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At large winner David Blanchette

David Blanchette, Jacksonville, IL
The final winner of the at-large photo contest is David Blanchette from Jacksonville, IL.  Congratulations David!

Davidsmeyer Announces Second Round

Jacksonville, IL…The second round of State Representative CD Davidsmeyer’s (R-Jacksonville) photo contest has opened! Residents living in the 100th House legislative district are encouraged to submit a photo of a place, object or event located in the legislative district. (Only one submission per-person is allowed.) Photographers should submit their photo and contact information to repcddavidsmeyer@gmail.com.

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Five at-large winners will be chosen for the second round on September 1st. Winners will have their photo framed and hung in Rep. Davidsmeyer’s Capitol office.

“I am amazed with the photos that my office received for the first round of competition. The 100th District is beautiful and the photographers who submit pictures are extremely talented. I can’t wait to see more of the great pictures that represent our great district,” said Davidsmeyer.

Should you have any questions about the photo contest please contact Rep. CD Davidsmeyer’s office at 217-243-6221 or via e-mail at repcddavidsmeyer.org.






The Illinois School for the Deaf (ISD) and School for the Visually Impaired (ISVI) will now be able to hire staff more quickly, thanks to legislation sponsored by State Senator Sam McCann (R-Carlinville) and Representative C.D. Davidsmeyer (R-Jacksonville) that was signed into law by Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner on July 15.

“Because of their important and specialized missions, ISD and ISVI have unique staffing needs,” said Senator McCann. “This new law will help the schools more efficiently recruit and hire the best talent to educate their students.”

Senate Bill 220 streamlines the hiring process for the two schools by exempting teaching applicants from the required grading process used by Central Management Services (CMS). After being recruited, candidates would submit their credentials directly to CMS, allowing the agency to determine whether they meet necessary qualifications before being hired.

"I thank and applaud Governor Rauner for signing legislation that will make hiring easier and quicker at ISVI and ISD,” said Representative Davidsmeyer.

“This public act will cut red tape and allow us to recruit and hire the best teachers for our kids.”

“This is an example of how we can work together to make government more efficient and responsive to better serve the people of Illinois,” said Senator McCann.

Jacksonville, IL…Last week, legislation was filed by State Representative CD Davidsmeyer (R – Jacksonville) that will require state employees to be paid without a government budget – just as state legislators and judges are paid without a budget.

“My legislation creates a continuing appropriation that pays state employees even during a government shutdown, and I have worked with Governor Rauner to ensure that it has his support.” said Davidsmeyer.

“Last year the majority party passed legislation to protect their paychecks even if there is no budget. My legislation will give state employees’ salaries the same protection as legislative and judicial salaries. This continuing appropriation will ensure that state employees are paid even in the absence of a state budget,” said Davidsmeyer.

Davidsmeyer’s legislation, HB 4245 was blocked by IL House Democrats during debate last week. “My bill would have ensured that families still received paychecks for their hard work. It does not throw the state employees into the middle of a larger political battle,” said Davidsmeyer.

Rep. Davidsmeyer released a video of House Democrats blocking his effort to pay state employees on his website.


“It is important that we pay state employees – who are required to work – during a government shutdown. Employee paychecks should not be in limbo because state legislators cannot agree on a budget with the Governor,” said Davidmeyer.

Rep. Davidsmeyer will continue to fight to advance his legislation again when the IL House of Representatives meets this week in Springfield. Governor Rauner has already declared his intent to veto the one-month unbalanced budget that the Senate will take up this week. Rauner has publicly stated that Davidsmeyer’s legislation is the only bill that he will support to pay employees until IL Democrats pass a balanced budget with reforms to improve Illinois.

“Until the Attorney General stops fighting against state worker pay, my legislation is the best option we have and I will work to move it to the House floor for debate this week,” said Davidsmeyer.
Winners of this year's photo contest will have their photo displayed in Rep. Davidsmeyer's State House Office.  This week's winner is Andrew Shireman from Jacksonville, IL.
Andrew Shireman, Jacksonville, IL.

Winners of this year's photo contest will have their photo displayed in Rep. Davidsmeyer's State House Office.  This week's winner is Paul Summers from Roodhouse, IL.
Paul Summers, Roodhouse, IL.

