District Update – May 11, 2018

Unes welcomes students to Tech Day in Springfield

Tech Day 2018 at the State Capitol was a great success on Thursday. I always look forward to presenting at this annual event, and continue to be impressed by the local students and educators who are paving the way toward a more modern, competitive workforce in Illinois.

The purpose of TECH 2018 is to increase awareness of the critical role technology plays in preparing students to succeed in today’s world by offering students throughout Illinois an opportunity to demonstrate their innovative uses of technology while highlighting the need for increased funding to support equitable and meaningful access to educational technology.

TECH 2018 highlights the crucial role that technology plays in education — ranging from increases in collaboration and critical thinking, to promoting learning beyond the limits of the school day — by creating a space for students to share their learning and innovative uses of devices, the internet, and digital curriculum.

To learn more about Tech Day 2018 click here.

Loyola Ramblers and Sister Jean visit Capitol

The Loyala Ramblers Head Coach Porter Moser, Sister Jean and several members of the team visited the State Capitol on Wednesday, May 9.

The Ramblers were recognized by House Resolution 1045 (HR 1045) for their achievements throughout their 2017-2018 basketball season.

It was great to honor and recognize the historic success of the Loyola Ramblers on the House floor. It was also very humbling to meet Sister Jean. She was such an inspiration to the country during their historic Final Four NCAA run this season.

HR 1045 may be viewed in its entirety here.

Driverless vehicle policy discussed in House committee

As GOP Spokesman for the House Transportation Vehicles & Safety Committee, I was proud to assist in hosting an extensive panel to talk about changes that may need to be made in Illinois policy regarding driverless vehicles. This is certainly very exciting technology that I look forward to continuing to learn about.
We heard testimony in committee from General Motors, Ford Motor Company, Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, Illinois Chamber of Commerce, Illinois Manufacturers’ Association, Illinois Trucking Association and Self Driving Coalition for Safer Streets.
After the hearing, GM was kind enough to give me a tour of their autonomous vehicle, the Chevy Volt.

Unes tours Emiquon Nature Preserve

What a great day to spend some extended time on  Monday at Emiquon Nature Preserve with some of my legislative colleagues. I could not be more proud to have this internationally-recognized resource right here in the 91st District. Thanks again to Doug, Jason, Susan, and Ashley from The Nature Conservancy for giving us a great tour and for updating us on all of the great things you are doing.

Unes speaks to local farmers

Happy to provide an update to the Peoria County Farm Bureau Thursday evening on the current budget negotiations in Springfield and give an update on progress being made regarding traffic lights that will be going up at Cameron Lane on Route 24.

Rep. Unes to provide Session update Sunday on WMBD

Always good meeting with Paul Cicchini with Central Illinois’ On the Record. Tune in this Sunday morning at 10:00 a.m. on WMBD to listen to me talk to Paul on the remaining weeks of session, the budget situation, and discussing my landmark legislation HB 5245 now in the Senate. Connect with the show using #CIOTR.

Unes serves as keynote speaker at Dinner for Hope

Many thanks to Lt. Eddy and The Salvation Army Canton IL for inviting me to be the keynote speaker at their inaugural “Dinner for Hope” held Monday, May 7. This was a great event to raise awareness and money for Salvation Army’s Pathway for Hope: A goal-based program providing support and a sense of community for local families in need. I sincerely appreciate all that you do, and I look forward to witnessing your continued success in this region.

Visiting the Capitol with Mike Unes:

Welcoming Bethel Lutheran’s 1st grade class to Springfield.
Spending some time with Firefighters from Canton, Pekin and East Peoria.

House returns May 15

The Illinois House of Representatives returns to session Tuesday, May 15th. You may view or listen to session live at 12:00 p.m. here.