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“People in rural Illinois deserve to know what’s going on in their back yard,” State Senator Dave Koehler (D-Peoria)

SPRINGFIELD – Illinois residents impacted by large hog farms got a chance to make their voices heard at the state capitol today. At a meeting of the Subcommittee on Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs), senators heard testimony from rural Illinois residents and industry representatives about how rural Illinois has been impacted by the growing farms.

Earlier this year, an attempt was made to build a hog farm near the Spoon River in Fulton County that would have held over 20,000 hogs. After an outcry from the local community, the Fulton County Board passed a resolution asking the state to delay new hog farm permits until the state’s rules and regulations are updated.

State Senator Dave Koehler (D-Peoria) pushed for the creation of the subcommittee after residents of his district brought their concerns to his attention.

“People in rural Illinois deserve to know what’s going on in their back yard,” Koehler said. “Today’s hearing was an important first step in finding a reasonable compromise that protects rural Illinois residents without hurting local economies.”

CAFOs, such as hog farms, are governed by the Livestock Management Facilities Act which was first passed in 1996.

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CPO ROwenseSPRINGFIELD – Illinois Route 29 will have a new name in the Chillicothe city limits after a resolution was passed by the Illinois Senate today. The highway will now be named the “Senior Chief Petty Officer William ‘Ryan’ Owens Memorial Highway”.

The resolution renaming the highway, Senate Joint Resolution 35, was sponsored by Peoria County’s two state Senators, Senator Dave Koehler (D-Peoria) and Senator Chuck Weaver (R-Peoria).

“Senior Chief Owens will be remembered forever as a dedicated and selfless hero,” Koehler said. “His service in the Navy SEALs was nothing short of exemplary and will serve as a model of heroism for decades to come.”

Senior Chief Petty officer William ‘Ryan’ Owens was a Navy SEAL killed during a raid in Yemen in January 2017. Senior Chief Owens enlisted in the Navy in 1998, the same year he graduated from Illinois Valley Central High School in Chillicothe.

A decorated SEAL, Senior Chief Owens was the recipient of the Navy and Marine Corps Medal, two Bronze Stars, the Purple Heart, two Navy and Marine Corps Commendation medals, the Joint Service Achievement medal, three Navy and Marine Corps Achievement medals, the Combat Action Ribbon, two Joint Meritorious Unit Awards, six Good Conduct Medals and three Presidential Unit Citations.

Additionally, Senior Chief Owens was posthumously awarded the Silver Star for his actions in Somalia in 2015. Owens had been leading a twelve-man team alongside friendly African forces deep inside war torn Somalia when their unit was ambushed. Senior Chief Owens repeatedly exposed himself to enemy fire, eventually securing a town that had been in enemy hands for ten years.

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Senator Koehler sits down with Central Illinois on the Recrod host Paul Cicchini to talk about the Real Men Wear Pink Campaign.

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040716CM0003SPRINGFIELD – Legislation putting the largest contract in the history of the state of Illinois under the state’s procurement code was vetoed today by the governor. Senate Bill 1446 would have put the state’s Medicaid Managed Care Contract under the same rules as all other contracts the state awards.

State Senator Dave Koehler (D-Peoria) sponsored the legislation and issued the following statement after the governor’s veto:

“The governor’s veto truly is a defeat for transparency and accountability in state government. We are talking about billions of dollars of taxpayer money that is being contracted out by the state without any hearings or a framework of procurement rules.

“It is my intention to override this veto in the upcoming veto session. The largest contract in state history deserves the same amount of scrutiny as every other contract.”

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