Springfield, IL - State Representative Tony McCombie (IL-71st) today released the following statement on the lack of progress on a state budget:

“With final two months of the spring legislative session in Springfield about to begin, there has been very little progress on drafting a budget. This is incredibly disappointing because Illinoisans needs a budget. We need a balanced budget right now.

“What Illinois does NOT need is a budget that continues to spend more than we have or a budget that relies solely on higher taxes. This tactic has been tried before and all we have to show for it is a backlog of bills quickly approaching $13 billion. Families are facing one of the highest tax burdens in the country and people leaving the state in droves. It is time we try another way to move forward.

“For example, last week, I joined 25 of my colleagues in the House to take that first step by introducing legislation, House bill 4027, to finally begin to address the pension crisis facing our state. This is not a debt that our generation will have to pay, but a debt that will be forced upon our kids and our grand-kids.  I cannot stand by and let things continue in this direction and let precious state resources be taken from education and services that are needed by our state's most vulnerable citizens.

“But this is just a first step. We have to grow our economy to create good-paying jobs. We have to properly invest in our schools so that our kids are educated, trained and ready to enter the workforce upon graduation. And we HAVE to spend within our means.

“So as we return to Springfield today, I urge my colleagues to resist the failed attempts of the past. No more unbalanced budgets. No more tax increases. Let's start fresh and put aside the political rhetoric and work together!  Together we can balance a budget AND take on the major issues facing our state. Together we can make Illinois a growth state and one of the best in the nation.”

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SPRINGFIELD…State Representative Tony McCombie (IL-71st) honored Helen Scott Hay, a trailblazing nurse from Savanna, in a speech on the floor of the Illinois House of Representatives.

“In honor today of National Women’s Month I want to take a moment to recognize an incredible women from Savanna, IL, Helen Scott Hay.” said Rep. McCombie. “She was a nurse who devoted her life to helping other people by teaching in the nursing profession, serving in the Red Cross during World War I and training nurses all over the world!”

After her work with the Red Cross, Helen Scott Hay moved back to her hometown of Savanna where she continued to serve the community in various ways – even as principal of Savanna High School. Before Helen Scott died in 1932 after a full and meaningful life devoted to helping others, she exercised her right to vote.

Helen Scott Hay devoted much of her life to the Red Cross, a humanitarian organization that provides emergency assistance and disaster relief, and was founded by a woman, Clara Barton. The Red Cross is currently celebrating its 100th anniversary this year.

The speech, in its entirety, can be seen on YouTube at http://bit.ly/2nRM9gz or on her website at repmccombie.com.


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Residents of the 71st District can learn more about all legislation sponsored by Rep. McCombie during the spring legislative session at her website at www.repmccombie.com or by calling her legislative office at (815) 632-7384. 

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Savanna…State Representative Tony McCombie (IL-71st) will be hosting traveling office hours at the Colona City Hall on Monday, March 27th.

“I encourage residents to come discuss any issues affecting them,” said Rep. McCombie. “Constituents should also feel free to simply come by to say, ‘Hello.’”  

Rep. McCombie’s traveling office hours will be held on Monday, March 27, from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at the Colona City Hall located at 100 E 9th Ave, Colona, IL.   

If you live in the area and have concerns, suggestions or problems related to state government, residents are encouraged to stop by and talk with Representative McCombie.

McCombie will continue to hold traveling office hours in communities across the district to hear the needs of constituents. Constituents may schedule an appointment by calling (815) 632-7384.


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Savanna…State Representative Tony McCombie (IL-71st) wants to bring the 71st District to Springfield with her newly announced Photo Contest. Participants will be asked to submit a photo that best represents the 71st District. The winning photos will be displayed in Rep. McCombie’s Springfield and Savanna Offices.

“I want to bring some of the beauty of the 71st District to my Springfield and Savanna offices,” said Rep. McCombie.  “We live in one of the most beautiful areas in Illinois and I want to share our beauty through your eyes with my colleagues and visitors to stop by our legislative offices.”

