The Jersey County Business Association visited the IL State House on August 16, 2018 to discuss the legislative process and local business issues with Rep. C.D. Davidsmeyer (center). 

Rep Davidsmeyer poses for a picture on the new IL 104 Meredosia Bridge. 
The old bridge, built in 1936, will be demolished this summer.

Members of the public view the new Meredosia Bridge. 
Cost of construction for the new bridge was $86.2 million.

A large crowd gathers to commemorate the new IL 104 Bridge opening.
The new bridge has two 12-foot lanes and two 10-foot shoulders to accommodate farm equipment. 

Official Statement

“Today, the Illinois House passed the largest spending budget in state history.  While this budget holds the line on some spending, it also increases spending in new areas that have never been funded before.  

Currently the state’s bill backlog is $6.6 billion and our pension debt exceeds $130 billion.  This budget does not fully fund our pension payment, based on hopes that pensioners will take a buyout option instead of their pension.  

I find it very interesting that so many politicians were diametrically opposed to the tax increase, yet they rush to spend every penny with no thought of paying the State’s backlog of bills.

It is irresponsible to continue down this road without a plan for the future.  

Included in this budget is a supplemental appropriation for the Department of Corrections that is sorely needed.  Unfortunately, this just adds $850 million to the stack of old bills without actually paying for it.  That money could have been taken from this coming year's expected revenue.

Many people made a difficult decision last year on taxes to ensure that we pay our bills.  This budget does nothing to ensure those bills are paid.

I cannot support a budget that includes no cuts, continues to under-fund pensions and does nothing to pay down old bills.  That is why I voted ‘No’ on today’s FY19 Budget legislation.”


Springfield, IL…State employees who have been owed back pay since 2010 may soon receive it now that legislation co-sponsored by Rep C.D. Davidsmeyer (R-Jacksonville) has passed. House Bill 4290 appropriates wages earned by employees of the State for services provided. “I am glad that a clean bill to pay back pay has finally been given a chance on the House Floor for a vote today and it passed 98-10-1,” said Davidsmeyer.

The dispute over pay began in 2010 when former Governor Pat Quinn threatened to fire state employees and close facilities. Union leaders and Governor Quinn negotiated a compromise that delayed, but contractually guaranteed pay raises. Unfortunately, former Governor Quinn refused to honor the deal and was eventually ordered by the Courts to provide back pay.

However, the Court order did not bring relief.

“The Speaker and his Democrats held one-party control of Illinois and refused to pay this court-ordered payment for five years,” said Davidsmeyer. “Then they had another two years of super-majorities in the House and Senate and refused to do anything about the State’s oldest unpaid bill.”

“I have filed multiple appropriation bills to pay the back pay over the years that were never allowed to see the light of day.”

HB 4290 now moves to the Senate, which must pass it before it can be sent to the Governor’s desk.

“This legislation proves that ignoring your unpaid bills does not make them go away! I am glad the issue of back pay is drawing to an end and I encourage my colleagues in the Senate to take this bill up and pass it immediately.”
Springfield, IL...Opportunity Zones, located in seven of nine local counties, have been approved by the U.S. Treasury and will allow for tax-free investments that create new jobs.

“The federal government has approved seven Opportunity Zones for the 100th Legislative District,” said Davidsmeyer. “Opportunity Zones are geographic areas that encourage long-term investment and allow private investors to use unrealized capital gains to create new jobs.”

Opportunity Zones were created by the Federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (page 130). Local counties that now have Opportunity Zones are: Greene, Jersey, Macoupin, Madison, Morgan, Pike and Sangamon.

“Opportunity Zones are judged by three criteria. One, the needs of a zone based on poverty and unemployment rates. Two, zones must be equally distributed throughout the state. Three, local criteria is considered; infrastructure, crime and the longevity of the investment.”

“Jobs are coming back to the 100th District! Businesses and investors know that we have the natural resources, the transportation system, and the people to grow and produce products that are second to none.”

Springfield, IL...State Representative C.D. Davidsmeyer (R-Jacksonville) has passed legislation that encourages petty-criminals who haven’t committed a heinous crime to be placed into a boot camp, rather than an Illinois prison. “Our work camps and boot camps in the State of Illinois are currently being underused,” said Davidsmeyer. “My bill will allow the Department of Corrections to use these facilities as a resource for the reform of many prisoners who are on their way to being released.”

