Dear Friend,

In last week's edition of the Reis Report, I detailed my efforts to curb the explosive growth in entitlement spending in Illinois. To review that information, here is a link to last week's edition of the Reis Report.

This week, I released information on a recent audit of the ALL-KIDS insurance program. This program was started by Rod Blagojevich several years ago. The audit found some disturbing information.

According to the Illinois Auditor General, the State of Illinois spent $38.2 million on the Expanded ALL KIDS program for illegal immigrants in Fiscal Year 2016, bringing the total spent to $396 million over an eight-year period.

If you recall, I am sponsoring legislation that would STOP this practice altogether. My HB 4182 would ban illegal immigrants from receiving welfare benefits in Illinois.

The ALL KIDS program is yet another example of Illinois taxpayers being on the hook for benefits to illegal immigrants. The State of Illinois has spent nearly $400 million of our tax dollars on free health insurance for illegals. That’s just outrageous. Illinois has no business giving welfare benefits to people who are in our state and country illegally.


Identity Theft Seminars in Your Town
I am once again pleased to announce that my office will partner with the IL Attorney General’s office to provide two identity theft seminars coming up next month. These seminars teach you how to protect your identity as well as provide resources for individuals who either fear or know their identity has been compromised. Information on the seminars is located below. More reminders will follow in coming editions of the Reis Report.

Seminar #1
What: Newton Identity Theft Seminar hosted by Representative Reis and the IL Attorney General’s office
When: Wednesday, February 21 @ 10:00 AM
Where: Newton Senior Center, 904 W. Jourdan Street in Newton

Seminar #2
What: Flora Identity Theft Seminar hosted by Representative Reis and the IL Attorney General’s Office
When: Wednesday, February 21 @ 1:30 PM
Where: Heritage Woods of Flora, 1003 W. 4th Street in Flora

Stay Connected
You can stay up to date on the latest news in southeastern Illinois by visiting my official webpage at www.davidreis.org. My office in Olney, located at 219 E Main Street, is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. You can reach me using the contact form on my website or you may call us at 618-392-0108.




Olney... A new state audit revealed that Illinois has spent $396 million on taxpayer-funded health insurance for illegal immigrants.

According to audit findings released last month by the Illinois Auditor General, the State of Illinois spent $38.2 million on the Expanded ALL KIDS program for illegal immigrants in Fiscal Year 2016, bringing the total spent to $396 million over an eight-year period.

Covering ALL KIDS, a program created in the Blagojevich era, provides health care coverage for children, regardless of immigration status. Undocumented enrolees are not eligible for federal Medicaid funds, so the entire cost of providing health insurance to illegal immigrants is paid for by Illinois taxpayers.

State Representative David Reis (R-Ste. Marie), a long-time opponent of ALL KIDS, says the audit findings point to the importance of passing his legislation to stop illegal immigrants from collecting taxpayer-funded welfare benefits.

“The ALL KIDS program is yet another example of Illinois taxpayers being on the hook for benefits to illegal immigrants,” Reis said. “The State of Illinois has spent nearly $400 million of our tax dollars on free health insurance for illegals. That’s just outrageous. Illinois has no business giving welfare benefits to people who are in our state and country illegally.”

Representative Reis is sponsoring House Bill 4182, a bill to prohibit illegal immigrants from taking part in entitlement programs under the Illinois Public Aid Code, including ALL KIDS.

“The sad reality is that Illinois has become a sanctuary state for illegal immigrants,” Reis said. “With the so-called Trust Act and programs like ALL KIDS, the Chicago politicians have made Illinois a safe haven for illegal immigrants. I voted against ALL KIDS when it first passed and I voted against its three-year extension in 2016. I remain absolutely opposed to this giveaway to illegals.”

The ALL KIDS program was set to expire on July 1, 2016. House Bill 5736 (P.A. 99-518) extended the program for three years. Rep. Reis voted against HB 5736, which passed the House on a vote of 77-38.

ALL KIDS program audits conducted by the Illinois Auditor General show that 62 percent of the enrollees and nearly 60 percent of the total cost comes from undocumented immigrants. Between Fiscal Years 2009 and 2016, Illinois spent $396 million on health coverage for undocumented immigrants.

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Dear Friend, 

Last week I was proud to announce that I have once again sponsored legislation in the House aimed at reforming Illinois' broken entitlement systems. Do you agree that welfare recipients should be drug tested? Do you agree that illegal immigrants should not be eligible for Illinois' welfare programs? Do you agree that anyone using a LINK card to buy food or other items should be required to show a valid ID or have their picture and any secondary users' names listed on the card?

