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SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois House of Representatives voted 69-48 on Tuesday to approve an Emergency Budget Bill (HB 318) to close a $1.6 Billion funding shortfall for the current FY 15 budget, which runs through June 30. State Rep. John Anthony (R-75th) voted in favor of the bipartisan agreement negotiated between Governor Bruce Rauner and legislative leaders.

Under the provisions of HB 318, over 80% of the funding gap will be filled by utilizing unused money in various special state funds not needed for what they were allocated for during the current fiscal year, amounting to approx. $1.3 Billion. The remaining amount comes from an across-the-board spending reduction of 2.25% across all state programs through June 30; excluding payments for pensions, state employee health care, and funding for services for the mentally ill, developmentally disabled, and autistic children. Child care funding for low-income families will also continue for the duration of the current fiscal year. 
State Rep. John Anthony (R-75th) spoke at the annual lobby day in Springfield in support of Second Amendment rights in Illinois.
Here is the text of Rep. Anthony's remarks:
MORRIS– State Rep. John Anthony (R-Plainfield) invites constituents to attend an Open House at his new District Office located at 1421 N. Division Street. The Open House will be held from 5:00pm – 7:00pm on Thursday, March 12.  Rep. Anthony will greet guests and be available to answer questions from local residents. Light refreshments will be provided.

“I want residents to know they are welcome to stop by and visit our new office to familiarize themselves with the services we offer,” Rep. Anthony said. “We recently moved our district office to the heart of Morris along Route 47 across from Jewel-Osco to be more accessible and have a larger space for constituent meetings. I hope everyone can stop by on Thursday to say hello.”

SPRINGFIELD – State Rep. John Anthony (R-Plainfield) issued the following statement today following Illinois House adoption of HJR 6, a measure to designate the portion of Route 47 over the CSX Railway in Morris between High Street and Benton Street in memory of the late James Allen, a Morris firefighter killed in the line of duty in 1985.

“James Allen is a true hometown hero. It is long past time to give this young firefighter the recognition he and his family deserve. Any time a first responder gives their life in the line of duty, we should take the time to honor them and bring attention to who they were; what they meant to their family and to our community as a whole. James Allen left behind not only a wife and young son, but also a legacy of which all the people of Morris and firefighters everywhere can be proud. No better tribute can be made about Firefighter Allen than the words inscribed on his statue in Chapin Park:

James Allen Embodied the Essence of America's Volunteer Spirit ... The Volunteer Fireman ... A Morris Volunteer Fireman ... Totally Committed ... A Man of Self-Sacrifice and Courage ... A Bearer of Noble Spirit ... A Premier Public Servant…Killed in The Line of Duty Fighting a Fire March 18, 1985 at age 24.”
(Springfield, IL) – Illinois House lawmakers today unveiled a comprehensive, bi-partisan, $25 million plan to blunt the state’s heroin crisis.

House Deputy Majority Leader Lou Lang (D-Skokie) and State Rep. John Anthony (R-Morris) introduced legislation on Monday that would, among other things, prohibit pharmacies from dispensing more than a 10 day supply of opioid drugs, the legal, gateway drugs to heroin, unless a doctor adds an additional authorization ordering more than a 10 day supply.

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. 

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.”