July 1st marks the beginning of veteran designation on Illinois driver's licenses and identification cards.  The license designation is the result of legislation advanced by the Illinois House Republican Caucus.  To receive the designation, veterans must met certain criteria and provide proof of veteran status.  For more information please visit the Illinois Secretary of State's website (click here).
The Illinois Department of Central Management Services has released a series of questions and answers for state employees regarding their benefits during a government shutdown.

From CMS...


We understand state employees have questions on how their benefits will be impacted as the state budget is no longer in place beginning July 1. The following Q&As were designed to help answer any questions you may have.



Employee Benefits

Q.  Will an employee's health, dental or life insurance be affected?
A.  No. Group insurance coverage during a budget situation will not be impacted. If paychecks are delayed, and as long as the employee continues to work and earn a paycheck, insurance premiums will be taken accordingly. The missed payroll deductions will be taken once paychecks are issued.

Q.  What will happen to an employee's contributions to any flexible spending accounts (i.e., MCAP, DCAP) during the budget situation?
A.  Employees enrolled in MCAP will not be impacted. ConnectYourCare debit cards will continue to work. If the employee continues to work and earn a paycheck, deductions should be taken accordingly. If MCAP deductions are missed, they must be made up when the budget situation is resolved.

Employees enrolled in DCAP may be impacted as reimbursements are limited to the available account balance contained in their DCAP account. If the employee continues to work and earn a paycheck, and once all payroll deductions are deposited into the DCAP account, reimbursements can be made for eligible expenses up to the available account balance.

Q.  What will happen to an employee's Commuter Savings Program benefit?
A.  Employees enrolled in the Commuter Savings Program will continue to receive the benefit under this program. Employees will owe any underpaid amount upon their return to payroll.

Workers' Compensation Program

Q.  Will an employee's Workers' Compensation benefits be affected?
A.  No. In the event of a budget situation, Temporary Total Disability (TTD), Permanent Total Disability (PTD) and survivor death benefit payments under the Workers' Compensation Act will continue through July. Work-related injuries should continue to be reported through the procedures in place today.

Deferred Compensation Program

Q. What will happen to an employee's Deferred Compensation contributions during the budget situation?
A.  As long as the employee continues to work and earn a paycheck, payroll deductions for Deferred Compensation should be taken accordingly. Deferred Compensation contributions can only be made through payroll deduction. The employee cannot deposit money directly to his or her fund to catch-up the contributions.

Q.  If an individual is currently receiving a distribution from their Deferred Compensation account, will that distribution continue during the budget situation?
A.  Yes. Current distributions and changes to distribution amounts will continue to be processed. To make any changes in distribution, call T. Rowe Price at 1-888-457-5770.

Q.  Will hardship distributions/loans from an employee's Deferred Compensation account be available during the budget situation?
A.  A loan provision is available at any time and allows a participant to have one outstanding loan and borrow a minimum of $1,000 up to a maximum of $50,000 or 50% of their account balance over a five year period. The interest you pay goes back to your account along with the principal amount each month as you repay the loan through Automatic Clearing House (ACH) deductions from your bank. Employees would likely not qualify for a hardship distribution as they will be made whole of any missed payrolls when the budget situation ends.

Q.  How do I borrow from my Deferred Compensation account?
A.  To apply for a loan from your account over the phone, call T. Rowe Price at 1-888-457-5770 to speak to a Representative. There is a $75 processing fee and you will need to supply bank routing and account information for your checking/savings account numbers to set up the automatic ACH deduction. Participants are allowed one outstanding loan at a time. You may repay the full loan balance amount at any time through the same phone number at T. Rowe Price.

State Employee Compensation

Q. What options exist if certain parties take action to temporarily block pay for state employees?
A. State employees will be paid for their work. If certain parties take action to temporarily block pay for state employees, there may be an opportunity for employees to get bridge loans from local financial institutions. Credit Union 1, for example, has already agreed to offer no-interest loans for qualifying members of the credit union should salary payments for state employees be delayed. To be eligible to receive 0% interest loans from Credit Union 1, participants must have been members on or before May 1, 2015. Employees who have become members of Credit Union 1 since May 1, 2015, can apply for a loan, subject to normal criteria, rates and terms.