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Dixon… State Representative Tom Demmer (R-Dixon) on Thursday voted “Yes” on SB 2038, which provides over $700 million in stopgap emergency funding to human services agencies in Illinois not currently covered by consent decrees and court orders.

“As a member of two Human Services Committees, I understand there are many urgent challenges facing the human services safety net.  I am pleased that we could build on the higher education stopgap funding, passed several weeks ago, and shift our focus to providing this emergency funding to human services as well,” said Rep. Demmer

Rep. Demmer went on to say we still need to address some, “critical emergency funding issues with our state prisons and other human services agencies.”

The appropriation had a dedicated funding source, mostly from the Commitment to Human Services Fund that was set up as part of the temporary income tax hike in 2010 and contains unspent money.  The funding is estimated to provide approximately 46% of the spending those programs would have encompassed this fiscal year.

“I appreciate the efforts that are being driven by rank-and-file members in the Illinois House and I hope we can next pass full-year FY 16 and FY 17 state budgets to get our state back on track,” continued Demmer.

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… State Representative Tom Demmer (R-Dixon) announced the official launch of his Summer Reading Club “Monster Reader” Program for grade school students who live within the 90th Illinois House District.  The program is offered to encourage summer reading among local youth and promote the lifelong benefits of literacy.  Free brochures are available for download on Rep. Demmer’s legislative website at tomdemmer.com or by calling his Rochelle District Office at (815) 561-3690.

Participating students are tasked with reading eight books over their summer break.  Books from local library programs are accepted; and books of 150 pages or more count as two books.  After a student completes his or her reading list, they must have a parent or guardian certify the reading was accomplished and return the signed form on the brochure to Rep. Demmer’s office by the deadline of Friday, July 29.



Dixon… State Representative Tom Demmer (R-Dixon) on Friday lauded the House passage of SB 2059, which provides over $600 million in stopgap funding to Illinois institutions of higher education, including interim support to community colleges and MAP grant recipients through existing state funding.  Rep. Demmer went on to urge stopgap funding to remedy similar issues in Human Services as well.

“As a member of both the House Human Services Committee and the House Human Services-Appropriations Committee, I understand there are many similar challenges facing the human services safety net.  We should take this momentum and next apply it to human services and a full budget solution,” said Rep. Demmer

The stopgap higher education funding measure provides nearly $170 million in funding to MAP recipients, $74 million to community colleges, and $26 million to nearby Northern Illinois University.

“I appreciate that this stopgap funding measure was driven by rank-and-file members and I hope we can use this momentum to break through this impasse and begin to remedy the dire fiscal situations facing our state,” continued Demmer.

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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"Standing Room Only" as Rep. Demmer's District Office Staff attends the Public Scoping Meeting in Rochelle on April 20th.  Rep. Demmer's staff was on hand to hear constituent concerns on this important issue.
I encourage concerned citizens and agencies to take advantage of these public meeting opportunities and provide constructive comments on the Great Lakes Basin Transportation, Inc. proposal.

These public scoping meetings are open to the public. Their purpose is to allow residents, local agencies, environmental groups and potentially affected parties to submit comments to the Surface Transportation Board (STB) to consider for the Environmental Impact Statement.

Public Scoping Meetings:

  • April 18, 2016; 5:30-8:00 PM; Craig High School Cafeteria, 401 South Randall Street, Janesville, Wisconsin
  • April 19, 2016; 10:00 AM-12:30 PM; Community Building Complex of Boone County, 111 W. 1st Street, Belvidere, Illinois;
  • April 19, 2016; 5:30-8:00 PM; Cherry Valley Fire Station #2 Hall, 4919 Blackhawk Road, Rockford, Illinois;
  • April 20, 2016; 5:30-8:00 PM; Rochelle Township High School Auditorium, 1401 Flagg Road, Rochelle, Illinois; and
  • April 21, 2016; 5:30-8:00 PM; Seneca High School Auditorium, 307 East Scott Street, Seneca, Illinois.

Also, if you would like to submit comments online visit the link below and enter Docket#: FD 35952. Comments are due by June 16, 2016.


Mail comments to:

Dave Navecky
Surface Transportation Board
395 E Street SW
Washington, DC 20423-0001
Docket No. FD 35952
http://www.stb.dot.gov/Ect1/ecorrespondence.nsf/incoming?OpenForm
Links regarding the Great Lakes Basin Project: