Springfield, IL….On Thursday, Illinois’s House of Representatives passed House Bill 0386 which repealed an existing provision that added a commercial distribution fee to the Illinois trucking license fee. 

Representative Long (R-Streator) spoke in favor of the bill both in committee and on the House floor. 

“This piece of legislation was common sense,” stated Long. “During my 30 years behind the wheel as a union trucker, I watched as Illinois became the most expensive state in the region to do business in.  This legislation will aid in making Illinois more competitive with our neighbors and will hopefully alleviate some of the burden off of our teamsters’ backs. I was happy to get a chance to reach across the aisle to give this bill my support.”

HB0386 passed the House and is scheduled to appear in front of the Illinois Senate on February 28th. Citizens may track this legislation on www.ilga.gov.

Streator, IL… State Rep. Jerry Long (R-Streator) announced on Friday that he has received committee appointments to seven committees as the 100th General Assembly commences.

Committee appointments for the newly elected Representative include Transportation: Roads and Bridges, Community College Access and Affordability, Business Incentives for Local Communities, Aging, and Economic Opportunity, as well as Special Committees on Police & First Responders, and Public Safety. These roles fit well with Rep. Long’s professional background as both a Teamster and small business owner.  

“I’m very pleased with my assignments as they allow me to lend my expertise on matters that truly affect the 76th District” said Long.  “My goal is to get to work spurring economic growth in our area as the district’s location makes us a major transportation hub for the state. There is no reason we can’t be an economic force. I’m also excited to tackle issues pertaining to community college affordability. I’m a strong supporter of the trades, so I look forward to helping IVCC continue to thrive as the lone, higher education provider in our district.”