Representative Avery Bourne (R-Raymond), along with member of the Illinois General Assembly, approved bipartisan legislation on Friday to provide $600 million in funding for higher education.  The bill is an effort to keep the doors open at struggling Illinois universities and community colleges during this unprecedented budget impasse. Senate Bill 2059 is a stopgap measure to provide emergency funding.

State Representative Avery Bourne (R-Raymond) released the following statement after Comptroller Munger’s decision to delay legislative pay:

“With Illinois’ record $8 billion unpaid bill backlog, this is the right thing to do. Public officials should not get special treatment - ever, especially when social service providers and other vendors have been waiting for months to receive payment. Comptroller Munger’s actions are similar to a bill I have been pushing for months that would end lawmaker pay until a balanced budget is reached. This proposed legislative fix is a long-term solution that would hopefully keep a budget impasse like this from ever happening again.”

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Representative Avery Bourne (R-Raymond) is proud to announce the winners of her annual Art Contest. The Art Contest was open to students in Illinois’ 95th House District and was judged by a local high school art teacher. Bourne hosted the contest in an effort to promote the arts and recognize the artistic talents of local students.

Mylie Corso's "Illinois"

1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners were selected in two groups; kindergarten through 4th grade and 5th through 8th grade. The first place winners in each group will have the opportunity to spend the day with Rep. Bourne at the Statehouse and all winners will go on a tour of the Capitol Building. Additionally, winning artists will be recognized in the House Chambers and then have their work displayed in Rep. Bourne’s office.


Representative Avery Bourne (R-Raymond) is sponsoring legislation to create a Youth Trapping License in an effort to promote trapping statewide.  The bill, HB5962, allows residents 18 years old and younger to legally trap in the state.

With this Youth Trapping License, the holder must trap under the close supervision of a parent, grandparent, or guardian who is 21 or older and has a valid Illinois trapping license. The young person simply applies to the Department of Natural Resources and submits a $7 fee to obtain their license.  

State Representative Avery Bourne (R-Raymond) is co-sponsoring legislation, House Bill 138, to phase out pensions for the General Assembly.  HB138 would close GARS, General Assembly Retirement System, to State Representatives and Senators elected after January 1, 2016.

Bourne has refused a legislative pension and is proud to co-sponsor this common sense bill.  This bill is just one of many pieces of legislation that the Representative supports in an effort to create a better Illinois.  She also sponsored legislation for term limits and “no budget, no pay.” 

Representative Bourne spoke to a crowd of 2nd Amendment supporters who gathered in the Capitol Rotunda for 
Illinois Gun Owner Lobby Day.


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