Immediately upon ringing in the New Year, 253 new laws will become effective in 2019 that have wide raging impact. Here are few of those laws Illinois families should know about:

  • Children under the age of 2 years old must be restrained in rear facing car seats unless they weigh 40 or more pounds or are 40 or more inches tall. (PA100-0672)
  • Every Illinois school will be required to conduct at least one law-enforcement led active shooter drill a year. School safety drills must be conducted within 90 days of the start of the school year. (PA100-0996)
  • Nursing mothers upon request will be exempt from jury duty. (PA100-0696)
  • Stalking laws expanded to include messages sent through social media. Additionally, businesses, places of worship and schools can seek restraining orders against stalkers.
  • The Lyme Disease Prevention and Protection Act was enacted opening the door in Illinois for new treatments for Lyme disease and other tick-borne diseases. (PA100-1137)
  • All children in kindergarten and the second, sixth, and ninth grades of any public, private or parochial school shall have a dental examination. (PA100-829)
Read the complete list by clicking here! 

River Bend Foodbank and Alternatives (for the Older Adult) Awarded 2018 Interest in Excellence Award 

“As a non-profit primarily funded by the State of Illinois, we have been critically challenged in the past few years to sustain operations for sixteen counties, thousands of participants without a reduction in services. This opportunity came at the same time we have been going through an intense, internal review of our operations. The two initiatives working parallel – the Baldrige Framework and internal systems change – have been just the right tools at the right time for Alternatives,” said Kathy Weiman, Chief Executive Officer of Alternatives.

“In one year, we have shifted operations from a significant deficit to a modest addition to our fund balance. Across the agency, we have eliminated duplication and non-value added activities while retaining high quality outcomes, participant satisfaction and high regard from statewide surveyors. We still are immersed in a constant quality/quantity turnaround process and are very pleased to support the most frail in our communities who have earned some support.” 

Alternatives (for the Older Adult, Inc.) is a 501(c)(3), private, non-profit organization serving sixteen counties in Midwestern Illinois. Since 1984, it has been the mission of Alternatives to promote the independence and quality of life for older adults, adults with disabilities and their families. 

Alternatives’ professionals are connecting with ONE IN FIVE individuals over the age of 60 in a sixteen county area. Alternatives connects individuals to the right resources at the right time to help them stay safe and as independent as possible, saving Illinois taxpayers more than $12 million due to successful deflection from nursing home costs of care. As we age, there are daily, new challenges and Alternatives staff have the expertise and resources to help navigate through next steps. 

"We are delighted to support Alternatives as they pursue enterprise excellence based upon the Baldrige Excellence Framework,” said Ben Krupowicz, Executive Director of the ILPEx Recognition Program. “We believe the feedback provided by our examiners will enable Alternatives to achieve their mission of supporting the aging populations in 16 Illinois counties, while determining how to best utilize the ever-limited funding for non-profit organizations.” 

“Completing the ILPEx Award application has been a valuable process,” said Michael Miller, President and CEO of River Bend Foodbank. “Beyond the recognition of our efforts, which we appreciate, the exercise forced us to think and re-think through important considerations that are sometimes taken for granted, resulting in well thought out, strict definition of key elements of our organization. The timing could not have been better for us, leading right into our strategic plan update, priming a renewed improvement effort as we strive toward our goal of ending hunger in eastern Iowa and western Illinois by 2025.” 

River Bend Foodbank is the largest hunger relief organization in the Quad Cities and surrounding communities, having distributed over 14.5 million meals per year to hungry people in eastern Iowa and western Illinois. The mission of the River Bend Foodbank is to lead the community-wide effort to end hunger in Iowa and Illinois. We do this through food distribution in partnership with their 300 agencies as well as Mobile Pantries, Senior Pantries, School Pantries, and Backpack Program. 

"We are delighted to support River Bend Foodbank as they pursue enterprise excellence based upon the Baldrige Excellence Framework,” said Ben Krupowicz, Executive Director of the ILPEx Recognition Program. “The feedback on their Interest in Excellence application will identify how the organization can improve to best serve the Quad Cities community.” The 2018 Board of Examiners – comprised of 52 experts in business, education, health care and government – spent more than 40 hours assessing an organization’s responses including the key influences on how it operates, and the key challenges it faces. Examiner feedback can help identify gaps in key information, create a focus on key performance requirements and results identifying topics for action planning. 

