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Please click the links below for either a brief review or a full listing of all 237 new laws that will take effect in Illinois beginning January 1, 2016.

Several of the new laws affect our everyday lives.  Others are targeted specifically to benefit children, veterans, and the elderly.
Here's a quick look at some of the more notable laws taking effect.

 A full list of all 237 new laws can be found here.


Litchfield, IL…A resolution was recently introduced in the Illinois House urging the legislature not to consider taxing retirement income.  The resolution was co-sponsored by State Representative Avery Bourne (R-Raymond) and supported by the AARP. 

The current tax code in the State of Illinois does not tax income for retirees.  A decision to tax retirement income would be detrimental to many retirees who live on fixed incomes.  While retirees do not pay state income tax in Illinois they are still subject to a multitude of other taxes such as federal income tax, property tax and sales tax.



Springfield….Representative Avery Bourne is proud to announce that Coffeen’s Power Station, owned by Dynegy Inc., was honored both globally and in the United States for the lowest emissions profile for SO2 worldwide.  The Coffeen plant was awarded an Advanced Energy for Life Clean Coal Award by Peabody Energy for having a SO2 emissions rate that is 99 percent lower than the U.S. coal plant average.
It is with a heavy heart that I presented House Resolution 866, which was adopted by the Illinois House of Representatives, to honor the life of Alexis Ann Wernsing of Litchfield. Alexis passed away on October 1,2015 and will be sadly missed by her family and all of those who knew her. Alexis made a big impact in such a short time with us. Her contribution to the community, the joy she exuded, and her infectious smile will never be forgotten.
Litchfield, IL – State Representative Avery Bourne (R-Raymond) expressed her disappointment with Thursday’s decision by the Illinois Commerce Commission to approve Grain Belt Express Clean Line’s application for a high voltage electric transmission line.

The Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) approved the construction of the 780-mile transmission line that will span from Kansas to Indiana. The proposed line spans much of south-central Illinois, including right-of-way in Pike, Scott, Greene, Macoupin, Montgomery, Christian, Shelby, Cumberland, and Clark Counties. The project will provide direct access for high capacity wind generation to the electricity markets.
Taylorville…Happy Teeth – Happy Kids won an AT&T* “Investing in Illinois Award” for its non-profit work to help people in Illinois. Happy Teeth – Happy Kids will receive $2,000 from AT&T to be used to services to improve the dental health of Illinois children, especially those in lower-income families.


A tree was planted on the grounds of the community center in Butler on Saturday, Oct. 17, as part of an ongoing project of the Christiana Tillson Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Rep. Bourne joined them in planting the first of 13 trees in honor of the original 13 colonies.
Senate Bill 107, supported by Representative Avery Bourne (R-Raymond), was recently signed into law to give the disabled, and specifically disabled veterans, greater freedom and mobility.  The bill establishes that improvements to a residential property for the purpose of accessibility shall not increase the assessed valuation of the property due to the improvements.
Representative Avery Bourne will be holding an open house at her new Litchfield office at 301 N. Monroe from 9-4pm on Friday, October 9th. The Representative is inviting citizens from the district to drop by and meet her and her staff.  Coffee and donuts will be provided for morning guests.
Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White has announced that his office will immediately suspend mailing out vehicle registration renewal reminders to the public due to the lack of a state budget. Those who want to continue receiving a reminder must sign up to receive electronic notices through the Secretary of State’s web site www.cyberdriveillinois.com. A direct link to sign up for email alerts can be found on the home page of that site.


Livingston…State Representative Avery Bourne was joined by local students who completed her summer reading program last Sunday at the Pink Elephant in Livingston.  Students involved in the program were asked to read 8 books over the summer.

Those who completed the reading received an official certificate from the Illinois House of Representatives recognizing their commitment to reading, as well as an invitation to attend a free ice cream social at the Pink Elephant. Rep. Bourne went on to explain how proud she was of the students that participated.

“I’m proud of our students for their hard work,” said Rep. Bourne. “Reading has such a big impact on children’s futures and hopefully this program has helped strengthen their reading skills and broaden their imagination.”


