Today, I visited Dixon Correctional and Kewanee Life Skills Center. The Department of Corrections in Illinois does an amazing job with their aging facilities and is is continually looking at program updates. Today, I saw the manufacturing/work facilities in action. They are impressive and are helping offenders learn new skills to help them build better lives when they are back in society.

The Illinois Business Immigration Coalition, the Sauk Valley Chamber of Commerce and State Representative Tony McCombie presented an Employer Compliance Training to update local businesses on immigration policy.
 Munoz-Ripley says the Sterling community has a largely populated Latino/Hispanic community. Many businesses employing DACA recipients and those on work visas.

"As a business owner you want to be in compliance, you want to do the right thing and you don't want to be penalized either," said McCombie.
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Friday afternoon Rep Halpin and I stopped in to local 4 WHBF to have had a chat with Jim Niedelman.  Jim hosts a weekly show called 4 The Record that airs every Sunday at 10:30am.

ComEd is proud to announce a new competitive-grants program called ComEd Powering the Arts to
support nonprofit arts & culture organizations in their service territory. The program will award grants up to $10,000 to help these organizations reach underserved audiences, including senior citizens, low-income individuals and people with disabilities.

ComEd and its partner in the program, the League of Chicago Theatres, are accepting applications until May 24, which will be reviewed by a group of leaders in the arts & culture sector to determine the grantees. Please note: nonprofit organizations that have received grant/sponsorship funding from ComEd and Exelon are not eligible to apply. Applications and further details can be found at:  

Please share with organizations in your neighborhoods!
Able to stay close to home on Friday and visit businesses inside the old Savanna Army Depot property! We stopped and chatted with INSERV, Eastland Feed & Grain and RESCAR!

My office attended the Annual Women in Agriculture conference took place on March 16th in Rock Island sponsored by the Farm Bureau.

Over 200 women from the industry participated in the conference. Professionals from every facet of the agricultural were presented valuable and useful information regarding current concerns and progress in agriculture. 

31% of American farmers today are women!

Agricultural production has increase 262% since 1950, while inputs have decreased by 2%. Farmers today are definitely producing more with less, resulting in the conservation of valuable resources and leaving a smaller carbon footprint in the process.

Submit Your Design to Commemorate Illinois’ 200th Birthday!

The Illinois State Treasurer today announced the Bicentennial Coin Contest, encouraging individuals to submit a design for the coin that will be created and distributed to commemorate the Illinois Bicentennial.

The treasurer’s office will accept electronic submissions for the Bicentennial Coin Contest from Illinois residents. Each design should depict an aspect of Illinois or Illinois history. One entry, per contestant, can be submitted now through May 1, 2018 at The winning design will be used for the commemorative bicentennial coin. To pre-order a commemorative bicentennial coin, visit and click on the “medallion pre-sale” graphic.

The public will have an online opportunity to vote on the top five designs in June. A final winner will be announced on June 18, 2018.

The Commemorative Medallions Act authorizes the state treasurer to issue medallions or coins to commemorate popular contemporaneous events of statewide interest. The State of Illinois will celebrate its 200th birthday on December 3, 2018.

To read all the rules, terms, and legal conditions associated with this contest, visit our website at For more information and to follow updates about the Illinois Bicentennial events and celebrations, visit

The Sauk Valley CEO class held their annual class event March 8th at the Holloway Center in Dixon. The theme was, “A Taste of Sauk Valley”, at which 12 local food vendors provided small samples of their cuisine to guests. The CEO students were excellent hosts and hostesses, and over 300 people attended the event. Our office was honored to be invited to the event!

Liam, surrounded by his family, sits
at Minority Leader Jim Durkin's desk
Today I was honored to introduce Liam Wilcox and his family to the House floor today! Truly a fantastic young man and is more than happy to accept your donations to help his family’s community cause!

To learn more about Liam and the 'Flag Restoration Project' he started click the links below:

Liam with Rep. McCombie and Rep. Halpin on the House Floor

Please grab a cup of coffee and listen to my first ever podcast as a State Representative!

We discussed my first year in office, my legislative priorities, and the bills I am sponsoring this session, as well as some more light-hearted background questions!