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)
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Gov. Bruce Rauner signed House Bill 303 on September 19, a bipartisan legislation aimed at reforming Illinois’ asset forfeiture system. The reforms will increase transparency and shift burdens of proof to protect innocent citizens while maintaining the proper use of asset forfeiture as a tool for law enforcement. Gov. Rauner was joined by Illinois State Police (ISP) officials, ACLU members, legislators, and advocate organizations.

“Illinois residents should be protected from the unfair seizure of their private property,” Gov. Rauner said. “This legislation will enact needed reforms to prevent abuse of the civil asset forfeiture process, while maintaining its importance as a critical tool for law enforcement to make our communities safer.”

When properly applied, asset forfeiture strikes at the economic foundation of criminal activity. The seizure of monetary assets has been utilized as an effective method to disrupt the business activities of drug trafficking organizations and bring down high-level drug distributors.

However, if asset forfeiture is misused, it can have major economic ramifications on Illinoisans who may be innocent of any wrongdoing. The forfeiture of cash, a vehicle, or even a home can also affect their family members and exacerbate financial insecurity.

This important piece of legislation will provide for greater public transparency in Asset Forfeiture proceedings through the collection and publicly accessible reporting of forfeiture data, as well as additional sanction authority for abuse and violations of forfeiture rules by the ISP.

HB 303 also shifts the burden of proving guilt to the government, and increases the burden of proof to mirror that of the federal government in forfeiture cases from probable cause to a preponderance of the evidence, a fair and equitable standard. It also makes a number of other changes such as eliminating restrictive bonding requirements and adjusting the threshold amounts of money subject to forfeiture as well as the levels of cannabis and controlled substance possession that can lead to forfeiture proceedings as a way to thoughtfully limit the use of this system to its intended purposes.

Funds received through the Asset Forfeiture Program support the costs of law enforcement overtime and wire intercepts for major investigations, training, intelligence centers, prevention programs and investigative equipment.

“I am glad Illinois has taken this dramatic step forward, especially while the federal government seems poised to go backwards on this issue,” said state Sen. Don Harmon (D-Oak Park). “It's a simple concept - the government should have to prove that it has a right to take your property, not the other way around.”

“Asset forfeiture laws target the heart of much criminal activity – the financial gain. However, as with any law, we need to make sure it does not unduly burden those who may be innocent,” said state Sen. Tim Bivins (R-Dixon), a cosponsor of the law who served more than 32 years in law enforcement, 20 years as Lee County Sheriff. “House Bill 303 makes sure that the spirit of civil asset forfeiture is not abused.”

“We must strike the proper balance between targeting criminal enterprises and safeguarding the rights of innocent property owners,” said state Sen. Michael Connelly (R-Naperville). “The Institute for Justice gave Illinois a D- for our current civil forfeiture laws. The law signed today seeks to improve the current system by providing increased protections for property owners and requiring greater accountability from law enforcement.”

“Civil asset forfeiture in Illinois and across this country is out of control—Americans lose more of their property each year to forfeiture than to burglary,” state Rep. Will Guzzardi (D-Chicago) said. “This landmark bill gives Illinoisans some of the strongest protections against unjust forfeitures in the country, and it's a crucial step in restoring faith between civilians and law enforcement.”

“Civil asset forfeiture reform is an important step to ensure the Constitutional rights of Illinoisans are being protected,” said state Rep. Tom Demmer (R-Rochelle). “This law protects property rights, reduces the chance for abuses of power, and defends the rights of the individual. I’m proud to support this bipartisan initiative.”

Video of the event will be posted here: <https://www.illinois.gov/cms/agency/media/video/sitepages/videos.aspx>.
Dixon… Representative Tom Demmer (R-Dixon) held his annual Senior Citizens' Health Fair on September 8, from 10:00am until Noon, at the Lee County Council on Aging-Post House Ballroom.

Dozens of attendees joined dozens of exhibitors representing state, local, and community agencies in providing information to seniors in attendance.

