Springfield – State Rep. Tony McCombie (IL-71) released the following statement after voting in favor of the first truly balanced budget since 2001 which passed with broad bipartisan support:

“When I first took the oath of office, January of last year I asked members of the General Assembly to respectfully come together, consider each other’s priorities, and negotiate a balanced budget. This budget, unlike last year, accomplishes this.

“The budget is not perfect but it includes my top priorities of no additional tax increases, fully funding education, securing MAP Grants, increasing local government dollars, paying our front line workers, fully funding our agencies & social services and pay
ing our past due bills.

“The legislature still has much work to do and I look forward to being part of the solution to structurally reform Illinois in the years to come.”

The Senate approved the budget Wednesday and the House passed the budget today. This Fiscal Year 2019 budget is a balanced, full-year budget that relies on no new tax increases and meets the May 31st deadline, ensuring timely enactment on July 1, 2018. Both budget bills passed the House with over 95 votes.

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Today Representative Demmer presented a resolution in honor of Officer Mark Dallas from Dixon on his heroic actions on May 16th! It was an honor and blessing to thank him and his family for their service to our neighbors in Dixon and the people of Illinois!
Six-year IDOT program invests in roads, bridges while protecting taxpayer interests



The plan includes 24 projects in the 71st districts covering 23 miles
of roads to be completed by 2024 at a cost of $32.1 million. 
PEORIA (May 29, 2018) – Gov. Bruce Rauner announced a plan today to invest $11.05 billion in the state’s roads and bridges over the next six years, including $2.2 billion of state and federal funding in the upcoming fiscal year. The Illinois Department of Transportation Multi-Year Proposed Highway Improvement Program will focus on projects that provide the greatest economic benefit to communities and take advantage of long-term strategies that save money over time.

“Investing in transportation creates jobs and economic opportunity, improves safety and makes Illinois a better place to raise a family,” Rauner said. “This plan will make Illinois more competitive while protecting the interests of the taxpayers.”

This multiyear plan is the Illinois Department of Transportation’s (IDOT) first to embrace asset management strategies that commit to smaller repairs avoiding the higher costs of deferred maintenance. Using this approach, IDOT will realize savings over multiple years to eventually invest in other projects throughout the state. The plan also builds upon the latest in data-driven tools to help identify projects that provide the most value to the public while improving quality of life and regional mobility.

“At the governor’s direction, IDOT continues to innovate in how it chooses which projects to build,” said Illinois Transportation Secretary Randy Blankenhorn. “This is a plan that gets the state on the right track toward truly meeting the needs of our communities and building a 21st century system of transportation.”



Budget negotiations continue as clock ticks down to May 31 deadline.

With less than a week left before the scheduled end of session, the House and Senate continue to work on budget negotiations with the hope of passing a balanced budget by the end of May. Both houses of the General Assembly have adjourned for the weekend and are scheduled to return on Monday for Memorial Day session. Negotiations will continue over the weekend as the “budgeteers” work towards an agreement on a balanced budget for Fiscal Year 2019.

Gov. Rauner announces certification of 327 Illinois Opportunity Zones.


Gov. Bruce Rauner has announced that 327 Opportunity Zone census tract recommendations submitted by the State of Illinois have been approved by the U.S. Treasury Department. These zones cover more than 85% of Illinois' counties throughout the state and aim to support the future of Illinois through economic growth and investment.

Established by the Federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, Opportunity Zones present an opportunity for private, tax-free investment in low-income areas with economic need, benefiting residents living in the zones and private investors. 1,305 qualifying low-income census tracts were available for selection, of which only 25% could be nominated by the Governor for inclusion in the program.

For more information on Opportunity Zones visit https://www.illinois.gov/dceo/Pages/OppZn.aspx.

Illinois eliminates tax burden on human-powered watercraft.


Until 2018, the law that requires that an Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) Water Usage tax stamp be affixed to boats launched into Illinois waterways was applied to human-powered boats such as canoes, kayaks, and paddleboats. IDNR has decided to stop enforcing the tax-stamp requirement for summer 2018 boating in human-powered boats. The decision affects the 74,012 owners of non-motorized vessels who purchased the IDNR tax stamps in 2017.

