The Illinois House Economic Development committee approved bi-partisan legislation today urging the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) campus to build the agency’s new facility in Illinois. 

House Resolution (HR 10) introduced by Illinois State Representatives Dwight Kay (R-Glen Carbon) and Charlie Meier (R-Okawville) received bi-partisan support from State Representatives Jay Hoffman (D-Belleville) and Eddie Lee Jackson, Sr., (D-East St. Louis), who have both Chief co-sponsored the resolution.

“The resolution approved today will send a strong signal to the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency that Illinois welcomes the new facility and the jobs it will bring to Illinois,” said Rep. Kay.  “I am thrilled to have bi-partisan support for this resolution - when we work together we can accomplish great things.”

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency plans to build a new campus in the St. Louis region by 2021 and is estimated to generate 3,000 jobs. The federal agency is currently considering four potential locations; Fenton, MO; Mehlville, MO; North St. Louis City; and St. Clair County, IL.

According to State Representative Charlie Meier, “It is obvious to me St. Clair County should be the new home for the intelligence campus. We are the only location adjacent to a secure facility, Scott Air Force Base and we are the only location to offer free land thanks to St. Clair County government.  The resolution approved today will serve as another way to promote and encourage the NGA to make Illinois their new home.”

According to the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, anyone who sails a U.S. ship, flies a U.S. aircraft, makes national policy decisions, fights wars, locates targets, responds to natural disasters, or even navigates with a cellphone relies on NGA.

Pending the NGA’s decision, the new intelligence agency campus is estimated to begin the construction process in April 2016.  House Resolution 10 now heads to the House floor for final action.
Chris L. Cox, Hoyleton Ministries President and CEO, announced State Representative Charlie Meier of the Illinois 108th District, has been selected as the recipient of the Partner in Advocacy for 2014.

The Partner in Advocacy award, presented on behalf of Hoyleton Ministries, is given to an individual or group that demonstrates a willingness to provide a voice for people whose voices have not been heard.  Representative Meier is a dedicated advocate for children and families.

Since being elected in 2013, Representative Meier has consistently worked for the care of individuals with developmental disabilities.  Hoyleton Ministries mission statement begins “we seek to enable all people, young and old alike, to realize the wholeness of life.” Hoyleton believes that Representative Meier, through both his spirit and action, embodies the Hoyleton Ministries mission of helping all people realize the wholeness of life that God intends.

Charlie's record proves his ability to partner with businesses, direct social services and lead community initiatives.

Rev. Jeff Schwab, Hoyleton Ministries Board of Directors, presented the Partner in Advocacy Award for 2014 to State Representative Charlie Meier of the Illinois 108th District during the 32nd Annual Hoyleton Ministries Awards and Recognition Banquet on February 6, 2015.
Today Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner revealed his first annual budget address during a joint session of the Illinois Senate and House of Representatives.  State Representative Charlie Meier (R-Okawville) released the following statement:

“The budget outlined today by our Governor gave us a clear picture of Illinois’ financial situation,” said Rep. Meier.  “I was happy the budget proposal was delivered on time and included facts and figures. This year’s budget won’t be easy, however we must do what is best for the State of Illinois and the taxpayers.  This is the first step in the sausage making process and I anticipate many discussions and proposals will be considered.  The fact that Governor Rauner expressed his willingness to work with both sides of the aisle to craft a budget is positive for the State.  I am also pleased to hear the Governor did not mention closing Murray Center, something I had to endure from our previous Governor.  In the meantime, I will review the proposed budget, assess its impact on my district and make recommendations to the Governor.”
State Representative Charlie Meier (R-Okawville) was recently appointed to serve on the Community College Access & Affordability Committee.  The new committee will be tasked with developing ways to make attending community college more affordable for Illinois residents.

“Access to affordable education is important to me and my constituents,” said Rep. Meier.  “Community colleges in general are more affordable than a four year institution and we need to provide the resources necessary to keep community colleges affordable.  Community colleges are a true asset to our local communities.”

The Community College Access & Affordability Committee is a new committee formed by the 99th Illinois General Assembly and consists of 14 members in the Illinois House of Representatives.
On Wednesday Rep. Meier appeared on “America’s Forum” to discuss legislation he sponsored (House Bill 150) which would ban convicted terrorists from teaching in Illinois’ public universities and community college system.
According to Rep. Charlie Meier, “We don't let sex offenders teach our youth in our colleges or in our high schools, so why should we let convicted terrorists be out there teaching our youth?

To view the interview click here.

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner presented his first State of the State address today before members of the Illinois General Assembly.  State Representative Charlie Meier (R-Okawville) was in attendance and released the following statement:

“This is the first honest State of the State I’ve heard from an Illinois Governor in over a decade.  I agree with Governor Rauner that we must make Illinois more competitive.  We can’t afford to keep losing our population and jobs to our border states.  I am pleased our Governor recognizes the problem and has a plan to turn Illinois around.  I look forward to working with the Governor and my colleagues to make Illinois more competitive and a better place to live.” 
State Representative Charlie Meier (R-Okawville) received his committee assignments for the upcoming session.  Meier’s committee assignments are a perfect fit for the 108th district which includes parts of Clinton, Madison, St. Clair and Washington Counties. 

Representative Meier will serve on the following six House Committees; Agriculture & Conservation, Appropriations-Human Services, Elementary & Secondary: School Curriculum & Policies, Environment, Business Growth & Incentives, and Special Needs Services.

Charlie Meier is a fourth generation farmer, a lifelong resident of Washington County, residing on his family’s Centennial Farm in Okawville.  Meier’s experience as a farmer will prove valuable to the Agriculture & Conservation Committee where he served in the previous General Assembly.

“Agriculture is crucial to Illinois’ economy and to my district,” said Rep. Meier.  “Being a farmer on the committee allows me to advocate for my district while offering a perspective which otherwise may be overlooked. I have truly enjoyed serving on the Agriculture & Conservation committee over the last two years and I look forward to serving another two years.”

In addition to serving on five committees, Meier will serve on the Appropriations Human Services Committee.  Humans Services consumes the largest piece of the state budget.  Meier’s commitment to advocate for necessary services to persons with special needs and the developmentally disabled has been witnessed dating back to his first term in office in 2012 as the Representative who fought and will never stop fighting to keep Murray Center open.

Rep. Meier added, “I am ready to roll up my sleeves and get to work in the Human Services and Special Needs Committee.  I pledge to continue being a voice for the developmentally disabled as it feels sometimes their voices are not heard.  I will make sure the committee hears our voice loud and clear.”
The Illinois General Assembly will reconvene on Wednesday, February 4th and will begin working in committees this month.  If you have a question or issue regarding state government, please contact Representative Meier’s office at 618-651-0405.