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U.S. 67 near Jacksonville has been formally designated the Dick Rawlings Memorial Highway. The Illinois General Assembly and Illinois Department of Transportation officially named the highway after the Morgan County Commissioner and Corridor 67 chairman who passed away in 2014. The legislation was sponsored by Rep. CD Davidsmeyer (R-Jacksonville) and Sen. Sam McCann (R-Plainview). Friends and family were on hand for the unveiling of the sign naming the highway for Rawlings.



Rep. Davidsmeyer and other House Republicans sent a letter to Governor Bruce Rauner and Roberta Lynch, AFSCME's Executive Director, requesting both sides to return to the table for thoughtful, good-faith negotiations.


Yesterday, State Representative CD Davidsmeyer (R-Jacksonville) advanced legislation that remembers fallen South Jacksonville Police Officer Francis Scot Fitzgerald. “House Joint Resolution 138 creates a lasting memorial for Officer Fitzgerald,” said Davidsmeyer.

Officer Fitzgerald was killed while responding to a medical emergency on March 4, 2016.

Officer Fitzgerald’s family joined Rep. Davidsmeyer in Springfield yesterday and witnessed passage of the resolution.

“I am honored to have Officer Fitzgerald’s family’s blessing to ensure that his service is always remembered,” said Davidsmeyer. “It was also great to have the family with me as we honored his life in the Illinois House of Representatives.”

HJR 138 now moves to the IL Senate for approval. A portion of IL Route 267 will be designated as the “Officer Scot Fitzgerald Memorial Highway” once the resolution is adopted by the Senate.

State Representative CD Davidsmeyer (R-Jacksonville) released the below statement on the passage of Senate Bill 2038 – emergency funding for social services.

“Yesterday, we once again took a step to prove that true compromise can work. Republicans and Democrats came together and passed nearly $700 million in funding for human services.

The money appropriated today, unlike other pieces of legislation, will only spend dollars that the state has in the Commitment to Human Services Fund and a couple of other state funds directly related to these services. Since there are no funds from the General Revenue Fund, the state will not be adding to its backlog of bills by appropriating this money.

However, yesterday’s funding only amounts to 46% of the dollars used to fund Human Services in Fiscal Year 2015. The General Assembly must work towards a balanced budget that fulfills its obligation to those most in need.”



Students from Jerseyville traveled to the State House on Tuesday, May 10 to display their 2016 Technology projects.  
Rep. Davidsmeyer with Jerseyville High School Students. 
Rep. Davidsmeyer with Jerseyville Grade School Students. 
Rep. Davidsmeyer with Jerseyville Middle School Students. 

Representative Davidsmeyer and Senator McCann (center) with members of the Jacksonville Area Chamber of Commerce.

State Representative CD Davidsmeyer (R-Jacksonville) joined a bipartisan, bicameral group yesterday to announce stopgap funding that would fund student MAP grants and state universities. “Our proposal will immediately provide one semester of MAP grant funding to Illinois’ neediest students, while work on a full budget continues,” said Davidsmeyer.

The proposal, devised by Rep. Mike Fortner (R-West Chicago), taps the projected $600 million dollars currently held in the Educational Assistance Fund (EAF). 

The EAF is used to fund a mix of K through 12 education and higher education. The K through 12 portion has already been appropriated, leaving $600 million in the fund.

MAP grant recipients would receive one semester of funding at a cost of $198,536,550 from the EAF. State universities and the Illinois Math and Science Academy would receive four months stopgap allocation from May until August of 2016. The estimated four month allocation is $359,726,867 and nearly exhausts the EAF. 

“The General Assembly must act to ensure that our students receive the promised MAP funding and to make sure our universities remain open. This is just a first step towards funding higher education.”