The ILPEx Interest in Excellence Award is presented to those organizations who engage with the Baldrige Framework for Performance Excellence via the organizational profile, demonstrating an organizational interest in accelerating change, growth, and continual improvement throughout the organization. 

The ILPEx Panel of Judges is responsible for validating the integrity of the ILPEx award process and determining recognition levels for each applicant. The panel is composed of experts selected from all industry sectors and represents various geographic areas of the state of Illinois. Since 1994, there have been 283 applicants, approximately 1,600 examiners, representing nearly 170,000 hours of work, resulting in appropriately $7.4 million in volunteered time – all to make Illinois organizations more competitive, create jobs, and improve communities. As your preferred resource for growth and enterprise excellence, IMEC also offers training and support to help you address the Baldrige Criteria from leadership to results. For more information on how your organization can benefit from services provided by Illinois Performance Excellence, visit www.ilpex.org, or call 888-806-4632. For more information on the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program, visit www.nist.gov/baldrige/.
The MAC holiday luncheon was held December 19th, 130 guests were there to share the Holiday spirit. Guests were delighted with the menu prepared by our Food Coordinator, Laura Wakefield. What a magical day, thanks to all the volunteers & our wonderful members. 
Special thanks to all the hard work put in by Roxann Adamson, MAC Director and Laura Wakefield, who coordinated the food for the event. 

Representative McCombie recognizes District 71 students for becoming Illinois State Scholars. These 111 exemplary students from 17 schools in the 71st legislative district are being recognized by the State of Illinois for their excellent high school academic achievement:

Alleman High School

Sydney Heller             
Thomas Skahill

Erie High School

Travis Coleman          
Abigail Eads               
Gabriel Friedrichsen                                                   
Melanie Gustaf           
Joshua Hammer          
Jeremy Huizenga
Calvin Naftzger

Fulton High School

Jenna Alstead             
Mandy Alstead           
Lauren Frick
McKenzie Kettler       
Zoey Klavenga

Geneseo High School

Caitlin Gorge               
Zachary Olson            
Avery Spranger

Illinois Math and Science Academy

Prachi Patil                 
Mihika Rajvanshi       
Andrew Wiedenmann

Moline  Senior High School

Mohtadi Ali                
Payton Allers              
Michael Aumuller
Omar Babu                 
Kelsey Baker              
Oyniso Bakhriddinova
Lauren Brahm             
Katie Comp                 
Serina Daniels                                                            
Abigail Edwards         
Maya Gault                 
Connor Kvamme
Ethan Lapaczonek      
Douglas Perez             
Jacob Peterson
Alex Pilon                   
Peter Son                     
Brandi Tate
Samantha Tate            
Madison Thatcher       
Collin Thompson
Nathan Tillberg          
Sarah Vinzant             
Jenna Wilken

Morrison High School

Steven Kramoski        
Cassandra Osborn       
Mackenzie Ryder
Sarah Screnock           
Hannah Sterenberg

Newman Central Catholic High School

Shay Hafner                
Spencer Mauch           
Meagan Moore
Brady Moran
           
Orion High School

Ella Hink                     
Camden Sellers          
Ryan Wegerer

Prophetstown High School

Austin Baeza               
Grant Minssen

Riverdale High School

Daniel Benoit              
Mattie Francis             
Aiden Friant
Brennan Harrington    
Mari Kelly                  
Cade Nelson
Aleck Recce                
Noah Tacket              
William Vaughn
           
Rivermont Collegiate

Fangren Xu


Rock Falls Township High School

Alex Akerman            
Molly Buck                 
Katelyn Carlson
Javier De La Torre      
Tiana Green                
Payton Lenox
Morgan Mandrell       
Mackenzie Olson        
Debra Ratliff
Gage Swanson            
Gracie Young 
           
Sherrard High School

Grant Gagliardo

Sterling High School

Madison Anderson     
Hunter Carrell             
Trevor Carrell,
Marcos Grande           
Katelyn Grell              
Samantha Hibbard
Julia Hoffman             
Lauren Humphreys     
Andrew Ivarson
Lauren Johnson          
Carter Kenney             
Kolton Loos
Tiara Munoz               
Joshua Obrien             
Jessica Payne
Zaina Rumbolz           
Jenna Truesdell           
Sierra Villarreal