“I always enjoy meeting with constituents to discuss the services that state and local agencies provide. This year’s event was a great opportunity to feature non-profit organizations and businesses in the area who offer services that help to improve the lives of seniors,” said Rep. Demmer

Attendees were not only able to gather information about services in our community, but also sign up for door prizes and enjoy free refreshments and fellowship.

ROCKFORD — The U.S. Surface Transportation Board has rejected a proposal to build a 261-mile railroad that would have cut through the Rockford area as it moved through Wisconsin, Illinois and Indiana.

In a decision Wednesday, the board said that Great Lakes Basin Transportation’s financial information was “fundamentally flawed,” making it impossible for the board to determine whether the proposal meets necessary criteria.

Construction projects are not required to be fully funded in the early stages of an application. However, financial fitness of the company behind a proposal is part of the application process, the board says in its decision.

Great Lakes’ assets “are so clearly deficient for purposes of constructing a 261-mile rail line that the board will not proceed with this application given the impacts on stakeholders and the demands upon board resources.”

Great Lakes may file a new application to meet the board’s criteria.

Read more here.
Dixon… Representative Tom Demmer (R-Dixon) will be holding his annual Senior Citizens' Health Fair will be on September 8, from 10:00am until Noon, at the Lee County Council on Aging-Post House Ballroom, located at 100 West Second Street in Dixon. The fair is free and open to the public.

Representative Demmer stated, “I always enjoy meeting with constituents to discuss the services that state and local agencies provide. The Senior Citizens' Health Fair will feature non-profit organizations and businesses in the area who offer services that help to improve the lives of seniors.”

All attendees will be encouraged to sign in for a chance to win a door prize and also help themselves to free refreshments as they peruse the fair.

Today, Governor Bruce Rauner issued a state disaster proclamation for Carroll, Henry, Jo Daviess, Lee, Ogle, Rock Island, Stephenson, and Whiteside counties in response to the extensive flooding they have experienced. This disaster proclamation will ensure continued state support to these communities to protect their residents and critical infrastructure, fight floodwaters brought on by recent heavy rains, and begin the recovery process.


"We need to #FixSB1 and ensure that we have a school funding formula that is fair to all school districts, not one that gives special preference to Chicago Public Schools alone. This chart illustrates the difference between our plan and the SB1 plan that is currently in the Senate. Our plan results in better funding for every single school in our area!"




Dixon… State Representative Tom Demmer (R-Dixon) reminds grade school students who live within the 90th Illinois House District that the deadline for his Summer Reading Club Program is approaching on August 11th.

“Students who read over the Summer are better prepared to return to school in the Fall.  Reading is fun, as well as being great for education, enjoyment, and lifelong learning.  I am proud to join area schools and libraries in helping promote summer reading to area students,” said Rep. Demmer.

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, August 11th.

Students who successfully complete the reading club will receive a certificate of participation and one reader will be selected to win a party for their entire class during the upcoming fall semester.  Details will be worked out directly with the winning reader and their school.


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Dixon… State Representative Tom Demmer issued the following statement regarding tonight’s income tax increase vote in the Illinois House of Representatives.

“As a member of the negotiating team, I know we have been making real progress with Democrats on both a balanced budget and meaningful reforms that would help put Illinois back on the right track.  Instead, Speaker Madigan ended those talks and put a permanent income tax increase to a vote,” said Demmer.

“Illinois is facing an unprecedented financial challenge. We need meaningful reforms to lower the cost of government, attract new jobs, and make Illinois a state where families and businesses can thrive” Demmer continued.


The State revenue plan (Senate Bill 9) passed by a vote of 72 to 45.  Governor Rauner has indicated he will veto the bill, but it received enough votes for an override.
CHICAGO – Upon returning to Springfield for special session on Wednesday, House Minority Leader Jim Durkin (R-Western Springs),  Senate Deputy Republican Leader Bill Brady (R-Bloomington),  Assistant Senate Republican Leader Jason Barickman (R-Bloomington), Senate Republican Caucus Whip Karen McConnaughay (R-St. Charles),  Senator Dale Righter (R-Mattoon), Deputy House Republican Leader Patti Bellock (R-Hinsdale), Deputy House Republican Leader Dan Brady (R-Normal) and House Republican Conference Chairperson Tom Demmer (R-Dixon) offered a reminder that a compromise balanced budget with reforms is on the table and ready to be enacted.   