Revenues from the $6.00 tax stamps were nominally used to build and maintain boat ramps that the non-motorized craft sometimes use, but the tax stamp did not raise very much money and most of the time, the owners and users of these light vessels just drop them into shallow water. In addition, there was ambiguity over whether the tax-stamp requirement applied to personal floating devices such as inner tubes and children’s float rafts. Meanwhile, many of the users of boat ramps continue to use them to push and pull heavy motorboats in and out of Illinois deep waters. Motorboats will continue to have to pay taxes. The rules change will take effect on Friday, June 1.

IDNR will continue to offer three-year registrations for all boats, including canoes, kayaks, and paddleboats. The registration fee creates a legal status for each individual boat in case of loss, theft, or accident. The registration fee schedule describes the registration fees charged to boat owners based on boat length and power. Registration is voluntary for owners of light human-powered boats.


Take the Give Them Distance pledge.

Illinois transportation, safety and government leaders were at the state Capitol this week to honor the life of Illinois Tollway roadway maintenance worker David Schwarz and to call on Illinois drivers to take the Give Them Distance pledge.

The Give Them Distance pledge launched as part of a statewide effort to emphasize the importance of the Illinois Move Over Law, which was expanded by Governor Bruce Rauner in 2017 and requires drivers to slow down and change lanes safely when approaching any vehicle stopped on the side of the road with lights flashing.

Schwarz was tragically struck and killed while working on the Tollway in 2017 by a driver who failed to follow the Move Over Law. Governor Rauner joined leaders from the Illinois Tollway, Illinois State Police, Illinois General Assembly and AAA recognizing Schwarz’s life today and emphasizing the importance of this vital law by calling on all drivers to take the Give Them Distance pledge.

The Illinois House of Representatives honored Schwarz through House Resolution 804and joined the Give Them Distance team to call for safer roads throughout Illinois.

Give Them Distance leaders, including the Illinois Tollway, Illinois Department of Transportation, Illinois State Police, Office of the Secretary of State and AAA, are calling on members of the media, state legislators and drivers across Illinois to visit GiveThemDistance.com, take the pledge and share their commitment on social media to challenge their friends, family and constituents to join the movement for safer roads. Among those who have already joined the movement by taking the pledge are ABC 7 Chicago Traffic/Transportation Anchor Roz Varon and Chicago Bears Quarterback Mitch Trubisky.


AFSCME Members to Receive Back Pay from 2011

HB 4290 passed by a bipartisan vote and will finally giving state employees $63 million in back pay from 2011 for money they rightfully earned.

“It has been an honor to work with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to get our state workers the back pay that they were promised by the Quinn Administration in 2011. Today is just the first step we needed to take to make right the many years of mistrust and disservice to Illinois workers,” said Rep. McCombie. “I am hopeful that the Senate will follow our lead and pass this bill immediately next week.”

In January 2011, then Governor Quinn and AFSCME struck a deal in which AFSCME members would give up half the value of their contractually mandated pay raises in exchange for a promise that Quinn would not lay off 2,600 workers or close any state facilities until July 2011. AFSCME also accepted voluntary furlough days and other concessions to save the state about $50 million.

However, in July 2011, Quinn reneged on scheduled pay raises, and state workers have never received the money they earned. The passing of HB 4290 finally ensures state workers will be paid. HB 4290 will now to the Senate for approval. The bill should not be considered new spending, because it appropriates $63 million that was previously promised to state employees by Governor Quinn’s administration in 2011.



Yesterday, while I was in Springfield for Session, my office took part in the Flag Placement Ceremony at Rock Island National Cemetery. 32,000 flags were placed at the graves at the Rock Island National Cemetery of our heroes for Memorial Day.  

Springfield – State Rep. Tony McCombie (IL-71) released the following statement after the passing of HB 4290 by a bipartisan vote of (90-10) which is finally giving state employees $63 million in back pay from 2011 for money they rightfully earned: 

“It has been an honor to work with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to get our state workers the back pay that they were promised by the Quinn Administration in 2011. Today is just the first step we needed to take to make right the many years of mistrust and disservice to Illinois workers,” said Rep. McCombie. “I am hopeful that the Senate will follow our lead and pass this bill immediately next week.”

In January 2011, then Governor Quinn and AFSCME struck a deal in which AFSCME members would give up half the value of their contractually mandated pay raises in exchange for a promise that Quinn would not lay off 2,600 workers or close any state facilities until July 2011. AFSCME also accepted voluntary furlough days and other concessions to save the state about $50 million.