United Township High School

Collin Antolik             
Natalie Davis              
Alexis Defrieze
Joseph Dryoel                         
Evita Fazliu                
Haley Luebbers
Madelyn Morrow        
Alison Ogden              
Ashley Preston
Steven Pyevich           
Caleb Stone                 
Jessica Zabala

Unity Christian High School


Joseph Woods 
On December 15th Rep. McCombie Attended the Wreaths Across America Event at Rock Island National Cemetery.
Each December on National Wreaths Across America Day, our mission to Remember, Honor and Teach is carried out by coordinating wreath-laying ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery, as well as at more than 1,400 additional locations in all 50 U.S. states, at sea and abroad.

Representatives Tony McCombie (Savanna) and Terri Bryant (Murphysboro) met the Future Farmers of America leadership team in Chicago at the Illinois Farm Bureaus Annual meeting. The
state officers include President Sophia Hortin of Fisher, Vice President Eliza Petry of Rochelle, Reporter Shaylee Clinton of Ina, Secretary Miriam Hoffman of Earlville, and Treasurer Taylor Hartke of Teutopolis.

The Future Farmers of America boosts an all women leadership team. According to the FFA website, female membership in the FFA had been a major issue since 1933, and women were finally allowed into the organization in 1969.
The United States Postal Service will suspend mail
service to honor President Bush on Wednesday.

Today the entire State of Illinois celebrated 200 years of statehood. On December 3, 1818, less than a year after legislation was introduced in Congress to allow the Illinois Territory to move toward statehood, President James Monroe signed the authorization making Illinois the 21st State in our Union.

In 2018, the legislature highlighted Illinois’ rich history, our incredible resources. Our people have given us all a reminder that our potential is greater than our challenges and that there are innovative, important, and incredible things being built, born, and grown here every day.

The Governor held a ceremony at Chicago's Navy Pier, but our communities have been celebrating and looking back on our history the entire year. 

Several municipalities in the 71st District have passed resolutions in honor Illinois' 200th birthday - including: 
  • Albany
  • East Moline
  • Moline
  • Morrison
  • Rock Falls
  • Rock Island
  • Tampico
  • Thomson 
#IllinoisProud #Illinois200



2018GovernorsHometownAwardIllinois presented 23 localities with honors for the 2018 Governor's Hometown Awards program, during a special reception at the Governor's Mansion on Tuesday, November 20, 2018.

Morrison Loft 112 was represented by Kim Ewoldsen, left, Executive Director of Morrison Area Development Corporation; Jerry Lindsey, MADC President; Barry Dykhuizen, right, Morrison City Administrator. Ewoldson and Dykhuizen displayed the sign for Lindsey.

Morrison Loft 112, a local artist retail cooperative, was created by the Morrison Area Development Corporation (the City's economic development partner) in 2017. The community's strong connection to the arts, combined with an annual arts-community event, became the major reasons the group considered creating a retail art gallery.

The project received strong support, and Loft 112 opened December 15, 2017. The Loft opened with ten artists and is now home to more than 50, including several alumni.

Read more at: TheCity1 by clicking here!

MORE THAN 9 million vehicles expected to travel
the ILLINOIS Tollway SYSTEM this THANKSGIVING WEEKEND
Drivers reminded to slow down in work zones and Give Then Distance when traveling

DOWNERS GROVE, IL – Anticipating increased traffic over the Thanksgiving holiday, the Illinois Tollway reminds drivers to stay focused on the road, slow down in construction work zones and “Give Them Distance” when vehicles are on the side of the road with lights flashing.

“With more than 9 million vehicles turning to the Tollway system over the extended Thanksgiving holiday weekend, we’re asking our customers to do their part to stay safe when driving,” said Illinois Tollway Executive Director Liz Gorman. “Construction is ongoing on parts of the Tollway as we continue our work to deliver roadway improvements to improve travel and mobility.”

Over the Thanksgiving holiday, Wednesday, November 21, through Monday, November 26, the heaviest travel is expected on Wednesday, when nearly 1.9 million vehicles are projected to use the 294-mile Tollway system. On an average day, more than 1.6 million vehicles use the Illinois Tollway.