To qualify for boot camp or work camp sentencing, an offender must be between 17 and 35 years old, have not previously served a sentence in an adult correction facility and be physically fit. House Bill 4364 received strong bipartisan support and now moves to the IL Senate.

“Boot camps and work camps are effective because they prevent idleness while being incarcerated. They improve a person’s attitude by creating a safe and structured environment for those who may not have come from a safe home. These facilities also improve a prisoner’s skills, which helps them reintegrate back into society.

“Using boot camps and work camps prevents recidivism, reduces the cost of incarceration and reduces Illinois’ prison population. My legislation saves taxpayer’s money while helping offenders return to society.”
  

JERSEYVILLE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL UNVEILS NEW MULTIMILLION-DOLLAR RAIL-SERVED LOGISTICS PROJECT

- The Mid-American International Gateway Project Brings Transformative Economic Potential to Jerseyville and the Entire Region -

- The Early-Stage Initiative is Projected to Add a Meaningful Amount of New Jobs and Fresh Investment Capital to Local Communities -

JERSEYVILLE, ILL. (Mar. 2, 2018) — A multimillion-dollar economic development project, the Mid-American International Gateway (the “project” or “initiative”), was announced today at an unveiling ceremony in Jerseyville. The project is the result of a collaboration between Stonemont Financial Group (“Stonemont”), a leading private real estate investment firm headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, and the Jerseyville Economic Development Council. The park will be served by the Kansas City Southern (“KCS”) rail network, which played a key role in forging the ongoing collaboration.

The nearly 1,400-acre rail-served logistics park site will be located east of the existing KCS rail line that passes through rural Jerseyville on its southeast side near Crystal Lake Road. Stonemont projects that construction could begin as early as this year, with deliveries possibly rolling through about 12 months later. The firm also estimates that investments in the project could ultimately total approximately $500 million.

“Stonemont sees transformational potential in this project and that is why we are committed to investing the appropriate amount of capital to help bring it to life,” stated Zack Markwell, Chief Executive Officer of Stonemont. “While the project is still in its due diligence phase, Stonemont believes the park can address critical logistics needs for a wide variety of rail users in the U.S. and Mexico, as well U.S.-based parts and components manufacturers that ship products down to Mexico for assembly.”

JACKSONVILLE, IL… A proposed pension cost shift from the state to local districts is being opposed by Rep C.D. Davidsmeyer (R-Jacksonville) and a group of bipartisan lawmakers because it is an unfunded mandate that will raise property taxes and cut classroom resources. House Resolution 27 (HR27) opposes the pension cost shift on home owners and has already been co-signed by over 30 Republican and Democrat State Representatives. 

“The pension cost shift does not save money, rather shifts the burden onto local property tax payers,” said Davidsmeyer. “At a time when property taxes are already too high, we can’t continue to force the burden and difficult decisions down to local leaders.”

HR27 states that schools already pay for “locally-negotiated early retirement options.” In FY12 local schools paid over $92million in teacher pension costs.

“A pension shift will devastate the rural schools in my district. It will create massive inequities between property rich school districts and rural agriculture based districts,” said Davidsmeyer.

“I oppose unfunded mandates on our school districts. I truly believe that if an idea is worth mandating then it is worth fully-funding. This pension cost shift is another unfunded mandate on local school districts that will raise property taxes and hurt future generations.”

ISVI Government class students visited Rep Davidsmeyer today at the IL State House.

Teachers
Sue Hall, Angie Homer


Students
Tori Lynch
Jade Bryson
Daniel Vargas
Katie Ray
Sadi Stengel
Leo Tomich
Dane Edwards
Bernie Roach
Noah Williams
Colton Weimer

The IL School for the Visually Impaired (ISVI) Goalball Teams are pictured on the IL House Floor with Representatives Hammond, Swanson, Davidsmeyer and Republican Leader Durkin.

The ISVI girl's goalball team won first place in the North Central Association of the School for the Blind Goalball Conference.  The boy's took second place.

Girls Team
Coach Barbara Strang
Tori Lynch
Jade Bryson
Sadi Stengel
Lindsay Bates
Alyssa Root
Katilyn Ryan

Boys Team
Coach Darla Chambers
Leo Tomich
Bernie Roach
Jaylen Brady
Dane Edwards

January 31, 2018...Today, Governor Rauner will give his State of the State address before the IL General Assembly.  Click here to watch the State of the State beginning at 12 Noon (Central).

