By Blake Schnitker on June 27 at 7:47am

"I feel a little bit better, last week and then coming into this week, there’s a little more discussion, and from my understanding, they may even have a budget as early as today. So I remain hopeful, but I’m not holding my breath until we see what actually comes out,” Davidsmeyer explains.

Davidsmeyer says that the House Democrats’ budget plan is likely to resemble the last two budgets that were passed, but he also says that the budget needs to be “real.”

“I think it definitely is a bright spot. The other two full budgets that we saw in the past two-and-a-half years were $38 and $40 billion, my understanding is that this budget will probably be closer to $37 billion. But my concern is seeing how they get to that $37 billion. If it’s just shifting dollars around and accounting schemes, it’s not going to work,” says Davidsmeyer.

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"It is past time to come together..."

Jacksonville, IL…State Representative CD Davidsmeyer (R-Jacksonville) released the following statement in response to Governor Rauner’s decision to call the General Assembly into special session.

“After waiting half the month of June for Speaker Madigan, who makes the House schedule, to call us back into session, I am happy that the Governor has stepped up to get us back to work.

As we return, I hope that the Speaker’s majority will begin to openly discuss a realistic budget that relies on real compromise to move Illinois forward.

It is past time to come together, compromise, and make the tough decisions necessary to pass a truly balanced budget.”

Jacksonville, IL…State Representative CD Davidsmeyer (R-Jacksonville) is encouraging students in kindergarten through sixth grade to participate in his summer reading club. “Reading books during summer break are vital to a student’s grade-level retention while being out of school,” said Davidsmeyer.

Students who participate and complete the required number of books will be invited to an end of summer ice cream party. “Students who read eight books and return the reading log to my office will be treated to an end of summer ice cream party to celebrate their accomplishment,” said Davidsmeyer.

Reading logs, a list of local libraries and rules for the reading club can be printed off at Rep Davidsmeyer’s website, or participants may call his district off at 217-243-6221 and have a log mailed to their home.

“Reading throughout the summer not only gets us an ice cream party, but will also help kids return to school ready to build on what they learned in the prior school year.”

Details coming soon...check back next week to learn more.