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.

Rawlings Family
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.
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.”

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Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS) blamed the error on delays in information transfer and an outdated computer system.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