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DIXON… State Representative Tom Demmer (R-Dixon) joined a group of Illinois legislators from the House and Senate this week in announcing the creation of a Children’s Health Caucus. The caucus will examine data on the current health and well-being of Illinois children and adolescents.

The caucus will be co-chaired by Sen. Senator Julie Morrison (D-Deerfield), Sen. Chuck Weaver (R-Peoria), Rep. Camille Lilly (D-Chicago) and Rep. Demmer.

Rep. Tom Demmer said he expects the caucus to meet several times during the course of the year.

“Yet, in between those meetings, it is important that caucus members work to foster discussion about child health policy issues within each of our respective House and Senate caucuses,” said Demmer. “We can use our roles as legislators to champion the cause of children’s health and well-being with our colleagues when it comes to the appropriations process and substantive legislation.”

“Children face a unique set of health care challenges that require solutions based on sound, up-to-date data,” said Morrison. “It is imperative the health issues facing children are addressed early on to prevent more medically-complex conditions that can end up being more expensive and more difficult to treat later in life.”
DIXON… State Representative Tom Demmer (R-Dixon) issued the following statement following Governor Rauner’s Budget Address on February 14th.

“Governor Rauner was spot-on in pointing out that we must allow our economy to grow at a faster rate than our government.  He presented a number of relevant statistics about job growth in our surrounding states.  This job growth in nearby states, of course, leads to fewer opportunities for families and less revenue for government, here in Illinois.  I agree with the Governor that we must reform our state government to create a better pathway for citizens of Illinois.  I look forward to the work ahead to accomplish this goal,” said Rep. Tom Demmer following the speech on Wednesday.

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DIXON… State Representative Tom Demmer (R-Dixon) was presented with the Illinois Association of Park Districts’ (IAPD) Outstanding Legislator of the Year Award at its annual conference held last weekend.

“We are very pleased to recognize Representative Demmer as one of the Illinois Association of Park Districts’ Outstanding Legislators of the Year. During his time in the General Assembly, he has demonstrated a keen understanding of the vital role that park districts play in improving the quality of life in communities throughout Illinois. We are extremely grateful for his tremendous support of our efforts to ensure that park districts continue to provide local citizens with the highest quality parks, recreational programming and other valuable services in the most efficient manner possible,” said Peter Murphy, IAPD’s President and Chief Executive Officer.

The Outstanding Legislator of the Year Award was presented at the IAPD/ Illinois Parks and Recreation Association’s annual conference, attended by over 4,000 park and recreation elected officials and professionals.

“I am honored to receive this award from IAPD and look forward to continue working on ways to maximize park district use to add to the quality of life of all Illinois residents,” said Rep. Demmer.

IAPD was established in 1928 and is the oldest state association for parks, recreation, and conservation in America.  The association serves more than 2,100 elected park, recreation, and forest preserve district members who govern more than 355 agencies employing 67,000 individuals.

IAPD strives to improve Illinois’ quality of life through park districts, forest preserves, conservation and recreation agencies by establishing grants and other new revenue streams for park land, facilities and services; educating the public about the positive effects parks and recreation have on communities; and meeting the problem of decreasing open space in Illinois.

DIXON… State Representative Tom Demmer (R-Dixon) announced today that Public Library Construction Act Grant Program checks to complete library construction projects funded in Fiscal Year 2013 with Build Illinois Bond funding will be issued in the coming week, including to the Sandwich Public Library District for $89,928.69.

 “I am grateful the Sandwich Public Library District is receiving the final portion of state funding for their new library construction,” said Rep. Demmer.  “I work closely with libraries as part of my annual Summer Reading Club and I am always happy to support their important educational work in our communities.  Our libraries are a great community asset for all ages.”

The Public Library Construction Act grants are administered through State Librarian and Secretary of State Jesse White’s office and were funded in FY 13 as part of the Build Illinois Bond program.  The project grants were aimed at assisting communities with costs for new library construction.  The new building for the Sandwich Public Library opened in late 2014 at 925 S. Main Street in Sandwich.  This grant check is the final installment of the funds granted to Sandwich Public Library District to help cover construction costs. 

“Libraries are such vital resources for communities like Sandwich,” said Illinois Secretary of State and State Librarian, Jesse White. “I look forward to working with Rep. Demmer and his colleagues as we continue our efforts to improve both library infrastructure and services in the  years ahead.”

More information on Sandwich Public Library’s programs, services, and events can be found at  Rep. Demmer can be contacted at his district office located at 1221 Currency Court, Rochelle, IL 61068 or by calling the office at (815) 561-3690.
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Dixon… Governor Bruce Rauner on Thursday signed legislation backed by Representative Tom Demmer (R-Dixon) providing a tax credit worth up to $750 for property owners who were victims of flood damage in July in 18 counties declared disaster areas.
“Many homeowners and businesses are still recovering from flood damage in July throughout Illinois,” said Demmer.  “This credit will provide some relief to those affected by this flooding and allow them to continue on the path to recovery.”
Senate Bill 403 created a natural disaster tax credit that eligible, affected property owners may apply to their 2017 Illinois income taxes.  Counties eligible for the tax credit include Cook, Lake, Kane, McHenry, Alexander, Clinton, Jackson, Marshall, Union, Woodford, Carroll, Henry, Jo Daviess, Lee, Ogle, Rock Island, Stephenson, and Whiteside- all of which were declared state disaster areas by the Governor this Summer.
Qualified properties include a taxpayers principle residence or land owned by a small business, but not a rental or leasing business.  The allowable income tax credit will be the lesser of $750 or the deduction allowed under the IRS Code for each taxpayer who owns qualified property in a county declared a state disaster area.
The bill provides that township assessors shall issue eligibility certificates for appropriately requesting property owners (you may request this letter by contacting your local township assessors office), and that assessors shall certify to the Illinois Department of Revenue (IDOR) the listings of flood-damaged properties. 

IDOR expects to be publishing an additional bulletin detailing the steps a taxpayer may utilize to access the credit prior to tax filing season.  That bulletin will be published on the Illinois Department of Revenue’s website at  Taxpayers needing further information on the credit or any other tax credit question, may contact the IDOR Taxpayers Assistance Hotline at 800-732-8866.