However, in July 2011, Quinn reneged on scheduled pay raises, and state workers have never received the money they earned. The passing of HB 4290 finally ensures state workers will be paid. HB 4290 will now to the Senate for approval. The bill should not be considered new spending, because it appropriates $63 million that was previously promised to state employees by Governor Quinn’s administration in 2011. See the chart below to for information on where the funding will go:

Agency
Personal Services
Social Security
Total GRF
DOA
$4,840
$350
$5,190
CMS
$7,410
$530
$7,940
EPA
$1,170
$90
$1,260
DFPR
$6,830
$530
$7,360
IGB
$13,250
$860
$14,110
DOI
$10,670
$820
$11,490
DNR
$1,202,770
$68520
$12,71,290
DOR
$9,340
$720
$10,060
DCFS
$24,500
$2610
$27,110
DHR
$27,870
$2140
$30,010
DHFS
$34,510
$2650
$37,160
DHS
$15,840,750
$1209530
$17,050,280
DPH
$917,020
$70160
$987,180
DOC
$37,773,410
$2890310
$40,663,720
IEMA
$3,150
$230
$3,380
DJJ
$2,925,940
$182350
$3,108,290
ISP
$18,500
$1420
$19,920
TOTAL
$58,821,930
$4,433,820
$63,255,750



State Rep. Tony McCombie is officially launching her 2nd Annual Summer Reading Club for elementary school students who live or go to school in the 71st District. The “Reading BUZZ” program is offered to encourage students to start positive reading habits.

“I have always been an avid reader and as you can imagine, goal driven! I want kids to join our reading challenge and hopefully make 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 could be a time for families to unplug, enjoy the quiet and each other’s company.

Reading BUZZ challenges students entering 1st - 5th grade to read eight (8) books over the summer. To celebrate Illinois’ bicentennial, Rep. McCombie is challenging students to read a book about Illinois.

Pamphlets have been distributed to local elementary schools and libraries, but are also available for pickup at Rep. McCombie’s District Office or online at RepMcCombie.com. Participation in this program can overlap with any other summer reading program offered through area libraries, schools, or other organizations.

Participants will be invited to an ice cream party and receive a certificate from the Illinois House of Representatives. To earn your spot at the ice cream party, a parent or guardian must fill out and sign the form and return it to Rep. McCombie’s office by August 19th. Students or their parents may also fill out the form online at repmccombie.com or by clicking the following link.

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On May 23, Representative McCombie stood up on the House floor to defend 2nd amendment rights of law abiding citizens.
First Army is celebrating their centennial this year and is looking for various events/opportunities to celebrate our 100 yrs of Service with our QCA friends and neighbors/public at large.  The 74th Anniversary of D-Day is on 6 Jun and First Army led this magnificent operation that started to turn the tide in WW II. 

Lt. General Twitty wants to celebrate our Centennial in a fun fashion with our Quad Citians and this outdoor movie, on the lawn with families, friends, and neighbors is a great opportunity for all of us to reflect on 100 Years of continued service to country and the QC area.

As such, we will be hosting a "FA Movie Night" on the lawn of Memorial Fld (by the Tank Displays) and premiere "The Longest Day." Star-studded movie that depicts this feat of arms and determination to rid the world of tyranny!



Springfield, IL – Over 300 Opportunity Zone census tract recommendations submitted by the State of Illinois, have been approved by the U.S. Treasury Department. These zones cover over 85% of the 102 counties throughout the state and aim to support the future of Illinois through economic growth and investment, by allowing investors to re-invest unrealized capital gains in designated census tracts. State Representative Tony McCombie (IL-71) is pleased to announce that four of these zones are located in counties that she represents.
“All four counties I represent had at least one community with an Opportunity Zone approved,” Rep. McCombie stated. “Being a border community with higher property taxes and higher workers compensation costs, we need extra tools to be competitive with our neighbors in Iowa, Wisconsin and Indiana. We must be creative to stay competitive and bring good paying jobs that will grow our region. I am excited to watch how these areas will utilize these Opportunity Zones to expand existing businesses, attract new businesses, and create growth in Illinois.”

The following are the tract numbers for the zones, their city, and their county:        
  • 17015960300 in Savanna in Carroll County
  • 17073030800 in Kewanee in Henry County
  • 17161023500 & 17161023600 in the City of Rock Island in RI County
  • 17195001500 in Rock Falls in Whiteside County

To determine the most effective tracts for nomination, a three-phase approach was implemented to identify need and potential, adequately represent the entire state, and account for local input. Phase one involved need-based indexing depending on factors like poverty rates, specifically those among children, unemployment rates, crime rates and population. These standards highlight the goal of the program in Illinois which is to cultivate potential within disadvantaged communities and invest in our future generations across the state.

