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Andrew Chesney

ILLINOIS STATE SENATOR
45TH DISTRICT

Andrew Chesney

ILLINOIS STATE SENATOR
45TH DISTRICT

It’s Time to Eliminate Illinois’ Sales Tax on Groceries

As a public official, I have always fought to lower taxes for my constituents. From my time on the Freeport City Council to my tenure in the Illinois House of Representatives to my current role as the State Senator for the 45th District in Northwest Illinois, lightening the tax burden for Illinoisans has always been […]

Valentines for Seniors is More than Just a Card Drop

My office recently completed its first annual Valentines for Seniors program, and the response from the community exceeded all expectations. Between February 14 and15, my staff and I delivered over 2,300 valentines to 30 different nursing homes, and assisted living, rehabilitation, memory care centers in the seven-county region that makes up the 45th Senate District. […]

New Threats to Public Safety

The same Chicago Democrat who brought us the SAFE-T Act (House Bill 3653) has filed new legislation that would further threaten public safety and impede law enforcement efforts to keep our communities safe. As you may recall, the so-called SAFE-T Act was pushed through in the middle of the night when fewer eyes were following […]

In 2024 It’s Time to Reinvest in Kids

During the 2023 session, Republicans in the Senate and House fought hard to continue a tax credit scholarship program for low-income Illinois school children. Through private donations made to a special fund, children in schools that were failing them for whatever reason had an opportunity to improve their chances for academic success by moving to […]

New Year’s Resolutions for the State of Illinois

Christmas is right around the corner, and once the hectic pace of the holidays subsides, Illinoisans will reflect and look forward with hope as they make resolutions for the new year. Everyone’s slate is clean on January 1. New stories can be written based on decisions people make each day. If you could place Illinois […]

We have so many reasons to be grateful!

As we enter this holiday season, there is so much for which we can be grateful. First of all, we live in a state with an abundance of potential and existing greatness. The farmers who put food on Illinois’ and the nation’s table deserve our highest gratitude. If you had a traditional turkey dinner for […]

Political Gamesmanship is Alive and Well in Springfield

The General Assembly recently completed the 2023 Fall Veto Session, and there was no shortage of political gamesmanship on display. It is typical during veto session to examine bills with upcoming sunset dates and determine which ones will be continued. Two sunsetting bills took center stage during this year’s veto session. The first is 2017 […]

If you roll out the welcome mat for illegal immigrants, they will come

Multiple news sources recently reported that in September, U.S. border agents processed more than 200,000 migrants who crossed into the United States illegally. That’s an average of over 6,600 people per day. The actual number is much higher! As the southern U.S. border crisis continues to consume and overwhelm available resources in border states like […]