On January 1, 237 new laws will take effect in Illinois. Unfortunately, a balanced budget is not among them.

Several of the new laws affect children, veterans and the elderly. Others affect drivers and consumers. Below is a quick look at some of the more notable laws taking effect on Friday,
January 1.

For the full list, click HERE.



The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) Director George H. Sheldon made a stop in Rochelle on Tuesday.
DCFS Director George H. Sheldon

State Representative Tom Demmer and Director Sheldon discussed several issues local providers and DCFS offices have been faced with. As a member of the Human Services Appropriations Committee, Rep Demmer offered some ideas to help streamline DCFS services to better serve those in need.

“The Department of Children and Family Services has seen a number of problems and challenges over the past several years. I was encouraged to meet with Director Sheldon today and hear about the proactive reforms he’s implementing at DCFS,” said Rep. Demmer, “I’m pleased to work with DCFS to improve the safety and quality of care we provide to children throughout Illinois."

Director Sheldon stressed the agency's goal, which is to protect children by strengthening and supporting families.




R to L: Rochelle Mayor, Rep. Tom Demmer, IDOT Secretary
State Representative Tom Demmer hosted IDOT Secretary Randall Blakenhorn at Rochelle City Hall on November 13.

The public meeting was to update local officials on current projects and future plans for the area. Secretary Blankenhorn focused on planning for future transportation needs while listening to the needs discussed by local officials.

Besides the Secretary's visit,  Lt. Gov. Evelyn Sanguinetti made an appearance before a scheduled stop to tour the Rochelle Foods Hormel plant.



Dixon… State Representative Tom Demmer (R-Dixon) will be hosting his free Senior Fair on Friday, October 2 from 10:00am to 12:00pm at the Post House Ballroom, 100 West Second Street in Dixon. The event will provide the opportunity for seniors to learn about local non-profits, businesses and state agencies that help improve the lives of seniors.

“This year’s fair is a great opportunity for seniors to learn what services are available to them,” said Rep. Demmer. “Many different state agencies, including my office, will be on hand to answer any questions senior citizens may have. I encourage all local seniors to attend this great event.”

Participants in this year’s free fair will receive helpful guides, literature and other resources from the state, county and local government. General Assembly staffers will be available to assist constituents with their state government concerns. Attendees are encouraged to sign-in for a chance to win a door prize and to help themselves to free refreshments.  

Rep. Demmer can be contacted at his district office located at 1221 Currency Court Suite B in Rochelle or by calling (815) 561-3690.

State Representative Tom Demmer's (R-Dixion) Summer Super Readers ended the year with an ice cream party and received recognition for their achievements from the State of Illinois. 

Grade-schoolers who live in Representative Demmer’s House District were asked to pick any 8 books of their choice and read them over summer vacation. Books of 150 pages or more could count as two books. The students then had to have a parent or guardian certify that they read the books
Families interested in participating next year should call Rep. Demmer's office.
State Representative Tom Demmer (R-Dixon) hosted the new Illinois Director of Agriculture at the Ogle County Farm Bureau this past Monday.

Director Philip Nelson talked about the departments initiatives and answered questions from the public.

The Office of Congressman Adam Kinzinger (R-Channahon) will be coming to State Representative Tom Demmer's (R-Dixon) office in Rochelle as part of the Congressman's traveling office hours.

Staffers will be available to assist and provide guidance for constituents on issues ranging from Veterans and Social Security benefits to Medicare and immigration issues. Constituents are welcome to come to share their questions and concerns. No appointments are necessary.

Ogle County
Rochelle Travelling Office Hours
July 27, 2015
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
State Representative Tom Demmer’s Office
1221 Currency Court 
Rochelle, IL 61068

 
FAQs for Budget Situation
 
We understand state employees have questions on how their benefits will be impacted as the state budget is no longer in place beginning July 1. The following Q&As were designed to help answer any questions you may have.
 
Employee Benefits
 
Q.  Will an employee's health, dental or life insurance be affected?
A.  No. Group insurance coverage during a budget situation will not be impacted. If paychecks are delayed, and as long as the employee continues to work and earn a paycheck, insurance premiums will be taken accordingly. The missed payroll deductions will be taken once paychecks are issued.
 