“Last Wednesday we introduced a compromise budget and reform plan that respects the priorities of both parties and puts us on a path to end the impasse, if the Democrats will agree to engage with us.  The provisions included in our plan have been thoroughly vetted.  With only ten days left in the fiscal year, we don’t need more Committees of the Whole.  We need immediate action!” said Durkin.

Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno (R-Lemont) called the package “a reasonable compromise that will allow Illinois to move forward. We have to work together to enact a state budget and the reforms necessary to make it work.” Leader Radogno was unable to attend, but urged action in the General Assembly. “The time is now,” she said.

The comprehensive proposal includes a truly balanced budget, a four-year hard spending cap, lasting property tax relief, and changes to our regulatory system that will create jobs and grow the economy. The bills also include a $288 million increase for the new school funding formula, as well as additional funding to fulfill commitments to restore child care eligibility to 185% of the federal poverty level and a wage increase to Direct Support Professionals. It also includes term limits on legislative leaders and constitutional officers. 

“The people of Illinois want a balanced budget, and that is what is on the table here. This isn’t another lifeline, stopgap, or band-aid. This is a real, balanced budget and reforms to grow our economy, create jobs and put Illinois on a more firm fiscal footing going forward,” said Senator Brady. “We’re back in Springfield this week and it’s time to do what is right and pass a balanced budget for the people of Illinois.”


 The summary of the bills are as follows: 
  • Budget Bills (SB 2176, 2214, 2215, 2216, 2217, 2218): Comprehensive budget proposal that includes real spending cuts and a four-year spending cap, while providing funding to state agencies like the Department of Human Services to care for our state’s most vulnerable and the Department of Transportation to continue important infrastructure projects.
  • Property Tax Relief (HB 4066) Four-year freeze for all taxing districts, but would allow residents, through voter referendum, to lower or increase their taxes. Allows for an exemption on existing debt service payments as requested by Senate Democrats.
  • Local Government Consolidation (HB 4067): Strengthens and improves the already passed SB 3, and will allow for citizens-initiated consolidation on units of local government.
  • Education Funding (SB 1124, HB 4069): Changes to the K-12 education funding formula that treats every district equitably that is consistent with the bipartisan framework of the Governor’s School Funding Commission. Funding for early childhood education, K-12 education, community colleges and universities.
  • Workers’ Comp (HB 4068): Uses previously negotiated language between Senate GOP and Senate Democrats, like changes to the medical fee schedule, but does not reduce benefits to workers or include a causation standard.
  • Pension Reform (HB 4064): Accepts SB 16, which has previously passed the Senate, including President Cullerton’s consideration model and the state’s pickup of Chicago Public School’s pension payments.
  • Term Limits (HJRCA 33, HJRCA 2) : Constitutional amendment to impose 10-year term limits on legislative leaders in the General Assembly and eight-year limit on Constitutional Officers (Governor, Lt. Governor, Attorney General, Comptroller, Treasurer, and Secretary of State)

“This plan as a whole represents areas of bipartisan consensus and reasonable compromise," said Senator Barickman. "This is largely where we were at before Democrats walked away from the table. We still have time to pass a balanced budget, fix our broken school funding formula, and make State government better for the people of Illinois."

“Putting government consolidation in the hands of local voters is the right thing to do to reduce the cost of government in Illinois.  Unlike so much coming out of Springfield, this is not a mandate but an empowerment tool.  We have over 7,000 units of local government and our property taxes prove unsustainable.  Between pension reform and government consolidation, we can reduce the cost of government for taxpayers and right-size our services and costs,” said Representative Demmer.

“The comprehensive balanced budget we are offering will provide care for our state’s most vulnerable citizens and prevent further erosion of Illinois’ fragile safety net,” said Representative Bellock. “With the recent court ruling on the $2 billion backlog of unpaid Medicaid bills, it is critically important we take immediate action to address this backlog. Our plan includes more than $4 billion in bonding to help pay off old bills. We must address this crisis now. The consequences of not taking action now would be devastating to human services.”

