Legislative Update 9-13-19

September 13, 2019

Dear Friends:

Welcome to the beginning of autumn! There are still 90 degree heat days but some leaves are falling…and possibly state spending will be falling in the next state budget.

The governor’s team sent out a memo to state agencies this week preparing them for a 6.5% reduction in spending in the FY 2021 budget. (more info here.)

This week I traveled to Chicago for an important hearing on health care for children in state custody and the foster care system. (more info here)

A new report on oil and gas taxes that have gone to schools is out. Seven of the top 15 counties are located in the 109th District. (read more here)

Legislative News

REMINDER! Now is the time for you to give your opinion and feedback on proposed regulations/rules on the new Gun Dealers Law! (learn more here)

The “Veto Session” will be our next opportunity to address legislation. The dates scheduled are: October 28-30 and November 12-14.

You can learn more about the Illinois General Assembly, research the status of legislation, and follow session days live online at www.ilga.gov.

Remembering Our Roots & Defending Our Freedoms

(This section highlights people and places around the 109th District and other topics to honor our nation and appreciate our freedoms.)

The Jasper County Museum

The Museum, housed together with the Newton Library, was started by two druggists, Henry and Frank Schackman, who donated the first items. The museum, containing historic and cultural items from the people of Jasper County, was officially opened to the public in the summer of 1966. Open for tours: Mon., Wed., Fri. 10am-5pm; Tues.& Thurs. 10am-7pm; Sat 10am-1pm. (Plan a visit and learn more 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 repbailey.com.

Thank you for the feedback from constituents around the district on learning more about issues and programs that affect senior citizens. We are establishing a “Senior Edition” of our Two Cents legislative updates. (Learn more and sign up here)