Rep. Dan Swanson is serving his first term in the Illinois House of Representatives, this after serving over 27 years in the Illinois Army National Guard and with the United States Army, culminating with the rank of Lt. Colonel.

 He also helps attend to a fifth-generation family farm and works with "Homegrown by Heroes," whose mission it is to serve veterans. Our guest today is 74th District State Representative Dan Swanson.

State Representative Tony McCombie talks about respecting each others positions, creating jobs in Illinois and the need to reduce property taxes.

She also talks about her legislation to protect Illinois families and ensure the safety of state employees.

61st District State Representative Sheri Jesiel represents the farthest northeastern district in the State of Illinois and is a lifelong resident of the Zion-Winthrop Harbor area where she raised her three children.

While we talk about Property Tax relief and pension reform we also ask her to pick someone she would like to trade places with for a week….and her answers just might surprise you.  

We talk with Rep. Tom Demmer about his thoughts on transparency, reform, and fiscal responsibility. He also tells us about his days riding his bicycle past President Reagan’s boyhood home, working in Vice President Cheney’s office at the White House and his family roots in Cubs baseball.

93rd District State Representative Norine Hammond talks about the spring session in Springfield including the budget, pension reform, and how to keep Illinois’ college students in their home state.

The Assistant Republican Leader also tells us about her love of county fairs, NASCAR, and visiting her family roots in Ireland.

Rep. Dan Brady shares his views on the state budget, pension reform, higher education and more.

During "random questions" we learn his nickname, his frustrations with golf, and his love of fried chicken.

State Representative C.D. Davidsmeyer has refiled his “Taxpayer’s Fiscal Charter” which he calls common-sense legislation in reforming the Illinois’ budget process by stopping wasteful spending, promoting a thirty-day payment cycle and requiring the State to make its full pension payment. We’ll talk about the legislation and his expectations of the spring session of the Illinois General Assembly.

We also hear about his time as a legislative assistant in Washington DC and what he has in common with the U.S Speaker of the House, the Pittsburg Steelers star quarterback, and Ginger from Gilligan’s Island.

State Representative Tom Bennett of Gibson City talks about his plans for the spring session and the changes in the process he believes are needed in order to accomplish real reform.

We also talk about his travels around his large 106th district, his days as a school teacher, Gospel singing, and time with his grandkids.

   Rep. David Welter discusses his position on the House Energy committee and how having a number of nuclear power plants in his district gives him a unique perspective into the state’s energy needs. In addition the representative from Morris explains that an incident at a local county board meeting when he was still in high school provided the incentive to get in to politics, being elected to that county board at 19 and becoming its chairman at 23.

Transparency in state Government, mental health issues, and clean energy were three important topics State Representative Steve Andersson addressed during the most recent session of the Illinois General Assembly. We talk to him about those issues in addition to his involvement with the people of his 65th district. On a personal level we’ll hear about his love of Shakespeare, Star Trek, and a visit to Space Camp.

When the subjects of jobs, unemployment, and small businesses come up on the House floor in Springfield, you can guarantee that State Representative Keith Wheeler (R-Oswego) will rise to be part of the conversation. We talk with him about those issues and what needs to be done to help Illinois grow jobs.  In getting to know more about the representative, we hear about his passion for Chicago Bears football, Walter Payton, U-2, and an educator who influenced him not only in school but who has been a source of motivation ever since.

 While one of the youngest members of the Illinois General Assembly, State Representative Avery Bourne (R-Raymond) has brought a fresh perspective to the Illinois House of Representatives and this year she has been one of the key legislators in the overhaul of the state’s school aid formula, an effort that was years in the making. We talk with her about education in the state of Illinois, along with her legislation dealing with synthetic drugs and her fight for Illinois coal. We also touch on some of her passions when she has some time away from the capitol which includes family traditions that are all a part of her growing up in rural Illinois.

As a member of the Illinois General Assembly, State Representative Chad Hays (R-Catlin) earlier this year lead a bipartisan vote on a bill to fund 911 emergency services, encouraging his colleagues to support the measure so 911 services were not disrupted in any part of the state. As Chad Hays, member of a bipartisan musical group comprised of Illinois lawmakers who cover Jimmy Buffett, Marshall Tucker, and the early Rolling Stones, he thinks he’s found something to do long after his days in the General Assembly are over. We talk with Representative Hays about both issues.

Spawned by the demands of a rapidly changing America, historic Route 66 defined a remarkable era in our nation’s history. State Representative Tim Butler (R-Springfield) is proud of the fact that he is the only member of the Illinois General Assembly who actually lives on the historic highway. In our interview he talks about the highway that connected Chicago to St. Louis and what it means to the state of Illinois. In addition, he also discusses the upcoming state bicentennial celebration and his ancestor who was a member of the very first Illinois General Assembly.