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.

CHICAGO (Sept. 27, 2017) – Governor Bruce Rauner and Lieutenant Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti today encouraged Illinois residents to help the millions of Americans struggling to recover from Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria by donating money or time to trusted voluntary, faith-and-community-based charitable organizations.
“Mother Nature has devastated Puerto Rico, Texas, Louisiana, Florida, Georgia, the U.S. Virgin Islands. As we’ve seen whenever disaster strikes in Illinois, people are eager to help in any way possible,” Gov. Rauner said. “Now, it’s time for us to show that compassion and generosity to help our fellow Americans who have been devastated by hurricanes. We know recovery will take months, even years, so we ask you to please open your hearts to help those struggling to recover.”
Rauner directed people to the www.Ready.Illinois.gov/hurricanehelp website that directs them to a list of organizations where they can donate.
“Many organizations have already been vetted by the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster, so you can be assured that your donations to these groups will go where help is truly needed,” said James K. Joseph, director of the Illinois Emergency Management Agency. “Volunteers should never self-deploy to a disaster site. Anyone seeking an opportunity to get involved in response and recovery operations is encouraged to volunteer with local and nationally known organizations, such as those vetted by the National VOAD,” he added.
People are advised against donating unsolicited goods, such as used clothing or household items, since they may not meet the needs of those affected. They are encouraged to make financial donations to the organizations. “This allows these reputable organizations to obtain needed resources nearer to the disaster location and more efficiently manage logistics and transportation costs related to moving large volumes of donated items,” added Lt. Governor Sanguinetti. 
“Your support now and in the future, will help many Americans in their time of need,” said Gov. Rauner.
Oglesby, IL…Today, State Representative Jerry Long (R-Streator) hosted a self-defense class for students at IVCC.  Students in attendance learned from martial arts expert and Illinois State University Police Officer Jeremy Butler. 17 female students attended the 2 hour class.
Photo courtesy of Ali Braboy and the LaSalle News-Tribune

“As a father of three daughters, I remember constantly being worried about their safety while at school,” Rep. Long stated. “Women ages 18-24 who are college students are 3 times more likely than women in general to experience sexual violence. So I wanted to offer a class that would empower female students and give them the knowledge and confidence to thwart an attack. I look forward to offering this class again in the future.”

The class touched on many topics including the psychology of the attack, tactics to help identify a possibly dangerous situation, and how to break free and fight back. Further information about the instructor can be found at www.BNMartialarts.com.