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"It is past time to come together..."

Jacksonville, IL…State Representative CD Davidsmeyer (R-Jacksonville) released the following statement in response to Governor Rauner’s decision to call the General Assembly into special session.

“After waiting half the month of June for Speaker Madigan, who makes the House schedule, to call us back into session, I am happy that the Governor has stepped up to get us back to work.

As we return, I hope that the Speaker’s majority will begin to openly discuss a realistic budget that relies on real compromise to move Illinois forward.

It is past time to come together, compromise, and make the tough decisions necessary to pass a truly balanced budget.”

Jacksonville, IL…State Representative CD Davidsmeyer (R-Jacksonville) is encouraging students in kindergarten through sixth grade to participate in his summer reading club. “Reading books during summer break are vital to a student’s grade-level retention while being out of school,” said Davidsmeyer.

Students who participate and complete the required number of books will be invited to an end of summer ice cream party. “Students who read eight books and return the reading log to my office will be treated to an end of summer ice cream party to celebrate their accomplishment,” said Davidsmeyer.

Reading logs, a list of local libraries and rules for the reading club can be printed off at Rep Davidsmeyer’s website, or participants may call his district off at 217-243-6221 and have a log mailed to their home.

“Reading throughout the summer not only gets us an ice cream party, but will also help kids return to school ready to build on what they learned in the prior school year.”

Details coming soon...check back next week to learn more.

Springfield, IL…State Representative CD Davidsmeyer (R-Jacksonville) is sick and tired of the political games and theater that is currently happening in Illinois. “Today is Illinois’ 700th day without a budget. It’s the job of the General Assembly to pass a balanced budget and that is precisely what we should have been doing for over two years,” said Davidsmeyer.

House Republicans began the 100th General Assembly in January with a call to House Democrats and their Leader, Speaker Michael Madigan, to develop a spending compromise that will preserve state universities, social services, and local school districts.

“House Democrats have passed nearly $1Billion in new spending since January. Each and every new promise takes away from funding K-12 education, state universities, and the social services that they claim to care so much about.”

“The State of Illinois is broke and the motto of the majority party seems to be ‘over-promise and under-deliver.’ Enough is enough with the empty and unfunded promises!”

Rep Davidsmeyer renewed his call for House Democrats to stop the political theater and begin negotiations.

“At the end of the day, I am ready for a bipartisan solution. Democrats have proven over and over their inability to pass their partisan budget. It’s past time to be adults, negotiate, and make some difficult decisions.”

“I applaud the IL Department of Corrections and the IL Nurses Association for returning to the negotiations table and working towards a resolution. We see the dedication from both sides through the Memorandum of Agreement. I know that much progress has been made and I look forward to seeing their negotiated agreement.”

State Rep. CD Davidsmeyer (R-Jacksonville) wants you to know that the IL Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), in coordination with Morgan County and Jacksonville ESDA, will be in town to collect old chemical cleaners, oil-based paint and motor oil on May 20, at the Morgan County Fairgrounds, 110 N Westgate Ave., Jacksonville from 8am to 3pm.

“It’s time to clean out those basements, garages and sheds of old oil, paint and chemicals,” said Davidsmeyer. “I know that many times we get busy and forget about those left over chemicals we may have bought for a project. This is a great opportunity to safely get rid of those items.”

A list of acceptable and unacceptable items can be found on the IL EPA's website.  Click here to read the list of items.

Acceptable Wastes at One-Day Collections

Oil-based paintsUsed motor oil
Paint thinnersDrain cleaners
HerbicidesLawn chemicals
Old GasolineHobby chemicals
Pool ChemicalsAerosol paints and pesticides
Cleaning ProductsFluorescent lamp bulbs
MercuryOld and outdated medicines and pharmaceuticals
Household Batteries

Please Do Not Bring Latex Paint

Unacceptable Wastes

Agricultural chemicalsPropane Tanks
Business/commercial sector wastesSmoke detectors
ExplosivesFarm machinery oil
FireworksFire extinguishers
Lead Acid BatteriesInstitutional Wastes
Controlled SubstancesSharps, needles and potentially infectious medical wastes