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Rep. Tom Demmer receives the 2018 Legislator of the Year Award from the
Community Behavioral Healthcare Association at the CBHA annual
conference. He is shown here with CBHA CEO Marvin Lindsey and
Sinnissippi Centers, Inc. President and CEO Patrick Phelan.
In recognition of his advocacy on behalf of some of Illinois’ most vulnerable residents, State Representative Tom Demmer (R-Dixon) has been named Legislator of the Year by the Community Behavioral Healthcare Association (CBHA) of Illinois. Demmer was nominated for the award by the staff and administration of Sinnissippi Centers, Inc., a community-based behavioral healthcare system in Northwest Illinois.

“Representative Demmer has a deep understanding of behavioral health issues, especially as they relate to regulatory and funding challenges,” said Patrick Phelan, President and CEO of Sinnissippi Centers. “He has been a tremendous advocate for the behavioral health community and has championed critical legislation to strengthen community services and provide sustainable and reliable funding. It was our pleasure to nominate him for this much-deserved recognition.”

The award was presented at the CBHA Annual Conference, which was held this week at the Hyatt Regency Woodfield in Schaumburg. “It is an honor to be recognized for my work in this important area of public policy,” said Demmer. “I look forward to continuing to work on legislation that helps reform delivery systems and improve patient outcomes.”

In announcing the award, DBHA CEO Marvin Lindsey said, “Commitment, dedication and hard work to a cause we all believe in can sometimes be hard to find. Occasionally, an individual will distinguish himself from others through his leadership and ability to achieve results.”

In Springfield, Demmer serves as the Republican Spokesperson for the Appropriations- Human Services, Healthcare Availability & Access, Human Services, and Mental Health Committees.
Rep. Will Davis (D-East Hazel Crest), Rep. Tom Demmer (R-Dixon), Susan Stanton of ACT Now, and Rep. Tom Bennett (R-Pontiac) at the ACT Now “State of Afterschool” presentation in Chicago on October 31.


State Representative Tom Demmer joined leaders from throughout the State in touting a new website resource and report to find Afterschool programs for youth throughout Illinois.

ACT Now created the Afterschool Map and Database to define the afterschool landscape for policymakers, help to better connect programs to one another, and help to better target resources to communities in need.

“This morning I joined with people from around the state to unveil a new report about the importance of afterschool programs for kids in our community,” said Rep. Demmer following the event on Monday. “The best programs come from a coalition of community organizations, government and private citizens working together for the common good.”

According to ACT Now, youth who participate in afterschool programs demonstrate improved levels of academic achievement and significant reductions in problem behaviors.

The database and map can be found online at https://map.actnowillinois.org/map
State Representative Tom Demmer was selected to attend The Council of State Governments’ Medicaid Leadership Academy Sept. 26-28 in Washington, D.C.

Federal government representatives and officials from health policy organizations and state Medicaid programs presented at the event, highlighting innovative programs in states that are improving health outcomes and reducing health care costs.

“Medicaid provides coverage for millions of Illinoisans and is one of the largest parts of the state budget. I have worked hard to improve health access for people across our state. This policy academy helps us find new ideas that are working well in other states and bring them back to Illinois,” said Rep. Demmer.

Presentation topics included dementia-competent care in Virginia, a telehealth diabetes monitoring program in Mississippi, a proposal in Oklahoma to move to value-based prescription drug purchasing and a Medicaid managed care organization’s work to address social determinants of health in Pennsylvania.

Thirty-three people, including legislators and regulators, from 24 states were selected to participate.

“CSG is very proud of the Medicaid academy series that began in 2012,” said Debra Miller, CSG’s director of health policy. “The meetings have been attended by more than 200 established and emerging leaders in health care and Medicaid policy from across the country.”

The Medicaid academy series exposes legislators to thought leaders and experienced program administrators and provides opportunities for peer discussions among legislators about promising approaches from other states and lessons learned.

The Council of State Governments is the nation’s only organization serving all three branches of state government. CSG is a region-based forum that fosters the exchange of insights and ideas to help state officials shape public policy. This offers unparalleled regional, national and international opportunities to network, develop leaders, collaborate and create problem-solving partnerships.

