Dixon… State Representative Tom Demmer (R-Dixon) on Friday lauded the House passage of SB 2059, which provides over $600 million in stopgap funding to Illinois institutions of higher education, including interim support to community colleges and MAP grant recipients through existing state funding.  Rep. Demmer went on to urge stopgap funding to remedy similar issues in Human Services as well.

“As a member of both the House Human Services Committee and the House Human Services-Appropriations Committee, I understand there are many similar challenges facing the human services safety net.  We should take this momentum and next apply it to human services and a full budget solution,” said Rep. Demmer

The stopgap higher education funding measure provides nearly $170 million in funding to MAP recipients, $74 million to community colleges, and $26 million to nearby Northern Illinois University.

“I appreciate that this stopgap funding measure was driven by rank-and-file members and I hope we can use this momentum to break through this impasse and begin to remedy the dire fiscal situations facing our state,” continued Demmer.

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.

"Standing Room Only" as Rep. Demmer's District Office Staff attends the Public Scoping Meeting in Rochelle on April 20th.  Rep. Demmer's staff was on hand to hear constituent concerns on this important issue.
I encourage concerned citizens and agencies to take advantage of these public meeting opportunities and provide constructive comments on the Great Lakes Basin Transportation, Inc. proposal.

These public scoping meetings are open to the public. Their purpose is to allow residents, local agencies, environmental groups and potentially affected parties to submit comments to the Surface Transportation Board (STB) to consider for the Environmental Impact Statement.

Public Scoping Meetings:

  • April 18, 2016; 5:30-8:00 PM; Craig High School Cafeteria, 401 South Randall Street, Janesville, Wisconsin
  • April 19, 2016; 10:00 AM-12:30 PM; Community Building Complex of Boone County, 111 W. 1st Street, Belvidere, Illinois;
  • April 19, 2016; 5:30-8:00 PM; Cherry Valley Fire Station #2 Hall, 4919 Blackhawk Road, Rockford, Illinois;
  • April 20, 2016; 5:30-8:00 PM; Rochelle Township High School Auditorium, 1401 Flagg Road, Rochelle, Illinois; and
  • April 21, 2016; 5:30-8:00 PM; Seneca High School Auditorium, 307 East Scott Street, Seneca, Illinois.

Also, if you would like to submit comments online visit the link below and enter Docket#: FD 35952. Comments are due by June 16, 2016.

Mail comments to:

Dave Navecky
Surface Transportation Board
395 E Street SW
Washington, DC 20423-0001
Docket No. FD 35952
Links regarding the Great Lakes Basin Project: