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Are alternative energy sources right for you? Join State Representative Charlie Meier and University of Illinois Extension staff for a free seminar on Monday, January 28 at 6:30 pm at the O’Fallon Public Safety Building, 285 N. Seven Hills Road, O’Fallon, IL.

Learn about alternative energy benefits and opportunities. The program will include information for agriculture, commercial, and residential use. Current opportunities including photovoltaic and thermal heat will be shared. Energy efficiency and general energy savings practices will also be discussed. Ample time will be allowed for questions.

Space is limited. For additional information or to reserve a spot, contact University of Illinois Extension at 618-344-4230 or ruth1@illinois.edu by January 25.
Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker signed legislation today to require law-abiding gun dealers which are already licensed by the federal government to obtain a state gun dealer license and pay a fee up to $1,500 for the license. State Representative Charlie Meier (R-Okawville) opposes this new law and released the following statement:

“I’m disappointed to see our new Governor sign a bill that requires law-abiding gun dealers that are already licensed and authorized to sell firearms in the State of Illinois to now be required to obtain an additional license from the state. The new law is a result of two questionable gun dealers in the city of Chicago which have been identified for putting guns in the hands of criminals which in fact can be traced back to gun crimes in the city. Just because there is a problem with two gun dealers in the city, it doesn’t mean all gun dealers should be slapped with duplicative regulation.
State Representative Charlie Meier (R-Okawville) was sworn into office on Wednesday, January 9 at the University of Illinois – Springfield, the official inauguration of the 101st Illinois General Assembly. In addition to Meier taking the oath of office, he nominated House Republican Leader Jim Durkin for Speaker of the House.

Following inauguration, the first order of businesses for the House of Representatives is to cast their vote for Speaker of the House. Rep. Meier nominated Jim Durkin for Speaker, offering lawmakers a choice between Jim Durkin (R-Western Springs) and incumbent Speaker Mike Madigan (D-Chicago).

According to Rep. Meier, “I’m proud to stand here today and nominate Jim Durkin for Speaker of the House. Jim Durkin genuinely understands each of our districts, he respects that all of us have been elected to represent our district and must advocate for what our district needs. Durkin has proven he will do what is right and what is best for the State of Illinois. He will work with all of us, regardless of party affiliation. During his time in the House, Jim Durkin has been successful at reaching bipartisan agreements to keep the state moving forward while not compromising the core beliefs of the Republican caucus.”
Illinois State Representative Charlie Meier (R-Okawville) recently announced that the Governor’s Office of Management and Budget (GOMB) has signed off on Illinois Community College Board (ICCB) release of $11.3 million statewide for community college capital projects, the first round of this funding will be released this fiscal year.

“Community colleges play a crucial role in developing our workforce,” said Rep. Meier. “These repairs and upgrades are long overdue. Investing in capital improvements at Kaskaskia College will help improve the quality of education the community college provides to the region.”

Kaskaskia College will receive $179,435 from the state to help replace original flooring and tile, make ADA compliant upgrades, fix walkways affected by erosion, and update signage as requested by first responders. Kaskaskia College will also provide funds to complete the projects.

“Infrastructure investment is a catalyst for job creation and economic development,” said Gov. Bruce Rauner. “We signed a bipartisan budget in June that includes funds for improvement projects that benefit local businesses and residents. This kind of investment is how government can play a positive role in the Illinois economy.”

The Illinois Chamber of Commerce today released their legislative ratings for the 100th General Assembly. Illinois State Representative Charlie Meier (R-Okawville) was awarded the “Champion of Free Enterprise” award, in recognition of his support for voting to further economic opportunities for Illinoisans.

The Illinois Chamber’s Legislative Ratings tracks votes important to the state’s business community and grades legislators based on their support of pro-business issues during the two-year legislative session.

“I’m happy to receive this award for having a pro-jobs and pro-economic growth voting record in the legislature,” said Rep. Meier. “It’s important to me that we continue to work on a business climate that is more business friendly. Jobs provide families more opportunity, and more jobs equals a better quality of life for Illinoisans.”

The Illinois Chamber honored 34 members of the Illinois House of Representatives and 13 members of the Illinois Senate with its biennial “Champion of Free Enterprise” award, given in recognition of their support for voting to further economic opportunities for Illinoisans.

“The Chamber’s Legislative Ratings lets Illinois families, small businesses, and taxpayers know if legislators voted in favor of private sector job creation and a stronger economy,” said Todd Maisch, president and CEO, Illinois Chamber of Commerce. “While most Illinois lawmakers continue to provide lip service to the need for pro-growth reforms, these 47 lawmakers are committed to supporting and defending Illinois employers throughout the State.”

To be eligible for the “Champion of Free Enterprise” award, a lawmaker must have received an average of 85 percent or better voting record over the previous two General Assemblies with the Illinois Chamber.

To view the breakdown of members of the House of Representatives, click here.

Illinois State Representative Charlie Meier (R-Okawville) was recently inducted into the Illinois 4-H Foundation Hall of Fame. The 4-H Foundation presented the award to Rep. Meier on Ag Day at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield on Wednesday, August 15.

“I am honored and very much appreciate the recognition from 4-H,” said Rep. Meier. “As a farmer I recognize the important role 4-H has in educating our next generation in a variety of skillsets.” I am proud to support 4-H and will continue to help inspire our youth.”

Illinois 4-H Hall of Fame inductees have a track record of exemplary service to 4-H or outstanding career and community achievement and were nominated by either county University of Illinois Extension staff or by the Illinois 4-H Foundation Board.

According to the Illinois 4-H Foundation, “Charlie represents 4-H in everything he does. He uses his head, heart, hands and health daily and his only goal is to make our county and world a better place. As busy as Charlie is he continues to make the time to bond with the youth of Washington County during fair season while manning the food stand for the livestock shows/auction and still remains active with the Washington County Federation. Charlie is responsible for the County Wide 4-H Pork Chop Fundraiser which is responsible for paying the enrollment fees for all traditional 4-H club members – thereby benefiting all 4-Hers in the county.”

Rep. Meier congratulated three constituents from the 108th
District that were also honored with a 4-H Hall of Fame Award at the State Fair on Wednesday. Sheila Lueking from Centralia (Clinton Co.) and Jim and Elaine Thurnau from St. Jacob (Madison Co.).