Q.  What will happen to an employee's contributions to any flexible spending accounts (i.e., MCAP, DCAP) during the budget situation?
A.
Ø  Employees enrolled in MCAP will not be impacted. ConnectYourCare debit cards will continue to work. If the employee continues to work and earn a paycheck, deductions should be taken accordingly. If MCAP deductions are missed, they must be made up when the budget situation is resolved.
Ø  Employees enrolled in DCAP may be impacted as reimbursements are limited to the available account balance contained in their DCAP account. If the employee continues to work and earn a paycheck, and once all payroll deductions are deposited into the DCAP account, reimbursements can be made for eligible expenses up to the available account balance.
 
Q.  What will happen to an employee's Commuter Savings Program benefit?
A.  Employees enrolled in the Commuter Savings Program will continue to receive the benefit under this program. Employees will owe any underpaid amount upon their return to payroll.
 
Workers' Compensation Program
 
Q.  Will an employee's Workers' Compensation benefits be affected?
A.  No. In the event of a budget situation, Temporary Total Disability (TTD), Permanent Total Disability (PTD) and survivor death benefit payments under the Workers' Compensation Act will continue through July. Work-related injuries should continue to be reported through the procedures in place today.
 
Deferred Compensation Program
 
Q. What will happen to an employee's Deferred Compensation contributions during the budget situation?
A.  As long as the employee continues to work and earn a paycheck, payroll deductions for Deferred Compensation should be taken accordingly. Deferred Compensation contributions can only be made through payroll deduction. The employee cannot deposit money directly to his or her fund to catch-up the contributions.
 
Q.  If an individual is currently receiving a distribution from their Deferred Compensation account, will that distribution continue during the budget situation?
A.  Yes. Current distributions and changes to distribution amounts will continue to be processed. To make any changes in distribution, call T. Rowe Price at 1-888-457-5770.
 
Q.  Will hardship distributions/loans from an employee's Deferred Compensation account be available during the budget situation?
A.  A loan provision is available at any time and allows a participant to have one outstanding loan and borrow a minimum of $1,000 up to a maximum of $50,000 or 50% of their account balance over a five year period. The interest you pay goes back to your account along with the principal amount each month as you repay the loan through Automatic Clearing House (ACH) deductions from your bank. Employees would likely not qualify for a hardship distribution as they will be made whole of any missed payrolls when the budget situation ends.
 
Q.  How do I borrow from my Deferred Compensation account?
A.  To apply for a loan from your account over the phone, call T. Rowe Price at 1-888-457-5770 to speak to a Representative. There is a $75 processing fee and you will need to supply bank routing and account information for your checking/savings account numbers to set up the automatic ACH deduction. Participants are allowed one outstanding loan at a time. You may repay the full loan balance amount at any time through the same phone number at T. Rowe Price.
 
State Employee Compensation
 
Q. What options exist if certain parties take action to temporarily block pay for state employees?
A. State employees will be paid for their work. If certain parties take action to temporarily block pay for state employees, there may be an opportunity for employees to get bridge loans from local financial institutions. Credit Union 1, for example, has already agreed to offer no-interest loans for qualifying members of the credit union should salary payments for state employees be delayed. To be eligible to receive 0% interest loans from Credit Union 1, participants must have been members on or before May 1, 2015. Employees who have become members of Credit Union 1 since May 1, 2015, can apply for a loan, subject to normal criteria, rates and terms.
The American Red Cross (ARC) has opened a shelter in Sublette for people affected by the severe weather last night. The ARC shelter is located at the Ellice Dinges Center at 202 South West. They will be providing food, coffee and water for emergency responders and affected residents.

Rep Demmer's office has been updated with the latest from the Illinois Emergency Management Agency...

General Updates:

Both communities in Lee and Grundy county are getting better looks on damage with daylight.

Preliminary reports are that there were six tornadoes last night.  The NWS could take several days to confirm.

While the weather is clear for today, there is another weather system Wednesday and Thursday that could bring more storms and heavy rains.  We are continuing to monitor.