Students that would like to participate in the future should look for forms at their local public library during the end of the school year. Any other questions about the summer reading program can be directed to Rep. Bourne’s office at 217-324-5200

Rep. Bourne's first bill that was signed into law was House Bill 3389, which amends the Municipal code and the County code regarding audits.  It provides that official documents submitted by a local government to the comptroller must be filed within 180 days after the close of the fiscal year. It also alters audit due dates from 6 months to 180 days.
Rep. Bourne with her junior, livestock exhibitor Keegan Cassady (left).
Springfield, IL… State Rep. Avery Bourne (R-Raymond) joined fellow legislators and some Illinois celebrities last Friday at the Director's Invitational Celebrity Beef Showmanship Contest. The event was a collaboration between the Illinois Junior Beef Association and the Illinois State Fair to celebrate the state's beef industry and the culmination of the show season.


Rep. Bourne was paired with an expert junior livestock exhibitor named Keegan Cassady to learn the tricks of the trade. After brief coaching, the contestants led their cattle into the show ring and were quizzed on their knowledge of Illinois beef. Judges included: Gov. Bruce Rauner, Illinois Beef Association President Mike Martz and Dr. Doug Parrett of the University of Illinois.


The event came to a close after the judges selected Springfield Mayor Jim Langfelder as champion, though all contestants received a trophy and official photo.


Other competitors included: State Treasurer Mike Frerichs, Sen. Sam McCann, Rep. Katherine Cloonen, Rep. Tim Butler, WICS News Channel 20 reporter Lindsey Hess, and WUIS statehouse bureau chief Amanda Vinicky.
Springfield, IL… Following what has been a tumultuous summer regarding budget talks in the State legislature, Illinois’ House of Representatives came together to appropriate nearly $5 billion in federal funds to many critical state programs.  State Representative Avery Bourne (R-Raymond) co-sponsored the legislation.

Senate Bill 2042 gives the Illinois Comptroller the authority to spend available federal dollars on state programs that are funded or mandated by the federal government.

"After months of political games, it was refreshing to see compromise and bi-partisanship to help those who are truly in need here in Illinois. I was proud to support this measure that makes sure programs such as the Council on Developmental Disabilities to Children and Family Services receive the federal funding they were promised."

SB 2042 passed the House 98-0 and now heads to the Senate for concurrence before reaching the Governor’s desk.

Springfield…Representative Avery Bourne (R-Raymond) released the statement below following USDA’s approval to designate 87 counties in Illinois eligible to receive federal assistance as a result of heavy rainfall and flooding:

Illinois farmers were faced with record flooding this year which severely affected their crops. The announcement by the USDA to offer assistance to farmers in my district which includes Montgomery, Macoupin, and Madison counties is needed and appreciated. I would like to thank Governor Rauner and the USDA for their leadership in providing relief for our farmers."
Springfield, IL… State Representative Avery Bourne (R-Raymond) joined a bipartisan coalition of downstate legislators to support legislation that would instruct the federal government to extend a public comment period on new environmental rules targeting coal mining.

House Resolution 687 would ask the U.S. Interior Department to give states more time to respond to regulations that would hinder mining operations across Illinois.

The public comment period on the rules runs for 60 days. The resolution backed by Democrats and Republicans calls for that to be extended by 180 days.

Illinois has the largest recoverable bituminous coal reserves in the United States, a reserve base larger than all but six countries in the world. To put into perspective how large that number truly is, Illinois coal has the ability to produce all of America’s energy for 100 years or be energy self-sufficient for 600 years. The reason for its lack of utilization stems from The Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990 where it was decided that the sulfur dioxide content of Illinois coal was too high for emission standards and could not be burned without flue gas desulfurization equipment, commonly referred to as “scrubbers.”

“Illinois has been a leader in energy production within the United States, in large part due to our vast coal resources,” said Rep. Bourne. “Illinois is the largest electricity exporter in the Midwest and one of the largest in the U.S., nearly 45% of Illinois' energy comes from coal-burning plants within the State.”

Rep. Bourne had filed a resolution earlier this year urging multiple state agencies to conduct studies and gather information regarding environmental impact and potential revenue from Illinois’ coal industry.

“Over the last 20 years, due to environmental regulations, the state’s production of coal has dropped from 62 million tons in 1990 to just 31 million in 2003,” stated Rep. Bourne. “The resolution’s aim was to shed light on the many factors that have led to its decline as well as how Illinois can feasibly utilize the state’s supply of coal in the future. The current discussion at the federal level will further impact our coal industry so it’s important that we have more time to give Illinois’ coal industry a fighting chance.”


