The McComBEE BUZZ: June 4, 2018 Legislative Update

Rep. McCombie Votes YES on Balanced Budget on Thursday, May 31, 2018
State Rep. Tony McCombie (IL-71) voted in favor of the first truly balanced budget since 2001 which passed with broad bipartisan support:

“When I first took the oath of office, January of last year I asked members of the General Assembly to respectfully come together, consider each other’s priorities, and negotiate a balanced budget. This budget, unlike last year, accomplishes this. The budget is not perfect but it includes my top priorities of no additional tax increases, fully funding education, securing MAP Grants, increasing local government dollars, paying our front line workers, fully funding our agencies & social services and paying our past due bills. The legislature still has much work to do and I look forward to being part of the solution to structurally reform Illinois in the years to come.”

The budget passed with overwhelming bipartisan support in both chambers, and was signed by Governor Rauner today.

Bill Ensuring DCFS Workers Receive Assistance from Local Law Enforcement Passes Both Houses

Senate Bill 3105 sponsored by Rep. Brian Stewart (IL-89) and chief-co-sponsored by Rep. Tony McCombie (IL-71) passed both houses. It will allow DCFS workers and law enforcement to more easily work together and pass jurisdictional lines to protect children.

DCFS investigators often visit homes where they are not welcome, and deal with families impacted by domestic violence, drug abuse, and criminal activity. Under current law, these workers are not allowed to carry weapons, but ‘may’ ask local law enforcement for assistance.

When signed into law a child protective investigator would be permitted to request assistance from local law enforcement officers to be provided at a mutually available time if the investigator has a reasonable belief that there is a potential for violence. Law enforcement officers ‘shall’ assist child protective investigators in receiving law enforcement assistance from other jurisdictions.

This legislation is in response to the brutal assault and resulting death of DCFS worker Pam Knight of Dixon in February. Pam Knight was not accompanied by an officer when she was brutally attacked.

Veterans (and one guest) get free admission to John Deere Classic

Thanks to Ray’z Barber Shop and Lowe’s, all military personnel currently holding a Common Access Card (CAC), as well as those who have retired from Armed Services and Veterans will be given free admission along with one (1) guest each day from Thursday, July 12 – Sunday, July 15. This offer applies to active duty, retired military and veterans of the armed forces only, and not civilian or contractor CAC card holders. Appropriate identification must be shown at the front gate to receive daily ticket or you may register online through SheerID. Veterans may display Department of Defense Uniform Services or U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs cards, or copy of DD214 form.  All military guests are invited all week to the air-conditioned Trophy Suite behind #18 tee for VIP golf viewing.

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