All lanes of traffic on I55 at Reed Rd. was opened overnight.

There are over 21,000 customers still without power (over 55,000 at the peak of the storm, but current reports indicate this number).

The ARC has two shelters open – Coal City (29 clients being served); Sublette (2 residents being served).

There remain local roads that are closed due to debris and/or flooding in various areas.

Many areas received heavy rain, as high as 3.85” in some areas, resulting in standing water on many roadways this morning.

We are working with ISP and IDOT for aerial photography/surveys of the area.

Woodhaven Campground (Lee County)

The campground is still in active search and rescue mode.  Additional searches are commencing with daylight.

Damage with daylight appears to be severe.  As such, the State will be deploying Task Force 1 (via MABAS/fire mutual aid) – an advanced search and rescue team w/Canine.

There are at least five people rescued from entrapment.  Only one injury requiring ambulance transport.  Others were treated on scene with minor injuries.

Second search will commence this morning with daylight.

There are 6100 lots in the campground with most having trailers.  Out of the 29 campground sections, at least 17 sustained heavy damage.

Primary task for this morning will be to cap leaking propane tanks (of which there are many) before bringing in chain saw crews for debris removal.

Updates from the State of Illinois can be found at the Ready Illinois website.

People with questions or concerns can contact Rep. Demmer's office for further information at (815) 561-3690. 

Spending Exceeds Revenue by $4 Billion

Springfield… Illinois House Democrats introduced and passed components of their $36 billion dollar FY16 budget proposal today. State Representative Tom Demmer (R-Dixon) released the following statement in response…

“Instead of working in a bipartisan manner to compose a negotiated budget, Springfield legislative leadership crafted a spending proposal without an ounce of input from anyone but themselves. Their budget is not balanced and spends $4 billion more than we'll bring in. This is not right, and the people of Illinois know it.”

Through the I-Cash program, the Illinois State Treasurer's Unclaimed Property Division connects state residents with their unclaimed property.

Formerly called Cash Dash, the unclaimed property program was re-named I-Cash in 2012. The law that created the unclaimed property program was established in the early 1960s as a consumer protection initiative.

Almost everybody knows somebody with unclaimed assets: One in eight Illinois residents has an asset to be claimed in I-Cash. Assets include everything from stocks and CDs, to safe deposit boxes and valuables.

The names of 780,000 additional residents were added to the public web database after the state recently double-checked claims from years 1976 to 1992 – a time period before a computer-system upgrade streamlined the database's maintenance.

Click HERE to check today
This coming week denotes that the end of spring session is coming to a close. Beginning May 18th, the House is scheduled to be in session every day (including weekends) until midnight on May 31st. We have a lot issues to address despite what you may have heard in the last two weeks.

Rep. Demmer speaks out against the sham votes brought to the
 floor by House Speaker Mike Madigan.
There has been working group meetings for an array of issues, most importantly, the FY16 budget. These groups have been tasked to work collectively in hopes of finding a bipartisan solution. However, as many have noticed in the media, republicans have been voting “present” on all of the big ticket items that have come to the House floor for a vote.

Why did the republicans vote “present” on these pieces of legislation? The Speaker of the House decided that instead of going through the legislative process and working together in these meeting groups, it was best to file the bills hours before the vote; thus giving no one enough time to thoroughly read the legislation. To bypass the legislative process that our constitution created is disingenuous and outright disrespectful to everyone in Illinois.

We have a $6 billion dollar deficit to fill in the FY16 budget. People’s jobs and livelihoods are at stake while the Democrats continue to play political gotcha games, it’s embarrassing.  We were elected to represent the people and to come together to find a solution that is going to help fix the financial crisis we live in today. That is what I am focused on and will continue to focus on.  It’s not going to be easy, but everyone must understand that we have to do this together.

Here are some highlights from the last two weeks in Springfield:

FY16 Budget Sham: In a divisive spirit, House Democrats short-circuited the budget process by bringing the Human Services budget directly to the House floor with little notice and no committee deliberations, then defeated the bill with unanimous Democrat opposition. This action was not genuine; it was intended to send a message. Recognizing that, the House Republicans voted “Present.”

