State Representative Avery Bourne (R-Raymond) and State Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) were in attendance when Governor Rauner signed Senate Bill 210 into law this week. Rep. Bourne and Sen. Manar were both sponsors of the legislation, which creates the Bath Salt Prohibition Act. Under this new law, a retailer that is convicted of selling bath salts can have their retail license revoked and guilty offenders can be charged with a Class 3 felony.  
State Representative Avery Bourne (R-Raymond) was appointed today to serve on the newly formed Illinois School Funding Reform Commission by House Republican Leader Jim Durkin. The commission was formed today by Governor Bruce Rauner to reaffirm his commitment to reforming the current school funding formula.

“Our current funding formula is broken. Illinois currently contributes the least of any state to our schools and we are too reliant on property taxes. Our students deserve a better school funding formula.” said Rep. Bourne. “I look forward to continuing to work to improve the way our schools are funded because every student in Illinois, regardless of where they live, deserves a high quality education.”
Illinois Auditor General Frank Mautino, the top financial watchdog of the state, remains under federal investigation for highly irregular activities in his campaign account from his days as a State Representative. Given his patent refusal to answer even the most basic questions from his employer, the General Assembly, and the legal and ethical cloud under which he persists, it is time for Frank Mautino to resign.

Just days after having been appointed by the General Assembly to a 10-year term as Auditor General and being sworn in to his new office, a series of questionable transactions from Mr. Mautino’s campaign account were discovered. Among these were over $200,000 spent on gas and vehicle repairs at one vendor and $94,000 in repayments to a bank on a $26,000 loan.
Legislation to commend and honor two Hillsboro Veterans who lost their lives in the Vietnam War was recently unanimously adopted by both, the Illinois House and Senate. The Senate Joint Resolutions designating memorial highways in their honor was sponsored by State Representative Avery Bourne (R-Raymond) and State Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill).

Senate Joint Resolutions 33 and 34, recognize US Army Specialist Charles Irby and Marine Corps Lance Corporal Larry D. Claybrook. Each of them gave their life defending our freedom and these resolutions seek to pay tribute to the men by naming roads in their hometown of Hillsboro in their honor. 
It's not too late but the deadline is quickly approaching
to submit your name and reading list for
Representative Bourne's Monster Summer Reading Program

Everyone who turns in their list by August 5th is invited to an Ice Cream Social before school starts up again!  Brochures can be found at our office at 301 N. Monroe in Litchfield or at your local library. 
On Thursday June 30th, the Illinois General Assembly and Governor Bruce Rauner approved a bipartisan stopgap budget less than 24 hours before the new fiscal year was set to begin on July 1st.  The new law totals $50.6 billion for fiscal year 2017, including $8.6 billion in General Revenue Funds, $33.6 billion in other state funds and $8.4 billion in federal funds.

According to State Representative Avery Bourne (R-Raymond), “Through bipartisan compromise we were able to give our area schools the full year funding that they needed to be able to open their doors on time.  This stopgap measure also ensures critical human services receive the funding and more than 800 transportation improvements will remain active throughout the next year.”  Bourne added, “This budget deal is progress but there is still plenty of work to be done because this is not a full year budget for all of state government.” 

The funding plan signed into law Thursday does not rely on a tax hike and fully funds elementary and secondary education for the first time in seven years.  It also creates an equity grant for low income school districts and ends proration of education.  Both of which will help to provide equality in funding throughout the state.  

The budget compromise funds road construction, federal programs, and other non-General Revenue Fund (GRF) programs for both fiscal years 2016 and 2017.  It also provides FY17 funding to support 6 months of critical operations for higher education, state-operated facilities including prisons and veterans’ homes, fuel for the State Police to patrol our roads, and other core operations.  Funds are available under current law for all components of this bridge plan.