Litchfield…State Representative Avery Bourne (R-Raymond) has announced that she will be hosting two events at the end of the month for seniors in her district. The first event, to be held on July 31st, will be an informative discussion about identity theft. The second event, being held on August 3rd, will be a presentation on how to save money every month on your utility bills.

Far too often, scam artists perceive senior citizens as vulnerable and relatively wealthy due to their ability to access retirement accounts and pension. As a result, seniors are the targets of a wide range of scams, exploitation, and fraud. The Attorney General’s office has created an educational training program to ensure that seniors have the information and tools they need to better protect themselves from con artists and deceptive business practices.

Seniors who attend the July 31st event beginning at 10:00 a.m. at the Carlinville Public Library, on 510 N. Broad St. in Carlinville will learn about financial exploitation and scams, reverse mortgages and if they are really right for you, your rights under the new credit card rules, and how to protect yourself, your friends and family from scam artists.

Seniors also have the option to attend an event hosted by the Citizens Utility Board in August. CUB will be explaining different ways to conserve money on monthly utility bills. This meeting will be held Monday, August 3rd, 10:00 a.m. at the Montgomery County Farm Bureau,located at 102 Main St. in Hillsboro.

Both meetings are free to attend. If you have any questions about the events, please contact Rep. Bourne’s district office at 217-324-5200.
The Illinois' Commerce Commission (ICC) has set public hearings before commissioners consider whether to approve a Houston, Texas energy company's $2.2 billion wind-power transmission line project.  The line's proposed course would cut across the state, through Macoupin, Montgomery and Christian counties. Approval by the ICC would essentially give the Grain Belt Express public utility status which includes eminent domain authority.  The ICC's final decision on whether to allow the construction is November 21, 2015.

Public hearings on the Grain Belt Express will be held in:

Pittsfield- July 28th @ 5 pm - Pike-Scott County Farm Bureau, 1301 E. Washington St., Pittsfield;

Pana- July 29th @ 9:30 am - Pana Junior High School Auditorium, 203 W. Eighth St., Pana;

Marshall- July 29th @ 4 pm- Gerald R. Forsyth Performing Arts Center @ Marshall Jr. High
                School, 806 N. Sixth St., Marshall.


The format has been set to include 90 minutes for oral & written testimony, with a limit of 3 minutes per person, with a question-and-answer session with commission staff.

IF YOU'D LIKE TO SPEAK:  Participant sign-up will be on-site, before the forum.


In the meantime, public comments can be submitted(Case #15-0277). HOW TO COMMENT  

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Opposition to the Grain Belt Express is growing, with groups representing those who would be impacted, including The Landowner's Alliance and Block Grain Belt Express, contending that ownership of Illinois farmland is at stake.  Meanwhile, support for the project has been garnered by engaging so-called "Clean Energy"organizations, some of which oppose coal power --- a plentiful natural resource within the 95th Illinois House District.

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Representative Avery Bourne:   Introduced House Resolution 371, which urges the Illinois Commerce Commission to grant the application only if the company identifies clear and substantial benefits to the State of Illinois that definitively outweigh any deprivation of local property rights or land value of the citizens of Illinois.  “Hopefully, Illinois follows Missouri’s lead,”  said Rep. Bourne, after Missouri regulators turned down the company's proposed route through the state.

UPDATE:   Missouri regulators denied a pathway for the GBE, prompting Clean Line Energy to redouble efforts to gain access to land.  Opponents of the transmission line say Clean Line Energy could respond in one of three ways: request a rehearing; reapply for a certificate of convenience and necessity for the project; or the most likely option, bypassing a decision at the state level and seeking eminent domain rights at the federal level through the Department of Energy.
 


Springfield…The State of Illinois has entered the 2016 Fiscal Year with no budget in place. Budget talks up to this point have been in a deadlock and as of Tuesday’s court ruling on People v. Munger, state employees will not be paid without appropriations in place. To ensure that our state employees can pay their bills, Rep. Avery Bourne is supporting legislation that would do just that.

Bourne is a chief co-sponsor to the newly introduced legislation, House Bill 4245, that provides a continuing appropriation for each State agency to meet personnel expenditures for each payroll period during which appropriations for personnel expenditures have not been made available to that State agency. If this new legislation passes, the office of any constitutional officer, state universities, community colleges, and any agency, board, or commission of Illinois state government will receive their paycheck as planned.

