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Feb 8, 2019

State Senator pushes back as gun control measures gain traction in Springfield

One bill would tax ammunition, another would have police scour the social media accounts of people seeking to legally buy guns, a third would ban some common firearms, even from law-abiding gun owners. One state lawmaker said that people’s rights are being threatened by the aggressive anti-gun agenda. State Rep. Tony McCombie, R-Savanna, has been……

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Feb 1, 2019

Democrats again grant broad powers to House Rules Committee

A set of legislative rules that gives a five-member committee in the Democrat-controlled Illinois House broad authority to decide how legislation moves through the statehouse has frustrated not only Republican lawmakers, but also Illinois residents who want to change things. When lawmakers come back next week, the House will have rules that Republicans have said……

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Jan 19, 2019

OUR VIEW: Strong legislative team give reason for hope

In Washington and Springfield, the region’s representatives are gaining respect and power New leaders have been sworn into their offices in Washington and Springfield. For all but the most jaded and cynical, there is hope that a new governor and fresh legislative sessions can bring needed changes. One reason for optimism in Springfield is the……

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Jan 14, 2019

Tony McCombie Sworn into 101st General Assembly, Nominates Jim Durkin for Speaker

State Representative Tony McCombie (IL-71st) was sworn into a second term, and nominated Jim Durkin (R-Western Springs) to be speaker Wednesday at a ceremony held at the University of Illinois at Springfield’s Sangamon Auditorium. The House of Representatives of the new 101st General Assembly includes 36 freshman members, and McCombie will represent approximately 110,000 residents……

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Jan 4, 2019

Tony McCombie joins Jim Mertens on ‘The Cities’ to talk about the upcoming spring session

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Dec 26, 2018

Editorial: How bad does the ‘Illinois Exodus’ have to get?

When he takes office in January, Gov.-elect J.B. Pritzker will have fewer constituents than he might have expected. Unfortunately he’ll also have fewer constituents working and paying taxes to support Illinois’ state and local governments. Every time a worker departs, the tax burden on those of us who remain grows. The release on Wednesday of……

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Dec 15, 2018

Savanna museum makes Christmas merry and bright

  Traditional trees meet the paranormal, KISS and more SAVANNA – So many sponsors decorated trees for the Savanna Museum and Cultural Center’s Festival of Trees, organizers had to open a second room to show them all. Event coordinators Penny Brown and Julane Bowman said community sponsors decorated almost 60 trees for display. A part……

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Nov 29, 2018

Democrat Halpin & Republican McCombie hopeful about new dynamic in Springfield

New dynamic So the Democrats in Illinois got what they wanted. That’s total control. McCombie and Halpin talked about what they expect the dynamic to be in Springfield and if Republican voices will be shut out of the process. They also discussed how much this changes what they do to influence the policies important to……

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Nov 9, 2018

McCombie handles challenge from Padilla

Second term will focus on fiscal responsibility State Rep. Tony McCombie will return to Springfield for a second term in Illinois’ 71st House District after defeating Sterling Democrat Joan Padilla. With all precincts reporting, McCombie won 58.72 percent of the vote and Padilla 41.28 percent, or 23,810 votes to 16,736. Quickly labeled as a hard……

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Nov 5, 2018

Rep. McCombie Joins Tom Katz for Final Interview before Election Day

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