Immediately upon ringing in the New Year, 253 new laws will become effective in 2019 that have wide raging impact. Here are few of those laws Illinois families should know about:

  • Children under the age of 2 years old must be restrained in rear facing car seats unless they weigh 40 or more pounds or are 40 or more inches tall. (PA100-0672)
  • Every Illinois school will be required to conduct at least one law-enforcement led active shooter drill a year. School safety drills must be conducted within 90 days of the start of the school year. (PA100-0996)
  • Nursing mothers upon request will be exempt from jury duty. (PA100-0696)
  • Stalking laws expanded to include messages sent through social media. Additionally, businesses, places of worship and schools can seek restraining orders against stalkers.
  • The Lyme Disease Prevention and Protection Act was enacted opening the door in Illinois for new treatments for Lyme disease and other tick-borne diseases. (PA100-1137)
  • All children in kindergarten and the second, sixth, and ninth grades of any public, private or parochial school shall have a dental examination. (PA100-829)
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River Bend Foodbank and Alternatives (for the Older Adult) Awarded 2018 Interest in Excellence Award 

“As a non-profit primarily funded by the State of Illinois, we have been critically challenged in the past few years to sustain operations for sixteen counties, thousands of participants without a reduction in services. This opportunity came at the same time we have been going through an intense, internal review of our operations. The two initiatives working parallel – the Baldrige Framework and internal systems change – have been just the right tools at the right time for Alternatives,” said Kathy Weiman, Chief Executive Officer of Alternatives.

“In one year, we have shifted operations from a significant deficit to a modest addition to our fund balance. Across the agency, we have eliminated duplication and non-value added activities while retaining high quality outcomes, participant satisfaction and high regard from statewide surveyors. We still are immersed in a constant quality/quantity turnaround process and are very pleased to support the most frail in our communities who have earned some support.” 

Alternatives (for the Older Adult, Inc.) is a 501(c)(3), private, non-profit organization serving sixteen counties in Midwestern Illinois. Since 1984, it has been the mission of Alternatives to promote the independence and quality of life for older adults, adults with disabilities and their families. 

Alternatives’ professionals are connecting with ONE IN FIVE individuals over the age of 60 in a sixteen county area. Alternatives connects individuals to the right resources at the right time to help them stay safe and as independent as possible, saving Illinois taxpayers more than $12 million due to successful deflection from nursing home costs of care. As we age, there are daily, new challenges and Alternatives staff have the expertise and resources to help navigate through next steps. 

"We are delighted to support Alternatives as they pursue enterprise excellence based upon the Baldrige Excellence Framework,” said Ben Krupowicz, Executive Director of the ILPEx Recognition Program. “We believe the feedback provided by our examiners will enable Alternatives to achieve their mission of supporting the aging populations in 16 Illinois counties, while determining how to best utilize the ever-limited funding for non-profit organizations.” 

“Completing the ILPEx Award application has been a valuable process,” said Michael Miller, President and CEO of River Bend Foodbank. “Beyond the recognition of our efforts, which we appreciate, the exercise forced us to think and re-think through important considerations that are sometimes taken for granted, resulting in well thought out, strict definition of key elements of our organization. The timing could not have been better for us, leading right into our strategic plan update, priming a renewed improvement effort as we strive toward our goal of ending hunger in eastern Iowa and western Illinois by 2025.” 

River Bend Foodbank is the largest hunger relief organization in the Quad Cities and surrounding communities, having distributed over 14.5 million meals per year to hungry people in eastern Iowa and western Illinois. The mission of the River Bend Foodbank is to lead the community-wide effort to end hunger in Iowa and Illinois. We do this through food distribution in partnership with their 300 agencies as well as Mobile Pantries, Senior Pantries, School Pantries, and Backpack Program. 

