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. 

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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, www.CDDavidsmeyer.org.”

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.

Among the group of Illinois Republicans fighting back against the recent legislation that funds abortions through taxpayer money is local State Representative C.D. Davidsmeyer.

On Friday, Davidsmeyer and colleagues of his party filed the “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act” in an attempt to repeal House Bill 40 and disallow taxpayer-paid elective abortion in Illinois.

Davidsmeyer explains what House Bill 40 did for Illinois, and why he and his colleagues are now filing this bill.

“House Bill 40 that was recently signed into law made us the first state in the nation that has a law that says the state will pay for abortions. The reality, whether you’re pro-life or pro-choice, is that we all know the state of Illinois is broke. Over seventy percent of the citizens of the state of Illinois have said that taxpayers should not be funding abortion, the state should not be paying for it. So that’s what this bill does; it reverses (a portion of House Bill 40) and takes it back to what we were about a month ago,” says Davidsmeyer.

The Jacksonville-based Representative says he objects to taxpayer-funded abortions not just morally, but also financially.

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JACKSONVILLE...State Representative C.D. Davidsmeyer (R-Jacksonville) and his Republican colleagues have filed the “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act,” which will repeal taxpayer-paid elective abortions in Illinois.

“House Bill 4114 prohibits taxpayer dollars from being spent on elective abortions,” said Davidsmeyer.

With the signing of House Bill 40, Illinois became the first state in the nation to legalize taxpayer-funded abortion on demand.

“The number one issue that constituents have been discussing with me as I travel the district is the travesty and unprecedented - first in the nation - taxpayer-paid abortions,” said Davidsmeyer. “I morally cannot justify why taxpayers should be forced to cover the cost of abortions in our state.”

Over 35,000 abortions occurred in Illinois in 2015 according to the most recent data from the Illinois Department of Public Health.

“It is estimated that Illinois could spend between $30 million to $60 million covering elective abortions through Medicaid. Illinois politicians should not force taxpayers to spend more money - especially when it comes to state-sponsored abortions,” said Davidsmeyer.

Davidsmeyer’s legislation, House Bill 4114, mirrors the federal Hyde Amendment, which only allows for abortions in the case of rape, incest and the life endangerment of the mother.

“I have a fiscal and moral obligation to fight to ensure that taxpayers will not be forced to pay for abortions, especially when Illinois has a $15 billion backlog of unpaid bills. Abortion is wrong and I hope Speaker Madigan calls this legislation for an immediate vote during veto session later this month.”

State Representative C.D. Davidsmeyer (R-Jacksonville) is urging Governor Rauner to veto legislation that would vastly expand access to elective, taxpayer-funded abortions in Illinois.

“This week the Illinois Senate transmitted House Bill 40 to Governor Rauner for final action. HB 40 will expand abortions on demand and require taxpayers to pay up to $60 million more every year in Medicaid costs for this life-ending procedure,” said Rep. Davidsmeyer.

Representative Davidsmeyer voted ‘NO’ on House Bill 40 back in April, but the bill narrowly passed the House and Senate and was transferred to the Governor’s desk this week.

“I am morally opposed to abortion and the taking of innocent life. Likewise, I see no reason why Illinois should spend $60 million more every year for elective abortions when we already owe $16 billion in unpaid bills to our hospitals, health care providers and social services,” said Davidsmeyer.

“It is hard to think that with as much money and research that we put into saving lives and caring for our most vulnerable citizens, we would work to expand a life-ending procedure at taxpayers’ expense. Now is not the time to be spending more money to expand abortion. I remain strongly opposed to this legislation and again call on the Governor to veto HB 40.”

On July 29 the credit rating company Equifax was victim to a data breach that jeopardizes the sensitive and personal information of 5.4 million Illinois residents. Information stolen in this breach are: social security numbers, driver’s license numbers, credit card numbers, names, addresses and date of births. The Illinois Attorney General’s office is now investigating this cyber-attack.

There are a few things you can do to protect yourself from having your identity stolen. First, you can place a freeze on your credit. Most credit freezes cost $10 each and you may have to pay a fee to unfreeze your credit. Some exceptions apply to senior citizens who are 65 years old or older, and to active military members.

Second, inspect your credit reports and all financial statements. You should contact your financial institution immediately if you find an unauthorized charge on your account(s).

Third, do not open or answer any emails you may receive from any unknown senders who are threatening or trying to coerce information from you about the Equifax data breach. Those emails are scams.

You will receive a letter in the mail from Equifax if your credit card number has been stolen. They will not email.

Finally, please contact Equifax at 866-447-7559 or visit their website www.equifaxsecurity2017.com if you any questions. You may also contact the IL Attorney General’s office at 1-866-999-5630 or visit her website at www.illinoisattorneygeneral.gov.

