Springfield, IL…State Representative CD Davidsmeyer (R-Jacksonville) is proud to announce U.S. Route 67 through Greene County will be memorialized for the seven Powell Brothers of Hillview, IL. “It is an honor to be able to rename a portion of U.S. Route 67 after the Powell Brothers who defended our country in World War II,” said Davidmseyer.

Senate Joint Resolution 2 will rename and designate U.S. Route 67 as the “Powell Brothers Memorial Highway.” “Adrian, Arthur, Earl, Everett, Fred, George and Max are brothers who left home to fight
in Europe, Russia and Japan. We honor each one of these brothers for the glory they brought their family, Hillview and the 100th Legislative District by renaming a portion of 67 in Greene County as a memorial,” said Davidsmeyer.

Senate Joint Resolution II originated in the IL Senate. Senator McCann is the Senate sponsor and Representative Davidsmeyer is the House sponsor. The joint resolution orders the IL Department of Transportation to erect signs entering Greene County noting the highway’s name change.

Rep. Davidsmeyer's statement on the unbalanced budget

The budget that IL House Democrats advanced yesterday spends nearly $4B more than anticipated revenues for Fiscal Year 2016, increasing the backlog of bills.

IL House Democrats have been unwilling to compromise between two unrealistic ideas: cuts or tax increases. Somewhere in the middle lies reforms and a brighter future.

Unfortunately, IL House Democrats left the bargaining table when House Republicans voiced real fiscal concerns, which is why this budget did not receive a single bi-partisan vote.

Without reforms, every Illinoisan will be asked to give more and more into the future.

It is unreasonable for IL House Democrats to pass an unconstitutional, unbalanced budget. We must focus our dollars on those who can't do for themselves and investing in our future. This can only be done through reforms that grow Illinois' economy to actually fulfill those promises. 
In this week's video update Rep. Davidsmeyer talks about the need to pass a bi-partisan balanced budget.

Springfield, IL…Yesterday, State Representative CD Davidsmeyer (R-Jacksonville) advanced legislation that will cut bureaucratic red-tape and make it easier to attract top-notch educators at the IL School for the Deaf and the IL School for the Visually Impaired. “I was happy to pass legislation that will make it easier for the Illinois School for the Deaf and the Illinois School for the Visually Impaired to hire teachers,” said Davidsmeyer.

“My legislation allows for the local administrators to recruit, hire and retain the best educators for our children,” said Davidsmeyer. “Currently those who want to teach at a state school in Jacksonville must go through the long state hiring process. They often find other employment opportunities while waiting on Illinois government to respond,” said Davidsmeyer.

“This legislation is important because it puts the hiring more directly into the hands of the educators, rather than someone who is sitting in a Springfield office. Hopefully we will shorten the hiring process and keep great teachers and staff coming to ISD and ISVI.”

“This is a step in the right direction to get rid of some of the complicated red tape that we see within government itself,” said Davidsmeyer.

SB220 is sponsored by Sen. McCann in the IL Senate – where it must return for a concurrence vote before heading to Governor Rauner. Stay up-to-date with Rep. Davidsmeyer at www.cddavidsmeyer.org.
State Representative CD Davidsmeyer & fellow Republican House Members gather around "Remember the Maine!" Memorial.

Jacksonville State Representative CD Davidsmeyer had a busy role in IL House this past week.
Davidsmeyer passed legislation out of committee this week that would give Illinois Schools for the Deaf and Visual Impaired a better chance of attracting qualified teachers.
Davidsmeyer explains the legislation...(read more).

4-H Club Visit IL Capitol

State Representative CD Davidsmeyer with local 4-H Club Members.

Weekly Update for May 18, 2015

In this week's update Rep. Davidsmeyer discusses the second Committee of the Whole in 2 weeks, Right to Work and improvements to U.S. Route 67.

Last week the IL House of Representatives held it's second Committee of the Whole in 2 weeks.  The committee lasted nearly all day and focused on tort reform.  The committee was subject matter only. 