Rep. Demmer joined colleagues in Co-Sponsoring legislation to Oppose the Great Lakes Basin private rail line recently.



The text of House Resolution 437 can be found at: http://ilga.gov/legislation/100/HR/PDF/10000HR0437lv.pdf
Dixon… State Representative Tom Demmer (R-Dixon) announced the official launch of his Summer Reading Club 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.

“Students who read over the Summer are better prepared to return to school in the Fall.  Reading is fun, as well as being great for education, enjoyment, and lifelong learning.  I am proud to join area schools and libraries in helping promote summer reading to area students,” said Rep. Demmer.

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, August 11th.

Students who successfully complete the reading club will receive a certificate of participation and one reader will be selected to win a party for their entire class during the upcoming fall semester.  Details will be worked out directly with the winning reader and their school.






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from Rockford Register Star, May 2, 2017



ROCKFORD — A privately funded expressway would be built in tandem with an ambitious railroad project that would slice through Winnebago and Ogle counties in an effort to more efficiently move goods from coast to coast.
Great Lakes Basin Transportation wants to build a 261-mile railroad that bypasses Chicago, where cargo crawls through a congested tangle of railroad lines. The company filed its application to build the railroad with the U.S. Surface Transportation Board on Monday. The proposed route resembles a giant C. It begins near Milton, Wisconsin, and travels south through Winnebago County west of Rockford and continues south through Ogle and Lee counties, southeast through LaSalle and Grundy counties and east to Pinola, Indiana.
Company officials say they’ll build a privately funded toll road, dubbed the “Daniel Burnham Expressway” after the famed Chicago urban planner, to complement the railroad and to expedite highway traffic around Chicago. The toll road would link the Indiana Toll Road with Interstates 80/94, 65, 57, 55 and 80. The massive infrastructure projects carry a combined $8 billion price tag and would likely require several years of state and federal review before construction could begin.  Read more here.
The Formal Application to the STB for Great Lakes Basin Transportation, Inc. was filed on May 1st.  A link to the application can be found at:

http://www.greatlakesbasin.net/single-post/2017/05/01/Formal-Application-to-the-STB-Filed
from Ogle County News (April 27, 2017)

The Black Hawk Statue remains shrouded in black while the state budget is in the red, but a state representative promises to do what he can to help both.

“I will strongly advocate for including the Black Hawk restoration project in any capital bill discussions, and will continue to stay in communication with DNR [Illinois Department of Natural Resources] for updates and news regarding the project,” State Rep. Tom Demmer (R-Dixon) wrote in an email last Friday.


The much-needed repairs to the surface of the 106-year-old Black Hawk Statue at Lowden State Park near Oregon have been side-tracked by the state legislature’s failure to pass a budget and red tape.

Meanwhile, the local landmark has been wrapped in black plastic since late last November to protect it from further damage.

Demmer said he has been in frequent contact with IDNR officials and has found out that..

Read more here.
from SaukValley.com (April 12, 2017)



STERLING – Local lawmakers offered advice Wednesday to two community leadership programs on how best to lead – and to serve.

"It's always about service," freshman Legislator Rep. Tony McCombie, R-Savanna, told members of the Whiteside Area Career Center's Creating Entrepreneurial Opportunities class and the Sauk Valley Community Leadership Program.

The minute it's about politics there's a problem, she said.

McCombie, state Rep. Tom Demmer, R-Dixon, and Kate Jennings Gerber, district director for U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-Moline, were among those attending a daylong leadership seminar sponsored by the college and by the Dixon, Rock Falls and Sauk Valley chambers of commerce, and held at Sauk Valley Media.

The three talked about their journey as legislators and how they serve their districts.

Read more here.

Join Representative Tom Demmer, Senator Karen McConnaughay, and Governor Rauner live on Tuesday to discuss how we can bring structural changes to our state, enact a balanced budget and move Illinois forward. Please ask your questions live on Tuesday starting at 11 a.m. We look forward to hearing from you!

Springfield, IL – Members of the House Republican Caucus today called on House Democrats to respect the wishes of Illinoisans by allowing redistricting reform, HJRCA17, to be called for a vote immediately.  

