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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 http://www.sandwichpld.org/.  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 http://tax.illinois.gov.  Taxpayers needing further information on the credit or any other tax credit question, may contact the IDOR Taxpayers Assistance Hotline at 800-732-8866.

Dixon… Representative Tom Demmer (R-Dixon) was honored on Friday by the Illinois Psychological Association with their “Legislator of the Year” Award for 2017.
The Illinois Psychological Association (IPA) presented Demmer with the Award for his public and personal commitment to ensuring that those with mental illness received access to quality and affordable treatment.  Rep. Demmer serves on the House Human Services-Appropriations Committee, the House Human Services Committee, and as Republican Spokesperson of the House Mental Health Committee and Substance Abuse Subcommittee.
“I am proud to work toward mental health recovery for the hundreds of thousands of Illinoisans battling these issues every day,” said Rep. Demmer.  “The Illinois Psychological Association has been a leading voice in Springfield dealing with mental health services and funding.  I am proud to be honored by them for my work on these issues and I thank them for the work they do every day for Illinois families.”
Founded more than 60 years, the Illinois Psychological Association is the largest professional association of psychologists with over 1,200 Illinois members and works closely with the American Psychological Association and its 150,000 members nationwide.  IPA feted Demmer at their Annual Conference on Friday, November 3rd in Schaumburg.

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United States and State flags at half-staff from Sunrise on Thursday, November 9, 2017, until Sunset on Saturday, November 11, 2017

The Department of Central Management Services has received notice from Governor Bruce Rauner that all persons or entities covered by the Illinois Flag Display Act are to fly the flags at half-staff in honor of:

Rockford Police Officer Jaimie Cox

Officer Cox was killed in the line of duty on November 5, 2017.

Flag Honors are from:

Sunrise on Thursday, November 9, 2017, until
Sunset on Saturday, November 11, 2017

"My thoughts are with Officer Cox's friends, family, and fellow officers following this terrible tragedy," said Rep. Tom Demmer (R-Dixon). "Officer Cox's service to his community and our State will not be forgotten."
From US News & World Report
November 7, 2017

Read more at: https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/illinois/articles/2017-11-07/great-lakes-basin-fails-to-appeal-freight-rail-decision

MUNSTER, Ind. (AP) — A group has failed to appeal in federal court the rejection of its application to construct a more than 260-mile freight railroad from northern Indiana to southeastern Wisconsin.

Great Lakes Basin Transportation had 60 days starting Aug. 31 to appeal the Surface Transportation Board's decision, The (Northwest Indiana) Times reported .

The board said it rejected the company's $2.8 billion plan because it didn't provide accurate financial information. Company officials had previously said that potential investors were waiting for the project to receive federal approval before committing to it.

The railroad would've provided freight trains a path around Chicago that would've allowed them to avoid the congested city. The plan also called for 26 connections to existing railroads. The line would've be able to support as many as 110 trains a day, according to the application.

"The failure of GLBT to appeal certainly brings an end to the current proceeding," said Howard Learner, the executive director of the Chicago-based Environmental Law & Policy Center, which fought against the transportation group in court.
Dixon… State Representatives Tom Demmer (R-Dixon), Tony McCombie (R-Savanna), and Brian Stewart (R-Freeport) urged prayers and community awareness following a brutal attack on a DCFS Child Protective Investigator at a child welfare check on Friday, September 29th in Carroll County.

The three legislators offered the following statement today:

“This tragic attack highlights the dangers faced by our child welfare officers every day and the profound need to continue to educate communities on eliminating violence, especially domestic violence.  Along with our fellow legislators, we offer our prayers to the family of the DCFS Investigator, as well as to her co-workers and fellow employees who are saving lives in Illinois’ child welfare system every day.  This is terribly frightening and traumatizing for all of our hardworking Child Protective Investigators, but this incident shows how important their work is in protecting children from violence and harm.”

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from SaukValley.com (http://www.saukvalley.com/2017/09/20/ogle-carroll-among-counties-eligible-for-federal-flooding-assistance/aixrixd/)

September 19, 2017

SPRINGFIELD (AP) – Gov. Bruce Rauner said that federal loan assistance is being made available for residents in five Illinois counties affected by flooding in July.

Rauner’s office said Tuesday that the U.S. Small Business Administration has approved the state’s request for help. That means people and businesses in Carroll, Jo Daviess, Ogle, Stephenson and Winnebago counties are eligible to apply for low-interest, long-term loans.

Rauner said the assistance will help those affected “begin the next phase of their recovery from this disaster.”

Click here to apply for assistance.

Or for more information, please contact:

SBA Disaster Loan Outreach Center (DDLOC)
Highland Community College
2998 West Pearl City Road
Building H – Student Conference Center
Freeport, IL 61032

Opens:: Thursday, September 21; 11:00am - 5:00pm
Hours:: 8:00am-5:00pm; weekdays
10:00am-2:00pm Saturdays (closed Sunday))
Closes:: Thursday, September 28; 8:00am - 3:00pm