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.