Blue Collar Jobs Act would put Illinois workers back on the job. 
Rep McCombie has co-sponsored the Blue Collar Jobs Act, House Bill 5864, which was introduced by Rep. Keith Wheeler. The legislation incentivizes construction projects in the state of Illinois and creates jobs for the middle class.
The Blue Collar Jobs Act is supported by both labor and business groups and offers tax incentives to companies making significant capital improvements in Illinois based on the withholding tax paid to construction workers. It does this through the creation of four new tax credits, including:
  • High Impact Business construction jobs credit
  • Enterprise Zone construction jobs credit
  • New Construction EDGE Credit
  • River Edge construction jobs credit
“We support prioritizing Illinois construction workers in our state’s economic development toolset through incentives for new construction, expansion, and rehabilitation projects,” said Marc Poulos, Executive Director IN, IL, IA FFC, the labor-management group of the International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 150.
The tax credits only become available after the work has been fully completed. There is no risk to the state for a company not meeting its requirement as the state has already captured the withholding tax prior to the tax credit being issued.
Increasing support for apprenticeship pathway to jobs.
Illinois is pushing toward leadership in apprenticeship opportunities.  Over the past four years, Illinois school funding has increased by more than $1.2 billion.  Some of these funds have been invested to expand apprenticeship programs in Illinois high schools.  Many Illinois community colleges have developed task forces with local employers to adjust their curricula in the direction of apprenticeship pathways and job-oriented work certification programs.  Future automated workplaces will demand a well-trained Illinois workforce.  Current numbers show that Illinois has enjoyed a net gain of 18,200 manufacturing jobs over the most recently reported 12-month period of employment in the Prairie State.  The Illinois Department of Employment Security figures cover the period from March 2017 to March 2018.
Leaders Durkin, Brady call for adoption of revenue estimate. 
Illinois House Republican Leader Jim Durkin and Illinois Senate Republican Leader Bill Brady filed joint resolutions Thursday to adopt a revenue estimate in order to begin the budgeting process for fiscal year 2019.
House Joint Resolution 124 adopts a revenue estimate of $37.672 billion for fiscal year 2019, based on the estimate provided by the Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability (COGFA).
A revenue estimate is required by state law, and the editorial board of the State Journal-Register, the Springfield state capital paper that closely covers state government, joined the call for adoption of a revenue estimate in an editorial published on Thursday, April 26.
Constituent events - mark your calendars! 
My office is working hard to plan outreach events, fairs, and traveling office hours in all corners of the district during the summer. Scheduled events include:
  • Coal Valley Traveling Office Hours: 2:00pm - 4:00pm, Wednesday, June 13
  • Rock Falls Traveling Office Hours: 9:30am - 11:30am, Tuesday, June 19
  • Senior Fair (Sterling) - June 26: CLICK HERE for more info
  • Erie Traveling Office Hours - 10:00am - noon, Tuesday, July 18
  • Jobs Fair (Moline) - July 31: more info coming soon 
  • Senior Fair (Quad Cities) - August 8: more info coming soon 
  • Children's Safety Expo (Quad Cities) - September 8: more info coming soon 
Visit the 'Events Page' on my website by CLICKING HERE, to be up to date on the latest events.

Contact me! As always, if you have concerns, questions, or would like to reach out to my office for any reason you can do so by emailing mccombie@ilhousegop.org, calling my office at (815) 632-7384, or visiting my website at www.repmccombie.com.
Legislation would put Illinois workers back on the job and is supported by labor and business 


Springfield, IL – State Rep. Tony Mccombie co-sponsored House Bill 5864, the Blue Collar Jobs Act, to incentivize construction projects in the state of Illinois and create jobs for the middle class.