Immediately thereafter, House Democrats filed 15 additional amendments, cherry-picking various programs vulnerable in the budget and began running them one at a time, again in the hopes of deliberately sabotaging the budget working groups that have been meeting for months, and continue to meet.  Again, House Republicans voted “Present.”

Workers Compensation: A lengthy Committee of the Whole hearing on workers’ compensation issues was held before the full House on Tuesday, May 5.  Injured workers, members of their families, and other stakeholders testified to lawmakers on the strengths and problems of Illinois’ current system of workers’ compensation.    

Tort Reform: Trail-lawyer-friendly State laws and court procedures, which go far beyond the rights granted to trial lawyers in neighboring and comparable states, are blamed for a substantial share of the continued economic gap between Illinois and the rest of the U.S.  House Republicans are working with civil justice reform groups to enact needed reforms to these laws.

In southern Illinois, Madison County and St. Clair County, twin counties located across the Mississippi River from St. Louis, have become a haven for venue-shopping. Civil actions are filed in Madison County at double the rate of Cook County, 6.5 times the rate of filings in Illinois outside these three counties, and many times the rate of filings of other U.S. states that do not encourage plaintiff law.  Advocates have long called Madison County a “judicial hellhole”.

Sham hearings continue - this time on Right to Work:  Continuing to put partisan game-playing before progress, House Speaker Michael Madigan again moved to divide the legislature this week by prematurely pushing a right-to-work proposal onto the House floor, dropping the language a few short hours before the vote. This is the latest in a series of un-negotiated proposals that forced Republicans to unite in protest against Madigan and the Democrats’ game-playing.

Property Taxes: It is not without reason that House Republicans question the majority leadership’s commitment to property tax relief, when out of the clear blue sky they embrace so-called property tax freeze legislation that neither includes reforms nor guarantees that property taxes won’t increase (so no freeze).  It’s not hard to draw the accurate conclusion that it is just political theatre.

Pensions – Illinois Supreme Court SB 1 Ruling: On Friday, May 8, the Illinois Supreme Court unanimously reaffirmed a lower circuit court ruling on State pension system reforms contained in SB 1 (P.A. 98-599).  In response to enactment of P.A. 98-599, five separate actions were filed in Cook County and Sangamon County courts to enjoin implementation of the pension reforms, claiming the reforms were unconstitutional due to a violation of the provision in the Illinois Constitution (Article XIII, Section 5) that asserts pensions are a contractual right and cannot be diminished or impaired. The five suits were subsequently consolidated into one action in Sangamon County Circuit Court.

As always, please feel free to contact my office on any issue.

State Representative Tom Demmer (R-Dixon) introduced and passed House Resolution 486. The legislation commemorates the 100th anniversary of the Emil Bach House as an important landmark for Chicago and American artistic history.

The Emil Bach House is a Prairie style house in the Rogers Park neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois that was designed by famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright. The house was built in 1915 for an admirer of Wright's work, Emil Bach. Bach was co-owner of the Bach Brick Company. The house is representative of Wright's late Prairie style and is an expression of his creativity from a period just before his work shifted stylistic focus. The Bach House was declared a Chicago Landmark on September 28, 1977, and was added to the U.S. National Register o.f Historic Places on January 23, 1979.

Below is information for the 100th anniversary open-house.

IT’S THE PARTY OF THE CENTURY

You are invited to celebrate 100 years of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Emil Bach House.

Join us for an afternoon of tours, refreshments, music (Bach, of course) and the unveiling of a silver commemorative Emil Bach House coin.

Date: Saturday, June 6, 2015
Time: 1 - 4 pm
Location: 7415 N. Sheridan Road, Chicago
The Illinois Department of Natural Resources if offering a grant to Illinois school teachers who would like to give their students an opportunity to learn more about Illinois' conservation and environment by taking a field trip.

Teachers in Illinois schools, including home-schooling teachers, may apply to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) through the ENTICE (Environment and Natural Training Institute for Conservation Education) program to receive funding for natural resources related field trips.

Applications must be postmarked by January 31, 2016.