Phase two and three were used to further identify the allotted 327 tracts Illinois could nominate under the federal program guidelines. To ensure a statewide benefit, each county with qualifying tracts received at least one zone and towns and cities across the state were limited on the number of zones included.

For more information on Opportunity Zones and specific areas covered visit https://www.illinois.gov/dceo/Pages/OppZn.aspx
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Heroic action by school resource officer stops Dixon school shooter.

An armed intruder entered the high school building in Dixon, Illinois and opened fire on students and educators.  Taking immediate action, school security officer and longtime Dixon police officer Mark Dallas returned fire, shooting the gunman and taking him into custody.  The Wednesday, May 16 incident occurred when Dixon High School senior class members were rehearsing for graduation.  Educators and students responded to the incident in line with school security protocols, and the heroic action of Officer Dallas helped to ensure no other persons were physically hurt in the violent incident.  State Rep. Tom Demmer, who represents Dixon, praised Officer Dallas in remarks delivered on the House floor on Thursday, May 17.  

Governor Rauner proposes major public safety package to reinstate death penalty and extend 72-hour wait to all guns. 

Gov. Bruce Rauner has asked the Illinois General Assembly to reinstate the death penalty for mass murderers and those who kill law enforcement officers. The proposal is part of a precedent-setting public safety initiative that the Governor unveiled in an amendatory veto (AV) of House Bill 1468 which also urges legislators to:
  • Extend the 72-hour waiting period for delivery of all gun purchases in Illinois.
  • Ban bump stocks and trigger cranks.
  • Authorize restraining orders to disarm dangerous individuals.
  • Make judges and prosecutors more accountable by making them explain – on the record – why charges are reduced in plea agreements for violent offenders in gun cases.
  • Free up local revenue to hire resource officers and mental health workers to help intervene and prevent student violence before it occurs.
Rauner’s changes to HB 1468 create a new category of homicide called “death penalty murder.” It would apply to offenders 18 and over that prosecutors charge with killing peace officers or two or more people without lawful justification.  The Governor’s proposal was redrafted as Floor Amendment #1 to SB 2580 and has been referred to the House floor for consideration.

Five Opportunity Zones Are Announced in the 71st District

Over 300 Opportunity Zone census tract recommendations submitted by the State of Illinois, have been approved by the U.S. Treasury Department. These zones cover over 85% of the 102 counties throughout the state and aim to support the future of Illinois through economic growth and investment, by allowing investors to re-invest unrealized capital gains in designated census tracts. State Representative Tony McCombie (IL-71) is pleased to announce that four of these zones are located in counties that she represents.

“All four counties I represent had at least one community with an Opportunity Zone approved,” Rep. McCombie stated. “Being a border community with higher property taxes and higher workers compensation costs, we need extra tools to be competitive with our neighbors in Iowa, Wisconsin and Indiana. We must be creative to stay competitive and bring good paying jobs that will grow our region. I am excited to watch how these areas will utilize these Opportunity Zones to expand existing businesses, attract new businesses, and create growth in Illinois.”
The following are the tract numbers for the zones, their city, and their county:
  • 17015960300 in Savanna in Carroll County
  • 17073030800 in Kewanee in Henry County
  • 17161023500 & 17161023600 in the City of Rock Island in RI County
  • 17195001500 in Rock Falls in Whiteside County
For more information on Opportunity Zones and specific areas covered visit https://www.illinois.gov/dceo/Pages/OppZn.aspx

U.S. Supreme Court sports betting decision affects Illinois.

Placing large-scale and electronic bets on sports teams is currently prohibited in Illinois.  The Criminal Code ban on Illinois gambling covers many forms of wagering activity, with one sports-related exception that covers bets on horse racing.  Until this week, this ban was buttressed by a federal law enacted by Congress in 1992 that froze in place the laws of 46 U.S. states that forbade betting on sporting events.  Pushed by the state of New Jersey, the U.S. Supreme Court this week struck down this federal law.

The action by the federal high court opens the door for the General Assembly to begin to debate the amendment or modification of Illinois’ ban on sports betting.  Many Illinoisans will continue to oppose expansion of the State’s gambling industries.  Others may look at the revenues that taxing a gambling transaction can bring in – money that does not have to be extracted by incomes, sales, or property taxes.  Potential revenue estimates from the legalization of sports betting in Illinois range from $300 million to more than $600 million.