The Blue Collar Jobs Act is supported by both labor and business groups and offers tax incentives to companies making significant capital improvements in Illinois based on the withholding tax paid to construction workers. It does this through the creation of four new tax credits, including:
  • High Impact Business construction jobs credit 
  • Enterprise Zone construction jobs credit 
  • New Construction EDGE Credit 
  • River Edge construction jobs credit 
“We support prioritizing Illinois construction workers in our state’s economic development toolset through incentives for new construction, expansion, and rehabilitation projects,” said Marc Poulos, Executive Director IN, IL, IA FFC, the labor-management group of the International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 150.

The program will work under the same structure as the current EDGE program:
  • Tax credit value is 50% of Illinois income tax withheld of workers covered under the agreement; 
  • Tax credit value rises to 75% of Illinois income tax withheld of workers covered under the agreement in areas designated to be in an underserved area that meets certain poverty, unemployment, and federal assistance rates; 
  • Tax credit is issued to the organization that builds, renovates or expands the building just as the EDGE tax credit goes to the company hiring the workers. The tax credit is meant to incentivize the company to construct new buildings or improve existing buildings which can’t be built without the use of Illinois labor. 
“The Blue Collar Jobs Act gives growing businesses another reason to make substantial capital investments in Illinois to bring more jobs and opportunities to our state,” said Todd Maisch, President and CEO of the Illinois Chamber of Commerce.

The tax credits only become available after the work has been fully completed. There is no risk to the state for a company not meeting its requirement as the state has already captured the withholding tax prior to the tax credit being issued.

HB 5864 has been introduced is currently in rules waiting to be assigned to committee.

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Independent Redistricting Reform.

Illinois House Republican Leader Jim Durkin, along with all members of the House Republican Caucus, has filed a resolution demanding an independent redistricting reform solution.

House Resolution 995 shows broad support for maps to be drawn without regard to incumbency and partisanship, and allows voters the opportunity to choose a candidate based on the issues and policies most important to them. Legislative district maps are redrawn every ten years based on the newest census results.

According to a poll from the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute, 72 percent of Illinois residents, including a majority of both Republicans and Democrats, support the creation of an independent commission to draw legislative district maps. Based on the current legislative calendar, the deadlines for passage are April 27 in the House and May 3 in the Senate.

If you would like to sign the petition supporting redistricting reform click here.

House Republicans tackle Illinois’ teacher shortage.

Our children’s education remains a top priority for Illinois House Republicans, which is why they have taken action to address the growing teacher shortage in our state. First and foremost, our members are committed to ensuring highly prepared and effective educators are teaching our children. To do that, Illinois must address the teacher shortage.

To read more about House Republicans’ efforts to address Illinois’ teacher shortage, please visit The Caucus Blog.

Solid blaze pink hunting gear authorized.

Under current law, hunters who wear blaze clothing must wear blaze orange.  Many sports shops, though, would like to offer blaze pink hunting gear, much of it meant for female hunters.  Studies show that blaze pink is just as visible in hunting conditions as blaze orange.  HB 4231, sponsored by
Rep. Dave Severin, authorizes hunters in blaze-clothing environments to wear blaze pink.  The House debated the measure and voted unanimously for it on Tuesday, April 17, sending the bill to the State Senate for further discussion.

Take the 71st District Legislative Survey!

As session progresses I am interested in finding out what your opinions are on bills that may come up. This is a great way to have your voice heard. CLICK HERE to complete the survey.

LEGISLATION SPONSORED BY REP. McCOMBIE:

HB 4586 – Which did not make it out of committee, makes attacking DCFS and Adult Protective Service the same crime as attacking a police officer, firefighter, or other emergency responders.

Attacks against state workers protecting our most vulnerable are unfortunately not uncommon. The Chicago Tribune recently outlined a dozen extremely heinous attacks against DCFS workers since 2013. This legislation essentially closes a loophole in the law, and is the first step. The next step is to look into legislative and administrative measures to prevent attacks against state workers. Rep. McCombie has promised to introduce legislation if it is required.

