Rep. Tony McCombie gave a "State of the State" update to the Rock Island Rotary Club on Sept. 25.


Rep. Tony McCombie stopped by to learn more about the QC Botanical Gardens on September 25. Their story and future plans are very exciting! This is a family fun place with great meeting and event space too!

http://www.qcgardens.com/home.html



The Illinois Department of Transportation announces that Round Grove Road, approximately 3.5 miles east of Morrison, will be closed to all through traffic from Monday, October 1 through Friday, October 5, 2018.

The closure will allow the Union Pacific Railroad to make needed repairs to their at-grade crossing located 0.4 mile south of US 30. Drivers are asked to be alert for the road closure and use alternate roadways when traveling in this area. No detour will be marked.

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

For IDOT District 2 updates on Twitter, follow us at http://twitter.com/IDOTDistrict2.
Rep. Tony McCombie had the privilege to speak at WIU Founders Day on September 24, 2018.


Great to show off our portion of the Mississippi River to Mayors all along the Mississippi River! The annual meeting that the Mississippi River Cities and Towns Initiative was held in both the Illinois and Iowa Quad Cities. Rep. McCombie joined for the Host City Dinner at the Rock Island Arsenal and the boat ride of the Mississippi River hosted by Mayor Thoms (Rock Island) and Mayor Gallagher (Bettendorf, IA). We had Mayor's from Arkansas, Missouri, Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota and more on our crew on September 21!


We couldn’t have had a better day at the Taste of Fiesta yesterday in Rock Falls! Thanks to all that stopped by and to all of the volunteers that put this together for the community! #district71travels #tasteoffiesta




The Illinois Department of Transportation announces today that weather permitting, construction work on IL 84 in Port Byron from Polk Street to Lynn Street will begin on Monday, September 24, 2018.

McCarthy Improvement Co. will be completing the $1.3 million project for culvert, storm sewer, and roadway improvements. During the improvements, IL 84 will be closed to through traffic within Port Byron from Polk Street to Lynn Street for an estimated seven weeks.

A marked detour route will be installed utilizing Barber Creek Road (71st Ave.) to 256th Street, and 256th Street to Agnes Street (94th Ave.). Access to Main Street and local businesses from IL 84 will not be restricted.

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.
A record-breaking $180 million in forgotten cash and stock was returned to individuals, employers and non-profits by the state treasurer’s office this past fiscal year, Illinois Treasurer Michael Frerichs said today. It is the largest amount in the program’s 57-year history.

More than 116,000 claims were fulfilled with an average value of $1,552 during Fiscal Year 2018,
which is July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018. Approximately 58,000 claims were fulfilled in Fiscal Year 2017.

The new Fast Track and EClaiming processes unveiled earlier this year made claiming property
faster and easier and directly led to this record-breaking number of fulfilled claims. More than
49,000 of the 116,000 claims were paperless, online claims using the new Fast Track process.

“We are proud to double the number of successful claims in the past twelve months,” Frerichs said. “With new processes in place and our new data matching authority, we anticipate returning even more unclaimed property to its rightful owners in the next twelve months.”

Under the Revised Uniform Unclaimed Property Act that became law earlier this year, the state treasurer’s office will share data with the Illinois Department of Revenue to match unclaimed property records with Illinois residents who filed tax returns in the last year. Because of this change in the law championed by Frerichs, the state treasurer’s office soon will be able to return cash to some Illinois taxpayers without a claim ever having to be filed.

In Illinois, the state treasurer is tasked with safeguarding unclaimed property, such as unpaid life insurance benefits, forgotten bank accounts and unused rebate cards. Illinois holds more than $2 billion in unclaimed property. The state treasurer is legally required to get the property to the rightful owners no matter how long it takes for them to come forward.

Individuals can search the state treasurer’s database for their name or the name of their business or non-profit at www.illinoistreasurer.gov/ICASH. The Treasurer's office never charges money to search the database or return unclaimed property.
The Illinois Department of Transportation announces today that weather permitting, bridge washing on the I-80 bridge over the Mississippi River will begin on Monday, September 17, 2018.

Lane closures will be utilized to complete the work; however, all lanes will be open from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 12:00 p.m. on Friday to 5:00 a.m. on Monday.

During the estimated two weeks of work, Interstate Maintenance, Inc. will be washing the bridge deck, structural steel, and cleaning the drainage systems for the $103,489 project.

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 Cleveland Road in the Village of Colona will be closed to all through traffic from Monday, September 24 through Wednesday, September 26, 2018.

