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The House Transportation: Roads, Regulation & Bridges Committee approved a measure on Wednesday introduced by State Rep. John Anthony (R-Plainfield) to designate a portion of Route 47 over the CSX Railway in Morris between High Street and Benton Street in memory of the late James Allen, a local firefighter killed in the line of duty in 1985. The resolution now goes to the full House of Representatives for adoption.

To read a copy of the resolution, please click HERE
Rep. John Anthony testifies in committee on behalf of HJR 6, a bill to designate a portion of Route 47 in Morris as the Firefighter James Allen Memorial Highway. 
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SPRINGFIELD – State Rep. John Anthony (R-Plainfield) released the following statement in reaction to Governor Rauner’s budget address delivered to a joint session of the General Assembly today.

“The theme of the Governor’s speech was to “think anew and act anew” when it comes to meeting Illinois’ many budget challenges. We got a realistic starting point of where we are at today.  Now it’s time to review this budget and its impact on our constituents.  One positive area we can all rally around is strengthening the state’s commitment to K-12 education, a priority I share as a father of four. I’m also eager to complete my work on criminal justice reform; making the system less costly, more efficient, and above all, accountable to each and every resident of Illinois. The road ahead to overcome the state’s budget challenges will be long and difficult, but I am confident in our ability to meet them together.”
MINOOKA – Parents with questions or concerns about the federal Common Core education standards are invited to attend a public forum sponsored by State Rep. John Anthony (R-Morris) from 6:30pm – 8:00pm on Monday, February 23 at the Minooka Community High School Central Campus Cafetorium, located at 301 South Wabena Avenue.

The forum will feature a panel of educators, education policy experts and parents to present perspectives both for and against the Common Core standards and their implementation in local schools. The forum will include a question-and-answer period to ensure that members of the public are given ample opportunity to have their voices heard.
SPRINGFIELD – State Rep. John Anthony (R-Morris) released the following statement in reaction to Governor Rauner’s State of the State address delivered to a joint session of the General Assembly today.

“The Governor’s mission to make Illinois the most competitive and compassionate state in the nation is a goal that can truly bring the diverse needs and competing political interests of our state together. I’m eager to be a part of this turnaround that Illinois so desperately needs. I’m encouraged by the Governor’s emphasis on education, specifically his commitment to increase funding for early childhood and K-12 education, as well as the importance of re-investing in technical and vocational training and strengthening our community colleges. This approach will give local educators more tools to help our kids develop their full potential and position them for great careers in a 21st century economy.”

Rep. Anthony serves the 75th District, which includes portions of Kendall, Grundy, LaSalle and Will Counties.

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SPRINGFIELD – Reflecting the diverse interests and needs of the Fox Valley/Illinois Valley region, State Rep. John Anthony (R-Morris) has announced his committee assignments for the 99th General Assembly with a focus on his district’s agricultural and energy-driven economy and education issues.

Rep. Anthony has been appointed to serve on the following committees: Agriculture & Conservation, Energy, Appropriations – Public Safety, Elementary & Secondary Education: Charter School Policy, Judiciary – Criminal, the Special Committee on Restorative Justice, and Special Needs Services.

“My new committee assignments provide me with a stronger voice to be an even more effective advocate on the issues that matter most to local families,” Rep. Anthony said. “Our agriculture and energy industries are the heart of our economy and a catalyst for economic activity throughout Illinois. We are going to protect and strengthen ag and energy jobs in our district.”
By Heidi Litchfield - Morris Daily Herald

MORRIS – At just 24, volunteer Morris fireman James Allen lost his life in a residential fire because of a backdraft.

Nearly 30 years later, Morris Fire Protection and Ambulance District Chief Tracey Steffes is working toward recognizing Allen by having a portion of Route 47 through Morris named in his honor...

Steffes approached state Rep. John Anthony, R-Plainfield, with the memorial idea and Anthony jumped on board to help.

“I’m really honored to do this,” Anthony said. “Anytime I can honor a public servant, it’s what I want to do. I get that warm feeling that you get when you’ve done something for someone, and it makes me excited to do it.”
SPRINGFIELD – State Rep. John Anthony (R-Morris) was sworn in for his first full two-year term as a member of the Illinois House representing Illinois’ 75th District today, expressing optimism for bipartisan cooperation between Governor Bruce Rauner and the Democrat-led General Assembly. All 118 members of the House of Representatives took the oath of office for the inaugural of the 99th General Assembly at the University of Illinois-Springfield’s Sangamon Auditorium in a noon-time ceremony.