State Representative Mike Unes (R-East Peoria) is honored to announce that he is the recipient of the 2016 “Friend of Agriculture” award from the Illinois Farm Bureau (IFB), which was awarded to him by the Peoria County Farm Bureau yesterday.

The award is an honor given only to legislators with proven record of understanding the importance of Illinois Agriculture, the far-reaching benefits of Illinois’ agricultural products, and the important role farmers play in our State and throughout the world.

Today, Governor Bruce Rauner signed into law two bills sponsored by State Representative Mike Unes (R-East Peoria) that benefit Illinois schools.  The first bill, HB 4675, ensures that federal pass-thru dollars to community colleges for adult education and career and technical training programs are not delayed by the Comptroller’s Office, even in the absence of a state budget.  The second, SB 2823, allows high school building and trades programs to sell homes constructed as a part of their curriculum through a licensed real estate agent rather than through the standard public bidding process for “state property.”  The bill was first introduced in the Senate by Senator Dave Koehler.

Acting as the vice chairperson of the Illinois Sportsmen’s Caucus, State Representative Mike Unes (R-East Peoria) will be in East Peoria on this Thursday, August 11, at 10 a.m. to present fundraising dollars he has secured for two 91st District not-for-profits: Hooked on Fishing (East Peoria) and Camp Big Sky (Farmington).  The presentation will take place at Hooked on Fishing, located at 1807 B N. Main Street, with representatives from both organizations in attendance.

The Illinois Sportsmen’s Caucus is an advocate for the state’s outdoor recreational assets, and also works to raise and award private funds to local organizations that provide access and resources to the public for various outdoor recreational opportunities.