State Rep. David Friess’ Weekly Update – 2/4/22

Old State Capitol in Springfield, Illinois

Session Cancelled Due to Weather

Session was canceled this week due to the winter storm that hit hard across central Illinois. This was unfortunate as Statehouse Democrats have already cut a legislative session scheduled to end in April.

There is still much to do to get Illinois on the right path forward, including cracking down on rising crime, fighting corruption in state government, and passing a truly balanced budget. I look forward to getting back to Springfield to continue our work for the people of Illinois. Meanwhile, please stay safe out there!

State of the State/Budget Address

This past Wednesday at the Old State Capitol, Governor J.B. Pritzker gave his joint State of the State/Budget Address over zoom. Unsurprisingly, it was chock-full of misdirection and half-truths. Fairly usual for a democrat in an election year. You can find my full statement here.

Police Crisis in Illinois

A study by the Wall Street Journal shows that many law enforcement officers are wary of constant attacks and hostility from segments of the public and the press. Many of them are submitting their resignations, or putting in for retirement. This is most certainly due in large part to the ashine policies pushed by the majority party in Illinois stemming from similar policies in other states and across the nation. The General Assembly has to support and back our police officers. A recent hearing of the Judicial-Criminal Committee informed us of the other party’s intent to work across the aisle. I remain skeptical due to it being an election year, but will in good conscience work with them as best I can. I hope our efforts will be fruitful.