As construction continues, prior to Thanksgiving the Tollway expects to reopen two lanes in both directions on the Reagan Memorial Tollway (I-88) between Illinois Route 56 in Sugar Grove and Peace Road in DeKalb. Ongoing lane reductions will be in place on the I-88 corridor from Peace Road to Illinois Route 251 in Rochelle.

In addition, the Tollway anticipates restoring Central Tri-State Tollway (I-294) mainline traffic to its original configuration between Balmoral Avenue in Rosemont and Wolf Road in Franklin Park, as well as reopening the ramps connecting Irving Park Road to northbound I-294, in advance of the Thanksgiving holiday.

What’s Travel Like?
To prepare for trips short or long, drivers can check out Traveler Quick Links on the Tollway’s website to sign up for and access Tollway Trip Tweets with roadway incident information and weather conditions at Tollway Trip 90, Tollway Trip 88, Tollway Trip 355, Tollway Trip 94/294 and Tollway Trip 390.

To accommodate Thanksgiving holiday travel on the Illinois Tollway, construction activity will be restricted to better serve Tollway customers. Temporary construction and maintenance lane closures will be suspended from noon on Wednesday, November 21, through 9 a.m. on Monday, November 26. Work may continue behind barriers with long-term lane closures remaining in place to keep construction projects on schedule. Ongoing construction includes:

Tri-State Tollway (I-94/I-294/I-80)
·        On the Edens Spur, between Pfingsten Road and the Edens Expressway, traffic is reduced to one lane in each direction.
·        On I-294, traffic is shifted in both directions at the Cermak Road Toll Plaza.
  • At 159th Street Interchange the ramps carrying traffic from westbound 159th Street to southbound I-294 and from northbound I-294 to westbound 159th Street are closed with posted detours.

Reagan Memorial Tollway (I-88)
·        Between I-290 and York Road, traffic is shifted in both directions. Westbound drivers must travel in the right lane on I-88 to access the cash side of the York Road Toll Plaza as well as the 22nd Street exit ramp.
·        On the ramp connecting eastbound I-88 to northbound I-355 one lane is closed.
·        Between Peace Road and Illinois Route 251, traffic is reduced to one lane in each direction in segments.

Veterans Memorial Tollway (I-355)
·        Between Boughton Road and Butterfield Road, traffic is shifted in both directions.

While traveling this holiday weekend, whenever drivers see any vehicle on the side of the road with emergency or hazard lights flashing, they are required by law to slow down and change lanes. The Illinois Tollway, along with other transportation agencies and safety groups, is asking drivers to remember to Give Them Distance to help reduce the number of traffic deaths occurring every year in the state.

Illinois State Police Urges Safe Driving  
Illinois State Police Troopers patrolling the Illinois Tollway will help keep roadways safe by increasing patrols to enforce violations for driving under the influence, as well as enforcing violations for speeding and distracted driving. Illinois State Police is also stepping up patrols and seatbelt enforcement zones as part of the statewide “Click It or Ticket” campaign, which began on November 16 and runs through November 26.

About the Illinois Tollway
The Illinois Tollway is a user-fee system that receives no state or federal funds for maintenance and operations. The agency maintains and operates 294 miles of roadways in 12 counties in Northern Illinois, including the Reagan Memorial Tollway (I-88), the Veterans Memorial Tollway (I-355), the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90), the Tri-State Tollway (I-94/I-294/I-80) and the Illinois Route 390 Tollway.


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Renewable energy agreement is projected to cover 21 sites in Illinois, including Walmart Distribution Center in Sterling.

Walmart recently announced that it has reached an agreement with SunPower to have the commercial energy provider install solar systems at 19 stores and two distribution centers in Illinois.

As part of the project, a mix of rooftop and ground-mount solar systems are expected to account for 23 megawatts, with start of construction targeted for the first half of 2019. This commitment moves Walmart closer to its 2025 goal of supplying its global operations with 50 percent renewable energy. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies Calculator, the amount of anticipated annual carbon offset by this initiative will be equal to the amount of carbon sequestered by over 24,000 acres of U.S. forest in one year – the size of Elgin, Ill.

