Litchfield… Today, State Rep. Avery Bourne (R-Raymond) joined in sponsoring legislation aimed at finding a way to fund colleges and universities in Illinois that’s fiscally possible in the midst of the current state budget impasse.
Calls speech an encouraging sign in light of tough budgetary stalemate


Litchfield...Governor Bruce Rauner addressed the General Assembly and Constitutional Officers during the annual State of the State address. State Representative Avery Bourne (R-Raymond) had the following remarks after listening to the governor’s speech.
State Representative Avery Bourne (R-Raymond) applauded Governor Bruce Rauner’s actions to create the new Illinois Department of Innovation and Technology (DoIT). The agency will transform the state’s information technology functions into one agency to provide better service to Illinois residents and businesses.
"Consolidation of our IT services makes sense,” Bourne said. “This restructuring of the system will streamline the process and save money.  This is a win for the citizens of Illinois.”


Kenneth and Rep. Bourne
Representative Bourne attended the Raymond-Harvel Fire Department’s annual dinner recently at the Knights of Columbus in Raymond.  For this year’s gathering, the Fire Department invited 7 year-old Kenneth Hobson to recognize him for his bravery during a recent fire at his family’s home.

Litchfield… State Representative Avery Bourne (R-Raymond) is co-sponsoring legislation that would deny lawmakers their paychecks if there is no balanced budget. The State of Illinois is currently in its seventh month without one.
 
The bill demands that within 30 days of the enactment of a budget, the Auditor General’s Office must certify that the budget will be balanced with expenses not exceeding expected revenue. If the Auditor General declares that the budget is not balanced then the Comptroller will: