State Representative Charlie Meier (R-Highland) released the statement below following Governor Rauner’s proclamation calling lawmakers back to Springfield for special session June 21st through June 30th:

“It’s time for lawmakers to get back to work by ending this budget impasse. I’m glad Governor Rauner has called a special session in order to jumpstart budget negotiations. For two years in a row the General Assembly has failed to send the Governor a budget which is why we are being called back to work until a bipartisan solution is reached. I am ready to work each day this month until we pass a balanced budget.

Before I was elected to serve in the legislature, Governor Blagojevich called several special sessions which resulted in no action by the General Assembly. I hope the outcome will be different this time due to the fact Speaker Madigan is working with a different Governor. A Governor that actually has a plan to improve our state instead of digging our state deeper into debt.”
"The recent shooting of Jerseyville's police officer reminds me of the sacrifices our men and women in blue give to keep us as safe as possible. I pray for the officer wounded and pray for his recovery. I am close friends with the officers family, they were in my thoughts and prayers when I heard of the tragic news this morning and will continue to pray for the family during this difficult time. Thank you to all of our men and women who serve and protect, your sacrifice does not go unnoticed because you put your life at risk for us all."

-Charlie Meier, State Representative 108th District