Springfield…State Representative David Reis says he was glad to hear an optimistic tone taken by Governor Bruce Rauner during the Governor’s fourth State of the State address during a joint meeting of the legislature on Wednesday.

Rep. Reis and Senator Dale Righter talk with colleagues prior to the
start of Governor Rauner's State of the State address on Wednesday.
"The Governor took this opportunity to address all Illinoisans with an optimistic voice,” Reis said. He struck the right note from the beginning when he worked to strike an optimistic tone.

The Governor rightly pointed out that Illinois is the home of some extraordinary individuals that have built our great State. As a farmer myself, I have to say it was refreshing to hear the Governor mention our rich agricultural history and the great impact that our farmers have made on the entire world.

Agriculture is still our number one industry and we need to be supportive of our farmers.”

Reis was also pleased to hear that the Governor is still prioritizing changes to Illinois’ economic and political policies to make the State more attractive to job providers.

“Its clear to me and to everyone that we need fairly drawn legislative maps, we need ethics and procurement reform, and we need workers’ compensation reforms to make our state more competitive with our neighbors. The Chicago Democrats that control the legislature, especially Speaker Madigan, have obstructed and delayed and refused to negotiate on these important changes that need to be made. We must change our political and economic climates so that our highly skilled and educated work force can return to work at good paying jobs. We need to be thinking pro-growth all the way,” Reis said.

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Olney.... State Representative David Reis (R-Ste. Marie) says he is stridently opposed to the concept of taxing Illinois drivers on a per-mile basis. The idea first surfaced last year when Chicago Democrat and State Senate President John Cullerton floated a plan that would whack drivers with a per-miles driven tax. Reis announced on Wednesday that he is sponsoring a House Resolution that would officially put the House on the record opposing a per-mile tax.

“When it comes to ways to sock it to the average person, the per-mile tax is probably one of the most egregious and offensive ideas that I could think of,” Reis said. “Thousands of Southern Illinoisans drive long-distances to work, to visit family, and to tour attractions in other parts of our state. We’re talking tens of thousands of miles per year in some cases. So, I’m sponsoring HR 766 to stop this madness before the idea gains any traction in Springfield."

Reis says the Chicago Democrats that control the legislature have been flirting with a per-mile tax system for quite some time. Currently, Chicago Democrats are publicly advocating for competing tax proposals that would give Southern Illinois’ motorists a variety of bad options.

One idea currently under consideration is a fee of 1.5¢ per mile driven on public, non-tolled Illinois roads using GPS tracking technology and the GPS tracking would be in a smartphone app or a tracking device similar to the I-Pass (or EZ-Pass) and would monitor the location of each driver to calculate how many miles were driven in Illinois each month.

Another plan would impose a fee of 1.5¢ per mile driven, but based on monthly odometer readings instead of GPS tracking technology. An additional plan would be a Flat Rate Plan of an annual fee of $450.

“I’m sponsoring HR 766 to say ‘enough is enough’,” Reis said. “When it comes to reaching into working families’ pockets, the Chicago Democrats can get very creative. The idea that the Government would put a GPS tracking device on a private citizen’s vehicle and tax that person based on the miles they drive is outrageous and offensive to me. Quite frankly, I find the concept tyrannical. I value my freedom to drive wherever I want whenever I want, and I know my constituents do as well. When we return to Springfield, I’m calling on every member of the House to join me and vote yes on my plan to stop these per-mile vehicle tax plans.”

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Dear Friend,

My office has always placed a premium on providing fast and effective constituent service. In order to further achieve that goal, I have planned another series of traveling office hours in communities coming up in January and February.

I am happy to announce that I will once again be available for traveling office hours coming up in three communities. Please see below for details.

Friday January 26, 2018
Cisne Village Hall
403 Park Street
1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Friday, February 2, 2018
Clay City, City Hall
318 S. Walnut S.E.
11 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Louisville City Hall
177 S. Main St.
1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

I also want to remind my constituents that they can meet with my staff or with me at any time to address concerns. My district office is located at 219 E. Main St. in Olney. Office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30p.m. Monday through Friday. The office does close from 12 to 1 for lunch. You may also reach the district office by phone at 618-392- 0108 or email at david@davidreis.org.

Identity Theft Seminars Coming up in February
This week I announced that my office will host identity theft seminars in 2 communities on February 21, 2018. The seminars are offered in conjunction with the Illinois Attorney General's office.

Identity theft is a growing issue in our country, especially for senior citizens. With the recently announced attack on the credit reporting agency Equifax, tens of millions of Americans are now at risk for identity theft. ID theft can result in the loss of money, time, and overall personal security. Consumers need to be protected.

The seminars are offered free of charge to residents in and around Newton and Flora on February 21, 2018. I hope the public will take advantage of the opportunity to learn about the very real risks posed by identity thieves. I want seniors and others to have the tools and information they need to protect their identity and to stop identity crimes being perpetrated against them. So, we will meet with folks in their communities to help make this information as accessible as possible.


Details on the upcoming identity theft seminars are below.

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.

Richland County Fair Queen Kylar Craig goes to Springfield - Olney Daily Mail

FOUR DIRECTORS RETIRE AT WHITE COUNTY FARM BUREAU MEETING - Carmi Times

Jansen Family Donates $100,000 to Community Support Systems of Teutopolis - Effingham Teutopolis News Report

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.
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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