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.