“Solar is a vital component of Walmart’s expanding renewable energy portfolio,” said Mark Vanderhelm, vice president of energy for Walmart Inc. “Walmart plans to tirelessly pursue renewable energy projects that are right for our customers, our business and the environment. These planned projects with SunPower are moving us in the right direction toward our renewable energy goals.”

Walmart is financing the solar projects through a power purchase agreement (PPA) arranged by SunPower, allowing Walmart to buy power at competitive prices and hedge against future utility rate increases with no upfront capital costs. Walmart will own the renewable energy credits associated with the system.

“We commend Walmart for its leadership in driving corporate renewable energy adoption in the United States and for partnering with SunPower to deliver high-efficiency, high-quality solar to so many of its stores and facilities,” said Nam Nguyen, SunPower Executive Vice President, Commercial Americas. “As the top U.S. commercial solar provider and with over 30 years of experience, SunPower is well positioned to help Walmart increase its renewable energy investments in a cost-effective manner.”

In Illinois, smart state policy and rising utility rates make solar a smart investment for commercial customers. These installations will represent a 25 percent increase in Illinois’ current solar capacity and will generate enough electricity to power nearly 30,000 homes.

“Illinois Solar Energy Association is committed to advancing solar locally, enabling companies like Walmart – with stores and employees across our great state – to realize the economic and environmental value of renewable energy,” said Lesley McCain, Executive Director of the Illinois Solar Energy Association. “These projects will create hundreds of jobs for Illinois’ growing solar workforce while reducing pollution across the state.”
Week in Review for week ending 11/3/18


Key

1.       Budget – October 2018 revenue
2.       Education
a.       Illinois Report Card 
b.      SAT test
3.       Fire Safety – Smoke alarms
4.       Outdoors – Deer season
5.       Seniors – Medicare
6.       Fall in Illinois – Pumpkins 
7.       Illinois 200 – U.S. Grant


BUDGET

State revenue up in October.  The monthly report from the Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability (CGFA) monitors State cash flow and economic trends.  The CGFA numbers depict continued healthy revenue numbers in October 2018.  Personal income tax receipts during the month were up by $145 million from October 2017, an increase of 9.9%.  Sales tax receipts increased by $71 million during the same time-span, a year-over-year increase of 10.7%.  The State’s sales tax numbers reflect receipts from an increasing proportion of retail sales made online to Illinois addresses.  Enforcement of Illinois sales taxes on online sales is now permissible under nationwide sales tax law.  The sales tax law change was approved by the Supreme Court earlier this year in its “South Dakota v. Wayfair” sales tax decision.  The positive numbers in Illinois’ two largest general revenue cash flow streams signaled a continued atmosphere of prosperity and low unemployment in many regions of the state.

Not all cash flow numbers were positive in October 2018.  Negative numbers were posted in several areas where special excise taxes are levied.  Net proceeds from the Illinois State Lottery dropped by $12 million as gamblers moved to new platforms.  Riverboat casino tax revenues fell by $2 million in further affirmation of the same overall trend line.  Cigarette tax receipts dropped $5 million as Illinois reduced its consumption of tobacco products.  These trends away from so-called “sin tax” proceeds are expected to continue and the overall numbers reflect Illinois’ growing dependence on personal income taxes and taxes on retail sales.  CGFA released their October 2018 report on Friday, November 2.



CURRENT EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

The following positions are currently vacant within the Tollway Human Resources will accept applications, with resumes from: November 1, 2018 through November 16, 2018

JOB QUALIFICATIONS: To be selected for a position, an applicant must (1) meet the minimum requirements of the job posting, (2) pass a written exam (if applicable), (3) satisfy a background check (which may be extensive), (4) pass an oral interview, during which the interviewer(s) will further evaluate the applicant’s qualifications and (5) provide certified transcripts, certifications, and/or license upon candidate processing and/or transfer, if the position requires a degree, certification, and/or license. Internal Applicants who are current employees must have worked in their current position long enough to pass probation to be eligible to apply for the position. In addition, applicants are also subjected to an internal investigation which includes an evaluation of their work record, safety and discipline records, their performance assessments and time and attendance records (including late starts and early quits) for the preceding 12 months. (Authorized absences will not be included for purposes of assessing whether attendance is satisfactory.)

