Great success at Rep. McCombie's Jobs Fair today... thanks to all who participated! Afterwards, Rep. McCombie spoke with Mike at the YMCA about their mission, projects, programs and future!

We are blessed to have so many public-private partnerships in our region! If you have never been please stop by... their mission says it all!

https://www.tworiversymca.org/
Rep. Tony McCombie spoke to the Moline Rotary Club on July 30.  Read more about her visit and comments here.


Rep. Tony McCombie stopped by Morrison Summer Extravaganza on July 28. Thanks to those who stopped by to chat and an extra thanks to those that stopped by to play!





The Korean War began June 25, 1950 with the North Korean army's invasion of South Korea. On July 27, 1953, the Korean Armistice Agreement was signed ending the war, now officially recognized as Armistice Day. At 10 a.m. that day, in Panmunjom, 18 official copies of the tri-language Korean Armistice Agreement were signed. The signing of the agreement marked the end of the longest negotiated armistice in history with 158 meetings spread over two years and 17 days.
Action expected to fuel jobs, economic development statewide

“I am thankful for the expansion and signing of this legislation. SB 3527 will encourage investors to take a look at the historical presence here in northwest Illinois,” said Rep. Tony McCombie, (Savanna). “The reforms and expansion of the River Edge Program will inspire additional investments to properties that have historically been too difficult to redevelop. Historic structures are often the core of our communities and the signing of this legislation will give communities another tool to boost economic development. I am proud to support and celebrate our history through projects that will reuse and repurpose our past."

Gov. Bruce Rauner today signed SB 3527, a bipartisan bill improving and expanding the River Edge Redevelopment Zone (RERZ) Historic Tax Credit. The successful economic development incentive now will be available to communities statewide.

“This legislation opens up millions of dollars in economic incentives in the form of tax credits for historic preservation projects throughout Illinois,” Rauner said after signing the bill at the Peoria Riverfront Museum Plaza. “It is imperative that we add jobs and fuel economic development. This bill will help Illinois achieve those goals while also preserving our past and making our state even more beautiful to visit.”

Established in 2012, the RERZ originally was a five-year pilot program allowing a 25 percent state income tax credit for qualifying projects in blighted, historic riverfront areas in Peoria, Rockford, Elgin, East St. Louis and Aurora.

SB 3527, which passed both Houses in May, expands availability of the historic tax credits to similar projects across the state. It also adds a new Illinois Historic Preservation Tax Credit with $15 million in credits to be administered by the Historic Preservation Division of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources each year between January 2019 and December 2023.

Legislators joined business officials and leaders from Landmarks Illinois and the American Institute of Architects-Illinois in applauding the bill action, which they said will not only revitalize historic structures that are falling into disrepair, but also will spur job growth and boost tourism.
Rep. Tony McCombie started the day on Tuesday visiting the Savanna City Office, spoke to the Fulton Kiwanis Club and toured the Arrowhead Youth Ranch/Residential Academy. Please visit Arrowhead Youth's website to learn about their facilities, programs and how you can help!

And yes... they are HIRING!

https://www.arrowheadyouth.org/



It was a great turn out on Saturday, July 21 at Rep. Tony McCombie's Rock Falls Shred Event! Thank you to our ComEd Partners, Rock Falls Chamber, Mayor Wescott, the City of Rock Falls, Kris Schmidt, and United Way for your help! Shout out to Denny and Moring Disposal for taking our call on a Saturday morning! 


The Illinois Department of Transportation announced on Tuesday that weather permitting, construction work on Garden Plain Road from 0.3 mile northwest of Fenton Road to 0.6 mile west of Hillside Road will begin on Friday, July 27, 2018.

Civil Constructors, Inc. will be improving the 1.5 mile section of roadway with a cold-in-place recycling of the existing asphalt pavement, followed by a hot mix asphalt resurfacing overlay. The $380,519 project is scheduled to be completed by the end of August.

Please slow down and use extreme caution while driving through all work zones.

State Representative Tony McCombie (IL-71st) announced today that two local fire departments will receive grant funding in a Small Equipment Grant. The grants are being distributed through Illinois’ Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM).

A $25,885.00 grant will be awarded to the Silvis Fire Department to buy protective equipment and a $26,000 grant will be awarded to the Rock Falls Fire Department for self-contained breathing apparatuses.

According to McCombie, more than 100 departments statewide are taking a share of $2.2 million in grant funds. “These grants are much-needed funding to help purchase or replace necessary equipment,” said McCombie. “These departments are proven to be good stewards of taxpayer dollars and will put these funds to good use in protecting our communities.”

The OSFM Small Equipment Grant Program was established to provide grants up to $26,000 for the purchase of small firefighting and ambulance equipment at fire departments and not-for-profit ambulance services across Illinois.

“Safety of first responders is paramount and should not be jeopardized due to the inability to purchase small equipment by the departments,” McCombie said. “this is where this Grant program helps to fill a serious need for our hometown heroes.”


As part of $267 million nationwide announcement of grant and loan funding from the United States Department of Agriculture Office of Rural Development, the Village of Tampico in Whiteside County will receive a loan of $1,565,000 and a grant of $1,000,000 that will be used to replace 2.47 miles of water main line, which will address health & sanitary issues as well as support water flow in the Village of 790 residents.

The USDA is making investments in 35 states through the Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant program.  The funds can be used to finance drinking water, storm water drainage, and waste disposal systems for rural communities with 10,000 or fewer residents.

