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State Representative Avery Bourne (R-Raymond) announced on Thursday that she signed on as a co-sponsor of HB 4114. This bill, by prohibiting taxpayer funding of abortion, seeks to reverse key provisions of the recently enacted House Bill 40. House Bill 40 was recently signed into law in Illinois, legalizing taxpayer funded abortions at any stage of pregnancy for any reason. 

"I am pushing for the House to consider this bill and vote on it during the upcoming fall veto session before HB40 becomes effective at the start of 2018," Bourne said. "The majority of Illinoisans are strongly opposed to their taxpayer dollars funding abortion. This new bill, HB 4114 will end that unconscionable use of tax dollars."

Bourne says the "No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act" is based on the model of the federal Hyde Amendment, which prevents federal funding for abortions other than in cases of rape or incest, or that threaten the life of the mother. Abortions under these circumstances constitute roughly 1% of all abortions. Federal law already requires states to provide Medicaid abortions under these three conditions, and the proposed Act recognizes those federal provisions.

Additionally, while the federal government typically matches a state’s Medicaid expenses, it will not do so for elective abortions. Based on the estimated direct cost to the state of $30 million for abortions, the true impact to the Medicaid system is actually double that, $60 million in lost medical services.
House Leader Jim Durkin announced that he is appointing Representative Avery Bourne (R-Raymond) and Representative Dave Severin (R-Benton) to fill seats in a recently established task force that seeks to increase the use of Illinois coal. A new law, sponsored by Bourne, created the task force to study the costs and benefits of using the latest scrubber technology to allow Illinois coal mined in our home state to be burned here as well.

“Coal is one of Illinois’ most abundant resources. We should be able to utilize that resource here,” said Representative Bourne. “Through this taskforce we are working to take a different approach that promotes clean coal and good-paying jobs.”

The vast majority of Illinois coal is being sold and burned out of state because of the sulfur content, which burns off at a higher rate than federal and state air quality standards allow. A way to prevent, or reduce, sulfur escaping into the air when the coal is being burned is to install costly “scrubbers” that help remove sulfur before leaving the stack.
 
This newly formed bipartisan task force’s members’ primary responsibility is to study the costs and benefits of the construction of new stacks or conversion of existing stacks at coal-fired power plants with flue gas desulfurization scrubber technology. The task force’s work begins immediately and they will be reporting their findings and recommendations to the General Assembly.


Representative Avery Bourne (R-Raymond) issued the following statement after Governor Rauner’s press conference today announcing that he will sign House Bill 40, making the legislation law.

“Allowing state taxpayer dollars to pay for elective abortions is unconscionable. I was strongly opposed to House Bill 40 and am extremely disappointed that Governor Rauner plans to sign it into law. It has been a longstanding policy in Illinois and in our nation that we should not require our citizens to pay for abortions. House Bill 40 requires Illinois citizens pay for abortions for those on Medicaid and for state employees through the full nine months of pregnancy, for any reason. I wholeheartedly disagree with this legislation and will work for its repeal.”


Governor Rauner was at Blackburn College on Tuesday signing legislation into law that changes the way intoxicated minors are processed and ultimately released. This new law, Sponsored in the Illinois House by Representative Bourne, stems from the tragic death of a local young man, Conor Vesper.
Attending the signing, are from L-R: Alice Vesper (mother), Hannah Vesper (sister), Senator Andy Manar, Governor Bruce Rauner, Jack Vesper (father), Lori Zenner (family friend), Representative Avery Bourne, and John Comerford (President of Blackburn College).

Mark your calendars!  
Representative Avery Bourne will be holding an Open House at her new Litchfield District Office, 207 North State Street, on Monday, October 16th. The Representative is inviting citizens from the district to drop by and meet her and her staff. Open House hours will be held from 8:30am to 10am and later in the day from 1pm to 3pm. Coffee and donuts will be provided for morning guests.

In an effort to save state dollars, Bourne only operates one district office in Litchfield (central location) and holds monthly Traveling Office Hours in Carlinville and Taylorville to help increase access for constituents in such a large district. The 95th District includes Montgomery County, much of Christian and Macoupin Counties, and a small section of Madison County.
“Everyone is welcome at our Open House. Please stop by, see where our new office is located, and say ‘Hello’,” said Bourne. “If you need assistance or information about state programs, we would be happy to help. We take pride in our constituent service and the ability to help individuals navigate state government.” 

The new office is located in downtown Litchfield, just off of the south-west side of the square and is open to constituents.  Normal office hours are Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 8:30 a.m. to noon on Friday.

What's Coming Up?

September 26th, Tuesday- Traveling Office Hours in Taylorville at Congressman Rodney Davis' Office, 108 West Market Street, in the US Bank Building on Floor 2R from 10:30am to 1pm.

October 10th, Tuesday- Traveling Office Hours in Carlinville at Carlinville City Hall, 550 North Broad from 10:30am to 1pm.

