State Representative Charlie Meier (R-Okawville) and Irvington Mayor Gera Sims will be conducting a public ceremony to honor WWII POW and Korean War Veteran Dr. Gerhard Malcharek in Irvington Sunday.

The ceremony to honor Irvington resident retired Colonel Dr. Gerhard Malcharek will take place on Sunday, July 5th, beginning at 4:00 p.m., located at Irvington Park off Parkview Street in Irvington, Illinois.

“Dr. Malcharek is living proof of the American dream,” said Rep. Meier. “The fact he served as a POW in World War II as a German soldier and retired as a Colonel in the U.S. Army is a life changing story you don’t hear too often. I encourage the public to join me and Mayor Sims in honoring retired Colonel Malcharek.”

The ceremony is open to the public, anyone interested in showing their support for retired Colonel Dr. Malcharek are encouraged to attend.
State Representative Charlie Meier (R-Okawville) released the statement below following Governor Rauner’s veto of the 19 budget bills sent to him by the Illinois General Assembly:

“This is refreshing news we have a Governor that supports a balanced budget. It was Albert Einstein which said the definition of insanity is “doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” That is exactly what Blagojevich and Quinn did with the state budget year after year.

We need a budget that protects the most vulnerable. However, if we spend money we don’t have then we are making all the taxpayers of Illinois vulnerable as a result of mismanaging government funds.

The state budget sent to Governor Rauner was unbalanced and unconstitutional. I support the Governor’s veto because the budget spent $4 billion our State will not have in the bank account next fiscal year. I am ready to go to work and support a budget that is balanced by not spending money we don’t have. I urge my Democrat colleagues to urge their leadership to come back to the negotiating table so we can keep state government operating.”
With nine days to go until a new state budget is scheduled to take effect July 1 there is one problem, the Democrats’ in control of the Illinois House and Senate have no budget for Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner to sign.

Since June 17, members of both Democrat majorities in the House and Senate have held press conferences throughout Illinois in opposition to a budget proposed in February by Governor Rauner. Fast forward to today, the only budget approved this year is the FY 2016 budget approved by House and Senate Democrats consisting of twenty-one budget bills, of which only a hand full of budget bills have been sent to the Governor for consideration.

“The press conferences held throughout the state by my Democrat colleagues discussing proposed budget cuts is pure hogwash,” said Rep. Charlie Meier. “My Democrat colleagues control the budget process in Springfield. They have the votes to decide who gets cut and how much they get cut. Instead, we should be talking about the root of Illinois’ fiscal problems - overspending and record job loss. Employers and not-for-profits are paying the price of high workers’ compensation rates and feeling the burden of high insurance costs because of a lack of lawsuit abuse reform. If we solve the issue of record job loss, Illinois can create more jobs which would result in more revenue for our state budget.”

Illinois’ estimated revenue for Fiscal Year 2016 is $32 billion. However, the budget proposal passed by House and Senate Democrats spends $36 billion, $4 billion more than Illinois’ estimated revenue for Fiscal Year 2016.

“My Democrat colleagues seem to have forgotten they have enough votes to pass a budget which spends as much or little as they want,” said Rep. Dwight Kay. “The budget they passed in May spends four billion more than what Illinois is estimated to have in the bank over the next year. I suggest my colleagues urge their Democrat leadership to come back to the negotiating table and reach an agreement on the state budget.”

As of today, House and Senate Democrats have not sent their entire Fiscal Year 2016 budget to Governor Rauner for his consideration. The new fiscal year begins July 1, 2015 and runs through June 30, 2016.
Placing telemarketing calls to wireless phones is - and always has been - illegal in most cases.

Why the confusion about telemarketing to wireless phones?

Consumers report receiving emails saying they'll soon begin receive telemarketing calls on their wireless phones. The confusion seems to stem from discussions in the wireless phone industry about establishing a wireless 411 phone directory, much like your traditional (wired) 411 phone directory. A number of email campaigns seem to suggest that if your wireless telephone number is listed in a wireless 411 directory, it will be available to telemarketers, and you will start to receive sales calls. In addition, some of these email campaigns suggest that there is a separate do-not-call "cell phone registry," which you must call to have your wireless phone number covered by the do-not-call rules. This information is inaccurate.

The facts

Even if a wireless 411 directory is established, most telemarketing calls to wireless phones would still be illegal. For example, it is unlawful for any person to make any call (other than a call made for emergency purposes or made with express prior consent) using any automatic telephone dialing system or any artificial or prerecorded voice message to wireless numbers. This law applies regardless of whether the number is listed on the national Do-Not-Call list.

The federal government does not maintain and is not establishing a separate Do-Not-Call list for wireless phone numbers.

Wireless phone subscribers have always been able to add their personal wireless phone numbers to the national Do-Not-Call list, either online, or by calling toll-free 1-888-382-1222 from the phone number they wish to register. The do-not-call rules require callers that are not exempt from the rules to stop telemarketing calls 30 days after you register a number.

There is no deadline for registering a number on the national Do-Not-Call list. There is also no longer any need to re-register a number – it will stay on the national Do-Not-Call list until you cancel your registration or discontinue service. Read more.
Rep. Meier pictured with Trinklein Family: Gretchen, Charlie, Chuck Isringhaus, John, Abby and Mike.
Last week Rep. Charlie's friend of over 30 years came to visit along with the Trinklein Family. Chuck Isringhaus and Charlie met while they were both Jaycees. They continue to be friends today. I know Charlie can't say enough about going out and being active in your community. Join a group and be an active member, your friendships and experience can not be bought with money!
Photo courtesy of BND
On Sunday May 31st, the Illinois Senate approved a bill to make handicap-accessible park projects a priority.  State Representative Charlie Meier (R-Okawville) sponsored the legislation.
The legislation was inspired by Hannah Berndsen’s family, which began construction on ‘Hannah’s Playground’ with friends and family earlier this year in Breese.  Meier’s legislation would help build playgrounds like ‘Hannah’s Playground’ in other Illinois communities.

“It is astonishing how few parks in the State of Illinois are handicap-accessible,” said Rep. Meier.  “It is my hope that this legislation will help bring attention to this deficiency and allow more people to enjoy our wonderful parks.”

House Bill 3457 directs the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) to add handicap-accessible playground equipment such as ramped ground-level play features, accessible swings, wheelchair accessible tables, adjustable equipment, universally accessible swings, and transfer platforms to the criteria for giving park projects priority.

Rep. Meier continued, “It has always been one of my top priorities as State Representative to fight for people in need of assistance.  I believe that individuals with a handicap and their families should be able to more easily enjoy our state’s beautiful parks and the great outdoors.”
HB 3457 passed unanimously in the House and the Senate and now moves on to the Governor for approval.

For more information about Rep. Meier’s legislation or if you have an issue concerning state government, please contact Rep. Charlie Meier’s office at 618-651-0405 or visit www.CharlieMeier.net.