Dixon… State Representative Tom Demmer (R-Dixon) on Thursday voted “Yes” on SB 2038, which provides over $700 million in stopgap emergency funding to human services agencies in Illinois not currently covered by consent decrees and court orders.

“As a member of two Human Services Committees, I understand there are many urgent challenges facing the human services safety net.  I am pleased that we could build on the higher education stopgap funding, passed several weeks ago, and shift our focus to providing this emergency funding to human services as well,” said Rep. Demmer

Rep. Demmer went on to say we still need to address some, “critical emergency funding issues with our state prisons and other human services agencies.”

The appropriation had a dedicated funding source, mostly from the Commitment to Human Services Fund that was set up as part of the temporary income tax hike in 2010 and contains unspent money.  The funding is estimated to provide approximately 46% of the spending those programs would have encompassed this fiscal year.

“I appreciate the efforts that are being driven by rank-and-file members in the Illinois House and I hope we can next pass full-year FY 16 and FY 17 state budgets to get our state back on track,” 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.

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Dixon… State Representative Tom Demmer (R-Dixon) announced the official launch of his Summer Reading Club “Monster Reader” Program for grade school students who live within the 90th Illinois House District.  The program is offered to encourage summer reading among local youth and promote the lifelong benefits of literacy.  Free brochures are available for download on Rep. Demmer’s legislative website at tomdemmer.com or by calling his Rochelle District Office at (815) 561-3690.

Participating students are tasked with reading eight books over their summer break.  Books from local library programs are accepted; and books of 150 pages or more count as two books.  After a student completes his or her reading list, they must have a parent or guardian certify the reading was accomplished and return the signed form on the brochure to Rep. Demmer’s office by the deadline of Friday, July 29.