October 10th, Tuesday- Extended Office Hours (open until 6pm) at our current District Office, 301 N. Monroe in Litchfield.

October 16th, Monday- Open House at our new District Office, 207 N. State St. in Litchfield from 8:30am to 10am and from 1pm to 3pm. Refreshments will be served.

October 31st, Tuesday- Traveling Office Hours in Taylorville at Congressman Rodney Davis' Office, 108 West Market Street, in the US Bank Building on Floor 2R from 10:30am to 1pm.


November 14th, Tuesday- Traveling Office Hours in Carlinville at Carlinville City Hall, 550 North Broad from 10:30am to 1pm.

November 21st, Tuesday- Extended Office Hours (open until 6pm) at our new District Office, 207 N. State St. in Litchfield.

November 28th, Tuesday- Traveling Office Hours in Taylorville at Congressman Rodney Davis' Office, 108 West Market Street, in the US Bank Building on Floor 2R from 10:30am to 1pm.
 
December 5th, Tuesday- Traveling Office Hours in Carlinville at Carlinville City Hall, 550 North Broad from 10:30am to 1pm.

December 12th, Tuesday- Extended Office Hours (open until 6pm) at our new District Office, 207 N. State St. in Litchfield.

December 19th, Tuesday- Traveling Office Hours in Taylorville at Congressman Rodney Davis' Office, 108 West Market Street, in the US Bank Building on Floor 2R from 10:30am to 1pm.
On July 29 the credit rating company Equifax was victim to a data breach that jeopardizes the sensitive and personal information of 5.4 million Illinois residents. Information stolen in this breach are: social security numbers, driver’s license numbers, credit card numbers, names, addresses and date of births. The Illinois Attorney General’s office is now investigating this cyber-attack.
 
There are a few things you can do to protect yourself from having your identity stolen. First, you can place a freeze on your credit. Most credit freezes cost $10 each and you may have to pay a fee to unfreeze your credit. Some exceptions apply to senior citizens who are 65 years old or older, and to active military members.

Second, inspect your credit reports and all financial statements. You should contact your financial institution immediately if you find an unauthorized charge on your account(s).

Third, do not open or answer any emails you may receive from any unknown senders who are threatening or trying to coerce information from you about the Equifax data breach. Those emails are scams.

You will receive a letter in the mail from Equifax if your credit card number has been stolen. They will not email.

Finally, please contact Equifax at 866-447-7559 or visit their website
www.equifaxsecurity2017.com if you any questions. You may also contact the IL Attorney General’s office at 1-866-999-5630 or visit her website at www.illinoisattorneygeneral.gov.
Governor Rauner signed legislation today, brought forth and sponsored by State Representative Avery Bourne (R-Raymond), that seeks to increase the use of Illinois coal. The new law creates a taskforce to study the costs and benefits of using the latest scrubber technology to allow Illinois coal mined in our home state to be burned here as well.

“Coal is one of Illinois’ most abundant resources. We should be able to utilize that resource here. This bill has bipartisan support and is something I’ve been working on since taking office,” said Representative Bourne. “Because of Obama-era regulations, Illinois’ coal industry has been attacked and our area has lost many jobs as a result. I am working to take a different approach that promotes clean coal and good-paying jobs.”

The vast majority of Illinois coal is being sold and burned out of state because of the sulfur content, which burns off at a higher rate than federal and state air quality standards allow. A way to prevent, or reduce, sulfur escaping into the air when the coal is being burned is to install costly “scrubbers” that help remove sulfur before leaving the stack.

This newly formed bipartisan task force’s members’ primary responsibility is to study the costs and benefits of the construction of new stacks or conversion of existing stacks at coal-fired power plants with flue gas desulfurization scrubber technology. The task force’s work begins immediately and is to report its findings and recommendations to the General Assembly.
State Representative Avery Bourne (R-Raymond) has aggressively been pursuing legislation to curb the synthetic drug problems facing central Illinois. Her latest bill, House Bill 2534, crafted in conjunction with the Illinois State Police, was just signed into law by Governor Rauner.

Representative Bourne’s bill amends the Illinois Controlled Substances Act by adding and updating new synthetic drugs to the list of controlled substances. SB2534 is an ongoing initiative to fight the growing use of “bath salts” and synthetic drugs whose complex chemical compounds have eluded definition under the law.

“Both locally and across the state, synthetic drugs continue to destroy lives and hurt communities. We must continue to pursue legislation to both help those who are addicted and to provide law enforcement with the necessary tools to effectively prosecute those who are making and distributing the drugs,” said Bourne. “The way that we combat synthetic drugs is different from other controlled substances. Because of their dynamic nature, we must consistently update the law to include new ingredients and compounds. This bill is another step to help law enforcement crackdown on this epidemic.”  

Last year, during the 99th General Assembly, Rep. Bourne partnered with Senator Manar to sponsor Senate Bill 210.  This bill made the sale of bath salts by a retail mercantile establishment a Class 3 felony with up to a fine of $150,000 and provided for revocation of a retailer’s license.