Portions of the 100th Legislative District are experiencing rising flood waters.  The State of Illinois is working to inform the public of road closures and flooding.

Jacksonville, IL…State Representative CD Davidsmeyer (R-Jacksonville) was recently chosen as one of three Republican House Members selected to the Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability (COGFA). “I am honored to have been chosen to represent my district and the State on such an important commission,” said Davidsmeyer.

COGFA is a state commission that develops annual budget projections, reports on the financial condition of state pension systems, reviews proposed state facility closings and helps legislators with developing comprehensive reports.

Representative Davidsmeyer was selected by IL House Republican Leader Jim Durkin to serve on the 12-member commission to work on behalf of the 177 members of the General Assembly and the citizens of Illinois. 

“COGFA is a vital resource to the public, General Assembly Members and their legislative staff. The Commission determines the state’s annual revenue projections. It reviews state facility closures and examines the state’s construction projects,” said Davidsmeyer.

December 1, 2015: State Representative CD Davidsmeyer (R-Jacksonville) participated in a listening session with Jim Schultz, Director of Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity, and members of the Jersey County Business Association. The discussion was held at MTS Jerseyville, Inc. (New Holland – Agriculture). Pictured from left to right: Director Schultz, Rep. Davidsmeyer, Adam Heitzig (MTS Jerseyville), Superintendent Lori Hopkins (Jersey CUSD #100), and Mayor William “Bill” Russell.    

Rep. Davidsmeyer has his blood sugar checked at his diabetes event in Jerseyville, IL. 

Today, Rep. Davidsmeyer took to the IL House Floor to discuss how IL Democrats shortchanged child care last fiscal year.  The IL House of Representatives advanced funding for lottery winnings, 911 call centers and local tax distribution dollars shortly after Rep. Davidsmeyer's remarks.
From the Jacksonville Journal Courier:

Illinois Rep. C.D. Davidsmeyer said he felt the restrictions were too harsh when the governor first instituted the rules.

“I thought it was a little over the top because I consider a program like that to be an investment,” Davidsmeyer said. “You’re encouraging people to continue to work, to continue to pay taxes and set a good example for their kids as opposed to not having the services and putting them in a position where they might not be able to work.”
Jersey Community Hospital and State Representative C.D. Davidsmeyer (R- Jacksonville) are jointly sponsoring a free diabetes screening for the public from 9am to 11 a.m. on Friday, November 13 at the JCH Wellness Center Lobby, Commerce Towers, 400 Maple Summit Road, Jerseyville.

The screening consists of a finger-stick blood glucose test. A two hour fast is recommended.

Jacksonville, IL…State Representative CD Davidsmeyer’s (R – Jacksonville) fall photo contest winners are: Angela Dunnagan , Marcy Patterson and Kyla Hurt. The winning photos will be displayed at Rep. Davidsmeyer's legislative office in Springfield and on his website at cddavidsmeyer.org.

Photo by Marcy Patterson 
"Thank you to Angela, Marcy and Kyla for helping to bring a little bit of the 100th District to my Springfield office. I have had a great response from around the District, which makes me incredibly excited for my next contest – kid’s art,” said Davidsmeyer. 

Photo by Angela Dunnagan

Jacksonville, IL…State Representative CD Davidsmeyer (R-Jacksonville) will now host District Office hours in Jerseyville on Thursdays rather than Wednesdays. “My Jerseyville office will now be open every Thursday from 9:30am to 3:00pm, as well as other times by appointment,” said Davidsmeyer.

Rep. Davidsmeyer’s Jerseyville office is equipped to help senior citizens, veterans and taxpayers with their state government issues. “My office is here to help people get through the red tape of state government, whether it is a concealed carry license or helping with other benefits,” said Davidsmeyer.

Who: Rep. Davidsmeyer
What: Jerseyville Satellite Office
When: Thursdays, 9am to 4:30pm
Where: 100 South State Street, Jerseyville, IL
On Monday, October 26 State Representative CD Davidsmeyer participated in the Prairie Council on Aging's Senior Citizen Health Fair.

IL Comptroller Leslie Munger has created a hotline for state vendors and social service providers who have questions about the current budget impasse.  Call (855) IL-Ask-Us to have your questions answered by a budget expert from the IL Comptroller's Office. 

Save the date...
Prairie Council on Aging's SENIOR FAIR
Monday, October 26
at Hamilton's
110 North East Street
Jacksonville, IL
from 10am to 1pm

Questions:  Call the Prairie Council on Aging at (217) 479-4619

While Illinois’ seemingly unending budget “battle” continues, I have remained hopeful that cooler heads would prevail and true compromise would occur. I feel it important for everyone to know what is truly going on in state government.

Let me just say that I WISH there was a budget “battle” being waged right now, but the reality is that there aren’t even discussions going on. There are public political battles happening on the floor of the Illinois House, pretending to be the budget. These are solely designed to create political mailers next year that say I don’t care about grandma, childcare, or heating assistance for the poor; which couldn’t be further from the truth.

Let’s be very clear that the votes that have been taken have only served to drive a larger wedge in budget talks with a governor who has said he is willing to help raise revenue as part of other reforms (not requiring all of his agenda). The response from the Speaker is that raising taxes is the only thing that has anything to do with the budget.

If the Speaker and his super-majority don’t think that the economy, jobs, and an entrenched political class have anything to do with the budget they haven’t been paying any attention for the last 40 years.

