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.
















State Representative Tony McCombie announced on Tuesday that the Governor’s Office of Management and Budget (GOMB) has signed off on Illinois Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity’s (DCEO) release of $467,700 for capital projects upgrades at Mississippi Palisades State Park.
The release is slated to fund roofing system upgrades on three site buildings as well as extensive upgrades to the sewage treatment facilities.
"The Mississippi Palisades State Park is in my hometown of Savanna and was once one of the most visited state parks in the State of Illinois. The campground, challenging trails, majestic lookouts over the Mississippi River, and natural rock monuments like the Twin Sisters and the Indian Head have been a great draw for our region.  One that boosts local and state economies.  This investment is long over-due and will ensure visitors will enjoy our park for years to come.  I am grateful for this investment in our state park and the natural resources infrastructure," said Rep. Tony McCombie (IL-71).
DCEO bonded $340,000 of the funding for this project, while DNR contributed $127,700 in “Pay-as-you-go” funds.
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Rep. Tony McCombie attended the presentation of Employer Training Investment Program (ETIP) grants to local employers On October 1st, including presentations at Sterling Steel, Wahl Clipper, and Frantz Manufacturing.

The Employer Training Investment Program (ETIP) supports Illinois workers efforts to upgrade their skills in order to remain current in new technologies and business practices.

"Manufacturers need 22,000 production workers and 5,000 engineers every year, for the next five years between now and 2027 just to cover retirements of the baby boomers," Jim Nelson of the Illinois Manufacturers' Association said in March to Illinois News Network. "So there are jobs available."

"When you ask employers if they have open jobs, they will all tell you 'Yes, I have open jobs,' That's not the right question," Nelson continued. "The real question is: 'Are you satisfied with the applicant that's walking through your door?' And you get a very different answer there."

 “Educators, manufacturing, and community leaders must work together in order to close the skills gap,” said Rep. Tony McCombie.  That’s where ETIP comes in.

Participating ETIP companies must have a physical location in the state of Illinois and agree to train only their full-time Illinois based employees. Each participating company must complete a company profile identifying the company location from which their employees will be participating and schedules detailing all training each company has completed. 

Eligible applicants include those that have accepted an economic development package.  Applicants have a commitment for matching training funds received from the ETIP program based upon job creation and/or retention.  Applicants must provide matching contributions equaling not less than 50% of the DCEO award amount to be dedicated to education and training.