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Senator Bill Cunningham Democratic State Senator from Illinois’ 18th District; Asst. Majority Leader/President Pro Tempore

"If you can't fly then run, if you can't run then walk, if you can't walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to ke...
16/01/2023

"If you can't fly then run, if you can't run then walk, if you can't walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward." Today we honor and his heroic work as we continue to move forward towards a brighter future.

My commitment to protect the middle class and support our police is unwavering. To the residents of the Southwest Side a...
11/01/2023
Cunningham inaugurated to continue serving in the State Senate

My commitment to protect the middle class and support our police is unwavering. To the residents of the Southwest Side and Southwest Suburbs, I thank you for your continued belief in me.

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Today is National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day – an opportunity to thank our men and women in uniform for protecting...
09/01/2023

Today is National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day – an opportunity to thank our men and women in uniform for protecting and serving citizens every day. Wear blue, bring treats to your local police department or thank an officer today for their service.

This bill helps a public-private network provide more support services for our veterans. When veterans need assistance, ...
06/01/2023
Cunningham passes new law to help veterans

This bill helps a public-private network provide more support services for our veterans. When veterans need assistance, it only makes sense to give the Illinois Joining Forces network a greater ability to fundraise.

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05/01/2023

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Best wishes for a healthy and happy New Year. May 2023 give us the strength and courage to keep working for a better fut...
01/01/2023

Best wishes for a healthy and happy New Year. May 2023 give us the strength and courage to keep working for a better future for all.

Warmest thoughts and wishes to all those celebrating Kwanzaa. In the spirit of the season, let us reflect on the blessin...
27/12/2022

Warmest thoughts and wishes to all those celebrating Kwanzaa. In the spirit of the season, let us reflect on the blessings of the past year and commit to building a brighter future for all of our children.

Merry Christmas from my family to yours! May your home be filled with joy and warmth today, and throughout the holiday s...
25/12/2022

Merry Christmas from my family to yours! May your home be filled with joy and warmth today, and throughout the holiday season.

The shortest day and longest night of the year has arrived and it only means one thing: winter is officially here! Learn...
21/12/2022

The shortest day and longest night of the year has arrived and it only means one thing: winter is officially here! Learn more about the Winter Solstice at https://www.weather.gov/cle/seasons

Happy Hanukkah to all who celebrate! May the happiness you find at Hanukkah last throughout the year.
19/12/2022

Happy Hanukkah to all who celebrate! May the happiness you find at Hanukkah last throughout the year.

On Dec. 3, 1818, Illinois became the 21st state of the Union. Happy 204th Birthday, Illinois! Learn more about the story...
06/12/2022

On Dec. 3, 1818, Illinois became the 21st state of the Union. Happy 204th Birthday, Illinois! Learn more about the story of our state and its early history at https://story.illinoisstatemuseum.org

On Dec. 3, 1818, Illinois became the 21st state of the Union. Happy 204th Birthday, Illinois! Learn more about the story...
03/12/2022

On Dec. 3, 1818, Illinois became the 21st state of the Union. Happy 204th Birthday, Illinois! Learn more about the story of our state and its early history at https://story.illinoisstatemuseum.org

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18/11/2022
Apprenticeships help us to learn, grow and succeed. This  we celebrate the impact that apprenticeships have on our commu...
17/11/2022

Apprenticeships help us to learn, grow and succeed. This we celebrate the impact that apprenticeships have on our communities, businesses and employees. To learn more about , visit bit.ly/apprenticeshipweekIL.

