Reis Report - Monday January 8 2018

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

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 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. 

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