In the News

Gov. J.B. Pritzker promised to respect local school boards and private school autonomy, until too few were doing what he wanted. So he reversed himself, mandating masks for both private and public Illinois schools, Illinois Policy (August 16, 2021)

Pushback on Illinois’ Latest COVID-19 Mandates, WTTW News (August 9, 2021)

Gov. Pritzker imposes mask mandate for students; vaccines for some state workers, The State Journal-Register (August 9, 2021)

School masks, state worker vaccinations required in Illinois, ABC News (August 9, 2021)

Latino civil rights organization amends Illinois redistricting complaint, The State Journal-Register (August 9, 2021)

Senate Republicans host town-hall meeting Tuesday in Crystal Lake, Daily Herald (July 27, 2021)

Illinois Democratic legislative leaders file motion to dismiss GOP redistricting lawsuit, The State Journal- Register (July 27, 2021)

Legislative inspector general to quit, says ethics reform ‘not a priority’ for lawmakers, The State Journal- Register (July 16, 2021)

Federal bailout partly drives Illinois credit upgrade, The Center Square (July 16th, 2021)

Illinois credit upgrade; experts warn lawmakers to use it wisely, KHQA 7- WICS/WRSP (July 8, 2021)

Illinois gets first credit rating upgrade from Wall Street since George Ryan was governor. But it’s still in the basement., Chicago Tribune (July 8, 2021)

Illinois Republicans file lawsuit against new redistricting maps, 25 WEEK (June 23, 2021)

GOP sues Democrats over new legislative maps, arguing citizens were ‘robbed’ and deserve ‘their day in court’, Chicago Sun-Times (June 23, 2021)

Pritzker: ‘Adjustments’ to maps may be needed, The Center Square (June 8, 2021)

The “State” of Telehealth: Illinois Moves to Expand Telehealth Coverage, National Law Review (June 8, 2021)

Gov. J.B. Pritzker signs into law new maps for Illinois legislature, state Supreme Court, Chicago Tribune (June 8, 2021)

Illinois Senate passes bill creating affordable housing incentives, KPVI 6 (June 1, 2021)

Time Is Running Out to Preserve Illinois’ Telehealth Protections, WTTW (June 1, 2021)

With Madigan gone, Democrats roll Republicans in Springfield to keep control, reward allies, Chicago Tribune (May 30, 2021)

Republicans urge Gov. Pritzker to veto Democrats’ partisan maps, The Center Square (May 30, 2021)

Political Power Lines Drawn in Bruising Partisan Debate, WTTW News (May 30, 2021)

Illinois Republicans complain they’ve been shut out of legislative redistricting, Associated Press (May 30, 2021)

Illinois redistricting hearings open amid partisan divides, Capitol News Illinois (May 30, 2021)

Illinois GOP leaders call for ethics reforms, The Center Square/GM Today (May 18, 2021)

Senate GOP files own ethics bill, Star Courier (May 18, 2021)

IL Senate Republicans Call For More Comprehensive Ethics Reforms, WLDS/WEAI (May 18, 2021)

Six Flags donates 50,000 free tickets to encourage youths to get vaccines, The Daily Herald (May 14, 2021)

Republicans continue calls for a “fair map” in Illinois, WSIL TV (May 12,2021)

What’s In Store For Businesses In A Post-COVID Illinois? Legislature’s ‘Four Tops’ Weigh In, NPR Illinois (May 5, 2021)

Democrats Will Control Illinois’ Redistricting Process. Here’s A Look At How That Happens And What It Means, WBEZ Chicago (May 1, 2021)

AFSCME-backed bill paving way for restoring state jobs to union status passed by Senate, The State Journal-Register (April 30, 2021)

Illinois loses one Congressional seat to population declines, The Center Square (April 26,2021)

Illinois lawmakers inch closer to codifying term limits for legislative leaders, The Center Square (April 22, 2021)

Illinois officials react to Derek Chauvin’s conviction, KHQA 7 (April, 20,2021)

Republican leader pushes for expanded COVID-19 liability protections, The Daily Herald (April 1,2021)

Illinois legislative leaders separately discuss redistricting process, The Center Square (March 12, 2021)

Illinois Senate returns with leaders from both sides eying state’s troubled finances, population decline, The Center Square (March 11, 2021)

Federal bailout for Illinois not enough to cover state’s unpaid backlog and recent borrowing, The Center Square (March 11, 2021)


