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April 15, 2015...State Representative C.D. Davidsmeyer laid a wreath at Abraham Lincoln's statue on the Capitol grounds in remembrance of President Lincoln's death 150 years ago. 
 
Rawlings Family

SPRINGFIELD – On Tuesday Rep. C.D. Davidsmeyer (R-Jacksonville) and the IL House of Representatives leaped the first major hurtle of renaming portions of IL Rt. 67 the Richard “Dick” Rawlings Memorial Highway.  House Joint Resolution 15 sponsored by Rep. Davidsmeyer received unanimous passage and is now headed to the IL State Senate for approval.

Richard “Dick” Rawlings was chairman of the IL Rt. 67 corridor committee.  He worked tirelessly to change Rt. 67 from a two-lane road into a four-lane highway.  “I can’t think of a more fitting way to honor Dick Rawlings and his family than by renaming a portion of Rt. 67 in memory of him,” said Davidsmeyer.
  
“Renaming this highway is a lasting tribute to Dick Rawlings and his commitment to improving Rt. 67.  He worked tirelessly for our community, region and state to make progress on Rt. 67 a reality.  His life of service reminds us that there is still work to be done,” said Davidsmeyer.
 
The Rawlings family was present in the House Gallery to witness passage of House Joint Resolution 15.  The legislation moves to the Senate where it expects passage in the near future.


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SPRINGFIELD – “A ticking time-bomb was dropped in the lap of our new Governor by an unbalanced and underfunded budget.  Today we took steps to ensure that daycares can continue to provide care for our children, court reporters can continue providing an invaluable service for our justice system, and prison employees receive paychecks to keep our criminals in line.”

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Davidsmeyer Appointed to Legislative Audit Commission
Discovers $12.3 Million Paid to Deceased Medicaid Recipients

JACKSONVILLE – In his first meeting as a Legislative Audit Commission member, State Representative C.D. Davidsmeyer (R-Jacksonville) discovered over $12.3 million paid to thousands of deceased Medicaid recipients in a 2013 audit of the Department of Healthcare and Family Services. 

“It is appalling that the State of Illinois paid over $12.3 million in supposed health care costs for people who were already dead,” said Davidsmeyer.  “Problems like this are extremely difficult to hear, especially with the horrible finances of the state.”

Staff from the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS) blamed the error on delays in information transfer and an outdated computer system. 

“The computer systems that the Department of Healthcare and Family Services use to make and track Medicaid payments are older than I am,” said Davidsmeyer, who is 35 years old.  Rep. Davidsmeyer is encouraging the State to speed up the process of replacing their outdated systems and recouping payments made to health care providers for deceased recipients.

“The cost of replacing the State’s outdated computer system does not out-weigh the waste we have found.  While the majority of those payments are recovered, we must do everything we can to root out waste, fraud and abuse and work to ensure that our tax dollars are spent wisely,” said Davidsmeyer.

The Legislative Audit Commission reviews and analyzes audits completed by Illinois Auditor General William Holland, who is in his third 10-year term.  Holland’s office is responsible for performing audits and making recommendations to prevent errors from reoccurring.
JACKSONVILLE –State Representative C.D. Davidsmeyer (R-Jacksonville) issued the following statement on FutureGen:

“I am extremely disappointed that President Obama has decided not to build the clean coal electric generation plant - FutureGen.  It is ridiculous to waste an opportunity to use a resource from right here at home in an environmentally friendly way.  

“I appreciate the hard work of so many men and women who have worked to bring the FutureGen plant to our area.  I deeply regret the federal government’s decision to scrap a project that would have provided an opportunity for environmentally friendly use of domestic coal and brought much needed jobs to the area.  It also seems like a lost opportunity to prove that the government can work well with a private entity in a public-private partnership.”


SPRINGFIELD –State Representative C.D. Davidsmeyer (R-Jacksonville) today made the following statement in response to Governor Bruce Rauner’s State of the State Address.

“Governor Rauner presented us with an honest evaluation of Illinois’ dire financial situation. Our number one priority needs to be improving the state’s economy through job creation. I am looking forward to getting deeper into his proposals to turn the state around. I was especially pleased to hear him speak about the need to hire more correctional officers to bring down overtime costs and help keep our communities safe. It was also exciting to hear the Governor renew his commitment to increasing K-12 education funding. The budget address two weeks from today should provide us with even more details.”

Jacksonville... State Rep. CD Davidsmeyer (R-Jacksonville) was appointed to be the Republican spokesman on two committees:  the Energy Committee and the Special Committee on Youth & Young Adults.  He was also assigned to sit on the following committees as well:

1.      Appropriations- Human Services
2.      Business/Occupational Licenses
3.      Health Care Licenses
4.      Insurance
5.      Veterans Affairs
6.      Financial Institutions 

I am excited to take a leadership role as spokesman on two committees and to serve on six more.  While I am happy to be on each of these committees, I will continue to fight to decrease the excessive number of committees in the Illinois House.  Like last year, I will be introducing legislation, HB 492, in this new General Assembly to reduce the number of committees to a maximum of 20, instead of the 50 we have this year.  This will decrease at a small level the waste of tax dollars and provide time for each Representative to be more involved,” said Rep CD Davidsmeyer.

State Representatives who are appointed as the Chairman or spokesman for any committee are given supplemental pay for assuming that leadership position.  Republicans have long contended that these positions are just a way for the Speaker of the House to pay members of his caucus more money since several of committees never or rarely meet. 
 
“The U.S. House of Representatives, with 435 members, operates with basically half of the number of committees as the Illinois House, with 118 members,” said Rep. CD Davidsmeyer.  “There is no need for seven types of education committees, seven variations of human service committees, or even multiple transportation committees.  The issues don’t operate in a bubble, and therefore need to be discussed in relation to one another.” Rep. Davidsmeyer added.