Rep. McCombie Releases Statement on State Budget Impasse

Springfield…State Representative Tony McCombie released the following statement on after the 2017 spring legislative session deadline passed without sending a budget to Governor Rauner raising the number of votes to pass a budget to 71:

“It appears that for the second year in a row the majority party will fail to put a budget on the Governor’s desk. As the legislative session goes into ‘continuous session’ I will continue to advocate for a compromise that includes a responsible balanced budget for the new fiscal year starting on July 1st. My hope is that the majority party will now work with us to find a compromise that protects our citizens by funding education, funding human services, and promoting economic growth.” said Rep. McCombie. “Every day Illinois goes without a budget our schools are at risk of not opening in the fall and our most vulnerable citizens will suffer. The citizens of District 71 and our state deserve more than what they were given today! We have a $130 billion in pension debt and a $14 billion backlog of bills and can only get out of this mess by having the courage to pass a comprehensive budget for our future.”


On Monday, May 29, the Illinois House of Representatives voted unanimously to restore funding to domestic violence shelters for Fiscal Year 17. HB 3259, provides an $18 million dollar lifeline to domestic violence shelters in Illinois, many of whom have not received any state payments for over 9 months. HB 3259 provides funding for our most vulnerable in their time of need by giving FY17 appropriations for domestic violence shelters so that they will be funded in full as promised by their signed contracts with the State. 

Funding for domestic violence shelters was omitted in the previous stop gap budget, and the legislation received broad bi-partisan support and had over 80 co-sponsors. 

To read HB 3259 Click Here

Springfield…House Joint Resolution 58 designating the Savanna-Sabula bridge as the "Dale Gardner Veterans Memorial Bridge" sponsored by State Representative Tony McCombie (IL–71st) was unanimously adopted by the Illinois House of Representatives.

“HJR 58 gives much deserved recognition to the service and accomplishments of US Navy Captain Dale Gardner and the veterans who dedicated their lives to this country,” said Rep. McCombie. “Through this resolution, their accomplishments will live on.”

Dale Gardner was a the valedictorian of Savanna Community High School class of 1966, and earned a Bachelor of Science and Engineering from the University of Illinois in 1970 with a 5.0 GPA. After graduation he joined the US Navy where he earned his Naval Flight Wings and rose to the Rank of Captain. In 1978, NASA selected Captain Gardner to be an astronaut where he logged 337 hours in space, and orbited the earth 225 times. Before passing away On February 19, 2014, at the age of 65, he earned numerous awards and medals for his service and accomplishments.

The new Dale Gardner Veterans Memorial Bridge is scheduled to open in 2018 and costs $80 million. It will replace the outdated and functionally obsolete 20 foot wide half mile long Savanna-Sabula Bridge which opened over 85 years ago.

HJR 58 was an initiative of Dale Gardner’s classmates from Savanna High School to name the new bridge spanning the Mississippi River connecting Savanna, IL and Sabula, IA. To read the full resolution visit
Springfield…Today, State Representative Tony McCombie (IL–71st) released the following statement on the compromise reached between the Illinois Department of Corrections (DOC) and the Illinois Nurses Association (INA).

“As a result of negotiations between the Administration and the INA, a compromise was reached to avert layoffs of correctional center nurses across the State – including at the East Moline Correctional Center. I want to thank the Administration for rescinding the originally planned layoffs and returning to the table to negotiate in good faith,” said Rep. McCombie. “As a part of the new agreement, I’m excited to see a nurse’s pilot program which will allow them to work 12 hour shifts to be implemented at the East Moline facility. My hope is that the new pilot program shows a more effective way for nurses to provide care for inmates across the state.”

As part of the agreement, layoffs will be avoided and overtime will be paid after 40 hours of work, compared to the current 37.5 hour policy.  In order to address the issue of differing work rules at mixed facilities for INA employees and Wexford employees, the Department of Corrections will convert Graham, Dixon, Menard, Pontiac and Statesville facilities to be INA-only facilities.

"On Armed Forces Day, I extend my gratitude to the honorable the men and women who selflessly protect us everyday." said Rep. McCombie. "My family has roots in both the Army and the Air Force and understands the sacrifice members of the Armed Forces and their families make every day. Thank you."
Savanna…Today, State Representative Tony McCombie (IL–71st) released the following statement to recognize National Travel and Tourism Week:

“Across the State of Illinois more than 600,000 people are employed by the tourism and leisure industry. Locally, visitors contribute more than $800 million to the Quad Cities economy, supporting more than 8,000 jobs, and tens of millions of dollars in economic activity in Whiteside, Carroll and Henry Counties. The 71st District has much to offer tourists such as our state parks, the Mississippi and Rock Rivers, and the John Deere and Rock Island Arsenal Museums to mention a few. As a member of the Tourism, Hospitality & Craft Industries Committee I continue to focus on ways to help promote everything that Illinois has to offer to allow the tourism industry to grow and support local economies across the state.”

National Travel and Tourism Week started on May 7, and runs through May 13. This year’s National Travel and Tourism Week theme recognizes ‘Faces of Travel,’ saluting the amazing people who work in the tourism industry. 

Rep. McCombie Expresses ‘Frustration & Disappointment’ Due to Budget Inaction

Springfield…State Representative Tony McCombie (IL–71st) spoke on the House floor yesterday calling for immediate legislative action on the budget:

“I must rise to express my frustration and disappointment. I knew it wouldn’t be easy and I knew we were going to have to make hard decisions. I believed we would be voting on bills to help the people of our districts and Illinois. Instead we have been voting on bills that we cannot fund, bills that give false hope, and bills that are self-serving and drafted to hurt each other,” said McCombie. “We must restore the people’s faith, provide stability, and start to grow our economy.  I encourage us all to use the remaining time here in Springfield to push our senior members, push our leadership and work together. Let’s be kind, let’s negotiate, let’s compromise and please be help me to the job I was sent here to do.”
Rep. McCombie visited the The Center for Youth & Family Solutions
The Center for Youth and Family Solutions is a comprehensive not-for-profit social service agency providing strength-based, family-centered services to youth and families in need throughout Central Illinois. For information about The Center for Youth and Family Solutions visit
On Monday, May 8, State Representative Tony McCombie toured ongoing construction of “The Q” in downtown Moline.  The new Element hotel, being built as part of “The Q” multi-modal station, is on track for an August opening, leaders with Renew Moline learned Tuesday.
The new Element hotel which is located at 1202 4th Avenue is being converted from a former Sears Warehouse into a $35 million dollar 96 room extended stay hotel. The steel for the train station's two-story Grand Hall is expected to arrive next week.
The Illinois Department of Transportation's (IDOT) rail division is in negotiations with the Iowa-Interstate Railroad for an agreement to build the high-speed rail track on the railroad's property. Negotiations will be done by June and track construction will begin once an agreement is in place, and train service should begin by the end of next year.

For more information about “The Q” ClickHere.