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Rodney Davis talks agriculture and responds to repeal of Parental Notice of Abortion Act

CHAMPAIGN – Republican Congressman Rodney Davis made his first visit to the GROWMARK/FS facility outside Champaign on Wednesday. It’s the largest upright grain elevator in Illinois and stores millions of bushels of No. 2 Yellow Corn. 

A senior member of the House Agriculture Committee and House Transportation Committee, Davis says he’s working to promote job growth, fuel the state’s agricultural industry, and address inflation.

“To be able to turn this into one of the most premier areas for our farmers to drop their grain [and] to get their product into the global marketplace…this is part of the entire agriculture [and] transportation network, the supply-chain network for food, right here in central Illinois.”

Davis is running against a farmer, fellow incumbent Mary Miller in the June 28th Republican primary for the newly drawn 15th Congressional district.

He spoke about his connection to local farmers and touted the rural areas he’s visited on the campaign trail.

“I learned a lot today, but I’m always amazed at the localized impact of local farmers, who sit on the boards of companies, like Growmark, who help make decisions like this…that have positive impacts,” Davis said.

Davis and the rest of the Republican Party voted against the recent Consumer Fuel Price Gouging Prevention Act, which proponents believe would decrease rising gas prices.

Davis also reacted to news that minors in Illinois no longer need parental consent or a judge’s waiver to get an abortion. Legislation repealing Illinois’ parental notification law went into full effect on Wednesday.

In light of the recent, leaked draft opinion on Roe v. Wade from the Supreme Court, he said: “J.B. Pritzker just eviscerated the last vestige of pro-life legislation that existed in Illinois. It’s a sad state when Illinois is going to continue to invest hard-earned tax dollars for abortions here in the state.”

Miller spoke against repealing the Parental Notice of Abortion Act last fall. “The left wants to strip the rights of parents in every way possible,” she said.

Illinois’ parental notification law allowed judges to make exceptions for minors who faced medical emergencies, or abuse or neglect from a family member. 

According to the ACLU, over 625 young people sought a judge’s approval before getting an abortion during the life of the law.

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Harrison Malkin

Harrison Malkin

Harrison Malkin is a politics reporter at Illinois Public Media. He's focusing on elections across the state, particularly the 13th and 15th congressional districts and the gubernatorial race. Malkin studied Politics and Communications at Ithaca College, where he was a nightly newscaster and reporter for WICB. From 2020 to 2021, he was a reporting fellow at the Center on Media, Crime, and Justice at John Jay College. You can send a tip, recommendation, or note to hmalkin@illinois.edu.

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