The bill was drafted in response to the brutal beating of DCFS worker Pam Knight. Don Knight, the widow of the slain DCFS worker, joined Rep McCombie, the directors of DCFS and the Dept. of Aging, Rep. Brian Stewart, and Rep. Tom Demmer to call for the bill’s passage. Click here to see the press conference in its entirety.

The Illinois House of Representatives recognized Pam Knight’s life and sacrifice by unanimously passing House Resolution 952 in her honor.

HB 4589 – Passed the House of Representatives. The legislation is currently is under consideration in the Senate. The legislation helps small savings banks by requiring them to have their books, records, and accounts examined at least once every 18 months (rather than at least once in each year) in the same manner as a State Bank. This is a common sense piece of legislation that will help our small banks that lend to farms & small businesses in our communities and across Illinois.

HB 5502 – Passed the House of Representatives. It is also moves to the Senate for consideration. The bill removes the requirement that an associate real estate trainee appraiser license may not be renewed more than two times (licenses are valid for two years). It requires each applicant to pass an exam authorized by the Illinois Dept. of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR).

Additionally, it removes the requirement that states an applicant for associate real estate trainee appraiser licensure shall provide evidence that he or she has successfully completed the education requirements prior to taking the examination. There are some associate real estate trainee appraisers who don’t wish to advance to become real estate appraisers, and this requirement was burdensome to those professionals.


Contact me! As always, if you have concerns, questions, or would like to reach out to my office for any reason you can do so by emailing mccombie@ilhousegop.org, calling my office at (815) 632-7384, or visiting my website at www.repmccombie.com.



Currently, Illinois Lawmakers are allowed to draw their own district maps. Lawmakers use this power to draw gerrymandered boundaries. House Resolution 995 would remove the map-making authority from legislators and give it to a fair and independent commission.

According to a poll from the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute, 72 percent of Illinois residents, including a majority of both Republicans and Democrats, support the creating of an independent commission to draw legislative district maps.

Yes, I support independently drawn political maps to ensure voters pick their elected officials and not the other way around. 

Sign the petition by clicking the following link: http://www.ilhousegop.org/redistricting 
Advance Illinois held a luncheon at the Whiteside Area Career Center in Sterling, Il.  Over 50 professionals attended the luncheon, and were comprised of high school administration, business owners, manufacturers, community college administration, and workforce placement organizations.  The meeting was primarily open discussion in a round-table format, in which all participants were able to contribute ideas to strengthen the network between education and the workforce. There were three priorities determined by the end of this meeting:  First, communities must make a collaborative effort to increase rural populations to sustain a viable workforce.  Second, education must continue to build Career Pathways that feed the local workforce.  Third, it is critical that the state of Illinois adopt a statewide apprenticeship program, much like Wisconsin.



Springfield, IL - State Representative Tony McCombie (IL-71st) held a press conference on Tuesday, April 17, in Springfield with Don Knight, husband of slain DCFS worker Pam Knight, as well as Pam Knight’s daughter and grandchildren, calling for the passage of HB 4586.

“Pam Knight is not the only DCFS worker to be viciously attacked in recent years. Each case has its own nuances, and each case could be prosecuted differently.  This legislation would take out the ambiguity when it comes to charges and if you attack a DCFS or Adult Protective Services worker you would face the same 3 year minimum as a teacher, or the same 3 year minimum as a fire fighter,” said Rep McCombie. “This bill is simply automatically upgrading the charges. It’s the first step in providing justice for these workers who put their lives on the line to protect the most vulnerable amongst us.” 

Attacks against state worker protecting our most vulnerable are unfortunately not uncommon. The Chicago Tribune recently outlined a dozen extremely heinous attacks against DCFS workers since 2013. This legislation essentially closes a loophole in the law, and is the first step. The next step is to look into legislative and administrative measures to prevent attacks against state workers. Rep. McCombie has promised to introduce legislation if it is required.

Earlier today, the entire Illinois House of Representatives recognized Pam Knight’s life and sacrifice by unanimously passing House Resolution 952 in her honor.