“This is one of the strongest statements we can make about reforming Illinois,” said State Rep. Tim Butler (R-Springfield). “This isn’t a Republican or Democrat issue, so it’s time for the Democrats to decide if they stand for the status quo or for a stronger, better Illinois for generations to come.”
HJRCA 17 would allow voters to decide, by statewide referendum, to amend the Illinois Constitution to create the Independent Redistricting Commission for the purpose of drawing legislative districts. A poll conducted by the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute last fall found that 72% of voters, including a majority of both Republicans and Democrats, supported the creation of an independent commission to draw legislative district maps.

Members noted that redistricting reform is directly tied to the state budget and the failure of having unbalanced budgets for more than 10 years.

“When people are no longer able to hold their representatives accountable due to the political leanings of their district, the people have lost,” said State Rep. Tom Demmer (R-Dixon). “That’s especially true when it comes to the fiscal issues of this state. Instead of being held accountable for taking vote after vote after vote to spend money that the State doesn’t have, far too many elected officials get a pass as soon as they go home for no other reason than the letter behind their name on the ballot.”
SPRINGFIELD- On Tuesday, March 14th, Representative Sam Yingling (D-62), Chairman of the Government Consolidation and Modernization Committee and Representative Tom Demmer (R-90) worked across party lines to pass the first in a series of government consolidation bills. The bill passed out of committee with unanimous support.

“Illinois has too many layers of government and we’ve got to get serious about consolidation,” said Yingling. “As Chairman of the Government Consolidation and Modernization Committee I will hold hearings and move legislation to consolidate government and reign in the soaring costs of local property taxes.”

The bill, HB 496, is sponsored by Representative Tom Demmer (R-90) and provides that a coterminous township may be dissolved after voter approval.  The question for dissolution may be placed on the ballot upon adoption of an ordinance by the city council of a township, or upon submission of petition of at least 10% of the registered voters of that township.

HB 496 follows up on a recommendation made in the December 2015 report of the Task Force on Local Government Consolidation and Unfunded Mandates.

“It’s time to modernize Illinois by consolidating and lowering the cost of government,” said Demmer. “This bill gives local officials the tools and resources they need to lower costs and create real savings for the taxpayers they serve.”

Illinois has nearly 7,000 units of local government-- the highest in the country.  Duplicative layers of government lead to inefficient service delivery and higher property taxes.

HB 496 now moves to the House of Representatives for a vote by the full chamber.

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Dixon… State Representative Tom Demmer (R-Dixon) announced the winners of his recent photo contest for photos that best represents the rich history of the 90th District, in celebration of the inauguration of the 100th General Assembly. The winning photos are displayed in both of Rep. Demmer’s Springfield and Rochelle offices. 

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

Rep. Demmer went on to say, "I want to thank everyone who submitted photos. There were so many wonderful entries that made these choices difficult this year."

The winning entries included:

Aims to lower Local Government costs

Dixon… State Representative Tom Demmer (R-Dixon) today announced the filing of four bills designed to lower the cost of government and provide property tax relief to overburdened Illinois taxpayers.

“We need to do right by the taxpayers- that means not just changing who pays for what, but actually lowering the cost of government. This Property Tax Relief Bill Package gives local officials the tools and resources they need to lower costs and create real savings for the taxpayers they serve,” said Rep. Demmer

Included in the package of legislation filed by Rep. Demmer is House Bill 496, which allows townships with a coterminous, or substantially coterminous, municipality may be consolidated if that decision is made at the local level. House Bill 788 allows local governments to hold a public hearing and vote to opt-out of unfunded mandates if the costs of complying are not economically feasible for taxpayers. House Bill 792 allows additional local government consolidations, again, if approved by local officials or taxpayers. House Bill 793 allows local governments, school districts and public colleges to opt-out of certain unfunded mandates.

“This package of bills is aimed at reducing the burdens of unfunded mandates on
Dixon… State Representative Tom Demmer (R-Dixon) issued the following statement after Governor Rauner’s Budget Address on Wednesday:

“I was glad the Governor presented a balanced budget proposal, as he has the past two years. More importantly, though, he highlighted some of the key points needed to get a budget done. The State Senate has been working on a grand bargain and it was helpful of the Governor to talk about the elements he supports, what he won’t support, and our next steps moving forward. His comments can serve to help breathe additional life into these negotiations,” said Demmer.