Happy Veterans Day. Today we remember the service our brave men and women in uniform have made for our country. We honor...
11/11/2022

Happy Veterans Day. Today we remember the service our brave men and women in uniform have made for our country. We honor your sacrifice and thank you for your service. 🇺🇸

Safe2Help Illinois is a free, 24/7 information-sharing platform. If you or a student you know has school safety concerns...
01/11/2022

Safe2Help Illinois is a free, 24/7 information-sharing platform. If you or a student you know has school safety concerns, reach out:

✔️Call 1-844-4SAFEIL (723345)
✔️Text SAFE2 (72332)
✔️ Visit https://app.safe22helpil.com/
✔️ Email [email protected]
✔️Download the Safe2HelpIL app

Wishing you and your family a fun, safe Halloween!
31/10/2022

Wishing you and your family a fun, safe Halloween!

Today is National Drug Take Back Day. Properly disposing your unused medications is an important way to ensure safety am...
29/10/2022

Today is National Drug Take Back Day. Properly disposing your unused medications is an important way to ensure safety among friends, family and our water supply. Use the Collection Site Locator tool to find a collection site near you: https://www.dea.gov/takebackday

Today we commemorate those serving as first responders and those whose lives were lost in the line of duty. Thank you fo...
28/10/2022

Today we commemorate those serving as first responders and those whose lives were lost in the line of duty. Thank you for such brave acts of service. We honor you this .

Join me tonight from 5-6 p.m. along with State Rep. Fran Hurley and Alsip Mayor John Ryan for a Cost Saving Seminar. Lea...
27/10/2022

Join me tonight from 5-6 p.m. along with State Rep. Fran Hurley and Alsip Mayor John Ryan for a Cost Saving Seminar. Learn how you can save on your energy bill. See you there!

Calling all small businesses! Don't miss out on your chance to apply for a $10,000 grant. Visit http://cookcountysmallbi...
27/10/2022

Calling all small businesses! Don't miss out on your chance to apply for a $10,000 grant. Visit http://cookcountysmallbiz.org/growgrant for eligibility requirements, program priorities & a regularly updated list of FAQs & a calendar of virtual & in-person help sessions.

Saturday is National Drug Take Back Day. Properly disposing your unused medications is an important way to ensure safety...
26/10/2022

Saturday is National Drug Take Back Day. Properly disposing your unused medications is an important way to ensure safety among friends, family and our water supply. Use the Collection Site Locator tool to find a collection site near you: https://www.dea.gov/takebackday

Join me Thursday, Oct. 27 from 5-6 p.m. along with State Rep. Fran Hurley and Alsip Mayor John Ryan for a Cost Saving Se...
26/10/2022

Join me Thursday, Oct. 27 from 5-6 p.m. along with State Rep. Fran Hurley and Alsip Mayor John Ryan for a Cost Saving Seminar. Learn how you can save on your energy bill. See you there!

October is ! ⚙️ Illinois is the fourth largest manufacturing state in the country, with over 18,000 companies employing ...
25/10/2022

October is ! ⚙️ Illinois is the fourth largest manufacturing state in the country, with over 18,000 companies employing over 550,000 Illinoisans. Join me in celebrating the workers who keep this vital industry growing during !

Join Representative Fran Hurley and myself today at one of the local coffee shops around our district as we visit and ta...
22/10/2022

Join Representative Fran Hurley and myself today at one of the local coffee shops around our district as we visit and talk with people about the issues that matter most to them. We will be at shops around the district from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. and we hope to see you there!

Join Representative Fran Hurley and myself tomorrow, Oct. 22 at one of the local coffee shops around our district as we ...
21/10/2022

Join Representative Fran Hurley and myself tomorrow, Oct. 22 at one of the local coffee shops around our district as we visit and talk with people about the issues that matter most to them. We will be at shops around the district from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. and we hope to see you there!

October is National Women's Small Business Month, which means it's time to celebrate women-owned businesses everywhere, ...
20/10/2022

October is National Women's Small Business Month, which means it's time to celebrate women-owned businesses everywhere, as well as the outstanding progress female entrepreneurs have made over the years. Join me in celebration and this month!

Join Representative Fran Hurley and myself on Saturday, Oct. 22 at one of the local coffee shops around our district as ...
20/10/2022

Join Representative Fran Hurley and myself on Saturday, Oct. 22 at one of the local coffee shops around our district as we visit and talk with people about the issues that matter most to them. We will be at shops around the district from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. and we hope to see you there!

