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:
Litchfield… Following Tuesday’s announcement from President Barack Obama about various actions he is taking to limit access to firearms and ammunition, State Rep. Avery Bourne (R-Raymond) released the following statement:

“I, like all Americans, am heartbroken at the amount of senseless gun violence in America. However, the unilateral actions taken today by the President appear to be unconstitutional and do not begin a productive or collaborative discussion," said Bourne.  “These actions do not address the root causes of gun violence such as illegally obtained firearms. Overall, I am disappointed by this overreach and will continue to fight to protect our Constitutional rights here in Illinois.”
Representative Avery Bourne (Raymond) was presented an award from LeadingAge Illinois for her commitment and dedication to senior citizens.  Bourne accepted the award while visiting with residents of Pleasant Hill Village in Girard.  (left to right) Executive Director-Paulette Miller, Representative Bourne, and Jason Speaks from LeadingAge Illinois.
Litchfield….State Representative Avery Bourne (R-Raymond) is reminding motorists that Secretary of State Jesse White’s office will no longer be mailing notifications to vehicle owners reminding them to renew their license plate stickers. Bourne says the New Year is a good time to sign up online for the notices.