As of right now, even without a budget, our state’s lawmakers will be paid because of legislation passed by the Democrat majority in 2014. As budget talks grow stale with no quick solution on the horizon, Rep. Bourne has contacted the comptroller’s office requesting that her paycheck be withheld until the rest of the state’s employees are guaranteed a paycheck.

"The culture in Springfield has favored the political class for too long,” said Rep. Bourne. “The way money is spent in Springfield has to change. While legislators push for an irresponsible out of balance budget for the 12th year in a row, they have made sure last year that they would be paid even if they failed to do their job. This is wrong. While state workers continue to serve the state without the guarantee of a pay check, I will also continue to work on solving the huge issues Illinois faces without receiving a paycheck. I am proud to cosponsor legislation that gives state workers the same guarantee of pay that legislators afforded to themselves in the past."

For more information on the current budget talks taking place in Springfield, please contact Rep. Bourne's office at 217-324-5200.
Illinois State Trooper Brian McMillen
On Saturday, the Illinois House of Representatives adopted a joint resolution designating the Interstate 72, Exit 122 overpass as the “Trooper Brian McMillen Memorial Overpass”. Senate Joint Resolution 1 is sponsored by State Representative Tim Butler (R-Springfield), State Representative Avery Bourne (R-Litchfield) and State Senator Sam McCann (R-Carlinville).

Trooper McMillen was killed at 2:49 a.m. on October 28, 2007, in an accident involving two separate drunk drivers on Dye Road near Illiopolis, while responding to a call from a local officer for assistance.

“It was a very sad day for us locally when we heard the news of fallen Trooper Brian McMillen,” said Rep. Butler. “Trooper McMillen was dedicated to protecting his community and nation. Dedicating the Exit 122 overpass to Trooper McMillen will honor his commitment to Illinois and his country, he will never be forgotten.”

Trooper McMillen grew up in Pana, Illinois. He enlisted in the Illinois Air National Guard in 2000 and was a proud member serving as a Tech Sergeant with the 183rd Security Forces Squadron Fighter Wing. During his tenure, he served 3 separate overseas deployments. He served in Saudi Arabia in 2002 as part of Operation South Watch, in Romania in 2003 as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom, and in Italy in 2005. McMillan received his bachelor degree in criminal justice in 2005 from the University of Illinois-Springfield.

“I commend Rep. Butler for his work on this important resolution to recognize the sacrifice of one of Pana's finest,” said Rep. Bourne. “This resolution will bring honor to his legacy and hopefully inspire others to serve their communities.”

Trooper McMillen graduated from Illinois State Police Cadet Class #113, for which he served as president, on February 2, 2007.

“Trooper McMillen is a hero by any definition,” said Senator McCann. “This memorial will help keep the memory of the man and his sacrifice alive for all those who pass by.”

Effective upon becoming law, the Illinois Department of Transportation will be requested to display at suitable locations, appropriate plaques or signs giving notice of the name "Trooper Brian McMillen Memorial Overpass”.
Springfield, IL…House Democrats introduced and approved nine budget bills in less than 48 hours with the final days of session coming to a close. The issue is that the proposed budget plan counts on Illinois spending $4 billion more than the state’s estimated revenue for fiscal year 2016.

“I’m disappointed with the budget that was proposed today,” said State Rep. Avery Bourne. “It spends $4.3 billion more than we have available. This kind of runaway spending has caused the mess that we’re in and needs to stop.”

The State of Illinois’ estimated revenue for Fiscal Year 2016 (FY16) is $32 billion. However, the budget proposed by House and Senate Democrats plans to spend $36 billion. The FY 2016 budget is scheduled to take effect July 1, 2015.
 
