State Representative Tony McCombie (IL-71st) announced she is joining 43 of her House Republican colleagues by co-sponsoring HJRCA 10.  Implementation of this constitutional amendment will take the shady redistricting process out of the control of corrupt politicians.

“The time of politicians picking their constituents must come to an end. Communities are being divided under the current mapping process. Voters are being manipulated, and their voices are not fairly heard,” said Rep. McCombie. “I look forward to working with the newly elected Governor and my colleagues in the legislature to pass this Constitutional Amendment. Governor Pritzker has stated more than once, that he supports an independent commission. I plan to hold him to his promise to veto any map that is gerrymandered along partisan lines.”

HJRCA 10 would establish an independent commission, comprised of 11 members, charged with proposing a legislative map. The commission would be required to hold public hearings both before and after releasing a proposed plan.

The map would need to receive the affirmative vote of at least seven commissioners, including two from each political party whose candidate for Governor received the most and second-most votes and two commissioners not affiliated with each such political party.

The Constitutional Amendment provides a provision allowing the Supreme Court to intervene if the commission fails to adopt a new map by June 30 of the year following the decennial census.

In a tweet on January 10, Governor Pritzker said, “I 100% oppose gerrymandering. Legislative districts should adhere to both the Federal and Illinois Voting Rights Acts, and I support redistricting reform that advances fairness and removes politics from the process. #FairMapsIL”

A November 9, 2018 Chicago Tribune article wrote, “In discussing his support for fair maps earlier this year, Pritzker stated, ‘We should amend the (Illinois) constitution to create an independent commission to draw legislative maps.’ And there is no reason to doubt his support of reform as genuine. Pritzker gave $50,000 to the 2014 fair maps initiative, throwing his support behind such an initiative long before he ran for governor.”

Rep. McCombie honored the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. while celebrating the life the legacy of Martin Luther King JR with community leaders of today at the MLK Center in Rock Island. The keynote address was given by Pastor Darryl Keith Thompson. Congratulations to the 2019 "I Have a Dream" Award Recipient, Brandy Donaldson. Thank you to all the community leaders and attendees for a wonderful event.
Reps. McCombie and Chesney visited President Tim Hood and Christina Kuberski, Exec. Vice President to learn about Highland Community College on Thursday. 

The Illinois CPA Society Points Out What’s Different in 2019 

CHICAGO, January 15, 2019 – As a new tax season gets underway, the Illinois CPA Society has a rundown of changes to take note of before preparing your upcoming tax returns. Key need-to-know details include:

New tax season start date: The IRS announced it will begin processing tax returns on Monday, January 28. It also said tax refunds will be issued on a regular schedule, despite the year starting with a partial shutdown of the federal government.

New Form 1040: The IRS recently unveiled a newly designed, shorter Form 1040. Originally described as a “postcard-sized” tax form, the new Form 1040 has been shortened from 79 to 23 lines and replaces previous versions of the 1040, 1040A and 1040EZ.

For those using do-it-yourself tax software or online services to prepare and e-file federal and state tax returns, make sure they are compatible with the new form. The federal information that applies to your state taxes may come from a new line number on the shortened 1040. For detailed filing instructions from the IRS, please click here.

New tax return schedules: Many of the items that used to be reported on the 1040 have now moved to six new schedules that may accompany your return.

Schedule 1: Additional Income and Adjustments to Income – including business income, capital gains and losses
Schedule 2: Tax – including the Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT) and taxes on a dependent child’s unearned income or “kiddie tax”
Schedule 3: Nonrefundable Credits – including credits for child and dependent care and education

Schedule 4: Other Taxes – including the Net Investment Income Tax as well as healthcare coverage (the individual mandate) and the Additional Medicare Tax

Schedule 5: Other Payments and Refundable Credits – including estimated tax payments and amounts paid with a tax filing extension request

Schedule 6: Foreign Address and Third-Party Designee – including lines for taxpayers to list any foreign addresses or third-party designees who may discuss a tax filer’s return with the IRS

These new numbered schedules do not replace existing lettered schedules that many taxpayers are familiar with. Forms such as Schedule A, B, C, D, E and F are still being used and additional guidance is available at this IRS web link.

New deduction levels and limits: Two big changes that were ushered in by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act impact both standard and itemized deductions. While previous standard deduction levels were raised, new caps have been placed on certain itemized deductions.

New standard deductions – Levels have been raised to $12,000 for individuals and $24,000 for couples. Child credits have also been raised to $2,000 per child.
New itemized deduction rules – State and local tax deductions are capped at $10,000, which may be far lower than many taxpayers are used to. And miscellaneous itemized deductions can no longer be deducted.

