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Andrew Chesney

ILLINOIS STATE SENATOR
45TH DISTRICT

Andrew Chesney

ILLINOIS STATE SENATOR
45TH DISTRICT

Senator Chesney’s Week in Review

Governor Signs Record Spending Budget with Billion-Dollar Tax Hike Governor J.B. Pritzker’s government spending plan, which relies on $1 billion in tax increases, officially became the largest budget in state history when he signed it into law on June 5. Despite bipartisan opposition, the controversial budget sets a new high-water mark for government spending, surpassing […]

Senator Chesney’s Week in Review

Pritzker’s Tax Hikes and Record Government Spending Pass General Assembly On separate days last week, the Illinois General Assembly passed a Fiscal Year 2025 budget which sets yet another new record for government spending at just over $53 billion. The new budget, which guides spending as of July 1, 2024, represents an increase in state […]

With Three Days Remaining on Spring Calendar, Budget Remains in Flux

FY25 Budget is Elusive as Spring Session Winds Down Lawmakers are in Springfield this week for what are supposed to be the final days of the spring legislative session. The largest item that remains in flux is the budget for Fiscal Year 2025. As of this morning, we have not seen a budget, and the only […]

Senator Andrew Chesney’s Week in Review

Senator Chesney Gets “View of a Lineman” during Energy Association Event The Illinois Energy Association hosted its 2nd annual “Bringing the Tour to You” event last week in Springfield, and I had an opportunity to meet with the state’s utility and energy companies to learn more about their efforts. The companies showcased some of their […]

Senator Chesney’s Week in Review

Senate Republicans Warn, “This is How you Steal an Election,” as Democrats Pass Drastic Change to Election Law On May 2 Republican members of the Senate and House stood in defiance of a controversial new law that will drastically change the state’s election laws in the middle of the 2024 election cycle. Senate Bill 2412, […]

Senator Chesney’s Week in Review

Stephenson County Board Declares itself “Non-Sanctuary County” Through a resolution passed earlier this month, Stephenson County board members declared the county a Non-Sanctuary County. This proactive step alerts local, state, and federal officials of a county board philosophical decision to prioritize the expenditure of taxpayer funds on its legal residents in need over the needs […]

Senator Chesney’s Week in Review

Senator Chesney Addresses Hundreds That Rally in Support of Second Amendment at Statehouse The streets of Springfield were filled with hundreds of supporters of the Second Amendment on April 18 as Illinois Gun Owner Lobby Day (IGOLD) took center stage. It is one of my favorite days of the session year, as Second Amendment enthusiasts […]

Senator Chesney’s Week in Review

Senator Chesney Joins Master Farmer Lou Lamoreux at Award Ceremony At the end of March, I joined Lanark farmer Lou Lamoreux and his wife Sue in Bloomington as Lou was recognized as a Master Farmer by Prairie Farmer Magazine. Of the thousands of farmers in this state, only four are chosen annually for this prestigious […]

Senator Chesney’s Week in Review

Senator Andrew Chesney Welcomes IL Director of Agriculture to First Agriculture Advisory Committee Meeting of 2024 Over 60 leaders from the Northwest Illinois farming and agriculture community gathered at the Stephenson County Farm Bureau building last Tuesday for my 2024 Agriculture Advisory Committee meeting. Jerry Costello, Director of the Illinois Department of Agriculture, was the […]

Senator Chesney’s Week in Review

Stephenson County Board to Consider Non-Sanctuary County Resolution Last week members of the Stephenson County Board’s Administration & Legal Affairs Committee recommended approval of a resolution that would make Stephenson County the first county in Northwest Illinois to declare itself a “Non-Sanctuary County.” If passed, Stephenson County would join other units of local government that […]