Author Archives: Steve Reick

Chicago Messes Its Bed, Then Asks Us To Clean It Up

The big issue in Springfield this week is the school funding bill, SB 1, which contains the new funding formula for schools. The governor claims, and he’s right, that the bill contains a provision that, in effect, diverts money from … Continue reading

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Frustrated? Call (217) 782-5350. Ask for Mike.

We have 19 days until the end of the legislative session, and how have we spent the month of May so far? We didn’t meet at all during the first week, and this past week was spent passing resolutions and … Continue reading

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Please Donate

I look at campaign contributions as an affirmation that you agree with what I’m trying to accomplish in Springfield, that I’m giving you voice in the process. Your kind contribution will help me continue giving you that voice. Thank you.

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Why I’m Not Taking a Pension

Last week I told you that I have elected to opt out of the General Assembly Retirement System (GARS), and thus will not be eligible for the legislative pension. There are a number of reasons why, and I’d like to … Continue reading

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Opting Out of the Legislative Pension

Early on in the campaign, I said that, if elected, I would not take a legislative pension.

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