Next, IL House Speaker tried to force an amendment on a bill to make IL a "Right to Work" state.  The amendment was soundly defeated without a single "yes" vote.  

Finally, the IL Department of Transportation announced it's multi-year program.  This 5 year program includes the Jerseyville by-pass starting at Delhi.  The multi-year program consists of three phases:
  1. Engineering and environmental studies
  2. Land acquisition and utility alignment
  3. Road construction, drainage, signage and lighting
Be sure to sign up for Rep. Davidsmeyer's e-blast at www.cddavidsmeyer.org.

Maps of IDOT District 6
The Illinois Department of Transportation hosted a Town Hall meeting on the campus of Illinois College in Jacksonville on Monday, May 18th.

State Representative CD Davidsmeyer served as a panel member at the Town Hall meeting.  As a panel member he discussed recent legislation that will create America's Central Port into a foreign trade zone.
State Representative Davidsmeyer speaks to a constituent 

A foreign trade zone allows raw goods to be shipped tariff free into the port.  "By removing the tariff on parts we encourage economic development and manufacturing. We improve our economy, spur growth and create new jobs right here in Illinois," said Davidsmeyer.

Rep. Davidsmeyer informed the audience of IDOT's recent decision to include U.S. Route 67 in it's most recent multi-year program.  IDOT will soon begin working on engineering and environmental studies for the Route 67 corridor.  The next phase of the processes will be land acquisition and utility realignment.  The last phase includes construction, drainage, lighting and signage.     

Former U.S. Congressmen Paul Findley & State Representative CD Davidsmeyer
The Town Hall meeting was also attended by former U.S. Congressman Paul Findley.  Congressman Findley discussed how at one time Jacksonville was the Athens of Western America.  He also described how rail, water and highway routes create commerce.  

Davidsmeyer Announces U.S. Route 67 Road Projects 

Springfield, IL…State Representative CD Davidsmeyer (R-Jacksonville) announced today highway improvements, including a four-lane bypass around Delhi, for U.S. Route 67. “I am proud to announce $134,000,000 in road construction for U.S. Route 67. Including a four-lane highway bypass around Delhi,” said Davidsmeyer. U.S. Route 67 improvements are part of the Department of Transportation’s multi-year program (MYP).

“This shows my commitment and the commitment of the State of Illinois to bring 67 to Jerseyville and continue north. IDOT will also begin conducting engineering, environmental and land acquisition plans that are needed to proceed forward on this four lane expansion,” said Davidsmeyer.

“Improving Route 67 to four lanes will ease congestion, make travel safer and promote economic development along the corridor,” said Davidsmeyer.

Rep. Davidsmeyer and Members of the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce
Representative Davidsmeyer’s announcement comes from the recently released multi-year road construction plan created by the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT). Rep. Davidsmeyer and the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce recently met with an IDOT official in Springfield. They discussed the Route 67 corridor extensively during their meeting.

U.S. 67 will see three phases of construction over the next six years. Phases I and II consist of engineering, land acquisition and utility adjustment. Phase III includes road construction, drainage, signing and lighting. IDOT’s multi-year program for 2016 through 2021 can be found at http://1.usa.gov/1e5uyfb.

In this week’s video update, I discuss the Committee of the Whole, the state’s Human Services budget and legislation that I am working on in Springfield.

Last week, the IL House of Representatives held a Committee of the Whole, which heard subject matter testimony on worker’s compensation laws. This testimony was one-sided and didn’t allow employers the opportunity to discuss worker compensation expenses. However, this wasn’t the only political gamesmanship that occurred last week.

A sham budget for the Department of Human Services was brought to the House Floor for a vote only hours after it was introduced. This legislation was introduced at 10:30am and voting started at noon. Hardly enough time to analyze and study an appropriations package that impacts the most vulnerable.

Lastly, I am working on two pieces of legislation that will affect the 100th District. My first piece of legislation will help the Illinois School for the Deaf and the Illinois School for the Visually Impaired operate more freely. My second piece of legislation for the 100th District will rename a portion of U.S. Route 67 after the Powell brothers who fought in World War II.