Demmer continued, “However, a final budget solution will require the Senate, the House, and the Governor agreeing on a path forward. Today’s speech was a
Dixon… State Representative Tom Demmer (R-Dixon) today announced the filing of four bills and two Constitutional amendments designed to fix a broken system and get state government back on the right track.

The first step is House Bill 787 which creates the Joint Committee of the General Assembly on Rules and Operations, a bipartisan panel of legislators who would review and make recommendations on House and Senate rules, committees, procedures, and structure of the General Assembly.

“The current system isn’t working. The House rules consolidate too much power in the hands of leadership. Rank-and-file legislators of both parties are often frustrated when they file a good bill only to have it buried in a subcommittee that never meets, or sent to a committee that never allows a vote,” said Rep. Demmer. “Additionally, the House alone has 56 committees and many more subcommittees, which makes it hard for people to participate constructively in the lawmaking process.”

“It’s time for us to modernize the House and Senate. The current system is a relic of the backroom deals and power grabs of years gone by. If we want a different result, we have to build a different system,” said Rep. Demmer.

Next is House Bill 3119 which gives the Governor the ability to call for a vote on a specific bill through a new “fast-track” authority. Currently the Governor is empowered to call a special session of the legislature and to identify the topic for the special session, but historically special sessions have been called and immediately adjourned without the legislature taking any action whatsoever.

“Fast-track authority would give the Governor the ability to propose specific legislation and get an up-or-down vote. The legislature retains its power to vote yes or no, but they can’t simply ignore a proposal,” said Rep. Demmer.

Fast-track authority is based on an idea that has been offered for the President of the Unites States as a way to spur Congress in to action.
Dixon… On the heels of being appointed Republican Conference Chairman two weeks ago, State Representative Tom Demmer (R-Dixon) announced that he has been appointed to key education and healthcare committees. Those appointments include the Human Services Committee, Human Services Appropriations Committee, Higher Education Committee and the Special Committee on Mental Health. He was also re-appointed to the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules (JCAR).

Rep. Demmer has been charged with a heavy workload of ten committee assignments for the 100th General Assembly. “I’m ready to get to work on the important issues assigned to these committees. Education and healthcare are major policy areas that affect every community in the state. They also comprise a significant portion of the state budget, which means they’re key parts of ongoing budget negotiations. I look forward to working with my colleagues to get Illinois back on the right track,” said Demmer.

In addition to the appointments listed above, Rep. Demmer was also appointed to the Cybersecurity, Data Analytics & IT Committee, the Elementary and Secondary Education: Charter Schools Committee, the Rules Committee, and as Minority Spokesperson of both the Healthcare Availability Committee and the new Cost Benefit Analysis Committee.

Constituents can find more information on committee assignments, participate in Rep. Demmer’s 2017 Legislative Survey, and contact him further at his legislative website- tomdemmer.org.

Rep. Demmer can also 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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Reps. Avery Bourne, Tom Demmer, and Keith Wheeler
conducting a Facebook LIVE response following the
State of the State Address. January 25, 2017.
Dixon… State Representative Tom Demmer (R-Dixon) issued the following statement following Gov. Bruce Rauner’s State of the State Address:

“The Governor’s address today can be summed up in one word: “Opportunity”.  We have the opportunity to work together in a bipartisan fashion to fix our State.  We have the opportunity to create jobs and bring back economic prosperity.  We have the opportunity to invest in education and continue to be a leader in education funding.  We have the opportunity to reform our criminal justice system and reduce the violence that plagues the City of Chicago.  While these issues can be viewed as challenges as well, I appreciated the fact that Governor Rauner sees the opportunities that exist to get Illinois back on the right track,” said Rep. Tom Demmer on Wednesday following the Governor’s address in Springfield.

90th District residents can connect with Rep. Demmer and learn more about legislation sponsored by Rep. Demmer during the Spring legislative session at his website at www.tomdemmer.org.

