Monday, November 20, 2023
The Governor Seems to Have Forgotten Who He Represents 

With the holidays coming up, I had intended for last week’s Reick Report to be the final one for the year. However, this week we had a major announcement from the Governor…

Monday, November 13, 2023
Money Swears, Honoring Veterans and Accentuating the Positive 

Turns Out We Didn’t – Legislative Update:  Last week’s newsletter was titled: “Second Week of Veto Session, Will We Get More Done Than Last Week (Which Was Nothing)?” As it…

Friday, November 3, 2023
Second Week of Veto Session, Will We Get More Done Than Last Week (Which Was Nothing) 

Legislative Update:  Last week the House met in Springfield for two days and is set to return next week for the final week of Veto Session, where a number of…

Tuesday, October 24, 2023
Fall Veto Session Preview and DCFS Fails Us Once Again 

Legislative Update:  The Illinois House will convene this afternoon in Springfield for the first day of the scheduled Fall Veto session. As the name implies, this is supposed to be…

Friday, October 13, 2023
Big changes on the way as veto session approaches

Legislative Update:  The past week has been filled with horrific images and stories coming out of the unprovoked attack on Israel. Those who are now calling for de-escalation and proportionality…

Friday, September 29, 2023
Pritzker’s Failure at DCFS. He’s Got a Lot to Answer For.

Legislative Update: While there are several big issues that came up this week, like the effective date of the so-called “Safe-T Act”, Speaker Welch’s capitulation on allowing legislative staff to…

Thursday, September 7, 2023
Pensions, DCFS Fraud, CTU Hypocrisy, and It’s Apple Orchard Time!

Legislative Update: Thanks to those who participated in our flu vaccine event this week. It may still feel like Summer but flu season will be here before we know it….

Friday, August 25, 2023
Corruption, Pensions, Nuclear NIMBY, Old Trains and Storytelling!

Legislative Update: Thanks to everyone who participated in our shred event and food drive last Saturday. We had 107 cars come through and everyone was generous with their donations of…

Friday, August 11, 2023
Fraud, Corruption Trials and … Vintage Trains!

Legislative Update: What a great time last week at the McHenry County Fair! Thanks to everyone who came out to our open office hours at the fair and said hello!…

Thursday, July 27, 2023
Committee Hearings, McRide Tickets, and Meet Me at the Fair!

Legislative Update: Even though the legislature is in recess, last week two of the committees I serve on held hearings. On Tuesday, I attended JCAR’s monthly meeting in Chicago and on…