Champaign County Clerk, Gordy Hulten (seated center), testifies to the Elections and Campaign Finance Committee at the State Capitol on Friday, February 24, 2017.

The testimony from Mr. Hulten and several other county clerks and election authority personnel, focused on a wide range of issues from outdated voting machines and voter fraud concerns to same-day voting challenges.
I was happy to host the first "Page-for-a-Day" from our area this week, Elizabeth Hess, the morning personality for NewsTalk 1400 on WDWS-AM radio out of Champaign, IL. The "Page" program allows for people who are interested in the legislative process to experience and observe first-hand the workings of the Illinois House of Representatives.
Springfield…Governor Bruce Rauner began his third budget address since taking office by quoting President Abraham Lincoln, said State Representative Brad Halbrook (R-Shelbyville).

“The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion… We must think anew and act anew. We must think anew and act anew,” quoted Gov. Rauner of Illinois’ own Abraham Lincoln.

“I agree with workers comp and pension reforms, and common-sense changes in regulations that the governor outlined in his speech today,” commented Rep. Halbrook, who serves on the Government Consolidation & Modernization Committee. “I continue to be ready to work with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to move our state forward and grow more jobs,” concluded Halbrook.

If you would like to review the Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 budget proposed by Governor Rauner today, please click HERE.

WATCH LIVE: Governor Rauner Delivers Budget Address

Governor Bruce Rauner will deliver his annual Budget Address to a joint session of the 100th General Assembly in Springfield at Noon today. You can watch the speech LIVE from the floor of the House of Representatives by clicking HERE and entering password “budget”. Session is scheduled to begin at 11:30am.
State Representative Brad Halbrook (R-Shelbyville) announced today that he has established four advisory committees to involve local residents in the democratic process.

“I believe that government closest to the people is more responsive and accountable,” stated Rep. Halbrook who serves on the Government Transparency Committee in the Illinois House. “These advisory groups will allow our neighbors and friends to have input on key topics because we know that all of the good ideas to help Illinois don’t just come from Springfield,” added Halbrook.

You may sign up to serve on one of the advisory committees at

State Representative Brad Halbrook (R-Shelbyville) has been named to five committees in the Illinois House of Representatives for the 100th General Assembly. They include Cities & Villages, Counties & Townships, Elections & Campaign Finance, Government Consolidation & Modernization, and the Government Transparency Committees. Rep. Halbrook has been named the Minority Spokesperson for the Counties & Townships Committee.

“I am honored to be asked to serve on these committees and particularly to be named spokesperson for the Republican Caucus on the Counties & Townships Committee,” commented Rep. Halbrook. “These committees are all ones that I can work with to advance the common themes of ‘efficient government practices’ and ‘accountability to the taxpayers’ which directly impact moving our state forward with balanced budgets and reforms to turnaround our state,” Rep. Halbrook added.

The Illinois House currently has forty-five standing and eleven special committees. The committees are intended to hold hearings on proposed legislation that addresses the various topics of the committees. From these hearings, committees can help shape the language of the proposals with amendments, and either agree to move the legislation to the full House for consideration or the committees can advise that the proposed bills are not fully vetted and should not advance to the full House for consideration.

People may follow the progress of legislation and watch or listen to live debates of the General Assembly on-line at