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SPRINGFIELD….State Representative Tony McCombie (IL-71st) today filed House Bill 367, common sense legislation that will effectively target gun dealers who have proven to be the “bad actors” on the same day Governor Pritzker signed unnecessary legislation into law. Governor Pritzker signing SB337 into law threatens the livelihood of current law abiding gun dealers and does nothing to promote public safety in Illinois.

“We should be focusing our efforts on causes and laws that already exists. My legislation will effectively target gun-dealers who are making it easier for criminals to illegally acquire firearms. I am a protector of the 2nd Amendment and believe we must have rational approaches that will put our safety and the people of Illinois first,” said Rep. McCombie. “Last week, Governor Pritzker extended his hand in a show of bipartisanship and I was cautiously optimistic. Legislatively, signing this bill is a bad beginning and will have unintended consequences. Burying the law abiding firearm dealers in paperwork, increasing their fees and taxes may put them out of business and could increase the illegal sales of weapons. This legislation does nothing to create a safer Illinois.”

House Bill 367 states, if and only, Senate Bill 337 becomes law, the Firearm Dealer License Certification Act would apply only to Federal Firearm Licensees (FFLs) who have been found by the federal or state government to have three or more firearms used in the commission of criminal offenses sold or transferred by the licensee within 5 years prior to the application for certification.

This legislation would protect law abiding FFLs by concentrating efforts on stopping those that are not adhering to the current laws. According to the 2017 Gun Trace Report, there are two source dealers, Chuck’s Gun Shop (Riverdale, IL) and Midwest Sporting Goods (Lyons, IL), who are the retail source of more than one in ten crime guns recovered in Chicago.

Rep. McCombie spoke to the 6th grade class at Morrison Junior High about the "Rules to Live By."  
Inauguration of 101st General Assembly. The new session of the state legislature will be the first group of lawmakers to meet in Illinois’ third century. The House elected Jim Durkin as House Republican Leader, and the majority chose Michael J. Madigan to be the returning Speaker of the House. In his remarks to the newly-convened House, Leader Durkin pledged to uphold Republican principles and to work together with newly-elected Gov. J.B. Pritzker whenever possible for the good of the State of Illinois.

The newly-convened 101st General Assembly faces challenging problems of governance, including Illinois’ structural budget deficit, underfunded tax-supported pension systems, and a growing pattern of out-migration to other states by young, ambitious adults eager for success in the private sector. House Republicans are determined to make Illinois a good place for hard-working people to live and raise families.

I had the distinct honor of nominating Rep. Jim Durkin of Western Springs for Speaker, and laid out a new path forward for Illinois. Even though Rep. Mike Madigan of Chicago was re-elected Speaker, Durkin was elected minority leader. Watch my nomination speech by clicking here.

December revenues up modestly. During the first part of FY19, the fiscal year that began on July 1, 2018, revenues increased and Illinois was able to begin to chip away at the more than $7 billion in unpaid bills that burden Illinois health care providers and other creditors. This revenue growth curve flattened in December 2018 as existing taxes ceased to yield major net new revenue. Personal income tax payments to the State in December 2018, $1,577 million, exceeded the year-earlier figure by only $7 million, an annual growth rate of 0.4%. The flattened growth curve indicates the consequences of the failure of Illinois’ economy to generate a significant number of net new jobs. While other states such as Florida and Texas are creating large numbers of new jobs, Illinois is not doing so.

These and other revenue numbers can be found in the monthly report generated for December 2018 by the Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability (CGFA), the General Assembly’s nonpartisan budget monitoring office. CGFA was able to track significant growth in several smaller revenue lines. Sales tax revenues rose by $60 million in December 2018 relative to one year earlier, buoyed by Christmas sales and the newly-granted ability of the State to impose sales taxes on many purchases made online. Income from federal sources, which includes matching grants made by Washington to Illinois for payment to Medicaid care providers and other contractors, rose by $89 million. Current news events in Washington raise questions about whether this healthy increase can be sustained in January 2019. The Illinois General Assembly, working though the professionals at CGFA, will have to closely monitor revenue trends in the second half of FY19 in order to begin the work of putting together a new budget for FY20. This will be among the legislature’s top priorities in the 2019 spring session.

Old 100th General Assembly convenes for final days of session activity; passes Tollway bill. The “lame-duck” session met earlier this week prior to the inauguration of the new 101st General Assembly. The House passed a bill to create a changeover in the membership of the Illinois Toll Highway Authority, the often-controversial board with executive responsibility over the toll roads of northern Illinois. SB 1298 will end the terms of the nine members of the Toll Highway Authority, allowing the new Governor J.B. Pritzker to make appointments to fill the vacancies.

