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Jacksonville, IL... A series of state audits reveal that Illinois taxpayers have spent nearly $400 million on taxpayer-funded health insurance for illegal immigrants.

The newly-released audit of the Expanded ALL KIDS program shows that in Fiscal Year 2016, taxpayers spent $38.2 million on free health insurance for illegal immigrants. ALL KIDS program audits conducted by the Illinois Auditor General show that 62 percent of the enrollees and nearly 60 percent of the total cost comes from illegal immigrants. The cost to insure illegal immigrants totaled $396 million from FY09-FY16.

“It is ridiculous that illegal immigrants can get free health insurance, while law-abiding citizens – who pay taxes – are forced to cover the costs of people breaking the law,” said Rep. C.D. Davidsmeyer (R-Jacksonville).

“Just imagine what our state could have done with $400 million dollars. We could have started by paying some old bills!”

Representative Davidsmeyer is sponsoring legislation that will stop illegal immigrants from collecting taxpayer-funded welfare benefits.

“A helping hand is one thing, but a handout to those who are here illegally is not right. House Bill 4182 will ban illegal immigrants from receiving taxpayer-funded entitlements, including ALL KIDS,” said Davidsmeyer.

The Covering ALL KIDS health insurance program was created by former Governor Rod Blagojevich and was set to expire in July 2016. However, the program was extended by the General Assembly in April 2016. Rep. Davidsmeyer voted against the extension contained in House Bill 5736, which passed the Illinois House on a vote of 77-38-0 and became Public Act 99-518.
JACKSONVILLE, IL... State Representative C.D. Davidsmeyer (R-Jacksonville) is refiling his “Taxpayer’s Fiscal Charter” which contains important reforms to Illinois’ budget process.
The Taxpayer’s Fiscal Charter gives broad power to taxpayers, limits lawmakers’ ability to create new and unfunded entitlement programs and ensures the pension system’s stability for years to come.

“The State has a long way to go and this legislation is a common-sense, major first step to stop the bleeding. My legislation will stop wasteful spending, promote a thirty-day payment cycle and require the State to make its full pension payment,” Davidsmeyer said. “Unfortunately, when I filed the Taxpayer’s Fiscal Charter last year, it was not allowed to see the light of day. So I am refiling my legislation for consideration this Spring and ask that the Speaker give it a fair and open hearing.”

House Bill 4229 creates the Taxpayer’s Fiscal Charter Act and freezes discretionary State spending for two years. The freeze continues after the two-year deadline if the State is unable to pay vendors within 30 days. It also does not allow for new programs or expansion of entitlement programs unless a full pension payment - based on actuarial requirements - is made.

“By making full Constitutionally-required and court-ordered pension payments we will ensure that our budget is realistic and that those who have retired receive the benefits that they worked for,” said Davidsmeyer.

The other three budgetary reform policies in the Taxpayer’s Fiscal Charter are Pay As You Go, a prohibition on unfunded mandates and a sunshine clause for future budgets.

“Lawmakers who file legislation which creates new spending will also be required to file an amendment that identifies a revenue source to pay for the spending or cuts spending for a current program to fund the new one,” Davidsmeyer said. “The Charter prohibits unfunded mandates from being passed onto school districts and local governments. If the mandate is good enough for the General Assembly to pass it, then it is good enough to be fully-funded.”

Finally, Davidsmeyer’s legislation requires a 72-hour online posting of the General Assembly’s proposed new fiscal year budget prior to passage.

“No more backroom deals when it comes to spending taxpayers’ money. The Charter shines sunlight on the budget-making process by requiring a 72-hour public posting before a vote can be taken. Most budgets passed in Springfield are negotiated in the backroom by powerful insiders then rushed to the House Floor for a vote with no public notice. My legislation will provide transparency by requiring the proposed budget to be posted online at least three days prior to passage,” said Davidsmeyer.

With the arrival of the new year comes a series of new laws enacted by the State of Illinois. This year, over 200 new laws will take effect on January 1. These include bills for small technical corrections as well as major pieces of legislation. Below is a recap of these new laws which will be on the books next year. 

Click here to read a recap of new laws.

Davidsmeyer Hosts Town Hall Meetings in Carrollton and Grafton

JACKSONVILLE, IL…State Representative C.D. Davidsmeyer (R-Jacksonville) is encouraging the public to attend his two upcoming town hall meetings in Carrollton and Grafton.

“This week I will be in Carrollton and Grafton speaking with constituents – giving an update on what happened during veto session – and discussing the issues that are important to all of us,” said Rep. Davidsmeyer.

“As your State Representative, I want to hear from you. That is why I hope you can attend my town hall meetings and voice your opinion on the issues that are important to you. If you are unable to attend, please do not hesitate to call me at 217-243-6221 or email me through my website,”

Who: State Representative C.D. Davidsmeyer
What: Town Hall Meeting
When: Tuesday, November 14 (Carrollton) and Wednesday, November 15 (Grafton) beginning at Noon
Where: Carrollton City Hall, 621 S Main St
Grafton City Hall, 118 E Main St

SPRINGFIELD, IL…Tess Drainer has Bilateral Perisylvian Polymicrogyria (BPP), but that did not stop her from visiting Representative C.D. Davidsmeyer (R-Jacksonville) at the IL State Capitol this week. Rep. Davidsmeyer passed House Resolution 1075 in 2016 to honor Tess for her work spreading awareness of BPP. Tess came to Springfield with her mom and uncle to bring awareness to BPP, a rare disease. Her smile provided a bright spot for the IL House of Representatives.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Genetic and Rare Diseases Information Center describe BPP as “a rare neurological disorder that affects the cerebral cortex (the outer surface of the brain).” There is no cure for BPP, but that has not stopped Tess from promoting the need for awareness.

Caption:  From Left to Right, State Rep. Patti Bellock (Republican Spokeswoman for Human Services), Bob Stepanek, Tess and Carol Drainer, Rep C.D. Davidsmeyer and IL House Republican Leader Jim Durkin

SPRINGFIELD, IL…Brady Kaufmann, the Illinois Elementary School Association (IESA) State Golf Champion, was honored at the Illinois State Capitol this week by Rep. C.D. Davidsmeyer (R-Jacksonville). Kaufmann, an eighth grader at Jacksonville Middle School, is coached by his father Joe Kaufmann.

Caption:  From Left to Right, Joe, Beth and Brady Kaufmann; Rep. Davidsmeyer; Rachel and Breanne Kaufmann.