Click HERE for the Application




State Representative Tom Demmer will be hosting a coffee talk on Saturday, May 16th at Mendota Area Senior Services (inside civic center), 1901 Tom Merwin Drive Mendota, Illinois. Coffee will be provided as the Representative will discuss legislative issues and field questions constituents may have. Discussions will begin at 8:00 am and end at 9:00 am. No registration is needed. Guests may contact Rep. Demmer's office with questions or may click on the link below for the flyer and more information.

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Springfield… Today Illinois House Democrats forced a partisan vote on a spending bill aimed at undermining the budget process and thwarting the ability of minority legislators to participate. Democrats introduced a multi-billion dollar spending bill, HB 4141, mere hours before the vote, denying Republicans an opportunity to fully read or offer input on the bill before it was rammed through. Republicans voted Present to highlight this irregular and purely partisan disruption of the budget process.

In response, State Representative Tom Demmer (R-Dixon) released the following statement…

“The budget process is in place to find bi-partisan solutions by having thorough discussions and input by everyone it affects,” said Rep. Demmer. “This piecemeal approach with only hours to review billions of dollars of spending is a disingenuous move that undermines the process, and undermines any attempt to work towards a bipartisan solution. The people of this great state are tired of the bickering and they want our state fixed, they want us to work together. I will continue to put my faith in the process as budget working groups meet and carefully discuss the most pressing issues facing Illinois.”

State Representative Tom Demmer and Sandwich Mayor Rick Olson will be hosting a coffee talk on Saturday, May 2nd at City Hall Annex, 128 E. Railroad Street Sandwich, Illinois. Coffee will be provided as the Representative and Mayor will discuss legislative issues and field questions constituents may have. Discussions will begin at 8:00 am and end at 9:00 am. No registration is needed. Guests may contact Rep. Demmer's office with questions or may click on the link below for the flyer and more information.

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Deadlines Pushed to October 31, 2015
 
The Governor announced that residents affected by the April 9, 2015 tornado and severe weather that devastated parts of DeKalb and Ogle County will now have until October 31 to file tax returns that were due in April of 2015.  The extended deadline will provide relief for individuals and local businesses trying to file their returns or payments on time while recovering from the storms. 

Taxpayers who opt to mail their deferred returns and payments should write Tornado April 2015 on the outside of the envelope in red ink and on the top of each page of the tax filing, so the account can be updated and handled appropriately.  Filers using MyTax Illinois or electronic filing methods are instructed to refer to the Illinois Department of Revenue’s website: Tax.Illinois.Gov.  For questions, the Illinois Department of Revenue has set up a mailbox dedicated to the tornado issue: Rev.TornadoApr2015@illinois.gov.  
May 31st is fast-approaching and we are already halfway through this year’s spring session. So far, we voted to fix the $1.6 billion gap in the FY15 budget, started negotiations for the FY16 budget, and worked to get important legislation heard and passed out of committee.

From this point on the House is scheduled to be in Session every week up until the May 31st deadline. While there have been rumors of session extending into summer, it is my hope that we can pass a balanced bi-partisan budget to aid Illinois’ fiscal problems by the required deadline.

I encourage everyone who has a question or concern to contact my office. It’s important that I hear from you so I may represent our district equally as I vote on important legislation.

Highlights thus far:

Budget Gap & FY16: The Illinois House and Senate took a tough, but necessary vote to fix the $1.6 billion gap in the FY15 budget. The bill passed with bi-partisan support and was quickly signed by Governor Rauner. If immediate action had not been taken, the State would have been unable to make payroll at prisons, low-income working families would have lost their child care assistance, court reporters would have been laid off, and money for services for the mentally ill and the developmentally disabled would have run out come April 1st.

In addition, inaction would have further delayed and perhaps jeopardized critical categorical school funding. While education takes a minor funding reduction, the Governor will have discretionary funds available to ease the burden on schools that can least afford these cuts. Granting emergency budget authority to the Governor is not without precedent, and given my faith in Governor Rauner and his commitment to holding the line on spending, lawmakers believed this was the right thing to do.

