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·         Governor Rauner signs education budget bill.  On Wednesday, June 24, Governor Rauner signed the elementary and secondary education component of the Fiscal Year 2016 State budget, taking our children’s education out of the crossfire in Springfield.  While HB 3763 does not increase education spending by as much as the governor’s proposal, it does increase K-12 education funding by $244 million and early childhood education funding by $25 million.

“Education is the most important thing we do as a community.  I would have done more for our schoolchildren, but I am taking action today to ensure our teachers are paid and our schools are open and funded,” Governor Rauner said.  “I refuse to allow Speaker Madigan and the legislators he controls to hold our schools hostage as part of their plan to protect the political class and force a tax hike on the middle class without real reform.”
Hundreds of local seniors attended Senator Sue Rezin and Representative John Anthony's annual Senior Fair in Morris on Wednesday, featuring dozens of state and local agencies and community organizations dedicated to helping seniors live a healthy and active lifestyle. Thank you to everyone who participated!

If you would like to volunteer to help at the disaster response call center in Coal City, please call (815) 518-3047. Volunteers are needed for numerous time slots. We need to help our neighbors in Coal City.

Rep. Anthony and his staff volunteered Tuesday and are helping to recruit more volunteers from the Grundy County area. Rep. Anthony was also able to survey part of the storm-ravaged area with Governor Bruce Rauner.

MORRIS – There’s more than corn in Grundy County.

That was what legislators and local officials were shown firsthand Friday as they toured three agriculture facilities with the Grundy County Farm Bureau.

“We want to be able to show the different aspects of agriculture that they don’t think about when they think Grundy County agriculture,” said Tasha Bunting, Grundy County Farm Bureau manager.

State Rep. John Anthony, R-Plainfield, said he was excited to be invited to the tour. As a member of the Illinois House Agriculture Committee in Springfield, he said it helps him to better understand issues being discussed in committee when he has seen agriculture for himself.

“Part of the process is learning all that is involved with agriculture,” Anthony said. “I’m a city boy. When I think agriculture, I think corn, beans and feed for animals. I didn’t realize someone in Grundy is growing flowers to sell commercially...”

Are you unemployed, underemployed, or looking to make a career change? Mark your calendars for Wednesday, August 5 to attend a FREE Jobs Fair connecting local job seekers with employers who are hiring right now! The Jobs Fair is sponsored by Rep. John Anthony and Rep. Mark Batinick.

MORRIS – State Representative John Anthony (R-Morris) hosted a concealed carry instructional course on June 6th and 7th, in which a variety of information and courses were offered to interested concealed carry applicants. Rep. Anthony thanked everyone that came and made good use of the courses offered, but he was especially honored to have 94-year-old World War II veteran Norbert “Lucky” McLuckie in attendance.

World War II veteran Norbert McLuckie of Coal City
Rep. Anthony said, “To not only have a World War II veteran as a constituent in Coal City, Illinois, but to see that honored man participate in a program that I hosted, is truly a privilege. Lucky’s attendance at this instructional course is something I can always cherish from my time in public service. I want to thank him for coming out, and also for showing the rest of the course participants how to properly use a weapon, as he scored a 100% on his shooting qualifications exam.”

Norbert “Lucky” McLuckie, of Coal City, aided the American effort in World War II as a bomber pilot.

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