In FY 2018, the US Congress provided a historic level of funding for water and wastewater infrastructure through the 2018 Omnibus bill- including $5.2 billion for USDA loans and grants, up from $1.2 billion in FY 2017.  The legislation also directed Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue to make investments in rural communities with the greatest infrastructure needs.  Secretary Perdue has followed through on that directive as well as recommending a series of findings to the Administration to align the federal government with state, local, and tribal governments to take advantage of opportunities that exist in rural America.  Increasing investment in rural infrastructure is a key recommendation of the Task Force run by Secretary Perdue.




Rep. McCombie joined the staff and community leaders today at Western Illinois University! Western is moving in a direction that positions itself for a strong future! Go Leathernecks!

From article:

WIU Board of Trustees Chair Carolyn Ehlert Fuller added that the board has charged President Thomas with defining the strengths of Western Illinois University to advance the institution's quality, opportunity and affordability.

"We were extremely pleased with the creation and adoption of the new Higher Values in Higher Education Strategic Plan. This plan, coupled with today's announcements, show that Western Illinois University is positioning itself for the future," Ehlert Fuller said. "The Board thanks President Thomas and his leadership team for advancing our great University. We look forward to realizing the plans set forth today."

Rep. Norine Hammond noted that while higher education across the country is facing challenges with declining enrollments and higher tuition costs, Western recognizes these challenges and is moving forward.

"Western is taking necessary steps to focus on programs that have the greatest rate of return for the students, as well as employers," Hammond added.

Rep. Tony McCombie added that she is excited about Western's changes.

"Western is moving in a direction that positions itself for a strong future," McCombie said.

"Western is entering a future that defines its unique mission and niche within Illinois public higher education. Thank you for ensuring optimal use of limited state resources by focusing on your centers of excellence. This is what defines you as a University community and an integral component to Illinois public higher education. Western is truly an outstanding institution and I know that you will be successful in your endeavors," said Illinois Board of Higher Education Executive Director Al Bowman.

Read More here.
Rep. McCombie recently visited with the John Deere Team to discuss current workforce skills gaps, today's challenges and they brainstormed on how to improve the situation. She also toured the plant and checked out their internal training areas!

Rep. Tony McCombie joined many of her colleagues in the Illinois House on Saturday, July 14 in celebrating the Grand Re-Opening of the Illinois Executive Mansion in Springfield, after much-needed privately funded rehabilitation has brought the Mansion back to its glory.  Learn more about the Mansion Restoration here.



Yesterday, I spent a couple of hours right here in Savanna visiting one of our largest employers! I worked at Metform right out of college with Dick Bailey in the sales department and moonlighted in the factory on the weekends to make my student loan payments! GREAT company with good pay, benefits and stability!

Guess what.... THEY ARE HIRING!!



State Representative Tony McCombie is announcing that she will be hosting traveling office hours in Erie on July 18.

If you live in the area and have concerns, suggestions or problems related to state government, residents are encouraged to stop by and talk with Representative McCombie or a member of her staff.

“This is an opportunity to talk face to face with someone that is willing to listen and work on issues constituents are experiencing in interacting with state agencies or services,” said Rep. McCombie.  “I am thankful to the Village President, Marcia Smith, for hosting this opportunity at the Village Hall to allow area residents to connect directly with their public servant.”

The date, time, and location for the traveling office hours are as follows:

Erie Village Hall, Wednesday, July 18, 10:00am-12:00pm (noon)
·       740 Main Street, Erie, IL 61250

Rep. McCombie will continue to hold traveling office hours in communities across District 71 to hear the needs of constituents. Constituents may schedule an appointment by calling (815) 632-7384, but appointments are not required.

Rep. McCombie was honored to tour 3M in Cordova on July 6th. The 3M plant in Cordova's mission is to Provide 3M divisions with a business advantage globally through advanced technology, competitive cost, and excellent quality, service, and environmental, health, and safety.


The Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs and the Illinois Bi-Centennial Committee will honor the work of 200 veterans from across the State of Illinois, whose contributions are above and beyond the call of duty as they dedicate their time and energy to assist their fellow veterans and service members. Nominees are evaluated based on their achievements, and on the extent to which their contributions have aided, benefited and provided inspiration to their community at large. In Addition, nominees must have received an honorable discharge from the U.S. military and reside in Illinois.  This award has a very special meaning. It provides our state, as well as the Governor of Illinois, with an opportunity to showcase the value of community service as exemplified by our Illinois Veterans. Through their past experiences, they’ve embodied his virtue to the greatest extent. 
Whether it be service to one’s country, one’s family,friends,neighbors or community,the example set by our veterans illustrates how far individuals are willing to go, to help their fellow citizens. Both on and off the battlefield, veterans exemplify the meaning of selfless service, courage and compassion.  In this way, they are the exact role models we need in our communities! 
Rep. Tony McCombie enjoyed the Community Celebration and ran in the 5K race for the Prophetstown Run Around on July 3rd.


From Illinois Department of Transportation, District 2

Dixon, IL – The Illinois Department of Transportation announces today that weather permitting, pavement patching on US 30 from Hillandale Court to Bartlet Street in Morrison will begin on Monday, July 9, 2018. G. M. Sipes Construction, Inc. will be installing concrete patches with new curb and gutter on the $532,832 project to improve this section of roadway. Work will be completed under daytime lane closures on US 30, with various side road closures. No work will be completed during the week of the 2018 Whiteside County Fair.

Please slow down and use extreme caution while driving through all work zones. For IDOT District 2 updates on Twitter, follow us at http://twitter.com/IDOTDistrict2.