Appointed to Serve on Committee with Lt. Governor
Last Thursday I accepted the appointment to serve on the Interagency Military Base Support and Economic Development Committee by House Republican Leader Jim Durkin. This important committee is chaired by Lt. Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti.
I look forward to representing the military interests of the entire State of Illinois through service on this committee. I have first-hand experience with the BRAC process through the efforts we made in Springfield to save the 183rd’s F-16s. Making sure our military has the resources it needs to operate in Illinois is crucial to our national security and I will be a zealous advocate for our state’s military bases.
Established in 2005, the Interagency Military Base Support and Economic Development Committee was formed to coordinate the State’s activities and to act as a communications center for issues relating to current and former military bases in the State. This State committee is a direct result of the Federal Defense Base Closure and Realignment Commission (BRAC). In 2005, the most-recent round of BRAC gutted the flying mission of the Illinois Air National Guard’s Springfield-based 183rd Fighter Wing. Unfortunately, the F-16s from the 183rd were transferred to an out-of-state base.
The 87th district is home to both Camp Lincoln, the headquarters of The Illinois National Guard and the continued operations of the 183rd Fighter Wing, located at Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport in Springfield.
Legislature Honors Springfield Native NBA MVP Andre Iguodala
On Tuesday the House of Representatives approved my resolution (HR 603) honoring Springfield native Andre Tyler Iguodala for winning the NBA Finals MVP Award.
Andre Iguodala of the Golden State Warriors was born on January 28, 1984 in Springfield. During his senior year at Lanphier High School, Andre lead the Lanphier Lions to a second place finish at the Illinois High School Association Class AA State tournament in the 2002 season. Andre Iguodala was named Chicago Sun-Times Player of the Year as well as a second team Parade All-American, Nike All-American, and a finalist for the Illinois Mr. Basketball award.
I am very proud of our Springfield native Andre Iguodala for receiving the NBA Finals MVP Award. Andre’s growing list of professional accomplishments, sportsmanship, and service to others is remarkable. I wish him many more seasons of great basketball playing.
Andre Iguodala played an important role in the Golden State Warriors’ victory in the NBA Finals over the Cleveland Cavaliers, averaging 16.3 points, 4 assists, and 5.8 rebounds. In Game 6, Iguodala scored 25 points and added 5 rebounds and 5 assists.
“The Wall That Heals” to visit Jacksonville June 25-28
The Wall is a portable commemoration and replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Like the permanent memorial in Washington, D.C., The Wall That Heals carries all 53,253 names incised as the list of the fallen. When VVMF built The Wall in 1982, it had an important mission: To honor Vietnam Veterans and heal the wounds of a nation.
The Wall will be available for viewing beginning at 10:00 a.m. tomorrow June 25th, located at 1251 E. Morton Ave. in Jacksonville and will be available until 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 28th. In addition to Jacksonville, the Wall will be installed for public viewings this summer at the following Illinois communities; Hoffman Estates, LeRoy, Rock Island, and Watseka.
7 Days Left to Agree on Entire State Budget
The Illinois General Assembly convened yesterday and adjourned without an agreement on the Fiscal Year 2016 budget scheduled to take effect July 1, 2015. My Republican colleagues and myself continue to demand that Speaker Madigan start negotiations for a real budget.
Comptroller Leslie Geissler Munger has sharpened her warnings of the consequence to the State if there is no operating spending plan. As Illinois’ chief financial officer, Munger will be in charge of maintaining the State’s remaining cash flow should Illinois not pass a budget. After meeting with her top staff and legal team, she published a warning on Sunday that the State of Illinois will be legally unable to make many of its payments on and after July 1 without specific legal authority to do so. Payments that must stop include many Medicaid reimbursements, paychecks for State employees starting July 15, and payments to other State vendors and suppliers.
Governor Signs Education Budget
Today Governor Bruce Rauner signed the elementary and secondary education component of the Fiscal Year 2016 State budget (HB 3763). The education budget will fund K-12 education at over $300 million higher than the previous year, a number that closely resembles the level Governor Rauner recommended in his introduced budget.
In the News
Newly appointed State Representative visits Tazewell County – WEEK NBC 25; June 19, 2015
Addressing The Future of BLOC and BRAC – WBGZ Alton Radio; June 23, 2015
Lawmakers reject Chicago schools’ pension payment delay – Herald & Review; June 24, 2015
Resolutions Commend MVP Iguodala – WCBU 89.9; June 22, 2015
Explore the 87th District
|Great to see some of my Illinois House colleagues Steven Andersson, Keith Wheeler, Margo McDermed, Mark Batinick and Grant Wehrli at Palms Grill Cafe last Tuesday.|
|Enjoyed discussing local issues Friday with Elkhart Mayor Lyle Fout and exploring Historic Route 66.|
|Awesome day welcoming the class 2A runner-ups, the Williamsville High School baseball team to the State Capitol yesterday.|