Legislative Update

Dear Friends —

On Wednesday, Ash Wednesday, I was pleased to welcome William Greenwood, Minister of Hebron Road Church of Christ, to the Illinois House to give the opening prayer for the day. He did an awesome job! (view video here.)

I’m sorry to say that the Governor finally released the specifics of his “progressive” tax scheme yesterday. The tax rates will go up to 7.95% and the State Chamber of Commerce understands as we do that this will hurt business, kill jobs, and force people to continue to move out of Illinois. (read more here.)

The ‘Gun Grab’ efforts continue here in Illinois. Remember to keep an eye on House Bills 888, 892, and 899 assigned to the Firearms and Fire Safety Subcommittee. I co-hosted a Town Hall meeting on Monday that drew nearly 400 freedom-loving people! Thank you to all who attended! We have additional Town Halls scheduled for April 1 in Edwards County and April 22 in Fairfield.

We are still fighting the expansion of abortion to include infanticide in Illinois. House Bill 2495 has been assigned to the Informed Consent Subcommittee of the Human Services Committee. When the bill is scheduled for a hearing, you will be able to file witness slips to register your opinion at my.ilga.gov.

Yet another liberal mandate being forced on Illinoisans in LGBT education. If House Bill 246 passes, it mandates public schools must include a study of the roles and contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in the history of this country and this State. (more info at ilga.gov)

Unfunded mandates continue to come from the Governor and Democrats. They mean additional tax increases for all of us in the form of property tax increases.

Next week we are in Mt. Carmel and Lawrenceville for Traveling Office Hours. If you are in those areas, please feel free to drop by. While I am in Springfield for Session, members of my staff will be representing me at these meetings.
Darren Bailey
State Representative – 109th District

Legislative News Many of you have asked how you can register your opinion on many of the bills being proposed in the General Assembly. Filing Witness Slips in favor of or opposition to legislation can be completed without traveling all the way to the Capitol now. You may go online to www.my.ilga.gov to file a witness slip and have your opinion recorded on these bills and all legislation until their respective hearing is over. You can learn more about the committees, legislation and follow session live online at www.ilga.gov.

Remembering Our Roots (This section highlights people and places around the 109th District to help promote our area and remember those who came before who influenced our communities and the world.)

Louis Lincoln Emmerson – Albion Louis Emmerson was the twenty-ninth governor of Illinois. He was born in Albion in 1863. After completing his education in the Albion public school system, he moved to Mt. Vernon in 1883, and established a career in the mercantile business. He ran unsuccessfully for state treasurer in 1912 but won his election for secretary of state in 1916 and served three terms. Emmerson won the 1928 Republican gubernatorial nomination by a margin of 63% to 37% over the incumbent governor, Len Small, and was sworn into the governorship on January 14, 1929.  He served one term during the Great Depression. Taxpayers were granted some relief when legislation was adopted that eased penalties on overdue taxes and allowed for the issuance of emergency bonds. Governor Louis L. Emmerson died on February 4, 1941, and was buried at the Oakwood Cemetery in Mt. Vernon, Illinois.

Staying Connected! My office in Louisville is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM. I also have established Traveling Office Hours each month around the six counties in the 109th District. You can also contact me directly through my website.