"We are delighted to support River Bend Foodbank as they pursue enterprise excellence based upon the Baldrige Excellence Framework,” said Ben Krupowicz, Executive Director of the ILPEx Recognition Program. “The feedback on their Interest in Excellence application will identify how the organization can improve to best serve the Quad Cities community.” The 2018 Board of Examiners – comprised of 52 experts in business, education, health care and government – spent more than 40 hours assessing an organization’s responses including the key influences on how it operates, and the key challenges it faces. Examiner feedback can help identify gaps in key information, create a focus on key performance requirements and results identifying topics for action planning. 

The ILPEx Interest in Excellence Award is presented to those organizations who engage with the Baldrige Framework for Performance Excellence via the organizational profile, demonstrating an organizational interest in accelerating change, growth, and continual improvement throughout the organization. 

The ILPEx Panel of Judges is responsible for validating the integrity of the ILPEx award process and determining recognition levels for each applicant. The panel is composed of experts selected from all industry sectors and represents various geographic areas of the state of Illinois. Since 1994, there have been 283 applicants, approximately 1,600 examiners, representing nearly 170,000 hours of work, resulting in appropriately $7.4 million in volunteered time – all to make Illinois organizations more competitive, create jobs, and improve communities. As your preferred resource for growth and enterprise excellence, IMEC also offers training and support to help you address the Baldrige Criteria from leadership to results. For more information on how your organization can benefit from services provided by Illinois Performance Excellence, visit www.ilpex.org, or call 888-806-4632. For more information on the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program, visit www.nist.gov/baldrige/.
The MAC holiday luncheon was held December 19th, 130 guests were there to share the Holiday spirit. Guests were delighted with the menu prepared by our Food Coordinator, Laura Wakefield. What a magical day, thanks to all the volunteers & our wonderful members. 
Special thanks to all the hard work put in by Roxann Adamson, MAC Director and Laura Wakefield, who coordinated the food for the event. 

Representative McCombie recognizes District 71 students for becoming Illinois State Scholars. These 111 exemplary students from 17 schools in the 71st legislative district are being recognized by the State of Illinois for their excellent high school academic achievement:

Alleman High School

Sydney Heller             
Thomas Skahill

Erie High School

Travis Coleman          
Abigail Eads               
Gabriel Friedrichsen                                                   
Melanie Gustaf           
Joshua Hammer          
Jeremy Huizenga
Calvin Naftzger

Fulton High School

Jenna Alstead             
Mandy Alstead           
Lauren Frick
McKenzie Kettler       
Zoey Klavenga

Geneseo High School

Caitlin Gorge               
Zachary Olson            
Avery Spranger

Illinois Math and Science Academy

Prachi Patil                 
Mihika Rajvanshi       
Andrew Wiedenmann

Moline  Senior High School

Mohtadi Ali                
Payton Allers              
Michael Aumuller
Omar Babu                 
Kelsey Baker              
Oyniso Bakhriddinova
Lauren Brahm             
Katie Comp                 
Serina Daniels                                                            
Abigail Edwards         
Maya Gault                 
Connor Kvamme
Ethan Lapaczonek      
Douglas Perez             
Jacob Peterson
Alex Pilon                   
Peter Son                     
Brandi Tate
Samantha Tate            
Madison Thatcher       
Collin Thompson
Nathan Tillberg          
Sarah Vinzant             
Jenna Wilken

Morrison High School

Steven Kramoski        
Cassandra Osborn       
Mackenzie Ryder
Sarah Screnock           
Hannah Sterenberg

Newman Central Catholic High School

Shay Hafner                
Spencer Mauch           
Meagan Moore
Brady Moran
           
Orion High School

Ella Hink                     
Camden Sellers          
Ryan Wegerer

Prophetstown High School

Austin Baeza               
Grant Minssen

Riverdale High School

Daniel Benoit              
Mattie Francis             
Aiden Friant
Brennan Harrington    
Mari Kelly                  
Cade Nelson
Aleck Recce                
Noah Tacket              
William Vaughn
           
