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FY16 Budget

·         Leaders’ budget meeting with Governor moved to December 1.  The face-to-face meeting is scheduled to bring together Governor Bruce Rauner and the leaders of the four General Assembly legislative caucuses, including House Republican Leader Jim Durkin.  Originally scheduled to be held on Wednesday, November 18, the meeting has been reset for Tuesday, December 1.  The new time will allow preparations to continue over the Thanksgiving holiday. 

In addition to budget issues, questions dividing Illinois leaders include workers’ compensation, property tax relief, public-sector labor pay and benefits, tort reform, election process reform, and term limits.  Many key items of House Republican advocacy have been barred from discussion and debate within the Illinois General Assembly in recent years.  The role of House Speaker Madigan has come under discussion as an element in the overall operation of Illinois state government, often characterized in recent years as one of the “worst in the nation.”  Illinois currently has the lowest bond and credit ratings of any of the 50 states. 
From the Illinois State Police:


Joliet - Illinois State Police District 05 is educating the public on a very dangerous street drug called, SHATTER. Shatter is a drug that may be new to the area but kids and adults are experimenting with it across the country. Illinois State Police District 05 made three arrests in August for possession and attempt to deliver the drug Shatter”. These arrests were followed by routine traffic stops in the Grundy County area. Probable cause to search the vehicles lead to three arrests, with a total recovery of 105 pounds of Shatter.

The primary psychoactive chemical in cannabis is called tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC. The processes involved in producing this drug, Shatter”, results in levels of THC reaching 70 to 90 percent, which is up to six-times stronger than the average marijuana cigarette. The high concentration of THC in Shatter is extremely poisonous and destructive to human nerve tissue. Shatter is most commonly used by heating and inhaling the smoke. Shatter has also been known to be eaten, or injected into the body. When taken, Shatter causes a mental disorder characterized by disconnection from reality. This is an abnormal condition of the mind involving a loss of contact with reality. Changes in personality, unusual or bizarre behavior, impairment, hallucinations, delusions, confusion, violent behaviors and the possibility of death are just some of the dangerous effects from the use of Shatter.
State Rep. John Anthony (R-Joliet) sponsored a free Diabetes Screening with Morris Hospital today, at which over 150 area residents were given a free blood glucose test across all hospital campuses including Channahon, Coal City, Dwight, Morris, Ottawa and Yorkville. Rep. Anthony thanks the outstanding diabetes health educators at Morris Hospital for their professionalism, compassion and commitment to helping local families manage their health and maintain the highest possible quality of life.
In recognition of Veterans Day, State Rep. John Anthony (R-Joliet) has launched a digital effort to help connect Illinois veterans with assistance and benefits they may be eligible for, publishing his "Illinois Veterans Benefits" brochure online on his legislative website.

Benefits addressed include employment, health care, housing, veterans' homebuyer assistance, burial benefits, educational opportunities and more. The brochure can be accessed by clicking on the "Illinois Veterans Benefits" button on the homepage of Rep. Anthony's website. The brochure can be downloaded and printed free of charge. For questions or more information on veterans assistance, please call Rep. Anthony's Office at 815-416-1475.
FY16 budget – CGFA

·         General Assembly watchdogs chart continued budget picture.  The nonpartisan Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability (CGFA), the in-house budget agency of the Illinois General Assembly, released their October 2015 fiscal report this week.  The CGFA “Monthly Briefing” covers ongoing State revenues, particularly key State General Funds revenue numbers, and ongoing trends likely to affect future State revenues.  For example, the October briefing includes a discussion, based on nationwide trends and economic models, of the likely health of the 2015 Christmas retail selling season and its expected impact on State sales tax revenues.

CGFA, working in conjunction with the Illinois Department of Revenue, uncovered continued dismal trends in State revenues this October.  Illinois general funds revenues were $319 million lower in October 2015 (fiscal year 2016) than they had been in October 2014.  General Funds revenues come from income taxes, sales taxes, and other sources.  As in previous months, the decline was paced by a year-over-year shortfall in State personal income tax revenues and corporate income tax revenues.  The accumulated deficit for the four months of FY16 so far experienced is $1,456 million.  The current fiscal year began on July 1, 2015.
MORRIS – In recognition of Diabetes Awareness Day in the State of Illinois, Rep. John Anthony (R-Joliet) and Morris Hospital are jointly sponsoring a free diabetes screening for the public from 6:30 to 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, November 12 in the main lobby of Morris Hospital, located at 150 W. High Street in Morris. 

The screening consists of a finger-stick blood glucose test.  A 10-12 hour fast is recommended.
“Diabetes can affect everyone, and with the number of new diagnoses increasing every day, screening is more important than ever,” Rep. Anthony said. “We are excited to partner with Morris Hospital and truly appreciate their willingness to help provide this critical screening to members of the community.”
FY16 Budget

  • Governor Rauner to chair public meeting with legislative leaders on Nov. 18.  The meeting is expected to examine the delayed FY16 budget process.  Although the FY16 fiscal year began on July 1, 2015, a constitutional balanced budget has not been enacted by the Democrat supermajorities in the Illinois House and Senate.  The State has continued to operate under consent decrees, court orders, continuing appropriations, and school appropriations, but this has created many operational problems.  Recipients of State services, and providers of goods and services to the State, have been affected by the lack of a legal budget document. 
Spokespersons for all four legislative leaders, including House Republican Leader Jim Durkin, expressed positive interest in the meeting. The gathering was requested by a consortium of nonpartisan advocacy groups. Sponsors of the request included the Better Government Association, the League of Women Voters, and the Illinois Campaign for Political Reform.