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From Sauk Valley Media, January 24, 2017---

Voters in the 90th House District in general, and the Sauk Valley in particular, have been aware of the leadership talents and aspirations of youthful state Rep. Tom Demmer for a while now.
Demmer, 30, a Dixon Republican, first won...read more here
Dixon… State Representative Tom Demmer (R-Dixon) posed one of the most important questions of the year during the debate over the Rules of the House for the 100th General Assembly—“if you didn’t know if you were in the majority or minority, would you feel these rules are fair?”

Speaker Madigan’s House Rules have long been a point of contention over process in Springfield. With complete control over setting the daily agenda and control through his top Assistants over what bills are assigned to committee and which are not, Speaker Madigan has ruled Illinois with an iron fist for 32 of the past 34 years. He alone determines whether a bill will receive fair debate in the Illinois House.

This prologue is what led newly appointed Republican Caucus Chair Demmer to pose the question, “if you didn’t know you were in the majority or minority, would you feel these rules are fair?” He continued,
Dixon… State Representative Tom Demmer (R-Dixon) was appointed to the post of House Republican Caucus Chair today, earning him a leadership role in shaping policy for the growing caucus.

Demmer was recently sworn-in to his third term in the Illinois House, where he has quickly gained a reputation as one of the most knowledgeable and thoughtful legislators in the House Republican caucus.  Rep. Demmer’s appointment was announced by House Minority Leader Jim Durkin on Tuesday, “Tom Demmer has impressed me as a legislator who hit the ground running,” Leader Durkin said.  “In addition to being a very effective legislator for his constituents and parochial interests, Rep. Demmer has been a strong leader in reforming government operations, for improving the jobs climate in our state, and he lends valuable experience to the Illinois House as a health care manager in his professional life.  He has earned this opportunity to play a larger role in shaping policy as we continue to reform Illinois and make it a more attractive place for families to thrive.”

Dixon… State Representative Tom Demmer (R-Dixon) was sworn in to his third term in the Illinois House of Representatives on Wednesday during the inauguration of the historic 100th General Assembly held at the University of Illinois-Springfield’s Sangamon Auditorium.

Rep. Demmer cited an eagerness to reform Illinois budget and spending policies to protect middle-class families and promote economic growth.

“As we stand at the precipice of 200 years of statehood, Illinois has challenges that are not insurmountable,” said Demmer. “These challenges should be viewed as opportunities to transform Illinois’ state government into a government that works for the people and competes for jobs and economic growth for the next 200 years.”

“Too many of our young people are moving out of Illinois for education, for jobs, for opportunities.  We have a window to help turn our state around and keep our children and jobs here in Illinois.  I will fight with everything I have to fulfill that vision for Illinois,” said Demmer.

The House of Representatives of the new 100th General Assembly is comprised of 67 Democrats and 51 Republicans.  Representative Michael J. Madigan of Chicago was re-elected Speaker of the House for another two-year term.  Representative Jim Durkin of Western Springs was re-elected Minority Leader.

90th District residents can learn more about legislation sponsored by Rep. Demmer during the Spring legislative session at his website at www.tomdemmer.org.


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Dixon… State Representative Tom Demmer (R-Dixon) joined AT&T to recognize Kreider Services and Open Door Rehabilitation Center with “Investing in Illinois” awards for their work to help people in Illinois.   Kreider Services, a non-profit organization, will receive $1,000 from AT&T to be used to support people with developmental and intellectual disabilities reach their fullest potential. Open Door Rehabilitation Center, a non-profit organization, will receive $1,000 to be used to support transportation for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

“Illinois offers great non-profit organizations that are truly improving lives in our state.  By supporting these organizations, we’re strengthening the communities where our customers live, work and play,” said Jaci Kator, external affairs manager, AT&T.  “We’re investing in Illinois.” 

Representative Tom Demmer nominated Kreider Services and Open Door Rehabilitation Center for the recognition from AT&T Illinois.   The AT&T “Investing in Illinois” awards provide resources and recognition to organizations and programs that improve lives in their communities and the state. They’re advancing education, economic growth, new technologies and other essential community services.