Join us today from 9 - 10:30 a.m. at Worth Township, 11601 S. Pulaski Rd., for a conversation on the latest information ...
19/10/2022

Join us today from 9 - 10:30 a.m. at Worth Township, 11601 S. Pulaski Rd., for a conversation on the latest information about Medicare benefits in a presentation with free counseling services for Medicare beneficiaries and their caregivers.

Cyberbullying is on the rise. This , teach your children to  by not responding to or forwarding cyberbullying messages a...
18/10/2022

Cyberbullying is on the rise. This , teach your children to by not responding to or forwarding cyberbullying messages and reporting threats of violence and inappropriate photos they see online. www.StopBullying.gov

Join us tomorrow from 9 - 10:30 a.m. at Worth Township, 11601 S. Pulaski Rd., for a conversation on the latest informati...
18/10/2022

Join us tomorrow from 9 - 10:30 a.m. at Worth Township, 11601 S. Pulaski Rd., for a conversation on the latest information about Medicare benefits in a presentation with free counseling services for Medicare beneficiaries and their caregivers.

The federal student loan debt relief portal is now live. Up to $20,000 in debt forgiveness is available to student borro...
18/10/2022

The federal student loan debt relief portal is now live. Up to $20,000 in debt forgiveness is available to student borrowers, with most benefits going to individuals who earn less than $75,000. Apply here by Dec. 31, 2023: www.studentaid.gov/debt-relief/application

Claim your rebates! The deadline to apply for one-time income and property tax rebates is today, Oct. 17. Make sure to c...
17/10/2022

Claim your rebates! The deadline to apply for one-time income and property tax rebates is today, Oct. 17. Make sure to check your status and file any missing forms at www.tax.illinois.gov/rebates.com

Join State Rep. Fran Hurley and I for extended office hours from 5 - 6 p.m. tonight at my Mount Greenwood Office, 3207 W...
17/10/2022

Join State Rep. Fran Hurley and I for extended office hours from 5 - 6 p.m. tonight at my Mount Greenwood Office, 3207 W. 111th St., Chicago, to ask questions or receive assistance on state services. I look forward to seeing all who come out to join in the conversation!

Join Representative Fran Hurley and myself on Saturday, Oct. 22 at one of the local coffee shops around our district as ...
16/10/2022

Join Representative Fran Hurley and myself on Saturday, Oct. 22 at one of the local coffee shops around our district as we visit and talk with people about the issues that matter most to them. We will be at shops around the district from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. and we hope to see you there!

Join State Rep. Fran Hurley and I for extended office hours from 5 - 6 p.m. tomorrow, Oct. 17th at my Mount Greenwood Of...
16/10/2022

Join State Rep. Fran Hurley and I for extended office hours from 5 - 6 p.m. tomorrow, Oct. 17th at my Mount Greenwood Office, 3207 W. 111th St., Chicago, to ask questions or receive assistance on state services. I look forward to seeing all who come out to join in the conversation!

Join us today for a free Gun Lock Giveaway at the Alsip Police Department (4500 W. 123rd St.) at 10:30 a.m. - noon. Alsi...
15/10/2022

Join us today for a free Gun Lock Giveaway at the Alsip Police Department (4500 W. 123rd St.) at 10:30 a.m. - noon. Alsip Police Officers will be on site to demonstrate gun safety tips, applying gun locks, and fingerprinting for child identification forms. CCL/FOID application information will also be provided in order to help residents navigate the online application process through the Illinois State Police website. If you recently applied for a CCL/FOID card and would like to check the status of your application you can do so at this event!

