In response to the horrific shootings which took the lives of five members of the U.S. Armed Forces in Chattanooga on July 16, Illinois State Representative Charlie Meier (R-Okawville) sponsored legislation to strengthen the security for members of the military and their spouse.

“Our military personnel should not be sitting ducks while serving our country,” said Rep. Meier. “My bill will allow the men and women serving our country to protect themselves and the public if any life is threatened. Giving our active duty members of the Armed Forces the option to conceal and carry a firearm will strengthen our national security.”

Currently, the State of Illinois does not allow non-resident active duty members of the Armed Forces to even apply for a concealed carry permit. As a result of Illinois’ current law and the tragic events in Chattanooga, State Representative Charlie Meier teamed up with the NRA which led to the introduction of House Bill 4258. If enacted, Rep. Meier’s legislation will change the State’s current law to allow for a non-resident license application if the applicant is an active duty member of the Armed Forces of the United States stationed in Illinois or for their spouse residing in Illinois.

Rep. Meier added, “Hundreds of active duty members living in my district serve our country at Scott Air Force Base. Whether it be going to lunch off base, shopping at the grocery store after work, or pumping gas on their way to work, I want our military to be able to protect themselves on and off the clock.”
State Representative Charlie Meier (R-Okawville) and Irvington Mayor Gera Sims conducted a public ceremony to honor WWII POW and Korean War Veteran Dr. Gerhard Malcharek in Irvington Sunday.

From very early on Dr. Malcharek lived a life of adversity. At age 13 he was taken away from his family and forced to join the German army as a tank driver in the dying stages of WWII. In his time of service he became injured, and was later forced into a soviet POW Camp. For his forced service in the army, Dr. Malcharek served in the POW camp until 1947. When released, he and his family were forced to immigrate to Germany where he would not be able to receive the education necessary for him to fulfill his dream of becoming a dentist.

During his time of exile, he was befriended by an American Soldier who informed him of the educational opportunities America had to offer. A short time later, Dr. Malcharek immigrated to America. Thankful for the opportunities that had been given him, Dr. Malcharek joined the U.S. Army within 30 days of arriving on American Soil. He was quickly called to action to serve in Korea as a combat engineer. During his time in the service Dr. Malcharek served two tours, received the Purple Heart, and retired as a Colonel.

After his service, Dr. Malcharek continued on with hard work and dedication to fulfill his dream of becoming a dentist. As a Dentist, Dr. Malcharek was tasked with caring for nearly 700 Murray Center residents. He served in this position for 27 years.

The ceremony to honor Irvington resident retired Colonel Dr. Gerhard Malcharek took place on Sunday, July 5th, at 4:00 p.m., at Irvington Park.

“Dr. Malcharek’s life is one that has inspired and continues to inspire today,” said Rep. Meier. “The fact he was taken from his family and forced into a tank at age 13 to fight with the Germans and wound up retiring as a Colonel in the U.S. Army is simply incredible. His life of service, whether it be in the Military or as a Dentist, is one to be admired and respected."
State Representative Charlie Meier (R-Okawville) passed House Resolution 611 honoring the Highland Bulldogs baseball team Tuesday for their winning the Class 3A State Championship.  HR 611 recognizes the outstanding achievement by the Highland Bulldogs and congratulates them on their victory.

The Highland Bulldogs defeated Nazareth Academy 7-6 in a hard fought offensive battle. The championship game started with Nazareth Academy taking an early 2-0 lead. The two teams battled for seven innings until the Bulldogs finally took back the lead they lost in the 1st, scoring the game winning run in the bottom of the 7th to win 7-6. This exciting win was the perfect ending to a terrific season, with the team finishing 28-13 as their overall record.

“I am very proud of the Highland Bulldogs and their championship winning season,” said Rep. Meier. “The Bulldogs ability to play as a team and their talent on the field is nothing short of outstanding. Their victory at the end of a hard-fought season was well earned, and will serve as a great lesson for the players as they strive for success in the future.”

Included in House Resolution 611, Rep. Meier recognized each member of the Bulldogs and their coaching staff. The members of the Highland baseball team are Seth Luitjohan, Tyler Kimmle, Mike McGill, Pete Baumgartner, Austin Brown, Will Greenwald, Jim Smith, Jarrett Dubach, Griffin Welz, Grant Geppert, Tyler Pollard, Cody Bentlage, Sam Greene, Chris Dickman, Andrew Winning, Matt Augustin, Jordan Smith, Nick Schmollinger, Kyle Schmitt, Matt Beyer, Trent Carriger. The team's head coach, Joel Hawkins, has coached baseball at Highland Highland High School for 24 years. The team's assistant coaches are Sam Weber, Joel Hawkins, and Caleb Houchins.

Rep. Meier’s resolution concluded with the following message to the Highland Bulldogs baseball team, “RESOLVED, BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE NINETY-NINTH GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, that we congratulate the members of the Highland Bulldogs baseball team on the occasion of winning the Class 3A State Championship Title and wish them many more years of success to come.”
State Representative Charlie Meier (R-Okawville) passed House Resolution 610 honoring the Nashville Hornets girls softball team Tuesday for their winning the Class 2A State Championship.  HR 610 recognizes the outstanding accomplishment by the Nashville Hornets and congratulates them on their victory.

The Nashville Hornets defeated Brimfield High School 1-0 in a grueling eleven-inning pitchers duel. This win capped a terrific season, with the team finishing 39-2 as there overall record.

“I am very proud of the hard work and effort put for by the Nashville Hornets,” said Rep. Meier. “To finish a season with a record of 39-2 is no small feat. The memories created by this season will be one to cherish for both coaches and players alike.”

Included in House Resolution 610, Rep. Meier recognized each member of the Hornets and their coaching staff. The members of the Nashville softball team are Paige Kasten, Emily Thompson, Brooke Burcham, Jordi Harre, Brooke Bartling, Mackenzie McFeron, Alli Liske, Daley Buchanan, Jordan Stiegman, Karly Stanowski, Joey Lane, Dakota Hunter, Maci Ingram, and Deidra Holzhauer. The team’s head coach, Dempsey Witte, has coached girls Softball at Nashville High School for 5 years, he is assisted by coaches Bethany Hinkle, Patrick Weathers, Wayne Harre, and Charles Heck.

Rep. Meier’s resolution concluded with the following message to the Nashville Hornets girls softball team, “RESOLVED, BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE NINETY-NINTH GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, that we congratulate the members of the Nashville Hornets softball team on the occasion of winning the Class 2A State Championship Title and wish them many more years of success to come.”