Update from the Capitol

Stopgap Budget and Funding for Education Signed Into Law
On June 30th the General Assembly finally took a step forward with a bipartisan negotiated compromise (P.A. 99-524) that will fund core services of state government. This compromise is far from perfect, but it shows that both sides can work together to get things done for the citizens of this diverse state. The negotiated compromise signed into law fully funds education for the first time in seven years, ensuring that K-12 schools will reopen on time. State universities, community colleges and other essential public facilities will receive much needed appropriations. Just as important, funds are earmarked to enable the fulfillment of this summer’s construction schedule for the repair and maintenance of State roads, bridges, and mass transit facilities and most importantly critical human services will receive funding. We still have much more work to do to get a complete resolution. I pledge to continue working on finding solutions to the problems we face in our state.

House Approves Resolution Honoring Rochester Rockets
On June 29th I had the privilege of honoring the Rochester High School Rockets Girls Soccer team at the State Capitol. During their visit the House passed a resolution I filed to congratulate the Rockets on the occasion of winning the 2016 Class 2A State Soccer Title. The Rochester Rockets defeated Deerfield High School 4-0 on June 4, 2016 at Benedetti-Wehrli Stadium at North Central College in Naperville to win the State Title, finishing their season with an impressive record of 25-2-1. This championship title is the second straight title for the Rochester Rockets after they won the Class 1A championship in 2015 and the third in the school's history, the Rochester Rockets first won the championship in 2008.

General Assembly Authorizes "Major Reid Nannen Memorial Highway"
Major Reid Nannen, son of Mary Ann and Dale Nannen, was a Hopedale native. He attended Olympia High School, where he was a two-year captain of the swim team, section leader for the drum line, a member of Elite Eight baseball teams in 1999 and 2000, and was an Illinois State Scholar. Major Nannen, while participating in the elite Top Gun Pilot training school, was killed when the FI A-18C Hornet he was piloting during a training exercise crashed on the Fallen Range Training Complex, about 70 miles east of Naval Air Station in Fallon, Nevada. 

HJR 152 sponsored by State Senator Bill Brady and myself will designate the section of Interstate 155 beginning at the Hopedale Exit on Illinois Route 122 and ending at the intersection of Illinois Route 9 as the "Major Reid Nannen Memorial Highway".

As State Representative, it is important to me that we remember the many sacrifices and contributions to the cause of freedom made by the outstanding men and women who served in the United States Armed Forces which is why I filed HJR 152 so that we never forget the sacrifices and commitment Major Reid Nannen gave to our Nation.

State Museum Back Open
I am pleased to report the Illinois State Museum is back open as of Saturday, July 2nd. For nine months Representative Sara Wojcicki Jimenez and myself advocated for its reopening and we are thrilled the museum is back open!

A series of events were scheduled to mark the reopening. The Museum’s active operations were suspended in October 2015 due to the overall budget crisis. The facility, which presents displays on Illinois’ human history, natural history and culture to hundreds of thousands of visitors annually, reopened after an agreement was reached to start charging a $5 admission fee to most adults.

In the News
Lawmakers, Visitors Glad to See Illinois State Museum Re-open - WAND17; July 1, 2016
Budget Deal Not A Comprehensive Plan - FOX55/27; July 1, 2016
Section of I-155 will be named after Hopedale fighter pilot Reid Nannen - JournalStar; June 30, 2016
Lawmakers approve extension of downtown Springfield TIF district - SJR; June 30, 2016
Lawmakers approve stopgap spending deal, Rauner signs it - SJR; June 30, 2016
Illinois budget deal to fund schools, 6 months of state services nearing passage - Rockford Star; June 29, 2016

Explore the 87th District

Now that's a trophy! Congratulations Rochester Rockets Girls Soccer!

At the soft opening of the State Museum last Thursday with
Rep. Sara Jimenez and her son Augie.

This morning I visited Home Instead Senior Care in
Springfield to learn more about this provider
of in-home care in Logan, Menard & Sangamon counties.
Thank you Laura Carmody for the excellent care you
and your team provide to residents of our area!