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Any news on this new bill that just got passed
Thank you for saying no to the bill this morning.
Thank you for helping pass HB2275 to restore Chicago educational labor bargaining rights!!!
People in the 19th Ward would like to know how your planning to vote on Bill #163? I have not been able to find what your intentions are, your constituents are looking for an answer.
Good Day,

Show your support to law enforcement and vote no to HB163. Should these changes be passed it will forever change law enforcement. No one will take the job and crime will sky rocket, further adding to the continued mass exodus from Illinois.
HOW ARE YOU GOING TO VOTE??? PLEASE VOTE NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!To all who keeps thinking about defending law enforcement. Troopers Lodge 41 Membership,
Late on January 5th, the Illinois General Assembly filed a 611 page bill that eliminates law enforcement as we know it from every community in the State. The Illinois G.A. has until January 13th to pass legislation before the next duly elected General Assembly takes office. Senate Amendment number two to House Bill 163 radically changes law enforcement, victim services, criminal proceedings and the protections of every law enforcement officer in the State, regardless of employment as a peace officer, deputy, trooper, university police officer, corrections officer, court security officer or other law enforcement. Through 611 pages, HB 163 eliminates all protections from law enforcement officers. It eliminates an officer’s ability to pursue their job without civil liability, it eliminates the ability of officers to pursue collective bargaining agreements, it invalidates the constitutionally protected due process of officers and it substantially increases the costs for employers of law enforcement officers. Specifically, SB 163 does the following: Eliminates Qualified Immunity for police officers, making them civilly liable to siren chasing trial lawyers
Eliminates Officer’s rights to Collectively Bargain, creating a “special class” of public employee who does not have these rights in Illinois
Eliminates impartial arbitration over burdensome residency requirements
Allows for unrestricted and ungoverned disciplinary policies of law enforcement officers
Prohibits departments from taking advantage of cost saving federal surplus programs
Allows officers to be punished or fired based on anonymous and unsubstantiated or unverifiable complaints
Mandates that those unsubstantiated and unverified complaints be kept to be used against officers forever, with no destruction and no limits on how they can be utilized to inflict harm on officers
Substantially increases both initial and ongoing education requirements with no money to pay for the increased costs and no assurances that the courses will even be offered
Mandates the use of body cameras by all departments for every officer with no money to pay for the cost of those cameras
Defunds any department that does not comply 100% with the draconian requirements of the legislation
Eliminates funding for law enforcement agencies
Eliminates Cash Bail
Enacts multiple benefits for felons
Prohibits use of force in almost all situations, and makes officers criminally liable for virtually any use of force
Removes prohibitions against obstructing police officers
Charges officers with Official Misconduct, a class 3 felony, for banal and incidental issues
The fight over this bill is a fight to save law enforcement. If we loose this fight, it might as well be a crime to be a law enforcement officer in Illinois. You need to contact your Senator and Representative to implore that they do not hand this state over to the felons while criminalizing our profession. I have included some simple instructions to help you, your friends, your coworkers and your family members in helping to save Illinois from this destructive agenda. We are all counting on you. Find your local elected officials by going to the Illinois State Board of Elections. You can get there with this link:
Illinois State Board of Elections
Please oppose prolonging the mask mandates. They do not work to stop the spread and are harmful on so many levels. Start by reading this. It has many legitimate references and important points:

Enough with the "Emergency" games. The Emergency IDPH Rule 690.50 was only in effect for 150 days. It has now expired and can not be renewed for 24 months. Limits on power are intentional.....if you want to enforce tyranny then pass actual legislation. JCAR is not a legislative body.
Will you work with me to enact a "Tribal Charters Amendment" to the Missouri Constitution fulfilling federal authorization in Missouri for State Recognition of Native American Tribal Nation Units of Government?

Missouri enacted an Indian Expulsion Act in the 1830's and the Jacksonian Democrats "Trail of Tears" death march to Oklahoma where several thousand Cherokee died, in part, occurred in Missouri.

