Happy New Year 2023


“Inspired by the miracle of the New Year, we sense anew, as Thomas Jefferson put it, that 'Almighty God hath created the mind free,' that this freedom of the mind equips and therefore obliges us to seek the truth that we should be guided by~ that all nobility, all that is worthwhile in life, depends on finding this truth and living by it, and failing to seek it with all our heart, mind and soul is to let our lives slip through our fingers like water.”

~ An excerpt from Christopher Flannery’s article published in Hillsdale College’s ‘Imprimis’

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This Week In News📝 :

Illinois Freedom Caucus - UN -SAFE T Act 12/30

Rep Halbrook on proposed gun control bill 12/30




Judge Strikes Down SAFE-T Act’s Elimination Of Cash Bail

Kankakee judge Thomas Cunnington’s decision stems from lawsuits filed by several dozen state’s attorneys across Illinois who argue that the state legislature violated the separation of powers component of the Illinois Constitution when it passed a measure eliminating cash bail. Therefore, it interfered with the duties of the judiciary. He noted in his 36-page opinion that the Illinois Supreme Court has specifically held that judges have “independent, inherent authority to deny or revoke bail to ‘preserve the orderly process of criminal procedure.’”


Which Counties Will Still Have Cash Bail Starting January 1st?

In the 65 Illinois counties that were part of a lawsuit arguing that the SAFE-T Act’s elimination of cash bail is unconstitutional, cash bail will remain as a result of a Kankakee judge’s ruling that agrees with them.


More than 180 New State Laws Take Effect January 1, 2023

On January 1st...GAS TAXES GOING UP

Under the state’s budget, a 3.1 cent-per-gallon tax increase that was scheduled to take effect on July 1, 2022, was suspended as part of a larger effort to provide relief to taxpayers impacted by wildly escalating inflation rates.

The election-year move was expected to save Illinois taxpayers approximately $70 million.

Minimum Wage Increases to $13/Hour



The Tides Are Turning

A recent national survey, conducted by the Trafalgar Group, indicates that America may be politically segregating at a much faster pace than originally thought. In the survey, over 10% of Republicans and 9% of Independents say they plan to move in the next year to a region in which they are more politically aligned. Those numbers are far less for Democrats.


South American Parakeets Hunkering Down In Chicago?

The non-native monk parakeets have become an unlikely fixture in the city where they are nesting underneath the elevated Chicago Skyway near the Indiana border. But surprisingly, they put down deep roots in Illinois in the 1950’s and 1960’s.


Advice To Help You Succeed

There are numerous reasons why New Year’s Resolutions fail. The statistics aren’t great:

  • 64% of people abandon their New Year’s Resolution within a month
  • 80% of people never achieve their New Year’s Resolution

But this year CAN be different!

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General Assembly Tentative Calendars for 2023 Session

House Spring 2023 Schedule

Senate Spring 2023 Schedule

Key Dates: 

January 4th-8th is scheduled for Lame Duck Session. As of now, these dates are tentative. We expect to know more details on the plan for lame duck items and scheduling following the first of the year. Of course, HB5855 (Gun Restriction Bill) remains at the forefront of our watch and we are prepared to fight against it should the matter come to the floor.

January 9th: Inauguration of the Executive Branch

January 11th: General Assembly Inauguration

Amendment 1 Update

  Many of you were part of the push against the passage of Amendment 1, which was a voting item on your ballots November 8th. By a very slim margin, this measure passed and is now going to be part of the Illinois Constitution. “The passage of this amendment to our Constitution will inevitably lead to a massive property tax increase. Amendment 1 gives government unions the ability to make unlimited demands and provides no limits on what state and local governments can give away. It also prohibits the Legislature from doing anything to protect taxpayers when government bodies have agreed to demands the taxpayers can’t realistically support. Without any reasonable checks and balances to labor negotiations – especially those involving taxpayer dollars – tax increases are inevitable. ”- State Representative Adam Niemerg

April Consolidated Election

 In most of Illinois, filing periods have closed for the 2023 April Election. Make sure to find out what candidates have filed for your local offices, and get involved to support good, freedom-loving candidates! 


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  • Brad Halbrook
    published this page in News 2022-12-31 07:39:02 -0600