Springfield…Today, the Illinois House of Representatives approved legislation sponsored by State Representative Tony McCombie (IL-71) to increase efficiency at the Department of Natural Resources.

“This common sense legislation increases efficiencies by streamlining the licensing processes at DNR, and reduces the confusion of our commercial licenses and permit dates for the public,” said Rep. McCombie. “My hope is that the legislature will continue to find ways to make our government run more efficiently for taxpayers.”

HB 2028 amends Fish and Aquatic Wildlife Code by changing the expiration date for thirteen different licenses from January 31st to March 31st to correspond with the expiration dates of hunting and fishing licenses. The bill is an initiative originally brought forward by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

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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Rep. McCombie started her 100th day reading to about 160 children at West Carroll Elementary
McCombie talks to students at West Carroll Elementary

State Representative Tony McCombie's First 100 Days!

Springfield BUZZ

January 11, 2017 – Tony McCombie Sworn in as State Representative


Tony McCombie (IL-71) took the official oath of office at University of Illinois at Springfield’s Sangamon Auditorium in Springfield, marking the start of the 100th General Assembly.





Tenants Pictured front row Left to Right:  MaryJo Tracey, Ruth Brown, Marian Haring
Back row:  State Representative Tony McCombie and Pinnacle Place Manager JoEllen McCaskey

Pinnacle Place Manager JoEllen McCaskey and tenents recently hosted District 71 State Representative Tony McCombie. Tony Spoke to the residents about the State budget, local issues, and on how sessions work in Springfield.




HB156, which passed the House last week with broad bipartisan support, conservatively increases the general homestead exemption from $6000 to $8000, and increases the senior citizen homestead exemption from $5,000 to $6,000. It also provides that the standard homestead exemption for veterans with disabilities also applies to veterans who are 75 years of age or older. Under the legislation, senior veterans become eligible for an exemption of $2,500, and it creates a statewide long-time occupant homestead exemption.
Rep. McCombie on Wednesday also said the bill provides relief, not a freeze. She said she agreed with the bill's chief sponsor, Rep. Michelle Mussman, D-Schaumburg, that the legislation is a "start."
"I think it is a wonderful start," Rep. McCombie said. "This is not the answer; this is not the end. It's a start to true property tax relief. That's the key.  
"It's not about freezing taxes," she said. "It's not about hurting our schools or municipalities. It's about helping us, then in turn we can help those folks. We don't want to make decisions in the state that go to the detriment of our schools." 
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Dear Comptroller Mendoza,

In light of recent comments made by your office, we write to express our concern over your decision to delay mandated categorical payments for Fiscal Year 2017 to all Illinois school districts until later this spring.

As you are well aware, these services, which are required by state law, are major cost drivers for our school districts. Delaying these payments, for services which have already been provided, disproportionately hurts our downstate and rural school districts, as transportation costs specifically are a huge burden for our schools.

Due to recent comments and proposals in the Illinois House to spend “surplus money,” we are requesting that you utilize the money available to make good on the promises we have already made for the needs of our school children.

As of today, your office has more than $587 million on hand that could be used to begin making these payments. We ask that you please reconsider and begin to make these payments immediately.

Respectfully,
Representative Tony McCombie - District 71

Savanna…State Representative Tony McCombie (IL-71) wants to bring the 71st District to Springfield with her recently announced Photo Contest. Participants have one more week to submit a photo that best represents the diverse 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 who 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:

  • Photos must have been taken within the 71st District. (see the map at repmccombie.com)
  • You may submit as many entries you would like through Monday, April 17th.
  • Include name, homes address, and phone number and where the picture was taken.


Rep. McCombie will choose winning entries and invite the photographers for a photo and unveiling at the Savanna and/or Springfield office. The winning photos will be on display for the term of the 100th General Assembly. Participants seeking more information can call the district office at (815) 632-7384 or visit the website at www.repmccombie.com.


Springfield…This week, legislation co-sponsored by State Rep. Tony McCombie (R-Savanna) to provide property tax relief to Illinoisans, passed the Illinois House of Representatives.

“This bill is a good start to much needed property tax relief for all, but especially for our seniors and veterans.” said McCombie. “Illinois’ 2nd highest property tax burden in the nation has forced too many people, especially those living on fixed incomes, out of their homes. With this legislation, comes positive change that may just promote the growth that is needed in Illinois.”



HB156 conservatively increases the general homestead exemption from $6000 to $8000, and increases the senior citizen homestead exemption from $5,000 to $6,000. It also provides that the standard homestead exemption for veterans with disabilities also applies to veterans who are 75 years of age or older. Under the legislation, senior veterans become eligible for an exemption of $2,500, and it creates a statewide long-time occupant homestead exemption.

The bill passed on a bipartisan vote of 108-1, and is headed to the Senate. 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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:Save the Dates for the Following Fairs with Sen. Anderson:

Senior Fair - Sterling - June 27th

Jobs Fair - Moline - August 17th

Children's Safety Expo - East Moline - September 9th

Senior Fair - Moline - October 19th



Representative Tony McCombie (IL-71st) spoke in favor of HB156, which provides property tax relief for seniors and veterans, today in the House Revenue Committee. This bill, co-sponsored by Rep. McCombie, is part of the solution to comprehensive property tax reform. 
Savanna…State Representative Tony McCombie (IL-71st) will be hosting traveling office hours in Port Byron on Tuesday, April 11, and East Moline on Thursday, April 20.

Rep. McCombie’s traveling office hours in Port Byron will be held on the 2nd floor of the River Valley District Library, located at 214 S Main St., on Tuesday, April 11, from 11:00am to 2:00pm.

Office hours at the Hampton Township Office, located at 209 19th St., in East Moline will be held on Thursday, April 20, from 2:00pm to 5:00pm.

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 a member of her staff.

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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