on Thursday, May 12, 2016
Today, a bill that would greatly assist high school building and trades programs by allowing them to employ a licensed realtor to sell homes constructed as a part of their curriculum passed in the full House of Representatives. SB 2823 was introduced in the Senate by Sen. David Koehler (D-Peoria) and on behalf of Pekin Community High School, which maintains a highly successful building and trades class as a part of its sophisticated vocational program. After receiving Senate approval, Representative Mike Unes (R-East Peoria) was proud to sponsor this legislation in the House.
on Wednesday, May 04, 2016
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."
on Thursday, April 28, 2016
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.
on Thursday, April 21, 2016
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.
on Tuesday, April 19, 2016
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.