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State Representative Andrew Chesney announced today that his office will make a free ‘Constituent Education Resource Card’ available to residents wishing to visit select museums and zoos in the Chicagoland area.

If you and your family are interested in visiting some of Chicago’s world-class museums, Rep. Chesney’s office has a museum pass to use for free admission for select Chicagoland locations. Any resident of the 89th District can reserve our Constituent Education Resource Card on a first come first serve basis, to visit any of the following museums in 2019:

• Adler Planetarium
• The Art Institute of Chicago
• Brookfield Zoo
• Chicago Botanic Garden
• Chicago Children’s Museum
• Chicago History Museum
• Dusable Museum of African American History
• The Field Museum
• Lincoln Park Zoo
• Museum of Contemporary Art
• Museum of Science and Industry
• National Museum of Mexican Art
• National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts & Culture
• Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
• John G. Shedd Aquarium

Only one group pass is available at a time for up to four entries. Constituents will have to come to the office and pick up the pass before visiting the museums and will have to bring it back to the office once they return from Chicagoland.

Please contact Rep. Chesney’s office at (815) 232-0774 to provide your name and address along with the dates you are requesting (can be used for up to 3 days in row) to reserve the Constituent Education Resource Card for your use.

State Representative Andrew Chesney was sworn in to his first full term in the Illinois House of Representatives on Wednesday during the inauguration of the 101st General Assembly held at the University of Illinois-Springfield’s Sangamon Auditorium.

“It’s my sincere honor and privilege to be sworn-in to represent the 89th District in the Illinois House and it’s a responsibility I don’t take lightly,” said Chesney. “I am hopeful that we can move forward in a bipartisan manner, not as Democrats and Republicans, but as reform-minded public servants working to improve the quality of life for all Illinois residents. My approach is to carefully look at each bill and support those that benefit Northwestern Illinois taxpayers and residents.”

Among family and friends joining Chesney in Springfield for the Inaugural Ceremony were local elected officials, including Freeport Mayor Jodi Miller and Stephenson County Board Chairman Bill Hadley.

Prior to his service in the Illinois House, Chesney was an elected member of the Freeport City Council, where he built a reputation as a strong advocate for more funding for public infrastructure, blight reduction, and law enforcement. His fiscally conservative record as well as a reputation as a taxpayer watchdog was well earned in local government. He was active in pushing for streamlining and improving city services and changing city policies that promote healthy economic and community development and property improvements.
Andrew Chesney spent his first day in Springfield during the "Lame Duck" Session.  He is honored to represent Northwestern Illinois.

Immediately upon ringing in the New Year, 253 new laws will become effective in 2019 that have wide raging impact. Here are few of those laws Illinois families should know about:

  • Children under the age of 2 years old must be restrained in rear facing car seats unless they weigh 40 or more pounds or are 40 or more inches tall. (PA100-0672)
  • Every Illinois school will be required to conduct at least one law-enforcement led active shooter drill a year. School safety drills must be conducted within 90 days of the start of the school year. (PA100-0996)
  • Nursing mothers upon request will be exempt from jury duty. (PA100-0696)
  • Stalking laws expanded to include messages sent through social media. Additionally, businesses, places of worship and schools can seek restraining orders against stalkers.
  • The Lyme Disease Prevention and Protection Act was enacted opening the door in Illinois for new treatments for Lyme disease and other tick-borne diseases. (PA100-1137)
  • All children in kindergarten and the second, sixth, and ninth grades of any public, private or parochial school shall have a dental examination. (PA100-829)
Read the complete list by clicking here! 
State Rep. Andrew Chesney gave back to the community by ringing the Salvation Army bell at Farm and Fleet in Freeport
Today, State Representative Andrew Chesney (R-Freeport) announced his office is open and ready to serve constituents.

Rep. Andrew Chesney has named Sally Huggins as his Legislative Assistant in his Freeport legislative office. Huggins, who has nearly 20 years of experience working with both Rep. Jim Sacia and Sen. Brian Stewart, will be the first point of contact for constituents.

“Over the past two decades the people of this district have come to know Sally,” said Rep Chesney, “and Sally knows how to get their concerns addressed in Springfield. I’m honored to have her return to work for the people of the 89th district.”

Representative Chesney will take over the former legislative office of Sen. Brian Stewart located at 50 West Douglas Street Suite 1001 in Freeport. The office will be open from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm, Monday-Friday. The phone number is (815) 232-0774.

Constituents are encouraged to call or walk-in to voice their concerns and ask for help navigating state agencies. Constituents can also email by using the contact for at

Andrew Chesney was sworn-in as State Representative of the 89th District on December 5, 2018. He filled the seat vacated by current 45th district Sen. Brian Stewart (R-Freeport).
Andrew Chesney is sworn in as State Represenative for the
89th District by Chief Judge Mike Bald.
Andrew Chesney was sworn-in as State Representative of the 89th District on December 5, 2018. He fills the seat vacated by Rep. Brian Stewart. At the same ceremony, Stewart took the oath of office becoming the Illinois State Senator of the 45th District. Stewart replaces Senator Tim Bivins who resigned earlier this month after 20 years of service.