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Representative McCombie attended the Rock Island County Metropolitan Mass Transit District (MetroLINK) debut of their battery-electric bus fleet at a ribbon cutting ceremony at SouthPark Mall.

The public debut of the battery-electric buses comes on the heels of a recent award of $3.165 million in Federal Transportation Administration 5339 Bus and Bus Facilities funds to MetroLINK for the purchase of 5 additional Proterra battery-electric buses and charging equipment.

The 3.5 million rides a year taken on MetroLINK services provide a vital connection to jobs, education, healthcare, and retail, supporting our local economy and creating a vibrant quality of life. The battery-electric buses will operate specifically on Metro’s Route 20, providing service from downtown Moline’s Centre Station to SouthPark Mall and the Quad City International Airport. 

Learn more about MetroLINK’s services at MetroQC.com or by calling customer service at 309-788-3360.



On Thursday, April 12th HB 4586 and HB 4588 were given hearings in the ‘Sentencing, Penalties and Criminal Procedure Subcommittee,’ but will not make it to the floor     


Springfield, IL - State Representative Tony McCombie (IL-71st) released the following statement in reaction to HB 4586 and HB 4588 receiving votes in the Judicial-Criminal Committee, but not receiving enough votes to pass:

“The Jud-Crim Committee is narrowly focused on reducing penalties for offenders to reverse historical injustices in the criminal justice system and reducing the population in corrections. The blanket stance to decrease penalties and stop penalty enhancements is not the correct way to reform/improve Illinois’ criminal justice system.  As legislators, we should all be committed to correcting the institutional injustices that exist in the system, but at the same time we cannot ignore our responsibility to keep dangerous violent criminals from committing more heinous acts,” said Rep. McCombie. “Pam Knight and Zachary Phillips received a hearing, but they did not receive any justice. The state again failed the people of Illinois, but I will not be complacent and I will not stop fighting for what is fair and just.”    

In a press release today addressing several bills, including HB4586, killed in committee, House Republican Leader Jim Durkin (Western Springs) said, “Our single, greatest duty as legislators is to protect our constituents, and these actions by the House Democrats are appalling, egregious and unacceptable. These bills are responsible, thought out, and will have an immediate impact in providing protections for innocent victims of crime.”

HB 4586, sponsored by Rep. McCombie, adds protections to DCFS and Adult Protective Service employees from assault, the same protections applied to police, fire, and other emergency responders who protect our most vulnerable. This bill was drafted after DCFS worker, Pam Knight was brutally beaten to death in the fall. HB 4586 passed Sub-Committee on a vote of 3-2, but failed in the full committee, on a partisan roll call, by a vote of 5 in favor and 8 opposed.  

HB 4588, ‘Zachary’s Law’ is named in honor of 18 year-old Zachary Phillips who was murdered by a parolee who gained access to his parole host’s gun. HB 4588 will hold parole hosts criminally accountable for breaking an agreement they sign, if a parolee gains access to their parole host’s gun and uses it to commit a crime, the host may also be guilty of a crime. HB 4588 failed in Sub-Committee with 2 in favor and 3 opposed.



After DCFS worker Pam Knight was brutally beaten to death last fall, Rep. McCombie drafted legislation to give DCFS and Adult Protective Service employees the same protections that our police, fire, and other emergency responders already receive under Illinois law. Yesterday that legislation failed to pass full committee on a partisan roll call in which the majority decided to vote down any and all penalty enhancement bills.
 
The safety of our residents is not a partisan issue, we can work together to correct injustices within Illinois’ criminal justice system without jeopardizing the lives of the citizens we have sworn to protect.
 
Comment:

View Rep. McCombie’s entire testimony: https://youtu.be/lfqIEPJ3DUc

On Monday, April 9th HB 4588 and HB 4586 were scheduled to be heard in the House Judicial-Criminal Committee, but they were not allowed to be voted on.


Springfield, IL - State Representative Tony McCombie (IL-71st) released the following statement after common sense legislative measures to protect DCFS workers and adult protective service employees from assault were pulled and put in subcommittee to not be heard.