SPRINGFIELD, IL…State Representative CD Davidsmeyer (R-Jacksonville) released the following statement following Monday night’s House passage of SB 1947, an education funding bill that locks in a State bailout of Chicago’s mismanaged teachers’ pension fund.

“I want to ensure that schools are funded both now and in the future. Unfortunately, we have watched schools take a back-bench to entitlements and unfunded new promises, with prorations that artificially decreased funding for downstate schools for years.

At the end of the day, the money still isn't there to pay for this legislation. The State of Illinois has $14.5 billion in unpaid bills piling up in Springfield. We cannot continue to run government on IOU's and unpaid bills that forces the next generation of legislators and taxpayers to figure out how to pay for it. That is precisely what got Illinois into the mess that we are in today.

With this bill, Illinois taxpayers are being asked to bail out the Chicago Public Schools. The State is taking on Chicago's teachers' pensions for $221 million along with taking responsibility for Chicago’s irresponsible decision to skip 10 years-worth of pension payments, which will take $40 million per year out of classrooms. Then they still get the Chicago block grant of $250 million per year locked into their guaranteed State funding.

With property values in Chicago under-assessed and Chicago property taxes artificially low, I think that it's time for them to take some responsibility for funding schools the way every other community in the State of Illinois has done. I have no belief that Chicago will ever take responsibility for their actions as long as Illinois taxpayers are forced to bail them out.

There’s only so much money to go around and, with this bill, Chicago gets way more than they deserve and more than the State has to give, while our schools are left with crumbs.”

Caption:  State Representative CD Davidsmeyer (R-Jacksonville) and students from the Pittsfield FFA pose for a portrait after the ceremonial signing of HB470.

Caption:  Pittsfield FFA students and Rep Davidsmeyer watch as IL Governor Bruce Rauner signs HB470.

HB470 was sponsored by Rep Davidsmeyer. The idea to make corn the state grain was brought to him by Pittsfield Ag students and was a great way for them to learn the process of how a bill becomes a law.

Rep Davidsmeyer sponsored the legislation in the House of Representatives. It was signed into law by Governor Rauner at a bill signing ceremony on Tuesday, August 15 at the Illinois State Fair.

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"We have to do the right thing because this funding bill is going to be in place probably for the next twenty years. We have to look a little bit further than today and see how it affects the state in the future,” says Davidsmeyer.

As for where things go from here, Davidsmeyer believes today’s tactics will only make the process drag on even further…which he says is no help to anyone.

“I think what will happen is we’ll vote on the amendatory veto language, which won’t be the actual amendatory veto but the language from the bill that they’re adding to this other bill. I think we’ll vote on that, I think it’ll fail, they’ll grandstand for another week. I’m hearing we’ll probably come back into session next week and actually vote on the override, but waiting a week doesn’t do anybody any good. We need to actually get this thing figured out,” Davidsmeyer explains.

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At the Association of Illinois Electric Cooperatives’ annual meeting, held Friday, July 28, in Springfield, State Representative C.D. Davidsmeyer, R-100th District, received the 2017 Illinois Electric Cooperatives’ Public Service Award. The award was made in recognition of Rep. Davidsmeyer’s dedicated public service to all citizens of the state of Illinois and for outstanding contributions to the rural electrification program.

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General Assembly must end Democrat-created crisis

SPRINGFIELD, IL…State Representative CD Davidsmeyer (R-Jacksonville) is glad that Governor Rauner is calling the General Assembly into Special Session later this week to tackle the Democrat-created crisis of public education funding.

“It has been fifty-four days since Illinois Senate Democrats passed Senate Bill 1, their version of school funding reform that they are currently holding hostage. It is past-time for Chicago to work with the rest of the state to ensure that the funding formula is used to provide equal education throughout Illinois, not play favorites with those in the city,” said Davidsmeyer.

“If educators and legislators believe in the formula that they created, they should use it to fund education based on actual need, not a misguided perception of need. SB1 pits Chicago against the rest of the state, and we’re tired of taking their crumbs.”

Senate Bill 1 passed the Illinois Senate on May 31st, but Senate Democrat leadership used a parliamentary procedure to hold the bill indefinitely. However, the clock is still ticking down on the first day of school and districts expect to receive their first funding checks in August. Holding this bill for two months has created this crisis.

“Senate Bill 1, the education funding bill being held by Senate Democrats, increases State funding for public schools. While Chicago Public Schools have only 19% of the students in Illinois, SB1 would give them 64% of the new education funds. This is unfair to students and teachers throughout the 100th District.”

“Whether you’re a student in Jersey or Pike County, or a student in Chicago, the level of support should be the same.”

“I’m ready to pass a funding formula that is fair to all students, paid in full and on time. All of our kids deserve better!”