‘Inadequate supply’ of COVID vaccine causes concerns at local health departments in Illinois, WIBQ (March 5, 2021)

A Republican view of a Democratic budget, WQAD 8 (February 25, 2021)

Pritzker outlines $41.6 billion budget with flat spending, taxes and fed funding, Star Courier (February 25, 2021)

No tax hike, no corporate tax breaks in slim Illinois budget, Huron Daily Tribune (February 18, 2021)

Pritzker presents budget without income tax hike, hopes to close corporate loopholes despite previous agreements, WREX 13, (February 18, 2021)

Is vaccinating legislators now a good idea?, Illinois Times (February 11, 2021)

State expanding vaccine eligibility to those with some health conditions, My Journal Courier (February 11, 2021)

Illinois Senate Minority Leader Dan McConchie, R-Hawthorn Woods, Wednesday criticizes putting legislators ahead of transplant patients for COVID-19 vaccines, The Neighbor (February 

GOP says Pritzker ‘ridiculous’ for vaccinating lawmakers before transplant patients, The Center Square (February 3, 2021)

Republican State Lawmakers Call for Citizen-Led Referendums and Recalls, Illinois Newsroom (February 3, 2021) 

Illinois Republicans introduce ‘Voter Empowerment Project’, WREX (February 3, 2021)

Legislative Republicans seek measures allowing voters to recall lawmakers, overturn state law, The Neighhbor (February 3, 2021)

Pandemic puts Illinois’ 2-year vehicle registration law in limbo, The Center Square (December 17,2020)

Illinois makes moves on deficit with $711M of cuts, $2B MLF borrowing, The Bond Buyer (December 15, 2020)

Pritzker Calls For $700M In Cuts; GOP, AFSCME Push Back, WGLT (December 15, 2020)

Dan McConchie, whose district includes southeast McHenry County, chosen as leader-elect of Illinois State Senate Republican CaucusNorthwest Herald (November 9, 2020)

Illinois GOP Names New Senate Minority Leader, WSIU (November 5, 2020)

Sen. McConchie chosen as Illinois Senate Minority LeaderWICS/WRSP (November 5, 2020) 

McConchie named Senate Minority LeaderWCIA (November 5, 2020)

Sen. Dan McConchie elected as leader-elect by the Illinois Senate Republican CaucusWSIL News 3 (November 5, 2020)

Senate Republicans propose ethics changes, The State Journal-Register (September 24, 2020)

Four GOP legislators demand ethics, lobbying reform commission hold meetingsDaily Herald (August 24, 2020)

Illinois Lawmakers Will Meet on Budget, COVID-19 Issues Next Week, WTTW Chicago Tonight (May 13, 2020)

Illinois lawmaker files bill to limit governor’s emergency powers, The Center Square (April 28, 2020)

Illinois state Senators demand list of convicted killers released early during pandemic, The Center Square (April 22, 2020)

Lawmakers want Fair Maps Amendment on November ballotDaily Herald (February 13, 2020)

Flannery Fired Up: Springfield’s culture of corruption, CPD oversightFox 32 Chicago (January 26, 2020)

Towns spending 33% of property taxes on pensionsDaily Herald (January 26, 2020)

Illinois voter registration mistakes could lead to deportationThe Center Square (January 23, 2020)

Suburban lawmakers consider statewide lobbyist regulationDaily Herald (January 17, 2020)

Amid Sprawling Federal Probe, State Ethics Commission Gets to WorkWTTW (December 23, 2019)

Latest ethics proposals focus on State Board of ElectionsState Journal-Register (November 13, 2019)

Merger Urger: State Senator Pushes Consolidation, NPR Illinois (November 11, 2019)

Illinois Department of Transportation contractor fatally struck by minivan while working on roadsideABC 7 Chicago (October 27, 2019)

New law allows craft distilleries to skip distributors, sell limited amount of product to barsDaily Herald (August 26, 2019)

GOP lawmakers representing McHenry County address passage of significant legislationNorthwest Herald (June 12, 2019)

Reproductive Health Act heads to governor’s desk, Alton Telegraph (June 1, 2019)

State Board of Education brings revised Fiscal Year 2020 budget before Senate committeePrairie State Wire (May 18, 2019)

Illinois Senate passes progressive tax change with higher rates than Pritzker’sIllinois News Network (May 2, 2019)

Senator Dan McConchie on the dire necessity for foster parents in IllinoisWGN Radio (May 2, 2019)

