Jeff Keicher

Rep. Jeff Keicher

Illinois residents voted down the proposed graduated income tax plan. Some education experts were hopeful those extra funds could help restore a portion of funds lost due to pandemic revenue shortfalls.

State Representative Jeff Keicher wasn’t surprised the graduated income tax amendment failed. The Sycamore Republican says it was a matter of a lack of trust in the legislature and Governor J.B. Pritzker to spend that money wisely. He sits on the higher-ed finance committee.

Illinois taxes and the future of nuclear power are major issues in two northern Illinois legislative races. 

These topics were part of the discussion at a recent League of Women Voters virtual forum in DeKalb. The most prominent candidates were those competing in the race for the 70th and 90th Districts of the Illinois House of Representatives.

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Illinois State Representative Jeff Keicher of Sycamore is joining the state's Commission on Poverty Elimination and Economic Security. The body is tasked with examining the impact poverty has on other economic outcomes such as educational attainment and lifetime earnings. Keicher said this is particularly important when COVID-19 is exacerbating poverty. 

“We need to make sure that we’re in a position to give a hand up," he said. "The best way to do that is to have an informed legislature on what those tools can be to best serve helping families in poverty.” 

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Business shutdowns have led to mass unemployment across the nation. The jobless are filing for benefits in unprecedented numbers, including Illinoisans.  

Before the pandemic, about 200,000 people applied for unemployment insurance across the country in an average week. That all changed with mass furloughs and layoffs. Carl Campbell is Professor of Economics at Northern Illinois University. He says filings  increased greatly in the first three weeks since stay-at-home orders went into effect.

“It’s been 17 million, so about 30 times what it normally is,” he said. 

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A northern Illinois Republican said he’s pleased lawmakers were able to come together on a new pension bill.

The measure approved by the General Assembly would consolidate police and firefighter pensions across the state into two larger funds.  Illinois State Representative Jeff Keicher said this reform has been supported both by Democratic Governor J.B. Pritzker and the state Republican caucus.

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Two Illinois State Representatives are using a high school football wager to raise money for local food pantries.

Representative Jeff Keicher said he and his colleague Joe Sosnowski are major fans of their local high school football teams. They agreed to match $500 in donations to the winning city’s food bank in the Saturday quarterfinal between the two teams.  Keicher said the bet started innocuously enough.

A new member of a state task force fighting sexual abuse in schools says he has a strong personal interest in the issue. 

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An Illinois legislator says the state’s new gambling expansion bill needs to be cleaned up.

The state’s recent gambling expansion authorized the construction of six new casinos and legalized practices like sports gambling. Illinois State Representative Jeff Keicher says the law is vague over how legalized sports betting will work, such as how people can bet on specific sports. He hopes the General Assembly can clear that up.

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About a mile away from Northern Illinois University’s campus in DeKalb, a nice 2-story house on the corner of Woodlawn Drive is vacant. The only sign of wear in sight is on a small metal sign in the freshly cut yard where the address is slowly rusting away. 

Built in 1955, this house has been home to the presidents of NIU. But, when Dr. Lisa Freeman was hired last year, she already had a home in DeKalb.

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Illinois State Representative Jeff Keicher wants residents to learn more about their property taxes.

The event is designed to educate residents about how local governments value their property, and in turn, how much is due in taxes. Keicher says it will also detail how residents can appeal the amount if they feel it’s inaccurate.

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Illinois Republican Jeff Keicher is the freshman Representative for the State's 70th House District, which includes parts of DeKalb, Kane, and Boone counties. He sat down in the WNIJ studios to discuss the end of the recent legislative session.

He said quite a lot was accomplished, considering the position his party was in.

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A bill expanding MAP grants to prospective teachers is making its way through the Illinois General Assembly.

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The 70th House District covers parts of DeKalb, Kane, and Winnebago counties. Since 2003, it's been represented in the General Assembly by Republican Bob Pritchard. Earlier this year, Pritchard resigned from his position to join Northern Illinois University's Board of Trustees.

After participating in the primary, party offiicals picked State Farm insurance agent Jeff Keicher to fill out the term.

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The successor to 70th District statehouse Rep. Bob Pritchard was sworn in Tuesday.

Republican Jeff Keicher took the oath of office from retired judge John Countryman at Dayton Farms in Sycamore. He was accompanied by state party leaders and other elected officials, such as former state Rep. John Countryman, House Minority Leader Jim Durkin, and State Senator Dave Syverson. After Keicher took the oath, Durkin compared him favorably to his predecessor, Bob Pritchard.

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A geology professor from DeKalb and an insurance agent from Sycamore plan to run for the Illinois 70th District House seat.

Tuesday night, Democrat Paul Stoddard announced his intention to run for the office currently held by Republican Bob Pritchard, who is not running for re-election. Stoddard is retiring soon from Northern Illinois University and has been a DeKalb County Board member for 10 years.