Streator, IL…Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan on Thursday filed a motion in court seeking to cease state workers’ pay by the end of February unless there is an agreement on a state budget.

Illinois State Representative Jerry Long (R-Streator) today released the following statement:

“It’s hard for me to see this as anything other than a political tactic,” commented Long. “The Senate is currently in the midst of a bipartisan discussion on how to move this state forward and the Attorney General has decided to play political hardball, instead.  I am very disappointed that Lisa Madigan has chosen to put politics over people.”

Springfield, IL…Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner presented his annual State of the State today before members of the Illinois General Assembly.

Illinois State Representative Jerry Long (R-Streator) released the following statement:

“I, like the Governor, am optimistic about our state’s future. If both Democrats and Republicans can work together we can bring change to our state. Change can result in a bipartisan agreement that will help grow our economy, create jobs, fully fund our education system, and pass a balanced budget. If we do this, we will continue to see growth as a state.

Springfield, IL… Jerry Long (R – Streator) was sworn into office today in Springfield as the new State Representative from the 76th District which encompasses parts of Bureau, Putnam, LaSalle, and Livingston counties.

“Being entrusted by the people of this district to represent them in Springfield is perhaps the greatest honor of my life,” said Long.  “I’m  looking forward to getting to work.” 

Jerry Long has been a proud union teamster for the last 30 years as an over the road truck driver.  In addition, Jerry was a frequent contributor to the Ottawa Times as a citizen columnist.   He’s also a member of Starved Rock ABATE as well as a parishioner at the Streator Central Church of Christ.

The ceremonial inauguration was held at  noon  today at the University of Illinois at Springfield, marking the beginning of the 100th General Assembly of the Illinois House of Representatives.

“Our challenges are great, but I believe there were signs today that progress is possible,” added  Long.  “It’s imperative we get a budget in place along with significant reforms aimed at creating jobs here in Illinois.”

Rep. Long’s office in Springfield can be contacted at (217)782-2000 or by email at  His future district office location will be in Streator where he will maintain his constituent operation.