Illinois Bicentennial Celebrates Frank Lloyd Wright Trail.

Illinois’ Frank Lloyd Wright heritage is celebrated in the creation of the new Frank Lloyd Wright Trail, which will join the Illinois River Road and the Lincoln Heritage Trail among the networks of marked roads celebrating the Illinois experience.  The heritage of Frank Lloyd Wright is protected by owners of the 13 Wright-designed buildings open to the public throughout Illinois.  The modern architect’s Illinois masterpieces are capped by his own Home and Studio in Oak Park, owned and operated by the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust, and by the State  of Illinois-operated Dana-Thomas House in Springfield, with its 35 rooms filed with Wright-designed and Wright-approved fittings and furniture.  The Trail includes all 13 open-to-the-public sites.

The work that eventuated in the creation of the Frank Lloyd Wright Trail was sparked by the Illinois General Assembly in the adoption of HJR 66 in summer 2017.  Work in 2017-18 led to the stamping of the metal signs that will be used this summer to mark the Trail on the roads of Illinois.            

Record year announced for Illinois tourism.

Records from Illinois hotels, motels, and tourist attractions show that nearly 114 million visits were made to Illinois in 2017, up 1.4% from 2016.  The visitors spent $39.5 billion, up 3% from 2016, and supported the creation and maintenance of 335,500 jobs.  The numbers for 2017 were announced by Governor Rauner on Tuesday, May 15. 

The Illinois Office of Tourism encourages visits to Illinois as a way for persons from elsewhere to enjoy authentic U.S. “heartland” products and experiences.  Illinois experiences are featured in our State’s “Illinois Made” campaign.  Visitors pay taxes for goods and services such as hotel rentals, restaurant meals, local beverages, and rental motor vehicles.  Tourist travel to Illinois generated $2.95 billion in 2017 State and local tax revenue, representing $1,300 in tax payments for the average Illinois household.  

Quincy Veterans Home to get deep well water.

The river city traditionally gets its water from the Mississippi River.  Recent health problems at the Quincy Veterans Home have pointed to the need to develop a new source for the city’s potable water.  A $6 million matching-funds grant will be used to switch Quincy’s water supply to a sand-and-gravel aquifer that is known to be flowing underneath the Quincy area.  The project was announced on Wednesday, May 16, by Gov. Bruce Rauner.    

Cooler, cleaner groundwater should reduce health concerns at the Quincy Veterans Home, which uses piped Quincy water for drinking, cooking, and cleaning.  Tragic outbreaks of Legionella disease, caused by bacteria that live in stagnant warm water, have played a role in the deaths of some Veterans Home residents.  The Quincy Veterans Home, one of Western Illinois’ largest employment centers, houses more than 350 residents who are veterans of the U.S. armed forces and their spouses from Illinois.  The facility employs approximately 500 caregivers and support staff.

Even after cleaner water begins to flow throughout Quincy, additional work will be necessary at the Veterans Home complex.  The Rauner Administration, working with the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs, has published preliminary plans for the construction of an entirely new veterans’ complex in Quincy with new plumbing and piping.        

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Springfield, IL – Rep. Tony McCombie (IL-71) today announced the release of two Illinois Transportation Enhancement (ITEP) grants and county fair money in the 71st legislative district.

Northwest Illinois is one of the most beautiful parts of the state and these dollars will help to develop and grow our local tourism industry,” said Rep. McCombie. “We understand the importance of tourism and the positive economic impact our county fairs bring to our region.”

According to a study by the University of Illinois Extension county fairs generate $170 million in economic activity across the state. On February 13, Rep. McCombie joined a bipartisan group of thirty-four legislators to send a letter to the Governor asking for the release of $1.4 million in approved funding to Illinois County Fairs. The money will mostly go towards infrastructure and to keep fairgrounds safe. The vouchers will move from the Department of Agriculture to the Comptroller’s Office to be paid to each of the 102 county fairgrounds.

In addition, $36 million will be invested in 53 Illinois Transportation Enhancement (ITEP) projects across the State. ITEP projects include; biking and walking paths, trails, and streetscape beautification work. ITEP is funded through a federal grant, and to be eligible, applicants must commit a local match of at least 20 percent to their project and demonstrate a plan to have their awards spent within four years.