The closure will allow the BNSF Railway to perform emergency maintenance to their at-grade crossing located between IL 84 and I-80, just east of IL 84. To allow continued traffic movement, a detour will be marked utilizing IL 84, US 6, and I-80. 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.
The month of September is National Suicide Prevention Month.  The statistics on suicide are alarming.  Please help Rep. Tony McCombie spread the word that there is help and there is hope.  The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline can be reached 24/7 at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).



State Representative Tony McCombie announced on Tuesday that the Governor’s Office of Management and Budget (GOMB) has signed off on Illinois Community College Board (ICCB) release of $11.3 million statewide for community college capital projects in the first round of this funding to be released in this fiscal year.

The release includes $237,460 to Black Hawk College for roof replacement and $154,285 to Sauk Valley Community College to assist with air handler replacement campus wide.

“These are life/safety improvements that will address decaying infrastructure as well as increase safety for students and employees,” said Rep. Tony McCombie. “I am pleased this funding is being released and I know it will be put to good use by both colleges.”

Black Hawk College will be putting up $209,640 in local funds to complete the project and Sauk Valley Community College will be putting up $2,245,715 in local funds.

“Infrastructure investment is a catalyst for job creation and economic development,” said Gov. Bruce Rauner. “We signed a bipartisan budget in June that includes funds for improvement projects that benefit local businesses and residents. This kind of investment is how government can play a positive role in the Illinois economy.”
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The Illinois Department of Transportation announces today that weather permitting, repairs on the US 67 Centennial Bridge over the Mississippi River will begin on Tuesday, September 11, 2018.

Daytime lane closures will be utilized to complete the work on the bridge spans over the river, with the remaining repairs performed from access under the bridge. During the estimated two months of work, St. Louis Bridge Construction Co. will be completing structural steel repairs on the $628,230 project.

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

Farmers, crop haulers won’t have to wait to more successfully compete with neighboring states

Gov. Bruce Rauner today declared a harvest emergency to help level the playing field between Illinois farmers and crop haulers and those in neighboring states.

The action bridges the gap between the 2018 harvest season and a new law the governor signed Aug. 25 that takes effect next year. Going forward, that measure will allow for an annual harvest-season easing of gross vehicle and gross axle weight limits for agricultural commodities haulers with a free permit.

“We have heard from Illinois’ trucking industry and from farmers who are operating on thin profit margins in today’s agricultural climate,” Rauner said before making his announcement at the Ladage Farm in Auburn. “Today’s harvest emergency declaration recognizes that the weight-restriction structure in place in Illinois put our farmers and truckers at a disadvantage.

“They cannot and should not be forced to wait until the 2019 harvest season to reap the economic benefits of eased weight limits,” he said. “Now they won’t have to as they take their crops to market, processing or storage.”

The emergency declaration is in effect from Monday, Sept. 10, to Dec. 31, 2018, and enables crop haulers to seek free Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) permits to exceed legal maximum gross vehicle and gross axle weight limits or the vehicle’s registered gross weight, whichever is less, by no more than 10 percent on state and federal highways under IDOT’s jurisdiction, except interstates. (Federal requirements prohibit inclusion of interstates.)

“We appreciate Gov. Rauner declaring an emergency situation for the 2018 harvest season, especially in light of the declining incomes and market turmoil which farmers are currently facing,” said Richard Guebert Jr., president, Illinois Farm Bureau. “This declaration opens the door for increased efficiencies for farmers and truck drivers hauling agricultural commodities and will help offset any uncontrollable effects of weather and commodity markets, allowing farmers the freedom to move what is projected to be a record-breaking crop.”

Permits will once again be issued at no charge, but applicants must obtain a route authorization number every two weeks. The harvest emergency permit and other information on the permitting process can be obtained through IDOT’s automated permitting web application here.

Rauner said the declaration will speed the movement of crops to market, adding that the importance of an economically healthy agriculture community in Illinois cannot be overstated. Illinois is home to 71,000 farms on 26.6 million acres. Marketing of Illinois’ agricultural commodities generates more than $19 billion annually, and the state’s food and fiber industries employ nearly 1 million people. The state ranks third nationally in the export of agricultural commodities, with $8.2 billion worth of goods shipped to other countries, according to the Illinois Department of Agriculture.

Garden Plain Road Closure West of Morison

The Illinois Department of Transportation announces that Garden Plain Road, approximately one-half mile west of Morrison, will be closed to all through traffic from Monday, September 10 through Friday, September 14, 2018.

