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.

Coffee Talk Flyer (PDF)
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.