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Springfield, IL…State employees who have been owed back pay since 2010 may soon receive it now that legislation co-sponsored by Rep C.D. Davidsmeyer (R-Jacksonville) has passed. House Bill 4290 appropriates wages earned by employees of the State for services provided. “I am glad that a clean bill to pay back pay has finally been given a chance on the House Floor for a vote today and it passed 98-10-1,” said Davidsmeyer.

The dispute over pay began in 2010 when former Governor Pat Quinn threatened to fire state employees and close facilities. Union leaders and Governor Quinn negotiated a compromise that delayed, but contractually guaranteed pay raises. Unfortunately, former Governor Quinn refused to honor the deal and was eventually ordered by the Courts to provide back pay.

However, the Court order did not bring relief.

“The Speaker and his Democrats held one-party control of Illinois and refused to pay this court-ordered payment for five years,” said Davidsmeyer. “Then they had another two years of super-majorities in the House and Senate and refused to do anything about the State’s oldest unpaid bill.”

“I have filed multiple appropriation bills to pay the back pay over the years that were never allowed to see the light of day.”

HB 4290 now moves to the Senate, which must pass it before it can be sent to the Governor’s desk.

“This legislation proves that ignoring your unpaid bills does not make them go away! I am glad the issue of back pay is drawing to an end and I encourage my colleagues in the Senate to take this bill up and pass it immediately.”
Springfield, IL...Opportunity Zones, located in seven of nine local counties, have been approved by the U.S. Treasury and will allow for tax-free investments that create new jobs.

“The federal government has approved seven Opportunity Zones for the 100th Legislative District,” said Davidsmeyer. “Opportunity Zones are geographic areas that encourage long-term investment and allow private investors to use unrealized capital gains to create new jobs.”

Opportunity Zones were created by the Federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (page 130). Local counties that now have Opportunity Zones are: Greene, Jersey, Macoupin, Madison, Morgan, Pike and Sangamon.

“Opportunity Zones are judged by three criteria. One, the needs of a zone based on poverty and unemployment rates. Two, zones must be equally distributed throughout the state. Three, local criteria is considered; infrastructure, crime and the longevity of the investment.”

“Jobs are coming back to the 100th District! Businesses and investors know that we have the natural resources, the transportation system, and the people to grow and produce products that are second to none.”

Springfield, IL...State Representative C.D. Davidsmeyer (R-Jacksonville) has passed legislation that encourages petty-criminals who haven’t committed a heinous crime to be placed into a boot camp, rather than an Illinois prison. “Our work camps and boot camps in the State of Illinois are currently being underused,” said Davidsmeyer. “My bill will allow the Department of Corrections to use these facilities as a resource for the reform of many prisoners who are on their way to being released.”

To qualify for boot camp or work camp sentencing, an offender must be between 17 and 35 years old, have not previously served a sentence in an adult correction facility and be physically fit. House Bill 4364 received strong bipartisan support and now moves to the IL Senate.

“Boot camps and work camps are effective because they prevent idleness while being incarcerated. They improve a person’s attitude by creating a safe and structured environment for those who may not have come from a safe home. These facilities also improve a prisoner’s skills, which helps them reintegrate back into society.

“Using boot camps and work camps prevents recidivism, reduces the cost of incarceration and reduces Illinois’ prison population. My legislation saves taxpayer’s money while helping offenders return to society.”
  

JERSEYVILLE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL UNVEILS NEW MULTIMILLION-DOLLAR RAIL-SERVED LOGISTICS PROJECT

- The Mid-American International Gateway Project Brings Transformative Economic Potential to Jerseyville and the Entire Region -

- The Early-Stage Initiative is Projected to Add a Meaningful Amount of New Jobs and Fresh Investment Capital to Local Communities -

JERSEYVILLE, ILL. (Mar. 2, 2018) — A multimillion-dollar economic development project, the Mid-American International Gateway (the “project” or “initiative”), was announced today at an unveiling ceremony in Jerseyville. The project is the result of a collaboration between Stonemont Financial Group (“Stonemont”), a leading private real estate investment firm headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, and the Jerseyville Economic Development Council. The park will be served by the Kansas City Southern (“KCS”) rail network, which played a key role in forging the ongoing collaboration.

The nearly 1,400-acre rail-served logistics park site will be located east of the existing KCS rail line that passes through rural Jerseyville on its southeast side near Crystal Lake Road. Stonemont projects that construction could begin as early as this year, with deliveries possibly rolling through about 12 months later. The firm also estimates that investments in the project could ultimately total approximately $500 million.

“Stonemont sees transformational potential in this project and that is why we are committed to investing the appropriate amount of capital to help bring it to life,” stated Zack Markwell, Chief Executive Officer of Stonemont. “While the project is still in its due diligence phase, Stonemont believes the park can address critical logistics needs for a wide variety of rail users in the U.S. and Mexico, as well U.S.-based parts and components manufacturers that ship products down to Mexico for assembly.”

JACKSONVILLE, IL… A proposed pension cost shift from the state to local districts is being opposed by Rep C.D. Davidsmeyer (R-Jacksonville) and a group of bipartisan lawmakers because it is an unfunded mandate that will raise property taxes and cut classroom resources. House Resolution 27 (HR27) opposes the pension cost shift on home owners and has already been co-signed by over 30 Republican and Democrat State Representatives. 

“The pension cost shift does not save money, rather shifts the burden onto local property tax payers,” said Davidsmeyer. “At a time when property taxes are already too high, we can’t continue to force the burden and difficult decisions down to local leaders.”

HR27 states that schools already pay for “locally-negotiated early retirement options.” In FY12 local schools paid over $92million in teacher pension costs.

“A pension shift will devastate the rural schools in my district. It will create massive inequities between property rich school districts and rural agriculture based districts,” said Davidsmeyer.

“I oppose unfunded mandates on our school districts. I truly believe that if an idea is worth mandating then it is worth fully-funding. This pension cost shift is another unfunded mandate on local school districts that will raise property taxes and hurt future generations.”

ISVI Government class students visited Rep Davidsmeyer today at the IL State House.

Teachers
Sue Hall, Angie Homer


Students
Tori Lynch
Jade Bryson
Daniel Vargas
Katie Ray
Sadi Stengel
Leo Tomich
Dane Edwards
Bernie Roach
Noah Williams
Colton Weimer