State Senate approves constitutional shift to graduated income taxDaily Herald (May 2, 2019)

Hundreds mourn Illinois State Police Trooper Gerald Ellis at College of Lake County ceremony after fatal crashChicago Tribune (April 4, 2019)

A moment of clarity amid all the tax-hike chatterThe News Gazette (March 31, 2019)

State Senate Approves Consolidation MeasureAlton Daily News (March 31, 2019)

Senate GOP wants amendment to make it more difficult to raise taxesThe Pantagraph (March 27, 2019)

Proposed amendment would require two-thirds vote on new taxes in Illinois, Effingham Daily News (March 26, 2019)

Senators demand answers on DNA testing backlog at Illinois State Police crime labsChannel 25 News (March 26, 2019)

As progressive tax debate starts, some push for constitutional pension changeIllinois News Network (February 4, 2019)

In spite of tax hike, ratings agency eyes change that could junk IllinoisIllinois News Network (December 13, 2017)

Rick Steves testifies in favor of marijuana legalization in IllinoisABC 7 Chicago (November 28, 2017)

Illinois school funding reform signed into law, Illinois News Network, (August 31, 2017)

Lawmakers meet for 2nd day of school funding sessionABC 7, (July 27, 2017)

State Sen. Dan McConchie, residents voice concerns at Cary town hall on state budget impasse,Northwest Herald (June 8, 2017)

Local lawmakers weigh in on continued state budget impasse, Northwest Herald (June 2, 2017)

Althoff, McConnaughay, McConchie oppose Senate move to raise income tax, McHenry Times (May 23, 2017)

Tax abatement transparency bill gains unanimous Senate approval, Lake County Gazette (May 14, 2017)

“Taxpayer Bargain” Budget Plan assigned to committees, The Telegraph (May 3, 2017)

Sen. Dan McConchie floats Illinois budget without new taxes, ponders ongoing stalemateNorthwest Herald (April 17, 2017)

Suburban lawmaker, distillery push law to bypass liquor distributorsDaily Herald (March 26, 2017)

Outrage Over Lawmaker PaychecksWAND (March 24, 2017)

McConchie proposes giving comptroller authority to delay lawmaker payReboot Illinois (March 24, 2017)

Illinois Republican Says Lawmakers Shouldn’t Be Paid FirstFOX Illinois (March 24, 2017)

Halftime in Springfield, Illinois Still Without a BudgetCBS2 Chicago (March 22, 2017)

Illinois Senate cancels budget votes; Cullerton blames Bruce Rauner, Northwest Herald (March 2, 2017)

Gov. Rauner encourages “grand bargain” with stronger reformsNorthwest Herald (February 15, 2017)

New McHenry County lawmakers take seats in Springfield, face hard battles aheadNorthwest Herald (January 12, 2017)

Rauner veto of automatic voter registration bill stands after House voteSangamon Sun (December 4, 2016)

McConchie challenges Democratic legislators to get serious on pension reformLake County Gazette (November 28, 2016)

Why, even in era of negativity, kids can have reason to be hopefulDaily Herald (October 27, 2019)

Barrington-area GOP lawmakers deliver grim outlookDaily Herald (October 6, 2016)

McConchie: State’s education system is too reliant on property taxesLake County Gazette (September 6, 2016)

McConchie says high property taxes are heavy drag on state’s economyLake County Gazette (September 6, 2016)

As vehicle registration notices resume, local motorists look to avoid finesChicago Tribune (September 2, 2016)

New law will allow some 17-year-olds to vote in local primariesIllinois News Network (August 22, 2016)

McConchie hears voters loud and clear, targets state’s high property taxesLake County Gazette (August 22, 2016)

McConchie: ‘Self-absorbed’ state lawmakers put paychecks ahead of principleLake County Gazette (August 15, 2016)

McConchie: ‘Change is imperative’ if Illinois is to recoverLake County Gazette (August 10, 2016)

New Illinois law gives 17-year-olds more election, voting rightsNorthwest Herald (August 8, 2016)

Bill affects inmate health careAlton Daily News (August 5, 2016)

McConchie-sponsored new law aims to protect taxpayers’ moneyLake County Gazette (August 3, 2016)

Sen. McConchie to host district office ribbon cuttingChicago Tribune (July 25, 2016)

McConchie targets state’s high property taxes as member of task forceLake County Gazette (July 25, 2016)