The closure will allow the Union Pacific Railroad to make needed repairs to their at-grade crossing located in this area. Drivers are asked to be alert for the road closure and use alternate roadways when traveling in this area.

IL 78 (Cherry Street) Road Closure in Morrison 

The Illinois Department of Transportation announces that IL 78 (Cherry Street) in Morrison, will be closed to all through traffic from Monday, September 17 through Friday, September 28, 2018. The closure will allow the Union Pacific Railroad (UP) to remove and replace the south crossing (Main 2) and perform other needed maintenance to their at-grade crossing located between Wall Street and Market Street.

To allow continued traffic movement, a detour will be marked on IL 78, Wall Street, Genesee Street, and US 30 for northbound traffic and US 30, Orange Street, Wall Street, and IL 78 for southbound traffic.

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.


Representative Tony McCombie is helping spread the word about a new website launched this week linking employment and higher education data so users can compare the relative earnings value of college degrees.
The planning tool (http://ILCollege2Career.com) was unveiled by the Governor at his quarterly Children’s Cabinet meeting on Thursday. 
The data is broken down by schools and area of study, so that students may compare the earnings potential of degree programs from different public and private institutions in the state.  ILCollege2Career.com is the product of collaboration between the Governor’s Office, Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE), the Illinois Community College Board (ICCB), the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) and the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES).
“ILCollege2Career.com is groundbreaking for our state,” Governor Bruce Rauner said while introducing the tool to cabinet members at the meeting at Springfield High School.  “Education has been my top investment priority for many years.  In order to grow our economy, we need to give our young people the best education system possible, so they will choose to live, learn and work here in Illinois.”
All 48 community colleges and 60+ four-year universities in Illinois participated in the project.
“As a state, we are moving away from just gathering data for compliance purposes to using data to transform decision-making at the local, regional and state level,” said Karen Hunter Anderson, executive director of the Illinois Community College Board.  “The Illinois College2Career tool gives high school students and parents, as well as nontraditional students, more transparent and easily accessible information about their post-secondary choices and careers.”
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State Representative Tony McCombie was named “Outstanding Freshman Representative” by the Illinois Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday for her exemplary voting record in favor of job creation and retention during the 100th General Assembly.

“This is an immense honor to be the only public servant from either chamber recognized as a Freshman legislator,” said Rep. Tony McCombie. “I am very proud of my voting record in favor of job creation and retention.”

With a 100% score on pro-jobs bills, Rep. McCombie was named the Illinois Chamber’s Outstanding Freshman Representative. Additionally, 34 members of the Illinois House and 13 members of the Illinois Senate were awarded by the Chamber with their biennial “Champion of Free Enterprise” award, given in recognition of their support for voting to further economic opportunities for Illinoisans.

“While most Illinois lawmakers continue to provide lip service to the need for pro-growth reforms, Rep. Tony McCombie and these 47 lawmakers are committed to supporting and defending Illinois employers throughout the state,” said Todd Maisch, president and CEO, Illinois Chamber of Commerce.

The Illinois Chamber’s Legislative Rating tracks votes important to the state’s business community and grades legislators based on their support of pro-business issues during the two-year legislative session.

To learn more about the ratings and bills included, please visit the Illinois Chamber’s website at http://ilchamber.org.

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State Representative Tony McCombie announced that Secretary of State and State Librarian, Jesse White, will be awarding 2019 Project Next Generation (PNG) grants to two public libraries in the 71st District as well as 29 others throughout the State.

“The Moline Public Library as well as the Robert R Jones Public Library in Coal Valley will receive a share of this grant funding,” said Rep. Tony McCombie. “Both institutions have shown themselves good fiscal stewards to effectively administer these funds for programs to at-risk youth in Illinois.”

The Moline Public Library District will receive $9,350.00 in grant funding while the Robert R. Jones Public Library District in Coal Valley will receive $15,000.00 in grant funding as part of White’s announcement of more than $525,000 in statewide funding.

The Secretary of State’s office established this program to, “give students an opportunity to receive hands-on experience with the latest technological tools at their local library,” according to Secretary White.

Project Next Generation is a mentoring program administered through Illinois public libraries. Project mentors work with middle and high school students as the participants develop skills to use various technologies, achieve success through project-based learning and gain life skills, such as effective communication, goal setting, and conflict resolution.

Recipients were awarded grants from the Illinois State Library using federal Library Services and Technology Act funds provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Grants were awarded to public libraries that serve culturally diverse, low-income and underserved populations. For more information, visit http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/library/grants/png.html.