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Labor and management agree on unemployment insurance relief for steelworkers. Affected could be up to 2,000 workers at the Granite City Works. The mill complex makes hot-rolled sheet steel, which is used in furniture, appliances, oil and gas drilling, and many other uses. Declining prices for hot-rolled sheet steel, and accusations that massive quantities of steel are being illegally dumped by China and other Asian countries, have led to the partial shutdown of this mill and the layoff of most of its workers.

SB 1941, approved by the Illinois House on December 1, grants emergency relief to Granite City workers who have been laid off. Most or all of them have exhausted their unemployment insurance (UI) benefits, and SB 1941 grants extended benefits to most of them to enable their ongoing search for new employment. In most cases, this measure will grant 26 weeks of additional unemployment relief. The bill was approved by both labor and management entities that keep watch over the financial solvency of the UI trust fund. The House vote on SB 1941 was 107-2-0; the Senate concurred with the House amendment and sent the compromise measure to the Governor’s desk.

·        New Illinois license plate design unveiled.  Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White announced a program to retire the State’s current motor vehicle plate design for individual motor vehicles (such as cars and light trucks).  Designs for a new license plate were unveiled on Tuesday, November 15.  The new license plate features Abraham Lincoln’s head, supplemented by a silhouette that is framed by outlines of the Illinois State Capitol dome in Springfield and the Willis Tower in Chicago.

Secretary of State White expressed the hope that the new plates could be stamped starting next year.  Starting to stamp new plates could make it possible to replace the older plates being used by some vehicles in active use in Illinois.  Under a tentative schedule released by the Secretary of State and his Office of Vehicle Services, plates made in calendar years 2000 and 2001 would be scheduled to be replaced first, in calendar year 2017, at no additional cost to motorists.  Under the proposed plan, persons requesting the new plates ahead of schedule would be able to submit requests starting in January 2017 for a replacement fee of $29.       
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.