The House Revenue and Finance Committee heard testimony for the spending period that will begin on July 1, 2015. The FY16 budget will be affected by the actions former Governor Quinn ordered State Agencies to take. The “temporary tax” of 2011 was set to expire and did this past January. However, Quinn promised the money would still be there and the tax increase would become permanent. Estimates show that the State's cash intake from the income tax hike is dropping by nearly $5 billion over the two-year period starting in FY14 and leveling off in FY16. This matches the two-year period marked by a drop in the State's personal income tax rate from 5.00% to 3.75%. FY16 budget negotiations have begun and will continue to be discussed as the May 31st deadline approaches.

House Committee Deadline: House committees advance 512 bills to floor. Including action in “committee deadline week,” which ended on Friday, March 27, the Illinois House advanced 512 bills from committee to the House floor in the 2015 spring session. After the conclusion of the two-week “Easter break,” the House and its committees will consider floor action and amendments to the House bills that advanced out of committee. The House will also start looking at bills coming over from the state Senate.

Most of the 4,198 House bills filed so far in the spring session will not be considered further this spring, at least under their own names. Less than 13% of the bills filed this spring were able to achieve approval by a House committee. Advocates sometimes try to “consolidate” a stalled bill into a moving bill by redrafting the stalled bill as an amendment to the moving one. In addition, bills that do not move in the 2015 spring session may be taken up by the Illinois General Assembly in fall 2015 or spring 2016.

Heroin Crisis: A heroin epidemic outbreak has reached the Northwest region of Illinois and right here in the 90th District. Legislation to combat the epidemic has reached the House floor. House Bill 1, as amended by House Amendment 1, contains language to push back against soaring overdose rates of heroin and prescription opiates being seen by law enforcement and medical professionals. A key element of the bill is a series of measures intended to make it more difficult for patients to present large prescriptions of opiate painkillers to a pharmacy. Current research indicates that vials of prescription opiates, after being dispensed in good faith by a pharmacy, are sometimes resold on the street to addicts. One way to discourage this conduct is to further scrutinize the medical care granted to patients, to move towards objective pain assessments, divert eligible patients into other pain-management pathways, and to dispense only a few pills at a time to patients with treatment-resistant pain conditions.

House Bill 1 contains measures to authorize pharmacists to dispense an opioid antidote and appropriate administration device without a prescription. Several states, such as Minnesota and Vermont, have distributed injector kits of anti-overdose opioid antagonists, such as Naloxone, and fatality rates from opioid overdoses have dropped in these states. Should HB 1 become law and the requisite kits purchased, advocates say lives could be saved in Illinois.

Medical Cannabis: Card applicants top 2,500; challenges remain. The Illinois Department of Public Health told the Belleville-News-Democrat on March 23 that the Department has received more than 2,500 requests for cards that will enable the holder to enter a permitted dispensary and purchase medical cannabis. The Department has walked many of these applicants and their physician care providers through the complex application process, and has mailed out approximately 1,600 approval letters. However, as of March 2015 no dispensaries have opened to legally sell cannabis in Illinois.

Picture taken the morning after at Grubsteakers in Rochelle.
Tornado Relief: Last week, our area and surrounding communities were devastated by a deadly tornado that took the lives of two people and left many without homes. Thank you to the first-responders, volunteers and those who have donated to help provide relief for the families affected. I was overwhelmed by the generosity and kindness our community has shown. It’s tragic, but it’s times like these that really show what it means to be a community. Thank you to everyone who has donated their time and effort to help our community.

If you would like to donate or volunteer you can find more information by clicking on one of the following links:

Rochelle
Village of Kirkland Volunteer Information
Fairdale

Coffee Talk: I will be hosting a coffee talk on Saturday, April 18th at the Rock River Center, 810 S. 10th Street Oregon, Illinois. Coffee will be provided as we discuss legislative issues and questions you may have. Discussions will begin at 8:00AM and end at 9:00AM. No registration is needed. Please contact my office with questions or click on the link below for the flyer.




