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Rep. Mike Unes (R-East Peoria) led the Illinois House of Representatives Wednesday in a tribute to Tazewell County Sheriff's Deputy Craig Whisenand, who lost his life in the line of duty on August 11, 2015. Deputy Whisenand's wife, Steffany, and members of his family and the sheriff's department were on hand for the tribute. The House adopted a resolution renaming a section of Illinois 9 in Tremont the "Deputy Craig Whisenand Memorial Highway."


PEKIN, IL – State Representative Mike Unes (R-East Peoria) will be hosting a free paper shredding event this Saturday, April 30, from 9 a.m. to Noon.  The event will take place on the street in front of the representative’s district office, located at 19 S. Capitol Street in Pekin.



With broad support from area school districts, a bill sponsored by Representative Mike Unes (R-East Peoria) requiring the State of Illinois to provide the ACT test to any school district that wishes to employ it for purposes of measuring and demonstrating college readiness, passed  by 73-36 votes in the Illinois House of Representatives today despite opposition from the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE).   This proposed legislation comes after ISBE’s unexpected decision to abandon its successful and well-established history with the ACT by instead entering into a three-year contract with SAT.  The ACT has long been the preferred college-readiness exam in states like Illinois.



Yesterday, the Illinois House of Representatives provided essential long-term assurance to community colleges in the state by passing HB 4675, which would ensure that all future federal dollars distributed to the State of Illinois for Adult Education and Career and Technical Education are timely appropriated to community colleges, even in lieu of a state budget.  Currently, these funds are coded within the Comptroller’s Office as “special funds” rather than “federal funds,” which had previously compromised their ability to be distributed in lieu of a higher education budget.  Other similar technicalities within the fund distribution process were addressed by previous bills, but did not include the funds outlined specifically by HB 4675.



After learning that the City has been fully subsidizing the water bill at the State prison in Canton during the ongoing budget impasse, Rep Unes (R-East Peoria) got directly involved in the matter over the weekend by making an emergency contact to the Governor’s Office.  The State of Illinois currently owes the City of Canton over $600,000 in unpaid water bills, as it has served to maintain one of the prison facility’s most basic utilities.  Canton city officials met on Saturday for a budget meeting, wherein options for moving forward with this issue were discussed.  Suggestions included suspending services to the facility, imposing late fees upon the State, and/or taking out a large loan in order to continue covering the costs of keeping the facility operational.

SPRINGFIELD - State Representative Mike Unes (R-East Peoria) today voiced frustration in the irresponsible political posturing that continues to take place in Springfield, resulting in an unsustainable approach to the budget process.  The instance occurred in the form of a Monetary Award Program bill (MAP grant) that was presented before the House, which included neither a funding mechanism nor the support of the governor who has promised to veto the bill.