“Members of the majority, as well as their staff have stated that they are not willing to hear bills that will increase penalties as they want to reform our criminal justice system.  Reform by definition means to improve… not ignore.  Pam Knight lost her life serving Illinois and the very least the General Assembly can do is, is to allow the bill to be read in committee.  Our job is to help give the tools to our schools and communities to stop crimes from happening and to protect individuals who serve our most vulnerable,“ said Rep. McCombie.  “I also find the timing of these actions extremely unfair and hypocritical.  The majority has passed several pieces of legislation this session that were not heard in committee and will increase penalties for law abiding gun owners. Unlike those gun control bills, HB4586 has bipartisan support with 43 co-sponsors and has no opponents.”

HB 4586, sponsored by Rep. McCombie, adds protections to DCFS and Adult Protective Service employees from assault, the same protections applied to police, fire, and other emergency responders who protect our most vulnerable. This bill was drafted after DCFS worker, Pam Knight was brutally beaten to death in the fall. 

HB 4588, ‘Zachary’s Law’ is named in honor of 18 year-old Zachary Phillips who was murdered by a parolee who gained access to his parole host’s gun. HB 4588 adds ‘teeth’ to the state statute, and will hold parole hosts criminally accountable for breaking an agreement they sign. Under the common sense legislation, if a parolee gains access to their parole host’s gun and uses it to commit a crime, the host may also be guilty of a crime. In today’s environment, it is more important than ever to enforce and prosecute those that are not being responsible gun owners.  “I am getting the impression that reform is a one sided, self-serving opinion that will do nothing to positively change and save lives in Illinois,” said Rep McCombie.

Rep. McCombie gave a passionate speech on the House floor to stand up for her constituents.


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Today, Rep. McCombie was present at Elkay, in Savanna, an American-owned and operated manufacturer
of drinking fountains and bottling filling stations is proud to announce the production of their
6 millionth unit. This milestone happened at the company’s Savanna facility, which currently employs 220 people. 

On Monday, April 9th HB 4588 is scheduled to be heard in the Judicial-Criminal Committee

Springfield, IL - State Representative Tony McCombie’s (IL-71st) common sense gun control measure effecting parole hosts is scheduled for a hearing in the Judicial-Criminal committee.

“There is a lot of partisan talk about gun legislation in Illinois and across the nation today due to tragic events over the last several years and most recently in Florida. This bill is a common sense approach that may penalize irresponsible gun owners.  This piece of legislation will help to keep guns out of the hands of people who have served their time and who are transitioning back into society. This law amendment cannot bring Zachary Phillips or any loved one back, however, it may prevent another tragedy from happening to other families,” said Rep. McCombie. “It is bad public policy to have rules and laws, if there is no way to enforce them or to be disciplined for breaking them”.

‘Zachary’s Law’ is named in honor of 18 year old, Zachary Phillips who was murdered by a young man who did not have legal access to a gun. A troubled teenager growing up, was out on parole for 8 days after serving 17 months for a violent act. His father and acting parole host, signed a parole host agreement stating that he would not have or permit firearms and ammunition in his home while his son was living in his residence. The agreement was violated and the parolee gained access to the legally-owned gun, shot said gun 11 times to kill Zachary and seriously hurt another.

Currently parole hosts have to sign a contract, however there is no criminal penalty for violating the agreement. This new criminal offense will The legislation will hold parole hosts accountable to the contracts they sign. It is not popular in Illinois to enhance penalties or create new offenses, however in today’s environment, it is more important than ever to enforce and prosecute those that are not responsible gun owners. This is a non-partisan issue and should have full support as it keeps legal guns out of the reach of those not allowed to have them.

HB 4586, also sponsored by Rep. McCombie, which adds protections to DCFS and Adult Protective Service employees from assault, is also scheduled to be heard in the Judicial-Criminal Committee on Monday.
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