“As an owner of a small business that operates in both Illinois and Iowa, I experience first hand the challenges small businesses face in Illinois compared to our neighbors,” said state Rep. Tony McCombie (IL-71). “Slashing the LLC filing fees is a significant first step to attracting and growing new small businesses to grow our economy. Illinois must continue to make pro-growth reforms when the legislature returns for Spring Session."

Today my office had the honor to take part in the Wreaths Across America ceremony at Rock Island National Cemetery where over 25,000 heroes are interned. Thank you to all veterans who fought and continue to fight for our freedom.

SAVANNA… This month, State Rep. Tony McCombie (IL-71) received an ‘A’ rating from the Technology & Manufacturing Association (TMA) in their 2017 Legislative Scorecard.

"Manufacturers in Illinois face many challenges, which are compounded by the very legislators in Springfield who ought to be helping them create good-paying manufacturing jobs. That's why it is so refreshing to see new citizen legislators like Representative McCombie go to Springfield and immediately make an impact on behalf of the hard-working manufacturers in her district and throughout the state. As a small businesswoman herself, Rep McCombie clearly understands the importance of avoiding unnecessary, intrusive regulation of the employee/employer relationship. TMA applauds her for her leadership." --Steve Rauschenberger, President of the TMA

In 2017, only 23% of Illinois state representatives scored 75 or better, meaning a majority voted against bills that will encourage more manufacturing in Illinois.

"I will continue to be an advocate in the legislature for manufacturers and their employees, because the manufacturing industry promotes economic growth and stability for our families, our region and our state as a whole. Illinois has seen a lack of structural reforms and an increase in regulations that have slowed manufacturers from growing and in some cases pushing them to close their doors or take their business to a competing state," said Rep. McCombie. "I want to thank Steve Rausenberger and the TMA for their continued efforts advocating for manufacturers and their employees in Illinois."

The TMA represents close to 1,000 manufacturers and over 30,000 manufacturing employees. Their membership consists of Midwest manufacturers looking to improve operations, strengthen their workforce, and grow their businesses.
Joined the Northwest Illinois Criminal Justice Commission meeting in Sterling! We discussed training opportunities, current issues, and future legislation.

ROCK FALLS… State Rep. Tony McCombie (IL-71) and State Sen. Neil Anderson (IL-36) today announced that a $329,250 grant for the Whiteside County Community Health Clinic (WCCHC) will be released by the Illinois Capital Development Board.

“I am extremely proud of the great work the Whiteside County Health Department does for the underserved population in the county as well as the surrounding areas” said Rep. McCombie. “The WCCHC was forward thinking when they took on this project in 2014, and it is now providing 13,000 patients with affordable healthcare. The release of these funds will allow the WCCHC to move forward on their next capital initiative.” 

“Community healthcare grants like this one aim to provide increased access to healthcare in underserved areas. Residents in Whiteside County will benefit greatly from the release of these funds,” said Governor Bruce Rauner.

“Access to quality healthcare is vital in every community, but in rural areas where there are less options, it is paramount,” Sen. Anderson said. “The releasing of funds for the Whiteside County Health Department will go a long way in helping the citizens of this area.”

A grant for construction of the 5,000 square foot, $1,022,000 building was issued in 2014. Construction started in 2015, and the building started serving patients in 2016. However, due to Illinois’ budget situation, the final payment has not yet been received.

The WCCHC provides primary and preventative medical, dental behavioral healthcare access to the residents of Whiteside County and the surrounding areas. In 2016, the WCCHC provides direct services to for medical, dental and behavioral health the clinic served almost 13,000 patients at over 50,000 visits.

The WCCHC was established in 2006 with a goal of providing access to medical, dental and behavioral health care in the community. The clinic is partially federally funded, and provides services on a sliding fee and no patient is denied. Executive Director Beth Fiorini recently received an award from the Illinois Public Health Association because of her efforts to make the clinic successful.