Representative Avery Bourne (R-Raymond) joined leaders in the community today as they announced that the City of Litchfield has been awarded a grant from the Illinois Dept. of Transportation. The grant totals over $1.8 million dollars and will be used for transportation improvements citywide.

Litchfield Mayor Steven Dougherty, Chamber of Commerce President Jessica Vickery, Congressman Rodney Davis, and Representative Avery Bourne were in attendance.
State Representative Avery Bourne (R-Raymond) recently had the opportunity to assist Lydia Johnson, Coordinator of Staunton’s Meals on Wheels Program. Representative Bourne fought to have this program funded through the six-month, bridge funding that passed the Illinois General Assembly. Volunteering with the program gave the Representative the opportunity to see the program’s impact in the community.

Representative Avery Bourne (R-Raymond) welcomed colleagues from the Illinois House to join her on a tour of Graham Correctional Center on Monday, October 17th.

“Graham Correctional facility is important to the residents of Hillsboro, Montgomery County and surrounding communities, it serves as a key component in the Illinois Department of Corrections,” said Rep. Bourne. “I often hear concerns from the community and those that work here at Graham; whether it is uniform changes, working conditions, or other various questions.” Bourne added, “I feel that it is important to listen and understand what is happening inside this facility.”
Formed in July, the bi-partisan School Funding Reform Commission is tasked with making recommendations to the General Assembly by February 1st, 2017. The end goal is to revise the current school funding formula to ensure fair and equitable funding for Illinois’ public education system.

State Representative Avery Bourne (R-Raymond) was appointed to the bipartisan School Funding Reform Commission and joins 24 other members who attend meetings regularly. The group just wrapped up their sixth meeting and will continue to delve into issues critical to the distribution of education funding in the following months. The meetings and schedule can be found at the commission’s website, www.isbe.net/ISFRC/default.htm.
The Illinois Chamber of Commerce today gave the Champion of Free Enterprise - Outstanding
Freshman Award to State Representative Avery Bourne. The award is given biennially to state legislators who recognize the importance of free enterprise, and who agree with pro-business legislative policies to further economic opportunities for Illinois businesses and their employees. 

“With Illinois’ lackluster economic performance, there has never been a more crucial moment for our state to embrace pro-business legislators who represent the business community and support the fundamental principles of the free market system,” said Todd Maisch, president and CEO of the Illinois Chamber of Commerce. 


Illinois State Police Director, Leo Schmitz, is seen here with (from l-r) Representative Avery Bourne (R-Raymond), Representative C.D. Davidsmeyer (R-Jacksonville), and Senator Sam McCann (R-Carlinville). The Legislators met with Director Schmitz, Illinois State Police Officers, Sheriffs, and Chiefs of Police at District #18 ISP Headquarters in Litchfield. They thanked the law enforcement professionals, listened to their concerns, and discussed proposed legislation to keep our communities safe.
 

Wilsonville Community Outreach is awarded AT&T’s “Investing in Illinois Award” on Friday. Pictured are: Chris Warwick from AT&T, State Representative Avery Bourne, John Veres (President), and community volunteers.
John Veres from Wilsonville Community Outreach accepted an “Investing in Illinois Award” from AT&T, as a result of their nomination from State Representative Avery Bourne (R-Raymond). The award was presented to the organization by Chris Warwick, external affairs manager for the company.
Superintendent Aaron Hopper of Panhandle CUSD is pictured with State Representative Avery Bourne. Representative Bourne delivered a number of donated school supply bags to Raymond and Gillespie Grade Schools recently. The supplies were donated by Walgreens and given to Legislators throughout the state to be distributed. Supplies included were: folders, crayons, spiral notebooks, pencils, and various other necessities.