State Representative Tom Demmer will be hosting a coffee talk on Saturday, April 18th at the Rock River Center, 810 S. 10th Street Oregon, Illinois. Coffee will be provided as the Representative will discuss legislative issues and field questions constituents may have. Discussions will begin at 8:00 am and end at 9:00 am. No registration is needed. Guests may contact Rep. Demmer's office with questions or may click on the link below for the flyer and more information.







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State Representative Tom Demmer will be hosting a coffee talk on Saturday, April 11th at Hub City Senior Center, 401 Cherry Aveune Rochelle, Illinois. Coffee will be provided as the Representative will discuss legislative issues and field questions constituents may have. Discussions will begin at 8:00 am and end at 9:00 am. No registration is needed. Guests may contact Rep. Demmer's office with questions or may click on the link below for the flyer and more information.





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Springfield… The Illinois House passed legislation today to fix the $1.6 billion gap in the current FY15 budget. State Representative Tom Demmer (R-Dixon) issued a statement following the passage of this emergency legislation…

“Today was a tough vote, but it was also a necessary vote to prevent further harm. If immediate action was not taken, the State would have been unable to make payroll at our prisons; low-income working families would lose their child care assistance, court reporters would be laid off, and money for services for the mentally ill and the developmentally disabled would have expired."

"In addition, inaction would have further delayed and perhaps jeopardized critical categorical school funding.  While education takes a minor funding reduction, the Governor will have discretionary funds available to ease the burden on schools that can least afford these cuts."    

"In doing so, the Governor is not without precedent, and given our faith in Governor Rauner and his commitment to holding the line on spending, we believe this is the right thing to do.”



State Representative Tom Demmer will be hosting a coffee talk on Saturday, March 21st at the Bryon City Hall Community Room, 232 W. Second Street Bryon, Illinois. Coffee will be provided as the Representative will discuss legislative issues and  field questions constituents may have. Discussions will begin at 8:00 am and end at 9:00 am. No registration is needed. Guests may contact Rep. Demmer's office with questions or may click on the link below for the flyer and more information.




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Dixon… Governor Bruce Rauner issued Executive Order 15 last week, creating the Local Government Consolidation and Unfunded Mandates Task Force. State Representative Tom Demmer (R-Dixon) was appointed to the task force as one of two representatives from the House Republican Caucus.

“I was honored to have been chosen for this task force,” said Rep. Demmer. “I believe it’s important that we take a closer look at how unfunded mandates affect local governments and school districts. We have an objective to study and make recommendations to consolidate local governments and school districts with the goal of improving the delivery of government and education services at a lower cost to State taxpayers.”

The purpose of the task force will be to study issues of local government and school district consolidation and redundancy. Illinois has the highest number of local governments in the United States with 6,963 units. Since 2000, Illinois school districts have been saddled with at least 140 unfunded mandates. 

Task Force Duties as Assigned:
  • Conduct a comprehensive review of State laws relating to local government and school district consolidation.
  • Conduct a comprehensive review of State laws relating to unfunded mandates on local government bodies and school districts.
  • Identify opportunities to consolidate, streamline, or eliminate duplicative governmental bodies, school districts, and taxing authorities.
  • Identify opportunities to replace, revise, or repeal unfunded mandates placed on local government and school districts.
  • Discuss solutions and impediments to consolidation of local governments and school districts.
  • Analyze the success of programs and legislation with similar goals implemented in Illinois and other states. 

 illinoispolicy.org“State policy should be encouraging cooperation amongst local governments and school districts to consolidate and streamline function while eliminating unfunded mandates,” said Rep. Demmer. “Both deliver critical services to local residents and businesses that have been suppressed by numerous State mandates that continue to drain their budgets. The task is challenging, but it’s something that absolutely needs to be resolved.”

The task force will hold four meetings throughout the State to gather information and recommendations from local governments and school districts. A final report will be submitted to the Governor and General Assembly at the end of the year. 
Springfield… State Representative Tom Demmer (R-Dixon) has filed legislation that would give entrepreneurs and startup founders a kick-start into the market. House Bill 3091 allows the use of intrastate crowdfunding, a new investing concept that is capable of generating greater access to capital, allowing for entrepreneurs with ideas to make them into reality.

