Chesney donates pay raise, gives money to local organizations

FREEPORT, ILLINOIS — State Representative Andrew Chesney (R-Freeport) refused to accept the $1,628 pay raise given to lawmakers this year by donating $1,628 to local organizations serving Northwest Illinois.

“Lawmakers do not deserve a pay raise considering the fiscal condition of Illinois and the push for higher taxes on residents at all turns,” said Rep. Chesney. “I co-sponsored legislation to reject the pay raise, but that legislation was not called for a vote this year. That’s why I am rejecting this pay by donating it to local organizations representing Northwest Illinois values.”

Organizations receiving funds from Rep. Chesney’s charitable contributions include:

Voices of Stephenson County– an organization offering victim-centered services and support in the treatment and prevention of domestic violence and sexual assault and abuse.

The Junior Livestock Association of Stephenson County– an organization fostering hard work, persistence, and empathy through agricultural education for young people in Stephenson County.

Tyler’s Justice Center for Children– Stockton- an organization dedicated to lessen the child victim’s trauma by providing a sensitive, collaborative response to the investigation, prosecution and treatment of child sexual abuse and serious physical abuse cases.

Pink Heels– Freeport- an organization bringing the community together to show support and love to women, men and children who have any color of cancer and fighting any catastrophic diseases.

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital– an organization advancing cures, and means of prevention, for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment.

“I debated returning this pay raise to the state coffers. However, when I personally oppose Illinois taxpayer dollars going to abortion services (including late-term), going to services for non-residents, and addressing urban issues at the expense of the rest of Illinois, I cannot abide this voluntary use of these dollars, Chesney continued. “Instead, I will be donating my legislative pay raise, to area organizations that reflect Northwest Illinoisans values.”

89th District residents can learn more about legislative issues and Rep. Chesney’s positions at his website at

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