We have lost over 300,000 manufacturing jobs just in the last decade. Those workers were taxpayers and our middle class! We continue to lose taxpayers to surrounding states, exacerbating our problems.

To anyone who believes that just passing a tax increase will fix our problems, let me say that 2 years ago, with the full 5% income tax increase, the majority party was still threatening cuts to programs. These are the very programs listed above that they pretend to be fighting for.

The fact is that the Speaker and his super-majority can do anything they want without the governor, including pass their budget and their tax increase. Instead they are wasting time pretending to be held hostage by this governor.

I am a realist who understands that the state has immediate needs and things don’t happen overnight. That means it’s more important than ever to start now. If we change nothing, we get exactly what we’ve already got.

The reality is that having No Change leads to large or yearly tax increases combined with continued cuts and uncertainty… a sad future for Illinois.

If that’s what you want, here’s another Illinois “IOU” to add to the $8 to $12 billion stack in 2016.

Compromise is a two-way street and I am ready as soon as the Speaker removes his road block.

C.D. Davidsmeyer
State Representative 
100th District 
Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White recently announced his office will no longer mail license plate renewal notices due to the state budget impasse. His office is offering to send e-mail reminders to those who sign-up for paperless notifications. Click here to register for e-mail renewal notifications from the Secretary of State’s office.
Central Management Services released a series of questions and answers for state employees who are covered by the State's Group Insurance during the budget impasse. 

Last week, an agreement was struck between Governor Rauner’s Administration and Union leaders that will keep negotiations going between the two parties and prevent a lockout or strike. “This is the second guarantee in the past three weeks from Governor Rauner to state employees that negotiations will continue and a lockout or forced strike will not occur,” said Davidsmeyer.

The agreement signed last week is a tolling agreement. It extends contract negotiations until a compromise is reached. Two previous extensions have been signed.

“Over the past four weeks I have worked with the Governor’s staff to secure promises in writing that state employees will be protected. I have secured a letter from the Governor and now, as promised, the Governor’s Administration has signed a new agreement with Union leaders that promises not to lockout or force strikes on state employees,” said Davidsmeyer. (Visit www.cddavidsmeyer.org to view agreements.)

If both parties, the Governor’s Administration and Union leaders, agree that an impasse has been reached then an appeal will be sent to the Illinois Labor Relations Board (ILRB). Employees will not be locked out, forced to strike or lose their paychecks.

“This agreement protects state employees and guarantees that they will be paid. I will continue to work to ensure that Governor Rauner and his Administration keep their word and do not cause a lockout or strike.”
Tolling agreement signed by Governor Rauner's Administration and Union Leaders.

On September 2nd, Governor Rauner signed a letter to Representatives Davidsmeyer and Unes promising not to lockout state employees or force a strike.  View the letter here:

Last week, Chicago Democrats used a parliamentary maneuver to add a multi-million dollar spending amendment to legislation that recently passed the Illinois Senate.  This legislative action delays funding to senior citizens and the State's neediest citizens.  State Representative CD Davidsmeyer took to the Illinois House Floor to encourage his colleagues to pass legislation that would not delay funding for those in need.  

State Representative CD Davidsmeyer (R-Jacksonville) voted with his Republican colleagues to reject an automatic pay raise that state legislators are set to receive this month.

Nearly three months ago Rep. Davidsmeyer and his House Republican colleagues filed legislation (HB 4225) that would have stopped the automatic pay increase for politicians, but that legislation was blocked by Chicago Democrats.  Legislation that recently passed (HB 576) mirrors the Republican bill.

During debate of HB 576 Rep. Davidsmeyer suggested that legislators shouldn't be paid because they haven't yet passed a budget for this fiscal year.  He was met with fierce opposition.  You can watch the exchange here:

Legislation Improves Port, Increases Trade and Creates Jobs

SPRINGFIELD – On August 5, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner signed legislation sponsored by State Senator Sam McCann (R-Carlinville) and Representative C.D. Davidsmeyer (R-Jacksonville) to remove Quarry Township from the America’s Central Port District, while offering new tools for the district to operate.  While HB3664 removes Quarry Township itself from the port district, Grafton lies inside that township, and the village will remain a part of the district.

“Quarry Township felt that it was more advantageous to their constituents to operate outside of the port authority, and this is about honoring the wishes of our local governments,” said Senator McCann. “But this legislation also enhances the ability of the district to serve as an economic development tool for the region.”

The legislation authorizes the port district to maintain foreign trade zones outside of its district. In addition, the legislation adds the port district to a host of other port and airport districts with the ability to establish and acquire business entities to manage facilities in relation to community and economic development.

"My thanks go to the Governor and my colleagues for recognizing the opportunity that the Port Authority, as a foreign trade zone, will provide for jobs in manufacturing and distribution for our communities and our state,” said Representative Davidsmeyer. “A good environment for creating jobs will have a huge positive impact on the future of Illinois.”

America’s Central Port District was originally established in 1959 as the Tri-City Regional Port District, encompassing the communities of Granite City, Madison, and Venice in Madison County. It was later expanded to include parts of Jersey County and renamed to its current title.

The port district owns or operates 1200 acres along the Mississippi, and holds 1.7 million square feet of warehouse space, 70,000 square feet of office space, and 150 apartments. Over 70 tenants lease from the district which supports over 900 jobs. The district estimates that it has an annual economic impact of $282 million on the local economy.

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.