“Crowdfunding will be the way of the future and is the next step in evolution for startups and small businesses,” said Rep. Demmer. “There are a lot of entrepreneurs out there who have great ideas to start a business, but have no capital. This bill will give those people the opportunity to bring new and innovative business ideas to Illinois.”

The legislation creates an exemption from certain filing and registration requirements under the Act for intrastate securities offerings that meet certain conditions.

“We have to be competitive with surrounding states,” said Rep. Demmer. “Wisconsin, Indiana, and Michigan have already enacted this legislation, while Missouri and Kentucky currently have bills drafted. We have the to opportunity join these states to spur innovation, economic activity, and small-business job creation.”

House Bill 3091 has been filed and is currently waiting to be assigned to a committee. For more information, you can visit the ilga.gov website.

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.

State Representative Tom Demmer will be hosting a coffee talk on Saturday, February 28th at the Waterman Community Center. Coffee will be provided as the Representative will discuss legislative issues and  field questions constituents may have. Discussions will begin at 8:00 am and end at 9:00 am. No registration is needed. Guests may contact Rep. Demmer's office with questions or may click on the link below for the flyer and more information. 



Springfield… Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner spoke to Illinois legislators during his first ever State of the State address. State Representative Tom Demmer (R-Dixon) responded to address by releasing the following statement…

“Governor Rauner is looking to meet our challenges head on. He gave an honest assessment of our State’s financial situation, perhaps the first in over a decade. We have to find ways to create jobs, improve our economy, and fund education properly.

“I applaud his call to hire additional prison guards. This has become a statewide issue and affects people in my district that work at the Dixon Correctional Center. His plan aims at finding ways to keep our prison guards and communities’ safe, I support that.

“I presume his budget speech two weeks from today will be filled with more details. Until then, I believe he gave us the tools to  commence the plan to turn Illinois around.”


Dixon… State Representative Tom Demmer (R-Dixon) was appointed to several key committees as the new legislative session begins. Rep. Demmer will serve on committees that are especially important to constituents in his district, including those overseeing healthcare, education, and agriculture.

“I'm looking forward to working on key legislative topics in healthcare, education, and agriculture,” said Rep. Demmer. “I know these topics are of particular importance to people in my district and serving on these committees will be an opportunity to directly influence key legislation."

In all, Rep. Demmer will serve on the following eight committees; Agriculture and Conservation, Higher Education, Human Services, Elementary & Secondary Education - Charter Schools, Health & Healthcare Disparities, and Youth & Young Adults, in addition to the Appropriations committees for both Human Services and Elementary & Secondary Education.

“We are facing a $6 billion dollar hole in the budget for FY15. Appropriations for the two committees I will be serving will bring some unique challenges, but we will work to make sure funding is a priority for these areas, especially education,” added Rep. Demmer.

Constituents can find more information on committee assignments by visiting the State website (ilga.gov). The website also provides a full calendar for this year’s spring session and committee schedule.    

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.

 The links below will take you to the committees homepage.








Dixon… State Representative Tom Demmer (R-Dixon) wishes to bring a piece of the 90th District to Springfield by hosting a photo contest. Participants will be asked to submit a photo that best represents the district. The winning photo will be displayed in both of Rep. Demmer’s Springfield and Rochelle offices.

“We live in a unique part of Illinois,” said Rep. Demmer. “This contest will allow people to showcase our area to others from around the State. I will be displaying the winners of the contest in both my Springfield and Rochelle offices.”

The contest runs until Friday, February 13th at 6:00 p.m. Participants are asked to submit their photos by email to photos@tomdemmer.com. Contest rules are as follows:

·         Photo can be of anything, but must have been taken within the 90th District. (see the map at tomdemmer.org)
·         You may submit as many entries as you’d like before the deadline of Friday, February 13 at 6:00 p.m.
·         Include name, phone number and where the picture was taken.


Rep. Demmer will choose winning entries and invite the photographers for a photo and unveiling at the Rochelle and Springfield office. Winning photos will be on display in Springfield and Rochelle for all of 2015. Participants seeking more information can call the district office at (815) 561-3690 or visit the website at www.tomdemmer.org.