Andrew Chesney


Andrew Chesney


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 latest technologies and equipment, and we even got the opportunity to enjoy bucket truck rides provided by Ameren Illinois, which provided us with a “view of a lineman.”


Law Enforcement Appreciation Month

In observance of Law Enforcement Appreciation Month this May, the Illinois State Police, together with law enforcement agencies across the state, are honoring the dedication and sacrifices of police officers.

This annual month of recognition was created to unite in remembrance of those who made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty, to honor current and former officers, and to extend support to law enforcement personnel and their families. It’s also an occasion for citizens to express gratitude to the dedicated individuals who safeguard our communities while facing the inherent risks of police work.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, law enforcement ranks consistently among the top ten most hazardous jobs in the United States. In 2021 alone, the nation mourned the loss of 159 officers, with approximately 40% of fatalities resulting from assaults or homicides and another 40% from transportation incidents.

I have always been vocal with my support of the men and women in blue. I opposed the so-called SAFE-T Act, which limited police officers’ ability to effectively do their jobs, and remain a leading chief co-sponsor of the Fund the Police Act (Senate Bill 1858).


Senate Moves to Formally Recognize Space Force as Official Military Branch

The Illinois Senate recently advanced legislation to formally recognize the United States Space Force as an official branch of the United States Armed Forces. House Bill 5640 changes state law to include the Space Force wherever the Armed Forces are mentioned.

The United States Space Force, established on December 20, 2019, is designated as an armed force within the Department of the Air Force. The Space Force’s mission is to ensure the U.S. can operate freely in space, manage space operations, and protect American interests.

This legislation passed out of the Senate Veteran Affairs Committee unanimously on May 2 and now advances to the Senate floor for further action.


ISAC Provides Free FASFA Help for Students

High school students can access valuable resources to complete their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) through the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC).

The FAFSA form is an application process that determines how much federal financial aid a student is eligible to receive, which could include grants, scholarships, work-study funds, and loans.

ISAC aims to ensure that every student, especially high school seniors navigating the challenges of FAFSA, is aware of the free assistance available for financial aid and college planning. It’s important for students intending to pursue post-high school education this fall to know that there is still time to apply for financial aid.

Students can visit ISAC’s website for free assistance with the college planning and financial aid process—including help completing the FAFSA or Alternative Application for IL Financial Aid.


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