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Springfield….As the State of Illinois enters into its 5th week of the 2016 fiscal year, the effort by House Republicans to pass a Constitutional and balanced budget continues. Today, State Rep. David Reis (R – Willow Hill) voted to reject automatic pay raises for legislators by voting to eliminate a cost of living adjustment that took effect July 1.
 

“This is simply common sense,” Reis said. “Every week, my office receives correspondence with gut wrenching stories of people facing cuts to assistance with their energy bills, their home health care, and their child care services. I’m proud today to join most of my colleagues to say that a pay raise for politicians in the face of the current budget situation would be outrageous and unfair.”

For weeks, House Republicans have pushed to have their own bill, HB 4225, eliminating legislator pay raises brought to the House floor for a vote. While that bill sits in the Rules committee, Reis says he is glad to have had the opportunity to vote today on HB 576.

“On the Republican side of the aisle, my colleagues and I have been warning for months now that the continuing appropriation for the legislature would contain a pay raise for legislators,” Reis said. “Those warnings of course fell on the deaf ears of Speaker Madigan. Despite their utter failure on several levels, Democrats in the legislature believe they deserve a raise. I don’t share that belief and that is why we have worked so hard to block legislator pay raises. It was only after weeks of public pressure and negative news coverage that the Speaker and the politicians he controls in the House decided a pay raise for themselves was a bad idea.”


HB 576 passed the House on Wednesday and now heads to the Senate for consideration. The Senate must pass the bill and the Governor must sign it for legislative pay raises to be blocked. 
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Fr. Robert Zwilling recently traveled to Springfield to give the invocation before the start of the House of Representatives Session in Springfield.  Fr. Zwilling, originally from the Stringtown area most recently presided over St. Theresa parish in Salem, IL and now presides over St. Mary's Catholic Church in Mt. Carmel, IL.  (L-R) Rep. David Reis (R-Ste. Marie), Fr. Robert Zwilling, Rep. John Cavaletto (R-Salem)


Rep. Reis is pictured here with WWII Veteran Julius Reis. 

Julius was honored July 3rd in a Quilts for Valor Ceremony at Burgin Manor in Olney. 

Quilts for Valor foundation mission: "Cover service members and veterans touched by war with comforting and healing quilts of valor"

Springfield....On Tuesday, State Rep. David Reis, R-Willow Hill, criticized Democrats on a House budget panel for voting "yes" on the Illinois Department of Corrections budget and then leaving without hearing any of the Republican questions.
“This is 7 or 8 percent of the budget … So many of the things that we do are mandatorily or constitutionally required and yet we had members get up and walk out. They don’t have a clue about this budget. And that should just put this whole process this year in perspective. Vote how the Speaker says and move on,” Reis said.


Rep. Reis was joined on the House floor recently by his pages for the day. The girls helped legislators with delivering messages back and forth on the House floor.
Springfield....State Representative David Reis (R - Willow Hill) joined several of his Republican colleagues in the Illinois House on Memorial Day for a picture to pay tribute to fallen American soldiers. A grateful and free nation is most thankful for those who paid the ultimate price for American freedom.


Springfield....State Representative David Reis (R-Ste. Marie) recently sponsored a House Joint Resolution which designates the section of U.S. Highway 50 as the "Marine Aviator General Christian F. Schilt Memorial Highway". 


Clink on the link to the right to listen State Rep. David Reis' remarks on the Resolution on the House floor on March 10.