The Illinois Valley is under a flood warning following the massive amounts of rain and melting snow over the last 24 hours. The Illinois River has risen nearly 9½ feet in 24 hours and the National Weather Service now projects major flooding that could crest 6 inches short of the record flood of April 2013.

Rep. Long's office is aware of the situation communities like Marseilles and Ottawa are currently in and is in touch with IEMA. If there is anything they can do to assist in the aftermath of the flooding, they will be there. 

Springfield State Representative Jerry Long (R-Streator) has introduced legislation which would make it the exclusive right of the General Assembly to pass legislation regarding right-to-work zones and other issues concerning union security agreements . The bill, House Bill 5470, contains similar language from Senate Bill 1905 which failed to pass last year but excludes the portion regarding class misdemeanor and private right of action for violations of the Act.

            “I am very happy to introduce HB 5470,” said Rep. Long.  “This bill is a wonderful compromise to SB 1905. My legislation will not only eliminate right-to-work zones, but it will put Illinois on a competitive track with surrounding states to ensure that we can experience the growth of the economy that is currently happening nationwide.” 
Included in this proposal is workers’ compensation reform first proposed in House Republican Leader Jim Durkin’s HB 4068 known as the “Capitol Compromise.” One of the new reforms involves the consideration of an impairment report when determining the level of permanent partial disability. Additional factors, such as age, occupation and earning capacity will now be considered by The Commission when determining an employee’s level of disability.  The proposal also clarifies that injuries will not meet the causation standard if they occurred while traveling away from the employer’s premises when not required for job duties. This legislation also institutes reporting requirement for self-insured employers and penalties will be increased for certain types of workers’ compensation fraud.

“It’s time for a true compromise,” said Rep. Long. “At this point, we need to stop increasing the taxes, regulations, and fees that are chasing our citizens and jobs out of Illinois and enact smart reforms that will grow our economy into the future.”

Rep. Long has a track record of supporting unions and job creation in his district. For more information about bills Rep. Long sponsors, visit or contact his office by phone at (815)-510-9689 or by email at