"My thoughts and prayers are with the Investigator, their family and the entire DCFS Staff," said Rep. Stewart. "It is important to remember all our public service employees who put themselves at risk to protect innocent children everyday."

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Governor Rauner Announces SBA Assistance Approved for Stephenson County for July Floods Residents and Businesses in Stephenson and Contiguous Counties Can Apply for Low-Interest, Long-Term Loans to Boost Recovery.

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Illinois upside down and still spending - read more in this weeks column. Click on the link below.…/…

Do you agree with the House Republicans, given the challenges facing Illinois, that the legislature shouldn’t take a month long break during March?

WHAT DO YOU THINK? Click on the link below to weigh-in.

This past week was the last scheduled day of session for an entire month. Yes, I said an entire month. The next session day scheduled is for Monday, April 4th. You are probably thinking with that long of a break we must have solved all the states problems; not exactly...

Click on the link below to read more in my Weekly Column.…/brians-column-03-04-2016.h…

Today the Democrats decided that leaving Springfield for more than a month and without a budget, was more important than staying in town to work on solving a crisis that has left many families helpless.

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This week in my column I discuss President Obama's visit to Springfield and Governor Rauner's annual Budget Address.

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The Governor will be delivering his annual State Budget Address.
You can watch the Budget Address live at noon by clicking on the link below.

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This weeks column reviews some of the criminal justice reform ideas, of which I will introduce legislation stemming from these recommendations.

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Watch the Governor’s State of the State address today at noon right from your computer. Click below.

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Brian's Column: "Let Political Winds Pass”

"With the furor surrounding the demands for a recall in Chicago and new legislation being introduced for political gain, I believe we should return to the concepts and ideas before they were rife with animosity and tension." - Rep. Stewart

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"Illinois (63 percent) held steady at the No. 3 spot, ranking in the top five in outbound migration for the last seven years." - United Van Lines 2015 Migration Study.

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The Local Government Consolidation and Unfunded Mandates Task Force issued its final report to Governor Rauner today.

According to the US Census of Government, Illinois has more local units of government than any other state in the nation at 6,963. Illinois also has the second-highest effective property tax rate in the nation.

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My column this week focuses on "New Year’s Resolutions & New Laws for Illinois."

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