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State Representative Tom Demmer (R-Dixon) has been appointed to the post of Deputy House Minority Leader today, earning him a #2 spot in the House Republican Caucus.  This recognition follows a Spring Session that saw Demmer lead the charge on enacting both a new Hospital Assessment Program on behalf of his caucus as well as successfully negotiating a bipartisan, historic State Budget agreement which resulted in “No New Taxes” and provides stability to state finances.

Demmer is serving in his third two-year term in the Illinois House, where he has quickly gained a reputation as one of the most knowledgeable and thoughtful legislators in the House Republican caucus.  Rep. Demmer’s appointment was announced by House Minority Leader Jim Durkin on Monday, “It is an honor to have Tom Demmer serve as our next Deputy Minority Leader in the House Republican caucus,” Leader Durkin said.  “In his time as a legislator, Tom has become a leading voice for our caucus and a fighter for our Republican principles in Illinois. He was instrumental in passing our state’s first balanced budget in decades earlier this year and I look forward to working with him in getting more important reforms passed for Illinois.”

Demmer is the Director of Innovation & Strategy at KSB Hospital in Dixon. Prior to his election to the General Assembly, he served on the Lee County Board.  Demmer graduated from the University of Dayton, after having served as a White House intern in the Office of the Vice President of the United States in 2006.  Demmer is a 2016 Henry W. Toll Fellow with the Council of State Governments. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Ronald Reagan Boyhood Home Preservation Foundation.  He is a co-founder of the Future Caucus of millennial legislators in Illinois and has balanced a work-load of serving on 14 committees in the Illinois House this Spring Session.

“I thank Leader Durkin for his confidence and support,” Demmer said.  “I am proud of the work our caucus has done to fight for a better future for Illinois, and I look forward to continuing to work with all stakeholders to bring new opportunities for Illinois families.”


June 26, 2018
by Vinde Wells, Shaw Media

Photo Credit: Earleen Hinton/

OREGON – The Eternal Indian might just be ready to crack a smile.

Plans are being completed and the paperwork is being prepared for restoration work to finally begin on the Black Hawk statue, after years of on-again/off-again efforts to restore the local landmark.

State Rep. Tom Demmer, R-Dixon, said Tuesday that he’s been in touch with state agencies and officials ever since money for the statue was finally freed up almost a month ago.

The state budget included the long-awaited release of a $350,000 grant from the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources for repairs to the wounded warrior overlooking the Rock River.

Demmer said he’s been working closely with the IDNR ever since the budget was approved and “everything seems to be in place and ready to go for the grant. … It’s going well. We haven’t run into any problems.”

The grant was approved in 2009, but was never paid due to the state’s ongoing budget woes.

Demmer said IDNR officials told him last week that they’re working on mixtures for the concrete to repair the cracks in the crumbling statue and rebuild areas where chunks of the 100-plus-year-old landmark have fallen off.

The money should be released sometime after the state’s new fiscal year begins Sunday.

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State Representative Tom Demmer successfully negotiated a bipartisan State Budget agreement which results in “No New Taxes” and provides stability and predictability as well as takes steps to put Illinois on a far better fiscal footing.

“This is the first bipartisan negotiated budget agreement in years,” said Rep. Demmer.  “This budget is not reflective of everyone’s desires, but it is a realistic plan that is the product of compromise and negotiating between both chambers as well as both sides of the aisle.”

The $38.5 billion spending plan offers new pension reform measures like voluntary buyouts and capping end-of-career salary increases that cause pension spiking, which should help local school district control costs.  The new school funding formula is fully funded in this budget, ensuring K-12 schools receive the funding promised to them.  State Elected Official pay raises for legislators are prohibited.  Local Governments will receive an over $120 million increase over the current budget.  A new Adoption Tax Credit is created and a new scholarship program to retain students in Illinois higher education system was created and funded with matching funds from universities.

Rep. Tom Demmer was the chief negotiator for the House Republicans in the budget negotiations along with Rep. Greg Harris negotiating on behalf of the House Democrat caucus.  Both negotiators were very complimentary of the good faith negotiations between all sides.

Honoring the quick thinking and brave actions of the Dixon, Illinois school resource officer who thwarted a school shooting two weeks ago, Gov. Bruce Rauner has proclaimed May 30, 2018, Officer Mark Dallas Day in Illinois. Rauner, along with State Sen. Tim Bivins (R-Dixon) and State Rep. Tom Demmer (R-Dixon) met with Dallas, his family, and members of the Dixon Police Department in his Capitol office on Wednesday.

"Mark Dallas was not only a hero to the hundreds of lives he protected at Dixon High School, but he serves as a great example to us all of putting service above self," Demmer said. “Mark has brought the best law enforcement has to offer as a school resource officer and we are a grateful state for his decisive action and service. We all celebrate Mark Dallas Day in Illinois today. May we also work for a world that never needs this type of heroism again."

On May 16, 2018, Dallas confronted an armed former student who had fired a gun at Dixon High School where students were gathered for a graduation rehearsal. As a result of Dallas’ decisive action, no students were harmed.

“We can no longer deny that school shootings have become a horrific part of our new national normal. It is a normal that we must change,” said Dallas, advocating for school resource officers in Illinois public schools.

“Today, I come before you not as a police officer who loves his job, but as a dad who loves his kids. I ask you to support the placement and training of school resource officers in schools throughout this state. You will save our children’s lives by doing so.”

This legislative session, Rauner is urging support for measures to free up local revenue to hire more resource officers, like Dallas, who can intervene and prevent school violence before it happens. Rauner’s amendatory veto of House Bill 1468 and standalone measure House Bill 5887 would allow school authorities to, by referendum, use existing sales tax revenue to hire school resource officers and mental health workers based on local determinations of need.

“Our schools need more heroes,” Dallas said. “Our elected officials have the power to be just that. You are, and you will be, the true heroes for our children when you support the training and placement of school resource officers in our public schools.”

“Every school should have a Mark Dallas,” Rauner said. “These officers are experienced resources that can keep our students and teachers safe and focused on learning.”

Dallas has 24 years of law enforcement experience, serving 15-years on the Dixon Police Department and the last five years as the school resource officer for Dixon High school. As the school resource officer, he serves as a law enforcement officer, law-related counselor, and a law-related education teacher working closely with the students and staff while acting as a liaison for the police department.

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State Representative Tom Demmer voted YES on House Bill 4290 on May 24 to release $63 million in back pay to state employees for money they earned under the contract negotiated with previous Governor Pat Quinn.

“This is the state’s oldest unpaid bill and a debt owed to our employees for services already provided,” said Rep. Demmer following his vote. “Governor Quinn broke his word on this agreement and it is past time to clean up the financial consequences of those dealings.”

In January 2011, then Governor Quinn and the American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) struck a deal in which union state employees would give up half the value of their contractually mandated pay raises in exchange for a promise that Quinn would not lay off 2,600 workers or close any state facilities until July 2011. AFSCME also accepted furlough days and other concessions to save the state about $50 million.

However, in July 2011, Governor Quinn reneged on scheduled pay raises, and state workers have never received the money they earned. The passing of HB 4290 ensures state workers will be paid. HB 4290 will now to the Senate for approval.