If so, then I urge you to check out the following legislation that I filed back in December in advance of the coming legislative Session.
HB 4180 would require drug testing for individuals applying for welfare benefits, specifically the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Program.

HB 4181 would require the name and photo of the primary cardholder to be on an Illinois Link card and, at the option of the primary cardholder, the names of secondary holders who are authorized to use the card. It establishes that an individual may only use the LINK card if the photo on the card matches the user or he or she presents a current and valid photo identification that confirms that he or she is a secondary user listed on the card.

Another proposal, HB 4182, would bar illegal immigrants from taking part in entitlement programs.

These include the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP), the Children's Health Insurance Program, ALL KIDS Health Insurance program, TANF, and the medical assistance program.

Lawmakers return to action in Springfield on January 23rd. I will be pushing hard to get these bills heard in Committee so a fair vote can take place. The people of the 109th district have expressed overwhelming support for these ideas. My constituents deserve to have their voices heard on these important issues. You can track action on these bills and all other legislation by visiting www.ilga.gov.

New Year, New Laws for 2018
As of January 1, 2018, more than 200 new laws went into effect in the State of Illinois. These include bills for small technical corrections as well as major pieces of legislation. To review a listing and short description of these new laws please visit the following link:

In the News
Did you know that the 109th District is served by more than two dozen newspapers, television, and radio stations? The 109th district includes all or part of Clay, Edwards, Effingham, Jasper, Lawrence, Richland, Wabash, Wayne, and White Counties. As the action heats up in Springfield, there is breaking news happening every day in our region of the State. Here are some items of interest I wanted to share with you to start 2018.

State rolls back LLC fees, slashing filing costs for small businesses.


This week, Gov. Bruce Rauner signed legislation that substantially reduces startup, annual filing and other fees for limited liability companies (LLCs), the organizational structure preferred by many of Illinois' 1.2 million small businesses.

The new law will encourage more businesses to form in Illinois rather than go to other states to escape high fees. Effective immediately, the filing fee for new LLCs drops to $150 from $500 and annual report fees drop to $75 from $250. Previously, Illinois charged fees that were among the highest in the nation.

Stay Connected
You can stay up to date on the latest news in southeastern Illinois by visiting my official webpage at www.davidreis.org. My office in Olney, located at 219 E Main Street, is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. You can reach me using the contact form on my website or you may call us at 618-392-0108. 

Olney....State Representative David Reis (R-Ste. Marie) has introduced multiple pieces of legislation with the goal of rooting out waste, fraud, and abuse in Illinois' entitlement systems. As the Illinois General Assembly begins its work in Springfield later this month, Reis says he is focusing hard on finding places to cut the budget and improve efficiencies.

"With the new session approaching, I want to focus on where Illinois can shrink government spending," Reis said. "We have to live within our means in this state. To me, a logical place to begin is with entitlement reform. A lot of politicians pay lip service to the concept of eliminating waste, fraud, and abuse, but I have introduced specific policy proposals that could start saving our State money right away."

Reis is offering three specific proposals he says will result in savings for Illinois taxpayers. HB 4180 would require drug testing for individuals applying for welfare benefits.

HB 4181 would require thename and photo of the primary cardholder to be on an Illinois Link card and, at the option of the primary cardholder, the names of secondary holders who are authorized to use the card. It establishes that an individual may only use the Link card if the photo on the card matches the user or he or she presents a current and valid photo identification that confirms that he or she is a secondary user listed on the card.

Another proposal, HB 4182, would bar illegal immigrants from taking part in entitlement programs. These include the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP), the Children's Health Insurance Program, ALL KIDS Health Insurance program, TANF, and the medical assistance program.

Reis says the concepts of drug testing welfare recipients, requiring photo IDs either on Link cards or presenting ID in order to use one, and stopping illegal immigrants from collecting state entitlement benefits have come up before in Springfield, only to be shot down by 40-year Speaker of the House Mike Madigan.

"I have introduced reforms to Medicaid and other entitlement programs before, only to have Mike Madigan turn a thumbs down because he wants to protect Chicago," Reis said. "The truth is, the legislative package I have introduced will save Illinois taxpayers significant dollars on entitlement program spending. I urge Speaker Madigan and the rest of my colleagues in Springfield to take the problem of exploding entitlement spending seriously and to advance these important cost saving measures when we return to Session later this month."

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