The new Tollway Board could take steps to reduce the level of patronage hiring and contracting associated with the operations of the Authority. A newspaper investigation has uncovered cases of contracts being awarded to firms linked with Toll Highway executives. It is expected that some, but not all, of the members of the departing board could be reappointed. No more than five of the nine members may be from either political party.

First General Assembly met 200 years ago. Illinois was admitted to the Union in December 1818. After President James Monroe signed the papers, the U.S. flag had its 21st star and the new state faced serious challenges. The State of Illinois, operating under the social customs of the day, did not try at first to exercise governance over the Native Americans who made up most of the people living in the new state. The state’s effective jurisdiction was confined the a few thousand frontier-dwellers, mostly farmers, who were breaking the sod and planting crops on narrow strips of land along the Ohio and Lower Mississippi Rivers. The new state chose one of the towns along the Lower Mississippi, Kaskaskia, to be Illinois’ first capital.

The first General Assembly had the duty of passing a law code for the fledgling state. The state’s entire law code could fit into one small book (today’s “Illinois Compiled Statutes,” by contrast, are printed in ten large-sized volumes of more than 2,000 pages each). The pioneer legislators could not afford to build a capitol building in Kaskaskia, and rented two meeting rooms from the frontier town doctor.

My office is open to serve you! As always, please contact us with any questions or concerns. We are drafting bills to change Illinois for the better - if you have an idea please contact us. The bill introduction deadline is coming up!

The address is 9317B IL Route 84, Savanna, IL 61074. Our phone number is (815) 632-7384, and our email is We are holding traveling office hours, coffee chats, and fairs through out the district. Be on the look out for announcements - we hope to see you there!
IDNR Accepting Applications for Recreational Trails Program (RTP), Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV), and Illinois Bicycle Path (Bike Path) Grant Programs

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SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) today announced applications will be accepted through March 14 for grants through the Recreational Trails Program (RTP), Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV), and Illinois Bicycle Path Grant Programs beginning on January 14, 2019.

The Recreational Trails Program (RTP) is a reimbursement grant program that provides 80 percent of project funding with a required 20 percent local match. This grant program is federally funded and is administered by the IDNR in cooperation with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). The funds can be used to assist government agencies and trail groups in the rehabilitation, development, maintenance, and acquisition of recreational trails and related facilities. The trails may be motorized, non-motorized, or multiple use trails. RTP funds can also be used for environmental protection and safety education projects related to trails. This program is funded through the transfer of federal gas taxes paid on fuel used in off-highway vehicles used for recreational purposes. The program generally has $1.5 million available for grants, with a maximum development grant amount of $200,000. There is no maximum on acquisition grants.
The primary purpose of the Off-Highway Vehicle Recreational Trails Program (OHV) is to provide financial aid to government agencies, not-for-profit organizations, and other eligible groups or individuals to develop, operate, maintain, and acquire land for OHV parks, trails and trail side facilities that are open and accessible to the public in Illinois, and to restore areas damaged by unauthorized OHV use. Funds for the grant program are derived from revenue generated in the State Treasurer's "Off-Highway Vehicle Trails Fund." OHV will reimburse up to 100 percent of total approved project costs up to the maximum. If necessary, the remainder of the costs will be borne by the project sponsor. OHV is a reimbursement program, meaning that a project sponsor must have sufficient cash, donations, or eligible in-kind services to pay for work, and then be paid back the grant percentage after approval of a reimbursement request. The OHV program will have approximately $690,000 available for grants in 2019. There are no maximum grant amounts.
The Illinois Bicycle Path Grant Program (Bike Path) provides financial assistance to eligible local units of government to assist them with the acquisition, construction, and rehabilitation of public off-road, non-motorized bicycle paths and directly related support facilities. Agencies that apply for projects that accommodate additional trail users, such as equestrians, will receive special consideration in the review of grant applications. 

Project applications are limited to land acquisition or trail development along a single trail corridor. Looped trails within a single parcel or park site are not eligible for Bike Path funding. These projects, however, may be eligible for Recreational Trails Program (RTP) or Open Space Land Acquisition and Development (OSLAD) grant assistance. The only exceptions are looped trails located within very large preserves. Bicycle routes sharing existing roadway surfaces are also not eligible for funding consideration under this program. 

The Bike Path program will reimburse up to 50 percent of total approved project costs up to the maximum allowable cost. The remainder of the costs will be borne by the project sponsor. The program has approximately $12.1 million dollars available for project assistance. There is a $200,000 maximum grant amount for development projects and there is no maximum for acquisition projects.

