Springfield…State Rep. Jerry Long (R-Streator) released the following statement on the passage of Senate Bill 1947, historic education funding reform.

“This bill represents concessions from both parties and from both chambers,” stated Rep. Long. “This compromise prioritizes funding for our most impoverished schools and students while securing historic funding levels for all 852 school districts in Illinois. No school district will lose money.

“In response to my concerns as well as other Republicans, Chicago Public Schools’ normal pension costs will be paid in the same manner as all other school districts—outside the school funding formula.

“This is a good compromise that should be signed into law as soon as possible so that our schools can remain open.”

Springfield, IL…Rep. Jerry Long was a cosponsor on a bill that was signed into law by Governor Rauner today. The law amends the Animal Welfare Act by requiring every dog dealer and cattery to microchip any animal that is for sale, as well as link their microchip to a national database.

“This is an excellent piece of legislation that promotes safe handling of animals in both rescues and pet shops,” said Rep. Long.  “Hopefully, this legislation will curb the amount of animals that end up back out on the street after adoption or purchase.”

Constituents that wish to learn more about legislation sponsored by Rep. Long should visit www.ilga.gov.
Springfield, IL…State Representative Jerry Long (R-Streator) had his first bill signed into law today.  House Bill 3189 repeals the Specialty Farm Product Buyers Act and passed with 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 the signing ceremony.

“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.”

Constituents that wish to learn more about legislation sponsored by Rep. Long should visit www.ilga.gov
On Saturday August 12th, State Representative Jerry Long (R-Streator) and the Illinois Valley Chamber of Commerce are hosting a free shred event for the community at LaSalle-Peru High School.  The event will take place from 9am to noon and all district residents are invited to bring their confidential documents, two bags maximum, to be shredded. 

“This event is an effort to prevent identity theft in our community,” stated Rep. Long. “I encourage all district residents to come out and have their personal documents shredded, free of charge.”

The event will take place in the LPHS parking lot between Creve Coeur St. and Chartes St. along 5th St. in LaSalle. Cars will be directed to enter the parking lot using the Creve Coeur St. entrance. Participants can leave their documents to be shredded on site or park in the lot while the shredding takes place. This free service is for residential, not business, shredding only and bags will be accepted until the truck reaches capacity. 

Streator… Rep. Long (R-Streator) released the following statement after the Governor’s Amendatory Veto of Senate Bill 1 which reforms education funding:

“I want to commend the Governor on the swift action he took once Senate Bill 1 reached his desk.  Now I ask my colleagues in the legislature to act with that same sense of urgency.  

With the Governor’s changes, all 852 school districts in Illinois will have the resources they need to educate our children. Prior to his veto, Senate Bill 1 would have directed 64 percent of all new funding, laid out for all of K-12 statewide, to Chicago despite the fact that they only educate 19 percent of Illinois students..

Most importantly, Illinois Valley schools stand to benefit from the Governor’s plan. Accepting Senate Bill 1 for what it was prior to his veto meant leaving millions on the table when they could be spent educating the future of our community.  

I have hope that my fellow legislators will support the Governor’s recommended changes to SB 1 or at least be willing to negotiate to find the most equitable solution.”