Dear Friend,

This week's Reis Report will focus on my take on the Governor's most recent State of the State address given this past Wednesday. I was heartened to hear an optimistic tone and calls for bipartisan cooperation during the address. You can watch my YouTube video reaction from the House gallery by clicking on the video link below. 



Press Release Reaction
I also issued the following press release to the media in the 109th District in regard to the speech. My major takeaway from the speech is that we need to focus like a laser on growing good paying jobs in Southern Illinois if we are going to have long term sustainability and balanced budgets going forward. 

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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In the News
A recent press release I issued regarding the most up to date audit of the All-Kids health insurance program revealed hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars have been spent to provide illegal immigrants with government funded health insurance. I spoke to the Illinois News Network about this topic last week and I wanted to share a couple of news links that resulted from the interview.



I was also very excited to read a great story this week out of Effingham. The relief being provided to individuals and businesses due to the recent passage of Federal tax reform is having a positive impact right here in Southern Illinois. Please follow the link to read more!

Local owner shares tax-cut savings - Effingham Daily News

Traveling Office Hours Coming up on February 7th
I am happy to announce another series traveling office hours, where I or a member of my staff will be available in two communites to address any constituent concerns on Wednesday February 7th, 2018.
  
Enfield Village Hall
115 E. Main St.
10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Crossville Village Hall
107 West Main St.
1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Identity Theft Seminars Reminder
A reminder: My office will host identity theft seminars in two 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.
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.