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The Illinois House of Representatives today adopted a resolution sponsored by Rep. John Anthony (R-Joliet) recognizing Kendall County on the celebration of their 175th anniversary.

The resolution, HR 996, was introduced by Rep. Anthony and co-sponsored by Rep. Keith Wheeler (R-Oswego) and Mark Batinick (R-Plainfield), Kendall County's other two Republican state House members.

A full copy of the resolution can be read below:
SPRINGFIELD – State Rep. John Anthony (R-Joliet) filed new legislation in the Illinois House of Representatives today, House Bill 5816, the Public Safety Officer Privacy Act, to allow police officers, correctional personnel, firefighters and other peace officers to keep their personal information from being publicly posted or displayed.

Specifically, House Bill 5816 prohibits a person, business or association from soliciting, selling, or trading on the Internet a public safety officer’s personal information with the intent to pose an imminent and serious threat to the health and safety of the officer or the officer’s immediate family. The public safety officer would be required to submit a written request in order to keep their personal information from being made public.  
“Public safety officers and their families deserve a right to basic privacy,” Rep. Anthony said. “Their home address and other personal information should never be published with the intent to incite threats or violence against them, as has happened in other states. My initiative simply gives public safety officers the ability to request their personal information be kept private.”
Budget – Comptroller’s Report

·         Comptroller Munger warns of $6.2 billion price for budget gridlock.  In a report to Illinois residents on Tuesday, February 2, the Illinois Comptroller projected that Illinois will fall $6.2 billion further behind on its “unpaid bills” in FY16 unless a solution to the budget crisis can be found.  Leslie Munger’s office oversees the cash flows of Illinois state government, particularly the “general funds” cash flows that are at the heart of the current crisis.  Many of these cash flows are related to State-financed health care, education, and other government services classified as essential.

In her statement, Comptroller Munger pointed out that Illinois has entered the eighth month of fiscal year 2016 (FY16) without a balanced budget to control State spending.  During the course of this fiscal year, based upon current cash flows, general funds tax receipts are falling approximately $5.0 billion short of the monies that came in last year.  At the same time, mandated State spending – even without a budget – means that cash is going out at a rate approximately $1.2 billion ahead of last year.  The combination of these two categories, cash in and cash out, adds up to Munger’s $6.2 billion figure.
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State of the State address

·         Governor calls for General Assembly to enact laws to bring prosperity to all citizens and all parts of Illinois.  In his annual address to the General Assembly, Gov. Bruce Rauner told lawmakers that “Illinois’ economy has been split in two – one part with modest growth, the other in decline.”  Some neighborhoods, suburbs and workplaces located within 90 minutes of O’Hare Airport have partly participated in global recovery from the severe economic downtown of 2008-2009.  Gov. Rauner reminded lawmakers that the remainder of the state, including areas traditionally oriented towards industry and manufacturing, have not benefitted from this global recovery.  These regions need to see changes in Illinois laws and policies that will be sufficient to help communities throughout the state share in economic growth and opportunity.
Grundy County, IL - Competitive Power Ventures, Inc. (“CPV”) today announced plans to develop a $1 billion, privately funded, state-of-the-art natural gas powered electric generating facility in Grundy County, Illinois, about 50 miles southwest of Chicago.

The CPV Three Rivers Energy Center project will be a 1,100 MW (megawatt), combined-cycle electric generator powered by two General Electric “H” class gas turbines, combined with a steam turbine. The project will be located in an unincorporated portion of Grundy County (Goose Lake Township) and will occupy about 30 acres of an 80-acre site in an industrially-zoned area.
SPRINGFIELD – State Rep. John Anthony (R-Joliet) issued the following statement in response to Governor Bruce Rauner’s State of the State address delivered at the Capitol today: 

“The key to achieve rising family incomes and job creation starts with investing in our kids’ education from early childhood through college. I was glad to hear the Governor emphasize our shared commitment to education today. We have some of the finest schools right here in the 75th District, regional community colleges including JJC and IVCC, as well as outstanding state universities. Together we are going to continue on the path of eliminating wasteful bureaucracy, putting more money into classrooms and holding schools accountable for results.