Rivermont Collegiate

Fangren Xu


Rock Falls Township High School

Alex Akerman            
Molly Buck                 
Katelyn Carlson
Javier De La Torre      
Tiana Green                
Payton Lenox
Morgan Mandrell       
Mackenzie Olson        
Debra Ratliff
Gage Swanson            
Gracie Young 
           
Sherrard High School

Grant Gagliardo

Sterling High School

Madison Anderson     
Hunter Carrell             
Trevor Carrell,
Marcos Grande           
Katelyn Grell              
Samantha Hibbard
Julia Hoffman             
Lauren Humphreys     
Andrew Ivarson
Lauren Johnson          
Carter Kenney             
Kolton Loos
Tiara Munoz               
Joshua Obrien             
Jessica Payne
Zaina Rumbolz           
Jenna Truesdell           
Sierra Villarreal

United Township High School

Collin Antolik             
Natalie Davis              
Alexis Defrieze
Joseph Dryoel                         
Evita Fazliu                
Haley Luebbers
Madelyn Morrow        
Alison Ogden              
Ashley Preston
Steven Pyevich           
Caleb Stone                 
Jessica Zabala

Unity Christian High School


Joseph Woods 
On December 15th Rep. McCombie Attended the Wreaths Across America Event at Rock Island National Cemetery.
Each December on National Wreaths Across America Day, our mission to Remember, Honor and Teach is carried out by coordinating wreath-laying ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery, as well as at more than 1,400 additional locations in all 50 U.S. states, at sea and abroad.

Representatives Tony McCombie (Savanna) and Terri Bryant (Murphysboro) met the Future Farmers of America leadership team in Chicago at the Illinois Farm Bureaus Annual meeting. The
state officers include President Sophia Hortin of Fisher, Vice President Eliza Petry of Rochelle, Reporter Shaylee Clinton of Ina, Secretary Miriam Hoffman of Earlville, and Treasurer Taylor Hartke of Teutopolis.

The Future Farmers of America boosts an all women leadership team. According to the FFA website, female membership in the FFA had been a major issue since 1933, and women were finally allowed into the organization in 1969.
The United States Postal Service will suspend mail
service to honor President Bush on Wednesday.

Today the entire State of Illinois celebrated 200 years of statehood. On December 3, 1818, less than a year after legislation was introduced in Congress to allow the Illinois Territory to move toward statehood, President James Monroe signed the authorization making Illinois the 21st State in our Union.

In 2018, the legislature highlighted Illinois’ rich history, our incredible resources. Our people have given us all a reminder that our potential is greater than our challenges and that there are innovative, important, and incredible things being built, born, and grown here every day.

The Governor held a ceremony at Chicago's Navy Pier, but our communities have been celebrating and looking back on our history the entire year. 

Several municipalities in the 71st District have passed resolutions in honor Illinois' 200th birthday - including: 
  • Albany
  • East Moline
  • Moline
  • Morrison
  • Rock Falls
  • Rock Island
  • Tampico
  • Thomson 
#IllinoisProud #Illinois200



2018GovernorsHometownAwardIllinois presented 23 localities with honors for the 2018 Governor's Hometown Awards program, during a special reception at the Governor's Mansion on Tuesday, November 20, 2018.

Morrison Loft 112 was represented by Kim Ewoldsen, left, Executive Director of Morrison Area Development Corporation; Jerry Lindsey, MADC President; Barry Dykhuizen, right, Morrison City Administrator. Ewoldson and Dykhuizen displayed the sign for Lindsey.

Morrison Loft 112, a local artist retail cooperative, was created by the Morrison Area Development Corporation (the City's economic development partner) in 2017. The community's strong connection to the arts, combined with an annual arts-community event, became the major reasons the group considered creating a retail art gallery.

The project received strong support, and Loft 112 opened December 15, 2017. The Loft opened with ten artists and is now home to more than 50, including several alumni.

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