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Legislation sponsored by State Representative Tom Demmer was signed into law by Governor Bruce Rauner on Friday in an effort to modernize the enabling statute that guides how the state provides substance use disorder treatment services for its citizens. 

“House Bill 4795 provides a more efficient and focused foundation for substance abuse disorder treatment delivery in Illinois,” said Rep. Demmer following the bill signing.  “As we continue to combat the opioid epidemic and related issues, the changes contained in this legislation will provide better outcomes and a more complete and flexible continuum of care for those in need.”

These changes bring the Act into the 21st century by eliminating all stigmatizing references, definitions, and mandates to better reflect contemporary standards and updates the lexicon and terminology to reflect current scientific evidence-based practices.  These amendments provide a more cohesive link between statute and policy.  The bill also updates licensure requirements to codify policy practices, provides crystalized definitions of recovery support, streamlines advisory bodies, makes clarifications between service types, and modernizes justice-involved practices. 

House Bill 4795 was signed into law by Governor Rauner as Public Act 100-759 on Friday, August 10th by Governor Bruce Rauner.

State Representatives Tom Demmer issued the following statement today following Governor Bruce Rauner’s signing on House Bill 4847, a bill sponsored by Rep. Demmer to clarify and expand the types of cases Adult Protective Services may investigate:

“This legislation clarifies that Adult Protective Services may investigate claims of abuse, neglect, and financial exploitation of adults living in a DHS-funded facility even when the abuse happens outside the facility, or when the alleged abuser is not an employee of the facility,” said Rep. Tom Demmer.  “This bill helps protect seniors and closes a jurisdictional loophole.”

The legislation was supported by the Illinois Department on Aging, the Alzheimer’s Association, the Department of Human Services, and many other senior advocacy organizations.

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.