Department Position Salary Grade

Engineering Welder $24.21/Hour NA (Various Locations)

Click the link below to view Position Description

http://agency.governmentjobs.com/illinoistollway/default.cfm?action=jobbulletin&JobID=2255193

On September 10, 2014, the Tollway began using an on-line application system to assist prospective and current employees in the job application process. This system allows users to create an individual account, create and maintain a profile of education, experience and certifications, identify job interest categories, search for open positions, and submit job applications. This system automatically notifies users of recently posted jobs based on the job interest categories chosen. For the employee to be notified of open positions and submit job applications, this system requires the user to have an email account. This could either be a personal account (i.e. Gmail, Yahoo) or getipass.com account.

To apply for a posted position, create a “Job Interest Card”, or view the Job Description for this position visit the Tollway’s website. http://www.illinoistollway.com/homepage

Completed applications may be mailed to the Tollway or dropped off in person at the agency’s Downers Grove headquarters between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. All applications must be received within the dates indicated on the job posting. If you require further information regarding open positions please contact Human Resources at 630-241-6800 extension 2333.

All applications must be received by the application deadline indicated on the qualification sheet or Internet site. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), 42 U.S.C. 12101 et seq., and the Illinois Human Rights Act, 775 ILCS 5/1-101 et seq., the Illinois Tollway actively takes steps to ensure that our employment application process is accessible to persons with disabilities. Any person with a disability who needs an accommodation for any portion of the application process is encouraged to contact the Tollway’s EEO/AA Office at (630)241-6800 extension 1011, TTY (630)241-6898, or at: bdunn@getipass.com
Rep. Tony McCombie spoke with the "Rocky Riveters" at Rock Island High School on October 24. This group is a group that meets after school to discuss books, listen to local speakers, and work on service projects. Last year, their project was to donate books with female lead characters to the district's elementary schools! The group stands for Rock Island Voices Ensuring Their Equal Rights are Secure. Rep. McCombie was able to share different lessons from many parts of her life- growing up in Savanna, college, and how her career has evolved to being a State Representative. Attendees asked questions about Rep. McCombie's work in Springfield, her views on issues, and what it is like being a legislator.



After concluding her Second Annual Summer Reading Club for students in the 71st District, Rep. Tony McCombie began visiting area schools this past week to give special recognition to students who participated in the Club and were avid summer readers.

“I have always been an avid reader and as you can imagine, goal driven! Hopefully, kids joined our reading challenge and made memories they share later in their lives. Reading was a passion of my Grandma Reagans’ and we shared a lot of time together reading. This program helps serve as a way for families to unplug, enjoy the quiet and each other’s company."

"I am so proud of the students who participated," Rep. McCombie continued.



Rep. Tony McCombie joined area legislators in presenting a "State of the State" update at Friendship Manor in Rock Island last week. The legislators discussed their first term budget experiences, pension reform and Senate Bill 3093, which verified the property tax exemption laws for those residing at Friendship Manor.




Representative Tony McCombie joined Representative Halpin and Senator Neil Anderson on October 17 to speak with the Rock Island County Regional Office of Education. The legislators answered questions from area Superintendents regarding education and legislative issues.
The Illinois Department of Transportation announces today that weather permitting, construction work will begin on Monday, October 22, 2018 on the US 30 Gateway Bridge over the Mississippi River in Clinton, Iowa. 

Interstate Maintenance, Inc. will be utilizing daytime lane closures for the bridge washing which is anticipated to be completed by Friday, October 26, 2018. 

Motorists should expect delays as the bridge will be reduced to one lane during the completion of the work. Please slow down and use extreme caution while driving through all work zones. 

For IDOT District 2 updates on Twitter, follow them at http://twitter.com/IDOTDistrict2.
The Illinois Department of Transportation announces that IL 92, in the City of Joslin, will be closed to all through traffic from Monday, October 22 through Friday, October 26, 2018. The closure will allow the BNSF Railway to remove and replace their at-grade crossing located on IL 92, just east of I-88.

To allow continued traffic movement, a detour will be posted utilizing County Highway 25 (286th Street), Old IL 2, and 38th Avenue North.

Drivers are asked to be alert for the road closure and use alternate roadways when traveling in this area.