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State Representative Tom Demmer announced on Tuesday that the Governor’s Office of Management and Budget (GOMB) has signed off on Illinois Community College Board (ICCB) release of $11.3 million statewide for community college capital projects in the first round of this funding to be released in this fiscal year.
The release includes $154,285 to Sauk Valley Community College to help replace the original 50+ year-old air handlers campus wide.  State funding will cover one air handler, while the remaining seven air handlers will be covered with local funds.  The efficiency and air quality will be greatly improved when the old units are replaced.
“We are making investments in higher education to improve facilities, reduce operating costs, and to ensure the colleges can focus on providing top notch education and training to be qualifies for great local jobs,” said Rep. Tom Demmer.
Sauk Valley Community College will be putting up $2,245,715 in local funds to complete the project.
“Infrastructure investment is a catalyst for job creation and economic development,” said Gov. Bruce Rauner. “We signed a bipartisan budget in June that includes funds for improvement projects that benefit local businesses and residents. This kind of investment is how government can play a positive role in the Illinois economy.”

State Representative Tom Demmer announced on Tuesday that the Governor’s Office of Management and Budget (GOMB) has signed off on Illinois Community College Board (ICCB) release of $11.3 million statewide for community college capital projects in the first round of this funding to be released in this fiscal year.

The release includes $220,005 to Kishwaukee College for extensive repair and accessibility improvements to the Greenhouse and Head House as part of the school’s horticulture program. These facilities were built in 1970. The seals to the glass wall and ceiling panels are beyond repair, making it difficult to maintain temperatures or a weather seal.

“We are making investments in higher education to improve facilities, reduce operating costs, and to ensure the colleges can focus on providing top notch education and training to be qualifies for great local jobs,” said Rep. Tom Demmer.

Kiskwaukee College will be putting up $164,570 in local matching funds to complete the project.

“Infrastructure investment is a catalyst for job creation and economic development,” said Gov. Bruce Rauner. “We signed a bipartisan budget in June that includes funds for improvement projects that benefit local businesses and residents. This kind of investment is how government can play a positive role in the Illinois economy.”

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State Representative Tom Demmer is helping spread the word about a new website launched this week linking employment and higher education data so users can compare the relative earnings value of college degrees.
The planning tool (http://ILCollege2Career.com) was unveiled by Governor Bruce Rauner at his quarterly Children’s Cabinet meeting on Thursday. 
 “Data can help drive better decisions by students to increase their earnings prospects right here in Illinois,” said Rep. Tom Demmer (R-Dixon).  “This is an innovative new tool to bring our education system into the 21st Century and allow data to help drive results for Illinois students and future workers.”
The data is broken down by schools and area of study, so that students may compare the earnings potential of degree programs from different public and private institutions in the state.  ILCollege2Career.com is the product of collaboration between the Governor’s Office, Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE), the Illinois Community College Board (ICCB), the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) and the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES).
“ILCollege2Career.com is groundbreaking for our state,” Governor Rauner said while introducing the tool to cabinet members at the meeting at Springfield High School.  “Education has been my top investment priority for many years.  In order to grow our economy, we need to give our young people the best education system possible, so they will choose to live, learn and work here in Illinois.”
All 48 community colleges and 60+ four-year universities in Illinois participated in the project.
“As a state, we are moving away from just gathering data for compliance purposes to using data to transform decision-making at the local, regional and state level,” said Karen Hunter Anderson, executive director of the Illinois Community College Board.  “The Illinois College2Career tool gives high school students and parents, as well as nontraditional students, more transparent and easily accessible information about their post-secondary choices and careers.”

Representative Tom Demmer will be honored by the Illinois Chamber of Commerce for his pro-jobs voting record over the past two years in the Illinois General Assembly.

The Illinois Chamber honored 34 members of the Illinois House, including Demmer, and 13 members of the Illinois Senate with its biennial “Champion of Free Enterprise” award given in recognition of legislators’ support for voting to further economic opportunities for Illinoisans.

“The Chamber’s Legislative Ratings lets Illinois families, small businesses, and taxpayers know if legislators voted in favor of private sector job creation and a stronger economy,” said Todd Maisch, president and CEO of the Illinois Chamber of Commerce.

The Illinois Chamber’s Legislative Ratings tracks votes important to the state’s business community and grades legislators based on their support of pro-business issues during the two-year legislative session. Rep. Demmer has an average score of 92% over his past two terms.

“We all know we need to grow our revenue base in Illinois, and the best way to do that is with job creation and retention. That’s why I am proud to vote in favors of economic growth and job creation and honored to be recognized by the Chamber for continuing to do so,” said Rep. Demmer.

To learn more about the ratings and bills included, please visit the Illinois Chamber’s website at http://ilchamber.org.

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