It is time for Missouri to welcome Native Americans to Missouri and to authorize the Missouri Residents who are acting as the Legislative, Executive, and Judicial Provisional Chiefs of a Native American Aboriginally Sovereign Domestic Nation, to file with the MO Secretary of State, for deposit in the State Archives, Tribal Government Charters, to be ratified by a majority of the votes of the Tribal Roll Members of the affected Native American Domestic Nation at which time the Provisional Tribal Officials are succeeded by those elected to the Offices described within the Tribal Charter.

Where statutes conflict with a Tribal Charter, the provisions of the Charter shall prevail. An aboriginally sovereign Native American Dependent Domestic Nation enjoying State Recognition in Missouri, consists of the heritage Indiginous Peoples of all U.S. States, Commonwealths, Territories, Possessions, and the District of Columbia, who are Citizens, or Seasonal Residents, of the State of Missouri, appearing on the Membership Rolls of a Tribal Nation; pursuant to federal law, each Tribe sets the qualifications for, and is the sole judge of its members.

The State of Missouri and its deparments, divisions, bureaus, offices, and agencies, and also all political subdivisions of this state, shall extend a dollar for dollar credit for all taxes and fees paid to a Native American Tribal Government and its political subdivisions or tribal municipal units of government. In like manner as each U.S. Commonwealth is represented in Congress by a Delegate to the U.S. House of Representatives, each Native American Domestic Nation that is recognized by this State shall elect to the Missouri State Senate one Senatorial Delegate who shall posses voice and vote in both regular and special committees as well as within the committee of the whole, but in final debate proceedings on the Senate floor, shall possess advisory voice but not any vote.

A State Recognized Native American Tribal Government obtains its Certificate of perpetual, "as long as the grass grows and rivers flow," Missouri State Recognition, bearing the original or franked signatures of the Governor and Secretary of State, upon filing its Tribal Charter in the State Archives. Each such Native American Dependent Domestic Nation shall possess its exclusive territorial and subject matter jurisdictions within the boundaries of its Tribal Homeland, or Indian Territory, of all interests in real estate, owned, leased, or held by surface, aerial, or subterranean easement, by a Tribal Nation or Tribal Unit of Government, any corporation, association, society, lodge, trust, or other entity of any character, which shall be formed, existing, and is regulated by Tribal Law, the Tribal Members on the Rolls of Native American Tribal Governments, which interests in real estate shall constitute the Tribal boundaries of its Reservation, as an Aboriginally Sovereign Domestic Nation and a Protectorate and a Dependent body corporate and politic that is recognized by the State of Missouri, without charge or fees, for all military, disaster response and recovery, educational, hospital clinic, with construction, maintence, and tribal perpetual access to electric and natural gas utilities, public water supply, sanitary and storm sewers, bridge, tunnel, street, toll way, turnpike, airport, waterway, lake, river port, or navigable canal, transportation infrastructures.

The trial court Judicial Officers of a Tribal Court of unlimited jurisdiction shall be ex officio Circuit Judges of the Circuit Court for the Missouri At Large Judicial Circuit. The Tribal Judges of Courts of limited jurisdictions and also the Judges of Municipal Tribal Units of Government shall be ex officio Associate Circuit Judges of the Missouri At Large Judicial Circuit.

Appeals of right from the Final Decisions of the Missouri At Large Judicial Circuit shall lie before a Native American Apellate Division of three Missouri Supreme Court Commissioners, all of whom shall be duly licensed to practice law, first by a Tribal Government and secondly, by State Reciprocity of all Tribal Licenses and Permits, also to be licensed as an Attorney and Counsellor at Law, to appear before the Missouri Supreme Court. The decisions of the Native American Apellate Division of the Missouri Supreme Court shall then be subject within 90 days to a confirmation hearing for the concurring or dissenting opinions and the Final Judgment of the Missouri Supreme Court en banc, within 120 days.

Reed "Twin Bears" Hess
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When are you going to stand up for the people of Illinois???
Wishing my colleague a very happy birthday today!
No too jacar no fines for businesses