Springfield, IL…State Representative Jerry Long (R-Streator) had his first bill pass through the house, today.  House Bill 3189 repeals the Specialty Farm Product Buyers Act and passed with unanimous, bipartisan support.

The Specialty Farm Product Buyers Act made buyers register with the state and pay an annual renewal fee.  Rep. Long was reached for comment after session concluded for the day.

“Administrative costs to collect these annual fees exceeded the amount of money we were collecting from them.  The goal here in the General Assembly these days should be to make our government run more efficiently and save taxpayer dollars by eliminating waste and fraud, so I will continue to seek reforms that cut back on spending.”

The bill will now be sent to the Senate for deliberation. Constituents that wish to learn more about legislation sponsored by Rep. Long should visit www.ilga.gov
State Representative Jerry Long's legislative survey for the 76th District is available for constituents to take online. Rep. Long's legislative survey is eleven questions and constituents can click HERE to take the survey.

Residents of the 76th District can learn more about all legislation sponsored by Rep. Long during the spring legislative session on www.ilga.gov or by calling his legislative office at (815) 510-9689.

During the tornado that hit the area in late February, the village of Naplate lost their tornado warning sirens. Unfortunately, these sirens come at great expense to the community so a fundraiser has been established by a man named Dan Lites and his group, Crosscom Ministries. They are a non-profit organization that helps fund raise for communities in need. All funds raised will go toward the purchase of new sirens and Crosscom Ministries will not be financially compensated in any way. They are kindly donating all of their time and effort. You may reach the fundraising page by clicking here.
Springfield, IL……State Representative Jerry Long (R-Streator) co-sponsored legislation today which prohibits salary increases for legislators in the form of cost of living adjustments for the 2017 fiscal year.

Rep. Long commented afterward:

“I couldn’t imagine further burdening our state and our taxpayers with something so undeserved. Cost of living adjustments are supposed to be factored into a constitutionally mandated, balanced budget. Since the legislature has failed to produce a balanced budget, it is unacceptable to receive any sort of salary increase.”

House Bill 643 also establishes mileage reimbursement rates as well as lodging and meal allowances for fiscal year 2018.  For more information on legislation sponsored by Rep. Long visit ilga.gov or contact his office at long@ilhousegop.org or (815) 510-9689

State Rep. Jerry Long (R-Streator) joined Governor Bruce Rauner, State Sen. Sue Rezin (R-Morris) and State Rep. David Welter (R-Morris) in Naplate to survey the damage after Tuesday night’s tornado. Both the city and LaSalle County have declared a disaster and signed disaster declarations which have been submitted to Illinois Emergency Manager Agency (IEMA). 

Rep. Long’s office released a statement following his time spent out in Naplate and South Ottawa:

“I would like to send my sincerest thanks to the Governor and his staff for providing assistance in this difficult time. It shows a great deal of passion for this state and the citizens of this district. During my time in Naplate and South Ottawa today, I witnessed countless acts of kindness, which made me so proud to be a member of this community. The comradery displayed between the first responders and community members gives me great hope that we will recover from this disaster quickly.”

For those affected by the tornado in LaSalle county last night, the Ottawa YMCA at 201 E. Jackson St. is offering showers complete with shampoo and towels as well as childcare for adults needing to go to work. The YMCA is also accepting donations of food, toiletries, and other essentials. Just down the road on the corner of Columbus and Jackson St., the Open Table United Church of Christ will be providing free lunch and dinner. All are welcome who are in need of a hot meal and a warm place to relax.