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State Representative Charlie Meier (R-Okawville) will host his fifth annual Senior Citizen Health fair Wednesday, August 29 at the Weinheimer Community Center, located at 1100 Main Street in Highland, from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. The fair is free and open to the public.

Attendees at this year’s free Senior Fair will receive helpful guides, literature, and other
resources from various government agencies and local businesses. Staff from the General Assembly
will be available to talk with constituents about their questions. Refreshments will be provided and
attendees are encouraged to sign–in for a chance to win a door prize at the end of the event.

Who: State Representative Charlie Meier
What: Senior Citizen Health Fair
When: Wednesday, August 29 9am -11am
Where: Weinheimer Community Center, located at 1100 Main Street in Highland

Space is still available for local businesses, government and non-profits interested in setting up a free booth at the Senior Fair. For more information, contact Rep. Meier’s office at 618-651-0405.

Legislation sponsored by Illinois State Representative Charlie Meier (R-Okawville) to provide more transparency when a state designated agency visits Community Integrated Living Arrangements (CILAs) a.k.a. “group homes” was signed into law by Governor Bruce Rauner on Friday, August 3. Currently, 3,097 Community Integrated Living Arrangements (CILAs) operate in the State of Illinois.

“This new law will help determine what is going on in the CILAs and how our most vulnerable is cared for,” said Rep. Meier. The Auditor General’s report released on July 19th confirmed lack of inspections for CILAs. Now, every CILA visit by Equip for Equality will be made public. I look forward to working with Equip for Equality to make this happen.”

The new law P.A. 100-0694 (HB 5636) requires the State of Illinois’ current designated agency (Equip for Equality) to submit a report to DHS detailing how many visits the agency made, which facilities were visited, and the nature of each visit, so that DHS and the public can be sure that the designated agency is being diligent and effective in the protection of the State’s most vulnerable population. The new law also adds CILAs to the facilities the designated agency has access to.

Today, the Auditor General released a performance audit of the Community Integrated Living Arrangements (CILAs) program administered by the Illinois Department of Human Services (DHS). The audit was directed by House Resolution 34 sponsored by State Representative Charlie Meier (R-Okawville). Rep. Meier requested the audit in light of the abuse and neglect which took place throughout the state in group homes for the developmentally disabled dating back to 2011.

According to State Representative Charlie Meier, “This audit reaffirms that more work must be done to improve the quality of care our most vulnerable population should expect to receive. Not all group homes are bad, but there is no excuse for these mistakes to happen again. Since 2015 the state has made improvements; however there is always room for improvement. I won’t give up advocating for better care for our developmentally disabled. In the meantime I will continue to review this audit with my staff in order to help advocate for more improvements.”The following is an excerpt from the Auditor General’s report which can be found at
Gov. Bruce Rauner today vetoed Senate Bill 2368, saying it was a politically motivated attempt to undercut the good work of the Metro East Sanitary District (MESD) Board of Commissioners.
The sanitary district provides flood protection and sewer services within numerous communities near the Mississippi River in Madison and St. Clair counties. The bill, passed by both Houses in May, would in effect replace a current Madison County-based commissioner with the mayor of Granite City and oust the sanitary district’s executive director.

Rep. Charlie Meier, R-Okawville, applauded the governor’s action.

“This bill would be detrimental to Metro East taxpayers, which is why I voted against it in the House,” Meier said. “Today, MESD is operating at a surplus and now can afford to make repairs due to the fact that new leadership took over in 2017.”
State Representative Charlie Meier (R-Okawville) is co-hosting a free solar energy workshop with the University of Illinois Extension on Tuesday, July 17, 7:00 p.m. at the University of Illinois Extension, located at 1163 N. 4th St., Breese, IL 62230.

Attendees will learn more about the benefits and opportunities for solar, wind and biomass energy. The event is free and open to the public.

For individuals interested in attending the FREE Solar Energy Workshop in Breese, please RSVP by contacting Representative Charlie Meier’s district office at 618-651-0405.
The Honorable Bruce Rauner
Governor of Illinois
207 State House
Springfield, IL 62706

Dear Governor Rauner,

I am writing to urge you to veto Senate Bill 2368 sponsored by Senator Bill Haine and Representative Jay Hoffman. Senate Bill 2368 is purely political and if this bill were to become law, it would be detrimental to Metro East taxpayers – which is why I voted against this bill in the House.

