Journal Star Editorial Board Endorses Unes

Oct 22

Unes’ voting record, “has reflected this area’s economic needs. He is correct to oppose the state’s attempts to solve its budget problems by dumping some of them on local municipalities, correct to advocate for sentence credits that would provide for early release of non-violent offenders in Illinois’ grotesquely overcrowded prison system, correct to focus on… Read more »

Business owner grateful for much

Oct 22

Canton Daily Ledger- Oct. 22, 2014 By Linda Woods Retired Daily Ledger Editor FARMINGTON Travis Platt is passionate in his efforts to help others, because he wants to give back. Platt, owner of Platt’s Printing in Farmington, says he likes to work with other small businesses and with anyone planning a benefit. His storefront has… Read more »

Rep. Unes speaks against bill to assess takeover of IHSA

Apr 07

SPRINGFIELD — Speaking after House passage of HR 895 April 7, State Rep. Mike Unes, R-East Peoria, again explained his strong opposition to a bill to assess a takeover of the Illinois High School Association by the Illinois State Board of Education. “ISBE simply does not have the resources or the desire to take over… Read more »

Help Mike get on the Ballot for Re-Election

Sep 27

I am called to action and am announcing my re-election campaign for the Republican nomination for State Representative in the 91st District.  However, I need your help with nominating petitions to get on the Spring ballot.   I continue to have the energy, moral character, and work ethic to continue representing Central Illinois and Spoon… Read more »

How and Why “Shifting” Became the New “Taxing”

May 29

- from East Peoria Times Courier A little more than a decade ago, the state of Illinois hit a critical mass. Illinois hit a magical point on the spreadsheet wherein taxing more led to less revenue for government instead of more. The memory of Ben Stein’s dry monotone voice explaining the Laffer Curve in the… Read more »

Unes opposes lack of transparency in new House rules

Mar 14

~ from Canton Daily Ledger- Feb. 1, 2013 SPRINGFIELD –– — State Rep. Mike Unes (R-East Peoria) voted no Wednesday on House Resolution 34, which established the rules under which the Illinois House of Representatives will operate for the 98th General Assembly. The House Minority Caucus, of which Unes is a member, proposed Amendment 1… Read more »

Rep. Unes’ copper theft bill Signed by Governor

Aug 15

~from East Peoria Times Courier~ Rep. Unes is chief sponsor of House Bill 3825, which Gov. Quinn signed Friday afternoon. “I am excited that this important legislation will finally be law. This is really great news for all the victims who have been ongoing targets to copper theft,” said Unes. This bill enjoys the support… Read more »

Enterprise Zone program renewed

Aug 08

PEORIA — A special tax incentive created by the state in 1982 played a crucial role in the decision by a local plastic-lid manufacturer to locate a plant in Pekin’s Riverway Business Park in 2007. “The enterprise zone program was a key factor of staying in the state of Illinois and central Illinois,” Bruce Hoerr,… Read more »

Unes named Distinguished Citizen of the Year for 2011

Jun 20

East Peoria, Ill. — State Rep. Mike Unes has worn many hats over the last few years. He has worked as a network administrator for an accounting firm, coached two youth basketball leagues, was elected to the East Peoria City Council and representative for the state of Illinois. And in the first weeks of 2012,… Read more »

Canton Official decries state proposal to divert CPPRT funds from local governments

Jun 20

CANTON — A proposal by Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan (D-Chicago) to divert some or all of corporate personal property replacement taxes (CPPRT) from local governments to fund the state’s contribution to the pension fund for teachers outside Chicago was decried at Tuesday’s meeting of Canton City Council. City Administrator Jim Snider said amendments to… Read more »

Stalemate broken on enterprise zones

Jun 20

Springfield, Ill. — State Representative Mike Unes, R-East Peoria, said he is pleased with the passage of legislation that will extend Illinois’ 97 enterprise zones and avoid putting 750,000 jobs at risk. Unes is chief co-sponsor of Senate Bill 3616, which passed the House unanimously on Thursday. The measure will extend these economic development tools… Read more »

Concealed Carry fight not over in Springfield

Jun 20

PEORIA, Ill — One local state representative vows not to give up the fight to establish a concealed carry law in Illinois. State Representative Mike Unes said he’s disappointed the bill did not come up for a vote or discussion during the last days of the spring legislative session. He added despite that, he still… Read more »

Rural students meet their area legislators in State Capitol during event sponsored by Association of Illinois Electric Cooperatives

Apr 20

SPRINGFIELD — More than 250 students from rural areas of Illinois traveled to Springfield on Wednesday, March 28, for the Illinois Electric and Telephone Cooperatives’ Youth Day. With rural areas losing population, fewer legislators will be elected to serve downstate, so the need for citizens to take active roles in voting for legislators who have… Read more »

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