The contest runs through Monday, April 17th. Participants are asked to submit their photos by email to mccombiephotocontest@gmail.com. Contest rules are as follows:
Reps. Tony McCombie and Dan Swanson met with Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce members on March 15th while they were in Springfield.



Savanna…State Representative Tony McCombie (IL-71st) traveling office hours on Monday, March 13, 2017 at the Moline Public Library are canceled due to expected snow in the morning.

“Unfortunately, the snow has caused us to reschedule the upcoming traveling office hours at the Moline Public Library,” said Rep. McCombie. “Office hours will be rescheduled in the coming weeks.”

Rep. McCombie has additional traveling office hours that will be held on Monday, March 20, from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at the Whiteside County Farm Bureau located at 100 E Knox St, Morrison, IL 61270 and on Monday, April 3, from 10a.m. to 1:00p.m. at Krumpets located at 1016 4th St, Fulton, IL 61252.  

McCombie will continue to hold traveling office hours in communities across the district to hear the needs of constituents. Constituents may schedule an appointment by calling (815) 632-7384.


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Savanna…State Representative Tony McCombie (IL-71st) will be hosting traveling office hours at the Whiteside County Farm Bureau in Morrison on March 20, and at Krumpets Bakery on April 3.

“Government works better when residents inform their elected leaders of issues affecting them,” said Rep. McCombie. “I look forward to meeting with and addressing the concerns of the constituents across Whiteside County.”

Rep. McCombie’s traveling office hours will be held on Monday, March 20, from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at the Whiteside County Farm Bureau located at 100 E Knox St, Morrison, IL 61270 and on Monday, April 3, from 10a.m. to 1:00p.m. at Krumpets located at 1016 4th St, Fulton, IL 61252.  

If you live in the area and have concerns, suggestions or problems related to state government, residents are encouraged to stop by and talk with Representative McCombie or her staff. McCombie will also be holding office hours in Moline on Monday, March 13. 

McCombie will continue to hold traveling office hours in communities across the district to hear the needs of constituents. Constituents may schedule an appointment by calling (815) 632-7384.


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Springfield….This week, legislation introduced by State Representative Tony McCombie (IL-71) enabling construction on existing nuclear power plants passed unanimously out of the House Energy Committee.

“This bill lifts the moratorium on nuclear plants to empower them to improve their facilities if the construction project is deemed necessary to provide adequate, reliable, and efficient service to its customers,” said McCombie. “The bill helps the state’s current six nuclear power plants, including the plant in Cordova better serve the public. It also provides protections for customers by ensuring new construction projects are the least-cost means of satisfying the service needs of its customers.”

Since 1987, Illinois statute has prohibited the construction of new nuclear plants as well as any necessary improvements on existing plants. HB 3657 enables our nuclear plants to obtain approval from the Illinois Commerce Commission and the Federal Government to ensure any proposed construction improvements are safe, necessary, and affordable for consumers.

HB 3657 passed with a vote of 11-0 out of the House Energy Committee. It is the first bill McCombie will bring to the full House floor for a vote.
Residents of the 71st District can learn more about all legislation sponsored by Rep. McCombie during the spring legislative session at her website at www.repmccombie.com or by calling her legislative office at (815) 632-7384.

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Savanna…State Representative Tony McCombie (IL-71st) will be hosting traveling office hours at the Moline Public Library on March 13th.

“Government works better when residents inform their elected leaders of issues affecting them,” said Rep. McCombie. “I look forward to meeting with and addressing the concerns of the constituents from Moline.”

Rep. McCombie’s traveling office hours will be held on March 13, from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. in the Platinum Room at Moline Public Library located at 3210 41st Street, Moline, IL.

If you live in the area and have concerns, suggestions or problems related to state government, residents are encouraged to stop by and talk with Representative McCombie. McCombie has previously held traveling office hours in Rock Falls, Coal Valley, and will be in Erie on March 6th

McCombie will continue to hold traveling office hours in communities across the district to hear the needs of constituents. Constituents may schedule an appointment by calling (815) 632-7384.


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