Rep. Bourne added, “Some argue that we need more revenue, while others argue we need to balance the budget through cuts alone. Regardless, we have to budget for the realistic revenue now and promote reform policies for growth in the future. I can’t support a budget which at its core is unbalanced and spends more than what we have in the bank account. Nor can I support placing the burden on the hard working families throughout Illinois. We all deserve better.”
Springfield….The Illinois House of Representatives approved legislation on Tuesday which will give parents the right to opt their child out of taking a State school assessment test. State Representative Avery Bourne (R-Litchfield) voted in favor of the legislation (HB 306) in order to strengthen a parent’s decision regarding their child’s education.
HB 306 provides that a student is not required to take a particular State assessment if that student’s parent or guardian requests, in writing, that the student be excused from taking the State assessment. The current law has students being tested multiple times throughout grade school, middle school and high school stating that if a child opted out of the high school career and college readiness assessment, that they may not get their diploma. Federal law, specifically the No Child Left Behind Act from 2001, makes it illegal for school districts to provide an opt-out option for students and their parents.
HB 306 will not only give parents the option to opt-out children, but it will also provide supervised instructional and enrichment opportunities to those who choose not to take the test.
“For me, this vote came down to requiring instruction for those students who opt-out,” said Rep. Avery Bourne. “They shouldn’t be punished for opting out by sitting in an empty classroom and doing nothing. Giving our parents a say in what their children are doing in school is important to me as well. It’s all about parental rights.”
Once each school year, before any assessments are administered, school districts will communicate with the parents and guardians of students to explain the right to opt out of a particular assessment. A school district and its teachers, principals, and other administrators are prohibited from encouraging or discouraging students or their parents or guardians, either individually or collectively, to opt out of the assessments.
The measure will now move to the Senate for consideration. To track this and other legislation sponsored by Rep. Bourne, please visit www.repbourne.com.                                                                   

Rep. Bourne, Sen. Andy Manar, and Sen. Sam McCann each met with the Macoupin students at the Illinois State Capitol complex to discuss their positions on Governor Rauner's budget proposal for FY2016.
State Rep. Avery Bourne and Sen. Andy Manar stood alongside fellow legislators in a bipartisan movement to promote Illinois coal at a press conference, Tuesday. Our legislators hope that reopening mining operations in Southern Illinois will be a solution to a high unemployment rate as well as an economic booster.

If you are planning to visit the Illinois State Capitol in Springfield, State Representative Avery Bourne would love to meet you!   

Rep. Bourne (left) poses with Abby Jones (right) of Gillespie, IL, who came along with a group from Jacksonville's Illinois School for the Deaf to tour the Illinois State Capitol in April.  They are standing on the 3rd floor of the Capitol, in front of a massive 40' x 20' painting by Gustav Fuchs (1886)  depicting George Rogers Clark negotiating with Native Americans at Fort Kaskaskia in 1778.


Send an email and alert the Representative's staff  of your group's plans. Every effort will be made to make your visit special.  There are architectural, historical, legislative and special tours that are available.
Springfield… State Representative Avery Bourne (R-Litchfield) advanced her second bill through the House with unanimous support on April 20th with a measure that amends the current Wildlife code relating to crossbow guidelines.

Currently, Illinois law allows hunters age 62 and above, and persons with disabilities that impede them from using a long bow
to use a crossbow to hunt deer during archery season.

"The bow manufacturing industry has surpassed the current code," said Bourne. "This bill will change the maximum draw weight to match those new industry standards. In my district, hunting is a way of life and I’m proud to support these types of measures to help some of our older sportsmen and hunters with disabilities continue to enjoy the sport."

Specifically, House Bill 3669 provides that crossbows must have a peak minimum draw weight of 125 pounds and a maximum draw weight of 300 pounds.

“This change in the law will make hunting easier and more efficient for crossbow hunters,” Bourne said.

Bourne says she will now focus on gaining support for the measure in the Illinois Senate.

To follow Rep. Bourne's legislative agenda or for updates on news from the Capitol, please visit www.repbourne.com.
It takes just a minute to change a life.  If you are already an Organ or Tissue donor, thank you !   If you don't know, check your Illinois Driver's License or State ID card ---it will show a red State of Illinois with "Donor" displayed if you are an Organ/Tissue Donor. You can sign up online with this link through the Illinois Secretary of State's office.

Representative Avery Bourne is an organ and tissue donor.  Her decision was prompted by a family member who underwent a successful heart transplant.

"I have seen in my family how organ donation saves lives. I am proud to be registered as an organ donor and a bone marrow donor. There are so many people waiting on an organ donation. This is an opportunity to save lives and being an organ donor is something I encourage everyone to think about and discuss with your loved ones."

Illinois continues to be the leader in registering potential donors, but there are still many more people on waiting lists than there are available donors. If you have questions, or would like to sign up over the phone, contact the Organ/Tissue Donor Program at 1-800-210-2106.  Thank you for "Donating a Life"!

Celebrate Bicycle Safety Month in May by discovering biking trials in Christian, Macoupin, Madison & Montgomery Counties!

