Brian's Column 6-13-2014

Now that session has adjourned until the fall, I will be out in the district traveling to events and meeting with constituents.  I invite anyone in the district to contact my office to discuss an issue or to schedule a time to have me attend an event you may have.  It’s important to know my door is always open and I am here to serve you in any way I can.

This week Governor Quinn signed a bill into law that changes how poker runs are regulated in the State of Illinois.  Currently, under the old law, charitable games licenses are granted by the Department of Revenue (IDOR).   The organizer-applicant must pay a nonrefundable fee of $400, and each premise-applicant must pay a separate nonrefundable fee of $50. 

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Brian's Column 06-05-2014

It’s officially summer in Springfield. The Illinois legislature adjourned from spring session this past Friday until fall veto session begins in November. The question on everyone’s mind is what did we accomplish while we were in Springfield this year? We voted on three different budgets, passed some controversial ballot measures, enacted a new capital construction bill, and expanded Medicaid. While there were some key measures passed, we still came up short of taking the tough votes that would reign-in spending and correct the economic uncertainty that has caused Illinois residents to migrate elsewhere.

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Brian's Column 05-22-2014

The last week of spring session is fast approaching and we have yet to finalize the FY15 budget, among other important pieces of legislation. My colleagues and I will be Springfield until we are set to adjourn on May 31st. I believe it’s important the constituents of the 89th district be mindful of what we are currently working on so that you may contact my office with support or opposition to the current proposals offered by the legislature.

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Brian's Column 05-16-2014

This week the Illinois House voted on a budget for FY15. If anyone remembers, back in March, under House Joint Resolution 80, we voted on a revenue estimate of $34.495 billion. The bill passed unanimously and set the limit for spending to begin negotiations for the appropriation working groups.

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Brians Column 04-24-2014

Last week I respectfully wrote a letter to Governor Quinn regarding the safety of the Illinois State Police and their squad cars. The letter was initiated in response to recent calls I had received about the issue. The letter is as follows:

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Brian's Column 04-18-2014

Last week I briefly wrote about a plan to help jump start the Illinois economy and many of you have asked for more information. The Job Creation Package has seven points of interest. Here are more details of that plan:

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Local Reps: Put Idle Police Cruisers into Service

Multi-million dollar boondoggle jeopardizes police safety; wastes taxpayer funds

SPRINGFIELD – Rep. Brian Stewart (R-Freeport) has renewed public pressure on the Quinn Administration to quit wasting taxpayer dollars and jeopardizing the safety of frontline state law enforcement personnel by keeping idle 85 brand new cruisers waiting to be out into service for the Illinois State Police; while also acting to amend state law to reverse a snafu that prevents the existing funding mechanism used to purchase the cars to also prepare them for service.

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Brian's Column 04-11-2014

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I just arrived back in Northwest Illinois after spending the past 2 weeks in a very busy legislative session in Springfield. Many pieces of legislation were discussed and debated and sometimes in a manner not conducive to good government but nonetheless argued on their merits. Many passed and some did not, and yesterday alone we must have covered almost 100 bills in a single day. Yes that is why we are there, and that is what you expect out of your Representative in the General Assembly. Once again, I had the opportunity to meet with many constituents who had traveled to Springfield. I very much appreciate your visits and to those of you that I did not get to see due to being in session, thank you for stopping by and I trust your visit to the Capitol was memorable.

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Brian's Column 03-28-2014

Well by now you have all heard or read about the Governor’s Budget Address this week in Springfield. With three separate tax hike proposals being floated in as many days, it should be quite clear to the taxpayers of Illinois that they should be prepared to pay more taxes…again. Our top priority must be improving Illinois’ economy and creating jobs and making our state more business friendly, but with 570,000 people out of work in Illinois the Governor has again failed to understand that working families and businesses need tax relief and economic stability for a better future.

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Brian's Column 03-21-2014

The Primary Election is over and there were many hard fought races held in the 89th District and across Illinois. First and foremost I would like to acknowledge the almost 12,000 voters who exercised their constitutional right in the 89th District last week.

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50 West Douglas Street
Stewart Centre, Suite 1001
Freeport, IL 61032
Phone: 815-232-0774
Fax: 815-232-0777

Springfield:
210-N Stratton Building
Springfield, IL 62706
Phone: 217-782-8186
Fax: 217-558-7016

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