has approved legislation that will require retired state employees to pay premiums on their health insurance.

Governor Pat Quinn says he will sign the bill into law.

The state says 90% of retired state and university employees don't pay any premiums for their health insurance. That is estimated to cost at least $800 million this year.

Supporters of the legislation says it preserves access to health care for retirees. Otherwise, co-payments would rise and coverage might be reduced.

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Scandal Ridden Program
3:36 pm
Wed May 2, 2012

Lawmakers Close to Ending Legislative Scholarships

The Illinois Capitol building

An Illinois Senate panel is supporting legislation (HB 3810) that would end a perk that lets legislators hand out free tuition at state universities.

The House has voted to get rid of the scandal-plagued program three years running. But previous attempts have been blocked by Senate Democrats -- until now.

Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno said problems with the scholarships are well-documented.

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