 Arches Rail Trail

Just off Route 127, parking and unloading areas for Arches Rail Trail can be found at either end---At the Montgomery County Fairgrounds near Butler or at the Bremer Sanctuary Barn, just north of Hillsboro, IL.

 MAP

Beaver Dam State Park

You might be able to spy one of the area's white squirrels along the trails at this State Park near Plainview.  There are 8  miles of trails to discover.  Find 750 acres of oak/hickory woodland beauty in Macoupin County, just 7 miles southwest of Carlinville. Fishing, picnicking, hiking, and tent and trailer camping are also popular activities.  MAP 



Benld/Gillespie Trail

"The road less traveled" can be found along the old Illinois Traction System---an electric trolley rail line once known as the Interurban Line. To access the Benld-Gillespie Bike Trail in Benld, take Exit 44 off I-55 and turn west onto State Route 138. Proceed 3.7 miles onto E. Central Avenue in downtown Benld. Turn right onto Trolley Street and continue 3 blocks to Park Avenue. Turn right onto Park Avenue; immediately to the left is parking and access to the southern end of the trail.   MAP
For extra interest: This trail has several Geocache areas.

Bremer Sanctuary Trails

If you love nature, you'll love the Bremer Sanctuary.  Just one mile from the Historic Hillsboro Courthouse, this 203 acres of land is now the home of the Hickory Hills Chapter of the Audubon Society.

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Coffeen Lake
Unpaved, timbered trails await the adventurous biker and at Coffeen Lake. In Montgomery County, Coffeen Lake is about 3 miles E/NE of Donnellson, IL and State Highway 127 or about 2 miles west-southwest of Coffeen, IL & State Highway 185.  SITE INFO & MAP

Green Diamond Rail-Trail

The Green Diamond Rail-Trail was the first bicycling/pedestrian trail in Montgomery County. The trail is the first leg of a possible 16 miles of trails that will link Farmersville to Waggoner to Litchfield and beyond. The trail gets its name from the sleek diesel streamliner that ran this Illinois Central Railroad corridor with a daily passenger service between Chicago and St. Louis, from 1936 to 1947.  TRAIL MAP

ITS
http://its-trail.org/
The paved & proposed ITS Trail, begins in Worden, runs to Staunton, and travels north to the Benld/Gillespie Trail.


Lincoln Prairie Trail

Named for our 16th President, this trail parallels Rt. 29 for most of its stretch, beginning at the west edge of the City of Pana and following Route 29 to Taylorville. It becomes wooded as you approach Bertinettis Lake and Taylorville Lake. Parking is available next to the Taylorville trail end on Paw Paw Street, with a much larger lot at Taylorville Lake, 3 miles south of Taylorville. Mid-trail, you can park on the street in Owaneco. At the southern end of the trail, park is just outside of Pana where CR 12 and SR 29 junction. MAP





Rep. Bourne presents HB 3749 on the House floor on Friday. 
Springfield….State Representative Avery Bourne (R-Litchfield) advanced her first bill through the House with unanimous support Friday morning with a measure that seeks to discount veterans lifetime sportsmen's licenses when returning home from service.

"Any measure we can take that makes the lives of our veterans richer, fuller and easier is worthwhile," said Bourne.  "This legislation has the added benefit of cutting down the red tape in the Illinois Department of Natural Resources making this a win-win for both veterans and the State of Illinois."

Specifically, the measure, House Bill 3749, provides that starting with the 2016 license year, veterans will be eligible for a lifetime fishing license, lifetime hunting license, and lifetime sportsmen's combination license for half price upon returning home from service.
The lifetime license would preclude them from reapplying each year absolving the State from processing that paperwork.

“This was a common sense change,” Bourne explained.  “Lifetime licenses for veterans were previously full-price while annual licenses were subject to the discount. This bill not only gives back to veterans, but also cuts back on the administrative process involved in veterans renewing their license annually. I’m proud that my first bill helps our veterans who have done so much to serve us.”
Bourne says she will now focus on gaining support for the measure in the Illinois Senate. To follow

Rep. Bourne's legislative agenda or for updates on news from the Capitol, please visit www.repbourne.com.

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House Bill 3749 provides that starting with the 2016 License year, veterans will be eligible for a lifetime fishing license, lifetime hunting license and lifetime sportsmen's combination license for half price upon returning home from service.