Representative Michael Unes

Representative Michael Unes

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First elected in 2010, Representative Michael Unes currently serves the 91st District in the Illinois House of Representatives. In 2011, he demonstrated his commitment to the state’s sportsmen and women by joining the Illinois Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus. As Caucus Co-Chair, he continues to represent the voices of Illinois hunters and anglers at the state legislature. 

In a state with a rich sporting heritage, Representative Unes was introduced to Illinois’ vast wilderness areas and ample outdoor recreational opportunities at an early age. His strong connection to the state’s land and wildlife provides him with the insight to be an effective voice for sportsmen and women living in the Land of Lincoln.

In 2015, Representative Unes introduced HB 433, a bill which would repeal a prohibition on firearm suppressors and allow for their use when harvesting wildlife. Firearm suppressors are quickly gaining popularity across the nation, as more sportsmen and women recognize their usefulness in reducing the sound signature of a gunshot, reducing recoil, and improving accuracy in the field. Firearm suppressors also help shooting ranges mitigate noise complaints from local residents, thereby protecting shooting ranges from frivolous lawsuits and conflicts. 

The National Rifle Association awarded Representative Unes with a favorable ‘100%’ rating due to his involvement in defending Second Amendment rights and advancing sportsmen’s issues in the state legislature. 

The Prairie State is home to more than 1.3 million hunters and anglers. These sportsmen and women contribute over $2.3 billion in retail sales to the state economy annually and support almost 32,000 jobs statewide. Representative Unes recognizes the important economic role that the sportsmen’s community holds, and continues to champion sportsmen’s interests in the Capitol.

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Studies conducted at both the state and federal level have found that the number of hunters and trappers have been on a generally declining trend over the past several decades. To increase recruitment, retention, and reactivation (R3) of hunters and trappers, which initiative do you think would have the greatest impact?

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