The following was awarded in Illinois Transportation Enhancement (ITEP) grants:
  • The City of Moline will receive $1,974,350 to enhance the ‘Mississippi River to Rock River Multi-Use Trail Corridor.’ 
  • The Village of Port Byron will receive $97,570 for their ‘Downtown Streetscape and Mobility Enhancement Project.’ 
A list of all the approved ITEP projects across the State can be found by clicking here.

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Illinois State Police Director Leo Schmitz is urging Illinois firearms owners to file paperwork early as the first wave of the 10-year Firearm Owners Identification cards come due for renewal.

More than 50,000 FOID cards are due for renewal between June 1 and Aug. 1. The General Assembly amended state law in 2008, allowing FOID cards to be valid for 10 years. The timing of the law change creates a glut of renewals this summer, and could cause a backlog at the Department. State Police are recommending to renew your FOID Card now.

Applicants can visit the ISP's Firearm Services Bureau website at ispfsb.com to renew online. The cost of the card is $10. Applicants must be Illinois residents and include their Illinois Drivers License or State ID card number. Applicants under the age of 21 must have a parents' signature on the application. Anyone who needs assistance with FOID card renewal, and those who prefer paper applications, can call 217-782-7980 and select menu option 0.

Applicants should make sure the name and address on FOID applications match the records on file for them at the Secretary of State's Office, otherwise the renewal process will be delayed.

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HB 5749 increases farm truck weight limits and HB 4771 provides critical consumer protections to the long-term care application process 


Springfield, IL – Rep. McCombie’s co-sponsored initiatives, HB 5749 which increases farm truck weight limits and HB 4771 which provides critical consumer protections to the long-term care application process, both passed nearly unanimously with broad bipartisan support.

House Bill 5749 (Phelps Finnie-118) increases haul weight by 10 percent for farm trucks. This change is needed to reduce competitive disadvantages for farmers hauling harvests to storage silos in Illinois. Surrounding states have higher weight limits and this bill will create parity between states and encourage drivers from neighboring states to utilize Illinois' grain elevators. In 2017, a law allowing farm trucks hauling goods to be heavier than routinely allowed during ‘Harvest Emergencies’ was signed by the Governor. The Governor issued such a declaration last harvest season after heavy rains delayed getting crops out of the fields. This legislation makes the small emergency weight limit increases permanent.

“Harvest time can be very challenging for farmers and Illinois’ regulations often make it more difficult. This small change will give farmers just one more tool to be more productive during the harvest season and will help farmers increase commerce to our communities,” said Rep. McCombie. “The concerns heard about the weight of the trucks on rural roads and bridges were heard and can be offset by the fees paid and the decrease of truck traffic.”

HB 4771 (Hammond-93) will require the Departments of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS) and Human Services (DHS) to make critical consumer protection reforms to improve the overall application process for long term care under the State’s Medicaid program. The changes include developing an electronic application process, providing a step-by-step checklist of required documents, and requiring the Departments to provide written receipt of application documents. The process will ensure that applicants will no longer have to ‘start over’ if there are changes in their legal representation. Facilities will also have a system for providing provisional eligibility if the applications cannot be processed in the required federal time guidelines of 45 days. These much-needed changes will overall system and increase efficiencies for applicants. The bill is the result of a three year bipartisan negotiation process.

“This change is long overdue, and navigating the process to enter long term care should never had been this difficult. This process improvement will ensure a more secure, efficient and prompt application process that will address the struggles of our seniors, their families and the long term care providers,” said Rep. McCombie. “Our long term care population is increasing and they deserve must better than they have been receiving.”

Both pieces of legislation will move to the State Senate for consideration.

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The Illinois Housing Development Authority is now accepting applications under the Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH) Development Program to fund developments serving special needs populations and persons with disabilities, including residents who are transitioning out of nursing homes and into community living. Up to $36.5 million is available to provide supportive housing options for individuals and families in need. 

This new round of the PSH Development Program will fund developments serving low-income persons with disabilities, persons experiencing homelessness, and other vulnerable populations. Eligible developments may contain no more than 25 units and are required to set aside a minimum of 10 percent of the units for referrals through the Statewide Referral Network. Funding will be awarded to the highest scoring applications.

We encourage all eligible sponsors to apply for this opportunity. See the Request for Application on IHDA's Developer Resource Center for more details, and please direct any questions to PSHRFA@ihda.org.

Applications are due to IHDA on July 20, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.