State Representative Charlie Meier (R-Okawville) and State Senator Kyle McCarter (R-Lebanon) will host their third annual Senior Citizen Health fair Wednesday, August 26 at the New Baden American Legion Post 321, located at 105 E. Illinois Street in New Baden , from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. The fair is free and open to the public.

The fair will feature free door prizes, refreshments and health screenings. Senior citizens will also have an opportunity to check the State of Illinois I-Cash booth for lost or state held assets.  Seniors will also find assisted living information at this year’s fair and veterans will learn how to obtain the veterans designation on their driver’s license.

Who: State Representative Charlie Meier and State Senator Kyle McCarter
What: Senior Citizen Health Fair
When: Wednesday, August 26 9am -11am
Where: New Baden American Legion Post 321, 105 E. Illinois Street in New Baden

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner signed legislation Wednesday sponsored by State Representative Charlie Meier (R-Okawville) to make handicap-accessible park projects a priority.

According to Rep. Meier, “I introduced this legislation to make handicap-accessible park projects a priority in Illinois because of Hannah Berndsen, her family and friends which built Hannah’s playground this year in Breese. There are too few parks that provide this kind of access, and I wanted to shine a light on this very important issue.”

The new law P.A. 99-0391, directs the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) to add to the criteria for giving park projects priority, handicap-accessible playground equipment such as ramped, ground-level play features, accessible swings, wheelchair accessible tables, adjustable equipment, universally accessible swings, and transfer platforms.

Rep. Meier added, “My focus, as State Representative, has always been helping those who need it. I believe that improving our parks by making them more handicap-accessible will give families that need help the most some much needed relief. Improving our parks by making them handicap-accessible will allow parents and their children to escape the stresses of home by being able to enjoy the outdoors.”
Illinois State Representative Charlie Meier (R-Okawville) and the City of Troy Police Department have teamed up to offer a FREE Paper Shredding event for local residents from 9:00am – 12:00pm on Saturday, August 22 outside the Troy Police Department located at 116 E. Market Street in Troy.

Paper documents will be accepted for shredding (up to two boxes per person). Guests are instructed to follow the marked pathway through the parking lot and remain in their vehicle while the documents are unloaded. Parking is available for those who wish to personally watch documents being shredded.

The event is free and open to the public. For questions or more information, please call Rep. Meier’s office at 618-651-0405.

In response to some confusion brought forth by CDL holders in the 108th district, Illinois State Representative Charlie Meier (R-Okawville) wants to remind Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) holders and applicants of a recent change when applying or renewing their CDL.

According to State Rep. Charlie Meier, “I have received several questions from constituents concerning the new federal standard when obtaining or keeping a CDL. It was news to me that applicants and CDL holders had to show proof of citizenship or legal presence in order to keep or obtain a Commercial Driver’s License, so I thought it was important to remind people of the new change so they are not caught by surprise when renewing their CDL.”

Effective July 1, 2015, when a CDL Holder or CLP applicant visits an Illinois Secretary of State facility for initial issuance, renewal, transfer or upgrade, the driver will be required to show proof of legal presence and domicile. This is a one-time requirement for the CDL holder or CLP applicant, who is a US Citizen or Lawful Permanent resident.

To view the list of legal documents accepted by the Illinois Secretary of State, please visit or click here.