The National Geospatial Intelligence Agency (NGA) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently released their recommendation to relocate the NGA in St. Louis.

Illinois State Representative Charlie Meier (R-Okawville) released the following statement:

“I am shocked and very disappointed to hear the federal government thinks relocating the NGA in St. Louis is the best option. Keeping the intelligence agency in the most violent city in the country according to the FBI does not make sense for a facility that needs a safe and secure location. The location the NGA is considering is far from safe.

I am hopeful the NGA reconsiders before making their final decision by coming to the realization that relocating to Illinois makes the most sense logistically. In real estate they say it’s all about location, location, location and St. Clair County serves as the most logical, safe and best location for the intelligence agency since the land is ready to build on and the proposed site borders Scott Air Force Base. Furthermore, if the federal government really wants to help St. Louis, I wish the government would help the region by putting out the fire burning underground in Bridgeton and help increase police protection in the city."
Illinois State Representatives Dwight Kay (R-Glen Carbon) and State Representative Charlie Meier (R-Okawville) today reinforced their willingness to compromise on the issue of Higher Education funding, citing the numerous proposals House Democrats refused to debate prior to breaking for the entire month of March.

According to State Representative Dwight Kay, “There are four proposals to fund higher education and MAP grants, unfortunately the Speaker has not allowed the bills to be voted on in the legislature. This isn’t the time to dig our feet in politically, it’s time for us to come together and reach a compromise on a realistic plan that can fund SIUE, our community colleges, and MAP grants for college students.”

Representatives Kay and Meier listed multiple bills that have been presented including House Bill 4539 which sought to reasonably fund MAP grants, community colleges and four-year universities such as SIUE.  However, unlike the Democrat proposal on MAP funding, SB2043 or the newly proposed $3.7 billion spending plan, HB648, Republicans are calling for a funding stream tied to any proposal that is approved by the legislature.
On Thursday, March 3, the federal lawsuit filed on behalf of Murray Center and all seven State Operated Developmental Centers (SODC) was dismissed after the court ruled positive for current and former residents of Murray Center. The federal court affirmed that residents of state operated developmental centers have the option of choosing a home such as Murray Center or a group home.

According to State Rep. Charlie Meier, “this lawsuit was certainly a victory for the residents and parents of Murray Center and all state operated developmental centers located throughout Illinois. This is what we and the Murray Parents’ Association have been fighting for since the Quinn administration tried to close Murray Center four years ago. We believe strongly that residents and their legal guardians should have an option when choosing their home.”