2016 State Legislative Update

Months of negotiating and attempts to pass common sense legislation to benefit all of Illinois culminated in a hybrid budget that was passed in July. This budget has a combination of both six and twelve month appropriations. This budget measure will fund schools for another year and provide six months…

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Orland Hills Veterans Breakfast

  • Speaking about legislation in Springfield impacting veterans
  • With Mayor Hastings
  • Speaking to the Orland Hills Veterans Breakfast attendees
  • With an Army veteran exchanging out booth camp experiences

  Last weekend, I joined Mayor Kyle Hastings and spoke to my fellow Vets at the Veterans Pancake Breakfast during the Orland Hills Party in the Park Celebration. I met WWII Veteran and spoke to a woman who met Ike right around the liberation of Paris. We also took some…

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Alpha Phi Alpha Theta Mu Lambda Scholarship Awards Breakfast

  • With Olymipa Fields Mayor and Steve Baskerville
  • TML Keynote Speaker
  • Speaking at LFT scholarship breakfast
  • TML Program Book
  • With a parent of a LFT participant
  • Black n Gold Save The Date

This annual event awards scholarships to Leaders for Tomorrow participants composed of male high school students. The keynote speaker was Alpha Phi Alpha Brother Steve Baskerville, chief meteorologist for CBS Chicago.  The Village of Olympia Fields hosted this year’s mock trial for the Leaders for Tomorrow program.  To learn more…

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The Hazel Crest Vietnam War Commemoration Event

  • HC - Rep Riley speaking
  • HC Color Guard
  • HC Senator Hastings
  • HC Parade Participants
  • HC American Legion Commander
  • HC Village Clerk
  • HC Young Participant

This weekend, I was honored to attend and speak at the 50th Vietnam War Commemoration at the Hazel Crest American Legion Hall. There was a parade from the Hazel Crest Village Hall to the American Legion Post. The program was then held at the beautiful Memorial Park. The State Representative…

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Preserving Amtrak Funds

There will be an effort in Springfield to preserve state funding for Amtrak.  Amtrak runs eight trains a day between Chicago and Downstate Illinois and seven to Milwaukee that are state-subsidized to the tune of $42 million. The governor’s budget proposal cuts that figure to $26 million, which would mean…

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Concerns For Cancer Awareness Programs

Breast Cancer Awareness Ribbon

March 26, 2015 – Dave Dahl – Illinois Radio Network Proposed budget cuts have advocates concerned about the impact on many areas, and preventing cancer is one of them.  “Early detection prevents death,” says State Rep. Al Riley (D-Olympia Fields), hoping to reverse a $10 million cut proposed for the…

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