The application period for these grant programs administered by the IDNR opens January 14, 2019 and applications must be submitted to the IDNR by 5:00 p.m. on March 14, 2019. The Notice of 

Funding Opportunity can be found online at this link:
Consult the IDNR website at for more information or call the IDNR Grants main line at (217) 782-7481.
Local legislator pushing for bill to protect DCFS workers

SPRINGFIELD-- With new administration sworn in in the Illinois state capitol comes new hope for a Dixon man who is fighting to keep DCFS workers safe after his wife, Pam Knight, was killed on the job. Last year a bill failed that would make the penalty harsher for crimes against DCFS workers, but one local lawmaker isn't taking no for an answer.

59-year-old Pam Knight from Dixon was beaten to death on the job while checking on the welfare of a two-year-old.

It's been more than a year since the deadly attack, and Pam's husband, Don, is making it his mission to protect workers like Pam trying to keep kids safe.

"Please, I'm asking the public, I'm asking the house to pass this bill. We need it, and we need it for Pam," said Don back in April when he asked lawmakers face to face why they turned down a bill calling for harsher penalties for people who hurt DCFS workers on the job.

Today the Regional Office of Education along with the Illinois State Board of Elections (ISBE) hosted a legislative meeting hosted at Sauk Valley Community College (SVCC). The round table style meeting discussed the school calendar, licensing requirements, teacher shortages, school security, school funding, as well as pensions. Attended by Representatives McCombie, Swanson, Chesney, Senator Anderson and a Representative from Senator Chuck Weavers office.
State Representative Tony McCombie (IL-71st) was sworn into a second term, and nominated Jim Durkin (R-Western Springs) to be speaker Wed
nesday at a ceremony held at the University of Illinois at Springfield’s Sangamon Auditorium.

The House of Representatives of the new 101st General Assembly includes 36 freshman members, and McCombie will represent approximately 110,000 residents from northwestern Illinois’ Carroll, Henry, Rock Island and Whiteside counties. During the inauguration ceremony, McCombie nominated Representative Jim Durkin (R-Western Springs) to be speaker. Michael J. Madigan (D-Chicago) was re-elected Speaker of the House of Representatives by a party line vote of 72-44-1, for his nineteenth term.

“I want to thank the people of the 71st District and express just how proud I am to continue serving them,” said McCombie. “Their endorsement is one that I truly take to heart. I have already begun drafting a legislative package to solve problems effecting our region – which includes a bill, in honor of slain DCFS worker Pam Knight, to close a loophole that fails to provide legal protections to DCFS and adult protective service workers when they are attacked.”

McCombie took the stage to nominate Jim Durkin to be speaker. In her speech, she pointed to his leadership and ability to compromise without compromising member’s values.

“Jim is a kind, yet a fierce leader, who advocates for our families, for our most vulnerable, for our businesses and for the overall success of Illinois,” stated Rep. McCombie during the inaugural ceremony. “As a downstate member, the population of my district has been dwindling, because the rural economy has been declining. Children are not returning to their hometowns to work and raise their families. Families are being socially, financially, and geographically torn apart because of the state of our state. It is all so unnecessary. We have a responsibility to do better. We need growth – and in order to grow we need to change how we have been conducting our business for the last 4 decades.”

Residents of the 71st can learn more about legislation sponsored by McCombie during the spring legislative session on her website or by signing up for her email list at

During the 101st General Assembly McCombie will be visiting every town to do traveling office hours to hear the needs of constituents in every community in the 71st.

If you and your family are interested in visiting some of Chicago’s world-class museums, Rep. McCombie’s office has a museum pass to use for free admission for select Chicagoland locations. Any resident of the 71st District can reserve our Constituent Education Resource Card on a first come first serve basis, to visit any of the following museums in 2019:

 • Adler Planetarium
 • The Art Institute of Chicago
 • Brookfield Zoo/CZS
 • Chicago Botanic Garden
 • Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum 
 • Chicago Children’s Museum
 • Chicago History Museum
 • Dusable Museum of African American History
 • The Field Museum
 • Lincoln Park Zoo
 • Museum of Contemporary Art
 • Museum of Science and Industry
 • National Museum of Mexican Art
 • National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts & Culture
 • Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
 • John G. Shedd Aquarium

The pass is provided to Rep. McCombie’s office by the Museums in the Park Organization. Only one group of up to four (4) can reserve the pass at a time. The pass must be picked up and brought back to the district office. Constituents need to call for an appointment to come to the district office to pick up the pass before visiting the museums.

Please contact Rep. McCombie's office at (815) 632-7384 to provide your name and address along with the dates you are requesting (can be used for up to 3 days in row) to reserve the Constituent Education Resource Card.

Thank You for your support and giving the gift of life this holiday season. Our community blood drive saved 78 lives!  GREAT Job Team and Happy New Year!!