Legislative Update 5-3-19

May 3, 2019

Friend —

One of the rewarding parts for me so far in the General Assembly has been participating in our budget “working groups” to review funding priorities. Ultimately, the majority party has the votes to pass whatever budget they want. My priorities include how and where to make necessary cuts in order to save the most needed programs while saving limited taxpayer dollars.

The Illinois Senate passed the Governor’s Tax Scheme this week and the issue now heads to the House. I promise to continue to fight this proposal and vote NO! (more info here)

I continue to hear from many of you about the negative impact of the $15/hour minimum wage increase for our area of the state. A new report on higher unemployment in Illinois is another indication of what will happen. (more info here)

Thursday, May 2nd was the 67th “National Day of Prayer” in America. Thank you to my colleagues in the House who helped to bring attention to this program! (more info here)

Thank you to Claudia Dant who traveled to Springfield this week to represent the Wabash County Museum on ‘Museum Day’ at the Capitol! (learn more here)

Legislative News

Don’t forget that you can file Witness Slips if you should ever wish to register your opinion in favor of or opposition to legislation. Because of technology, it can now be completed without traveling all the way to the Capitol. 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.)

Marcus “Brace” Beemer – Mount Carmel

Brace Beemer was born in Mt. Carmel in 1902, the son of a merchant. He portrayed the Lone Ranger on radio station WXYZ out of Detroit for many years. Brace became the third radio voice of the Lone Ranger from 1941 – 1954. Western film actor Clayton Moore was chosen to play the Lone Ranger when the series moved to television. Learn more at the Wabash County Museum by clicking here.

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 the Contact Form on my website at www.repbailey.com.