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SPRINGFIELD – Governor Bruce Rauner signed a new initiative into law Tuesday giving courts the discretion to require offenders convicted of making a prank 911 call or other false emergency alert to police to reimburse the public for the costs of responding to the report, a trend known as “swatting”. The legislation, House Bill 3988, was introduced and sponsored by State Rep. John Anthony (R-Morris).

Swatting is the act of tricking an emergency service into dispatching an emergency response based on the false report of an ongoing critical incident; such as an armed robbery, fire, or assault, for example. Prank 911 calls and false reports to police cost emergency response agencies throughout Illinois both in terms of money and, more importantly, in time. Examples that have taken place include the deployment of bomb squads, SWAT units and other police units and the evacuations of schools and businesses based on prank calls.

“In my past experience as a county sheriff’s deputy, I personally responded to what turned out to be a prank call,” Rep. Anthony said. “Every single time emergency response services are diverted to a swatting call, those are precious minutes and resources that aren’t sent to legitimate calls where people’s lives are in jeopardy.”
PLAINFIELDOver 100 area employers covering a wide range of manufacturing, labor, health care, educational, retail and community services are set to participate in a free Jobs Fair to be held from 9:00am – 12:30pm on Wednesday, August 5 at Troy Middle School. The event is open to the public and sponsored jointly by State Rep. John Anthony (R-75th) and Rep. Mark Batinick (R-97th).

“Our Jobs Fair matches local job seekers with area employers who are looking to hire right now,” said Rep.’s Anthony and Batinick. “We encourage everyone who’s unemployed, under-employed or simply looking to start a new career to come check out all the exciting opportunities available here in our area.”
SPRINGFIELD – State Rep John Anthony (R-Morris) filed a resolution today urging Major League Baseball (MLB) Commissioner Rob Manfred to reconsider the case of Pete Rose and work towards reinstating the former MLB player and manager to the game. The resolution, HR 667, recognizes the illegality of Rose’s actions that led to a lifetime ban from MLB being imposed in 1989, yet also points to his undeniable status as one of the game’s all-time greatest players, warranting reconsideration of his punishment.

“After 26 years, the time has come for the lifetime ban on Pete Rose to be reconsidered,” Rep. Anthony said. “As Americans, we believe in holding individuals accountable for their actions, and when those individuals own up to their transgressions, we also believe in the healing power of forgiveness. Pete Rose has paid for his crime with the indignity of being banished from the game for more than a quarter century. Lifting the lifetime ban would allow Pete Rose to be considered for enshrinement in the Hall of Fame, a place where many fans believe he belongs.”
FY16 Budget Crisis
·         Budget stalemate continues in Springfield. As the State of Illinois entered the fourth week of the new fiscal year without a balanced budget in place, the Democrat majority again refused to negotiate in good faith and instead continued their piece-meal approach to the budget crisis.

In the House, Democrats again backed a temporary budget to fund certain services at a level that is not sustainable over the course of the entire fiscal year. House Amendment 1 to HB 4143 was adopted by a narrow majority of Democrats, but did not receive enough votes to be passed on Third Reading and was therefore held for future consideration.

The Democrat majority continues to insist on spending levels that are unsustainable.  The Governor’s Office of Management and Budget believes this plan will ultimately require the expenditure of over $36 billion of GRF taxpayer resources for FY16.  The Democrats’ bills march the taxpayers of Illinois toward a $4 billion unbalanced budget one month at a time.

House Republicans continue to stand united in our support for a truly balanced budget that protects the interests of taxpayers, working families and seniors.
Rep. Anthony was honored to join Rep. Kate Cloonen (D-Kankakee) in recognizing the St. Juvin Post 1336 VFW in Coal City on their 90th anniversary. The Post was founded in 1925 by 26 World War I veterans and one Spanish-American War vet. St. Juvin Post 1336 has a tremendous history and legacy of service. Every Coal City-area legislator sponsored House Joint Resolution 10 to honor the Post's history and its members.



FY16 Budget Crisis
·         Democrats continue push for unbalanced, unconstitutional budget.  As the State of Illinois entered the second week of its fiscal year without a balanced budget in place, the Democrat majority continued to take a piece-meal approach to the budget crisis.

Democrats again backed a temporary budget to fund certain services at a level that is not sustainable over the course of the entire fiscal year.  SB 2040, passed by the bare minimum of 71 partisan Democrat votes in the House Thursday, does not contain one-month spending levels based on the projected FY16 revenue estimate of $32 billion.

The Democrat majority continues to insist on spending levels that are unsustainable.  The Governor’s Office of Management and Budget believes this plan will ultimately require the expenditure of over $36 billion of GRF taxpayer resources for FY16.  The Democrats’ bill marches the taxpayers of Illinois toward a $4 billion unbalanced budget one month at a time.

House Republicans stand united in our support for a truly balanced budget that protects the interests of taxpayers, working families and seniors.
FY16 Budget Crisis
·         Governor Rauner, Republicans fight to prevent Illinois government shutdown.  Without a budget in place for the new Fiscal Year 2016 (which began on July 1), there is a possibility that paychecks could be delayed for approximately 65,000 state employees starting July 15.

Governor Rauner and his staff are examining their legal options.  The governor stated on Monday, June 29 that “Our lawyers are working hard to ensure that all employees will be paid on their scheduled pay dates.”  Speaker Michael Madigan and Attorney General Lisa Madigan continued to assert that paychecks may well be delayed and parts of Illinois’ government shut down.