Senate Bill 2368 was introduced as a way for Metro East Democrats to take back control of the Metro East Sanitary District (MESD), a board they had control of since the Act was created in 1974. In fact, for thirteen of the last fifteen years, MESD was operating under a deficit. It was drowning in debt for years while the politically connected failed to make the necessary repairs to adequately provide flood control in the sanitary district. Today, MESD is operating at a surplus and now can afford to make repairs due to the fact that twenty four patronage jobs were cut from their budget when new leadership took over in 2017.

Under current law, the Metro-East Sanitary District Board (MESD) is comprised of five members. Three members appointed by Republican Madison County Board Chairman Kurt Prenzler and two members appointed by Democrat St. Clair County Board Chairman Mark Kern.

If signed into law, Senate Bill 2368 would amend the Metro-East Sanitary District Act of 1974 to eliminate one of Madison County’s three appointments to MESD by replacing one of Madison County’s appointments with the Mayor of Granite City. This bill would severely weaken Madison County’s overall representation on the MESD board and it would also create a conflict of interest for the Mayor of Granite City, since the Mayor currently serves on the Granite City Wastewater Treatment Board.

Just because one party controlled MESD for 44 years and they lost control as a result of the 2016 election, it doesn’t mean they should be able to change the law to their own benefit. Again, I ask you to veto Senate Bill 2368.

If you would like to discuss my opposition to this bill, please contact my office at 618-651-0405.

Charlie Meier
State Representative, 108th District

The legislature completed its regular session work for the 100th Illinois General Assembly on May 31, 2018. The 2018 session was a busy one for State Representative Charlie Meier. During the 100th GA, Rep. Meier sponsored a total of fifty-one pieces of legislation. Here are a few legislative highlights from this session:

Judicial Election Reform (HB 4176)

If enacted, states that no judge or former judge may submit his or her candidacy for a vacancy in a judicial office by any method other than seeking retention in his or her office, unless that judge or former judge is seeking judicial office in a higher or lower court or he or she has not served as an elected or appointed judge for at least 2 years.

The legislation is in response to the decision made by three St. Clair County judges Baricevic, Haida and LeChien to avoid retention and the requirement to receive 60% voter approval to remain on the bench. Instead, the three judges chose to run for election which only required approval from over 50% of the voters in the November 2016 election.

Status: Stuck in Madigan’s Rules Committee

Income Tax Hike Repeal (HB 4211)

Would repeal the 32 percent income tax hike which took effect in 2017. The current income tax rate in Illinois is 4.95 percent and 7 percent for employers. Rep. Meier’s bill would roll back the income tax to 3.75% on taxable income and 5.25% for employers. Meier’s legislation would reduce the tax burden placed on individuals and families while saving thousands of Illinois jobs.

“Our state continues to lose population because of higher taxes and fewer jobs,” said Rep. Meier. “We need more jobs and less taxes in our state which is why I filed a bill to reduce taxes on individuals and businesses. I voted against the final bill which forced the recent 32 percent income tax hike onto Illinois taxpayers.”

Status: Stuck in Madigan’s Rules Committee

Concealed Carry License for Armed Forces in Illinois (HB 4177)

Creates an exemption for non-resident active duty members of the Armed Forces or their spouses to apply for concealed carry licenses.  “I have been pushing for this bill ever since ISIS put out their hit list on our current and former service members,” said Rep. Meier. “Our service members put their lives at risk to protect our freedom, its common sense that we allow them to protect themselves and their family when they are in public.”
The legislation provides that whether or not the laws of the state where the non-resident resides are substantially similar to Illinois, the Illinois State Police shall allow by rule a non-resident license application if the applicant is an active duty member of the Armed Forces of the United States stationed in this State or the spouse of an active duty member of the Armed Forces of the United States stationed in this State.

Status: Passed Judicial Criminal Committee, then held up by Anti-Gun Lawmakers