State Representative CD Davidsmeyer (R-Jacksonville) is highlighted in this week’s House Republican Caucus Podcast “Have All Voted Who Wish.” You can listen to Rep Davidsmeyer’s podcast on reform, the budget making process and fatherhood by clicking here.
Jacksonville, IL... A series of state audits reveal that Illinois taxpayers have spent nearly $400 million on taxpayer-funded health insurance for illegal immigrants.

The newly-released audit of the Expanded ALL KIDS program shows that in Fiscal Year 2016, taxpayers spent $38.2 million on free health insurance for illegal immigrants. ALL KIDS program audits conducted by the Illinois Auditor General show that 62 percent of the enrollees and nearly 60 percent of the total cost comes from illegal immigrants. The cost to insure illegal immigrants totaled $396 million from FY09-FY16.

“It is ridiculous that illegal immigrants can get free health insurance, while law-abiding citizens – who pay taxes – are forced to cover the costs of people breaking the law,” said Rep. C.D. Davidsmeyer (R-Jacksonville).

“Just imagine what our state could have done with $400 million dollars. We could have started by paying some old bills!”

Representative Davidsmeyer is sponsoring legislation that will stop illegal immigrants from collecting taxpayer-funded welfare benefits.

“A helping hand is one thing, but a handout to those who are here illegally is not right. House Bill 4182 will ban illegal immigrants from receiving taxpayer-funded entitlements, including ALL KIDS,” said Davidsmeyer.

The Covering ALL KIDS health insurance program was created by former Governor Rod Blagojevich and was set to expire in July 2016. However, the program was extended by the General Assembly in April 2016. Rep. Davidsmeyer voted against the extension contained in House Bill 5736, which passed the Illinois House on a vote of 77-38-0 and became Public Act 99-518.
JACKSONVILLE, IL... State Representative C.D. Davidsmeyer (R-Jacksonville) is refiling his “Taxpayer’s Fiscal Charter” which contains important reforms to Illinois’ budget process.
The Taxpayer’s Fiscal Charter gives broad power to taxpayers, limits lawmakers’ ability to create new and unfunded entitlement programs and ensures the pension system’s stability for years to come.

“The State has a long way to go and this legislation is a common-sense, major first step to stop the bleeding. My legislation will stop wasteful spending, promote a thirty-day payment cycle and require the State to make its full pension payment,” Davidsmeyer said. “Unfortunately, when I filed the Taxpayer’s Fiscal Charter last year, it was not allowed to see the light of day. So I am refiling my legislation for consideration this Spring and ask that the Speaker give it a fair and open hearing.”

House Bill 4229 creates the Taxpayer’s Fiscal Charter Act and freezes discretionary State spending for two years. The freeze continues after the two-year deadline if the State is unable to pay vendors within 30 days. It also does not allow for new programs or expansion of entitlement programs unless a full pension payment - based on actuarial requirements - is made.

“By making full Constitutionally-required and court-ordered pension payments we will ensure that our budget is realistic and that those who have retired receive the benefits that they worked for,” said Davidsmeyer.

The other three budgetary reform policies in the Taxpayer’s Fiscal Charter are Pay As You Go, a prohibition on unfunded mandates and a sunshine clause for future budgets.

“Lawmakers who file legislation which creates new spending will also be required to file an amendment that identifies a revenue source to pay for the spending or cuts spending for a current program to fund the new one,” Davidsmeyer said. “The Charter prohibits unfunded mandates from being passed onto school districts and local governments. If the mandate is good enough for the General Assembly to pass it, then it is good enough to be fully-funded.”

Finally, Davidsmeyer’s legislation requires a 72-hour online posting of the General Assembly’s proposed new fiscal year budget prior to passage.

“No more backroom deals when it comes to spending taxpayers’ money. The Charter shines sunlight on the budget-making process by requiring a 72-hour public posting before a vote can be taken. Most budgets passed in Springfield are negotiated in the backroom by powerful insiders then rushed to the House Floor for a vote with no public notice. My legislation will provide transparency by requiring the proposed budget to be posted online at least three days prior to passage,” said Davidsmeyer.