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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Brian's Column 03-14-2014

The 89th District is blessed with many successful Chamber of Commerce organizations that serve their communities well. My companies have been members for many years and if you are not a member of your local Chamber of Commerce I would strongly encourage you to get involved, your community depends upon a vibrant chamber. I was fortunate enough to be able to attend the Freeport Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner this week. The speakers that they had chosen this year were absolutely outstanding and the over 450 people who attended were quite taken by the heartfelt remarks. Not to say we have not had great speakers in the past, in my opinion this was one of the best if not the best keynote remarks ever made to the Freeport Chamber community.

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Brian's Column 03-07-2014

It is always a pleasure visiting with constituents and this past week quite a few stopped by my Springfield office during session. The first group of friends was from A.B.A.T.E. of Illinois. For those of you that are not aware of this fine organization, their mission is dedicated to preserving the rights of all motorcyclists and ATV riders. They encourage their members to become involved in the legislative and political processes, which includes visits to their legislators and hosting a legislative reception. Dennis Yeager, Bethany Buisker, Elizabeth Winters, and Amanda Reising were among those from Northern Illinois and are very active in support of A.B.A.T.E. You can learn more about them at www.niabate.com.

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Brian's Column 02-28-2014

The 2014 Spring Session of the 98th General Assembly in Illinois is in full swing.  One of the first items on the agenda this past week was House Joint Resolution 80 (HJR80) which sets forth the amounts of general funds estimated to be available during the State Fiscal Year of 2015.  The revenue amount was set at $34.495 billion and was passed 112 to 0.  Interestingly, the amount passed for last year FY2014 was $35.446 billion and the actual amount was $36.073 billion.  For FY2013 it was $33.719 billion and for FY2012 it was $33.173 billion.  So the amount set for the upcoming year is $1.578 billion less than last year.  However, please keep in mind that this joint resolution has no force of law, and is only a guideline for the appropriations committees in their deliberations.   As has been said before, Illinois does not have a revenue problem.  We have a spending problem and it would be best for the state to spend over a billion dollars LESS this upcoming year and begin to reduce our state debt.

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Brian's Column 02-21-2014

This week I would like to take the opportunity to remind the citizens in the 89th District to actually take the time and vote.  Absentee voting began on February 6, 2014, early voting begins on March 3, 2014, and the actual primary election day is Tuesday, March 18, 2014.  To vote absentee please go see your County Clerk and make an application.  Early voting is also at your local County Clerk’s Office.  A list of polling places in your respective counties is or will be published and if you are unsure where to vote, again please contact your County Clerk. 

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Brian's Column 02-13-14

Earlier this week I joined all 47 members of the Illinois House Republican Caucus to oppose the graduated income tax proposal.  This plan, currently filed as HJRCA 33, would replace the state’s current flat tax with a graduated income tax system, with rates to be determined by the General Assembly. The premise of this proposed change is that it may be a fair tax where lower rates apply to lower income levels and higher rates apply to higher income levels.  If this resolution is adopted the voters of this state will be asked in November 2014 to amend the Illinois Constitution to allow this.

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Rep. Stewart Joins House GOP Caucus in Opposing Graduated Income Tax

Freeport… State Representative Brian Stewart (R-Freeport) joined House Republican Leader Jim Durkin (R-Western Springs) and members of the Illinois House Republican caucus today to announce their unanimous opposition to the graduated income tax proposal introduced by legislative Democrats. The plan, currently filed as HJRCA 33, would replace the state’s current flat tax with a graduated income tax system, with rates to be determined by the General Assembly.

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Freeport, IL 61032
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