Springfield, IL… State Rep. Jerry Long (R-Streator) today released the following statement following the passage of House Bill 40, a piece of legislation that would expand state employee insurance as well as public aid to cover the expenses of obtaining an abortion or assisted miscarriage:

“Regardless of my personal opinion or religious beliefs, HB40 is an example of the lack of responsibility held by my colleagues on the other side of the aisle when it comes to the job of drafting a constitutionally-mandated, balanced budget.  It is one more assault upon our ability to dig our way out of a deep financial hole that the Democrats put us in in the first place. HB40 will have a $60 million impact on our budget when it is completely unnecessary. I have heard from the people of my district and they very clearly told me not to vote in favor of this legislation. It is deeply concerning that we can’t come to a conclusion on the budget and instead are forced to discuss taxpayer funding of abortions.”

HB40 will now move to the Senate for deliberation.  For any more information regarding legislation passing through the house, Rep. Long urges constituents to check ilga.gov or to contact his office at long@ilhousegop.org or (815)-510-9689.

State Representative Jerry Long announced today that he will be hosting a writing contest for area high schoolers for an opportunity to serve as an honorary page for a day. Students will get an opportunity to serve their state, observe the work that takes place on the House floor, and participate in the Legislative Session.

            Rep. Long is looking for students to write a short, 200-word essay about a law they think would benefit the state of Illinois. Essays should be mailed to Rep. Long’s district office at 201 Danny’s Drive Suite 2 in Streator. Essays will be accepted up until May 9. 
Springfield…. State Rep. Jerry Long (R-Streator) today issued the following statement in reaction to Speaker Madigan’s latest attempt to postpone the passage of a full year budget by simply proposing yet another stopgap spending plan:

“It has been clear for a long time that Speaker Madigan’s plan was to only pass stopgap spending plans,” stated Long. “This is how his side of the aisle works. Right as we are approaching a break, the Democrats push through a spending plan that never balances and ultimately fails to fix the real problems affecting our state.

It seems that the legislature has forgotten that we are bound by the Illinois Constitution, Article VIII Section 2 Paragraph B, to require that we ensure that our expenditures do not outpace our total revenue. The Democratic majority has chosen to ignore this simple fact and pass legislation that does nothing to pay down our $13 billion bill backlog, our $130 billion pension liability, or address any other long term problems for that matter. We have to stop doing the same thing time and time again. By kicking this can down the road, they have directly endangered the future of this State.”  

The bill will now move to the Senate for deliberation. Constituents interested in details regarding any legislation should either visit ilga.gov or contact Rep. Long’s office via email long@ilhousegop.org or by phone at 815-510-9689.