Please reduce speed and use extreme caution while driving through all work zones.

For IDOT District 2 updates on Twitter, follow them at http://twitter.com/IDOTDistrict2.

Rep. Tony McCombie was honored to attend the “Rising Up Against Sexual Abuse” Luncheon on Friday, October 12 hosted by Family Resources. The luncheon in the Quad-Cities, was to support survivors. William Kellibrew addressed the audience about his experience with sexual assault and violence.


Family Resources Mission: To strengthen children, families and individuals by providing quality services that engage community resources to create effective solutions.

Last year the Family Resources survivor services department assisted more than 10,000 individuals and their families. 

For 24 hour free crisis line response call 866-921-3354.

For more information on Family Resources' survivor services click here.




Today, Rep. McCombie volunteered her time greeting people from all over Illinois and the Midwest as they visited Savanna’s very own Havencrest Castle. Alan & Adrianne St George purchased the home in 1976 and have been expanding and creating art ever since. Tours are in October-Weekends only between 10am-430pm.

Learn more here.


Rep. Tony McCombie traveled to Chicago to speak with the Illinois Coalition of Appraisal Professionals (ICAP) on October 11. McCombie explained her background, how she worked to become a legislator and discussed the bill she sponsored (House Bill 5502) to decrease regulation to help grow the industry. 

The Illinois Coalition of Appraisal Professionals suggested this legislation as a way to allow individuals to sit for the examination while they are still attending classroom instruction.  Further, there are some associate real estate trainee appraisers who do not wish to advance to become real estate appraisers, but they are currently capped at four years.  The work of these individuals typically includes conducting research on properties, dealing with customers, and writing appraisal reports, but some do not want to perform the actual appraisals.  By reducing a barrier to entry and increasing labor market liquidity within the industry, Rep. McCombie believes the industry can be rebuilt in Illinois.  HB 5502 was signed into law as Public Act 100-832 on August 13, 2018.

Rep. McCombie appreciated the opportunity to address the industry professionals and share her insights on the legislative process.



Rep. McCombie toured Tyson Processing Plant in Joslin on October 10. The over 2,500 employees at Joslin process beef at this plant and work hard to ensure food safety. 

Fun fact- 60% of hides processed in Joslin are sent to a tannery in Chicago, exclusive to production of NFL footballs.  Approximately 14 footballs are produced from each hide.  Each NFL team orders 144 dozen footballs annually.

Also, Tyson is hiring at their Hillsdale Facility! Learn more at:
State Representative Tony McCombie (IL-71st) is sharing advice from the Illinois State Police about likely delays with Concealed Carry Permit renewals as 100,000 renewal applications come up as Illinois’ first batch of Concealed Carry holders’ renew their permits for the first time five years after the program’s beginning.

Rep. McCombie reminds Concealed Carry Permit Holders that, “if you do not renew your permit at the five-year mark, you will have to start over from scratch.”

According to the Illinois State Police, they are still working on the online renewal process after experiencing some early technical difficulties with their website portal. Many instructors are recommending permit holders complete their class within the six-month window of renewal deadline and, as soon as you can, start the renewal process within the five-months preceding the deadline.

There is a three-hour state-approved education requirement for renewal, as well as a $150 renewal fee. The Illinois State Police expects likely delays as the volume of renewals increases, so turning in renewal paperwork as early as possible once the State Police approve the renewal process is highly encouraged for all Concealed Carry Permit Holders up for renewal.

Rep. McCombie went on to say, “I have already heard from many frustrated individuals that they cannot yet renew. I will continue to communicate as updates from the Illinois State Police are received to begin renewals. I truly appreciate the eagerness of Illinois residents to lawfully exercise their Second Amendment Rights.”

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After concluding her Second Annual Summer Reading Club for students in the 71st District, Rep. Tony McCombie began visiting area schools this past week to give special recognition to students who participated in the Club and were avid summer readers.

“I have always been an avid reader and as you can imagine, goal driven! Hopefully, kids joined our reading challenge and made memories they share later in their lives. Reading was a passion of my Grandma Reagans’ and we shared a lot of time together reading. This program helps serve as a way for families to unplug, enjoy the quiet and each other’s company."

"I am so proud of the students who participated," Rep. McCombie continued.