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Illinois State Senator Tom Bennett: COVID-19 Disaster Declarations to End May 11

Gov. JB Pritzker announced this week that he will be ending his continued COVID-19 disaster declarations on May 11, 2023. This announcement coincides with the decision by the White House to end the federal emergency declarations on that date.Illinois’ disaster declaration has been in place since March 9, 2020. Since then, the Governor has issued the disaster declaration every 30 […]

Illinois State Senator Tom Bennett: Valentines for Seniors Program

By TOM BENNETT Senator Bennett is asking for your help to brighten the day of senior citizens across the 53rd Senate District.“My hope is to make sure that no one feels forgotten on Valentine’s Day, especially those who are living in nursing homes and assisted living facilities,” said Bennett. “I need your help. A few minutes of your time can make a […]

Pastor Steve Jones: What if the Local Church were Taken Away?

In my previous article from Psalm 102, I reminded us that—because of the blessings of other Christians in the local church—we never have to face our struggles alone. We’re continuing to look at the Psalmists prayers for God’s help in distress. In verse 8 we see his misery connected to the “taunts” of his enemies. Mocking, ridicule and laughing are […]

Illinois State Senator Tom Bennett: Lawsuits Filed on New Gun Ban Law

Several lawsuits have already been filed in response to Illinois’ new firearms ban, which passed the General Assembly during “lame-duck” session earlier this month and was quickly signed into law by Gov. JB Pritzker.One of the lawsuits, filed by the Illinois State Rifle Association in federal court, argues that the new Illinois law violates the Second and 14th Amendments of the […]

Illinois State Representative Tom Bennett: Governor Signs Assault Weapons Ban

In the Lame Duck Session this week, a controversial “assault” weapons ban was passed by both chambers of the General Assembly, with the vote split mostly along party lines. While there were a few concessions made from some of the earlier proposals that had been filed, the new legislation still creates significantly extreme restrictions on gun owners, dealers, and manufacturers. […]

Pastor Steve Jones: Don’t Face Your Struggles Alone

 I want to begin this article with a true story from Church history that took place during the time of the Protestant Reformation. In April of 1552, five young, promising, French seminary students left Lausanne, Switzerland. Having completed their theological education, they were planning to spend a few days in Geneva—possibly with John Calvin—before returning to their native country of […]

Letter to the editor: ‘Advocating obstruction of a law is not the answer’

I was disappointed to read of the Ford County Board’s resolution opposing the new state law banning assault weapons. While nine members of the board are certainly entitled to their opinions on gun rights, it is quite another matter to express those opinions in a formal board resolution. The lone voice of reason in the room, board member Chuck Aubry, […]

Illinois State Representative Tom Bennett: Judge rules SAFE-T Act unconstitutional, stops implementation of cashless bail

Just before the New Year, a Kankakee County judge ruled that the controversial SAFE-T Act was unconstitutional. The law, which was opposed by most of Illinois’ law enforcement community, was scheduled to take effect on January 1. Appeals are likely, so there could still be more twists and turns ahead. It was initially thought by some that the ruling only applied […]

Illinois State Representative Tom Bennett: Facebook Live discussion about SAFE-T Act and gun legislation

On Monday evening at 6 p.m. I will be hosting a Facebook Live discussion about the SAFE-T Act and the gun bill HB 5855. My guest will be Rep. Patrick Windhorst of Metropolis, a former state’s attorney and a member of the Judiciary-Criminal Committee and the Firearms and Firearm Safety subcommittee. I hope you will be able to join in the discussion.

Illinois State Representative Tom Bennett: SAFE-T Act lawsuit to be heard next Tuesday

Dozens of state’s attorneys from around the state have filed lawsuits to stop the implementation of the controversial SAFE-T criminal justice law which was passed and signed last year. The lawsuits were recently consolidated into one case that will be heard in Kankakee County. Now that consolidated lawsuit will get its day in court on Tuesday December 20. Originally the case […]


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