Rep. Mike Unes

State Rep. Mike Unes (R-East Peoria) said he is displeased with the way the capital bill quickly took shape. 

Governor J.B. Pritzker signed a $45 billion infrastructure upgrade plan into law last month. 

“There was thousands of pages of bills introduced in a matter of hours that spent over $40 billion that we were supposed to vote on without anybody reading it. That’s bad form," he said. 

The Republican legislator said lawmakers were asked to vote on doubling the state motor fuel tax without getting a chance to actually know which projects would benefit. 

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A bill currently awaiting Governor J.B. Pritzker’s signature would close a loophole in state law that allows some massage parlors to operate without state licensing. 

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The city of Pekin is tackling human trafficking with new regulations on Asian bodywork parlors. 

State Rep. Mike Unes is working with Hollis Township, I-DOT and the Illinois State Police to install a stop light at the intersection of Route 24 and Cameron Lane.


Unes says a car crash at the intersection last month that killed a 21-year-old mother, Kaitlyn Hines, was devastating. He says too many accidents and close-calls have taken place at the intersection to overlook the issue.

A section of Illinois Route 8 in East Peoria may be dedicated to a fallen Illinois soldier. State representatives Thursday moved to designate a roadway as the "Staff Sergeant Paul Smith Memorial Highway."

Law aims to reduce exploitation of elderly, disabled

Aug 6, 2015
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Governor Bruce Rauner signed a bill into law Wednesday that aims to reduce incidences of elder abuse. 

The bipartisan legislation sponsored by State Rep. Mike Unes, R-East Peoria, allows agencies to look into financial records of people they serve with state programs. 

Unes says this will make it easier to spot and investigate incidents of banking fraud and exploitation of the elderly and disabled.