State Representative Charlie Meier (R-Okawville) welcomed the creation of two new “Opportunity Zones” in Clinton, Marion, and Washington Counties. The Opportunity Zones are aimed at boosting jobs and economic development in the region. The new zone in Clinton County begins along the eastern shores of Carlyle Lake, extending East to the border of Marion County, including Centralia and Central City. The Washington County zone stretches from I-64 in Nashville and goes as far south as Nixon Road.

According to State Rep. Charlie Meier, “Our region has a tremendous opportunity to create more jobs and more economic development. The creation of Opportunity Zones will allow for private tax-free investment in low-income areas with economic need. I’m excited about the possibilities this incentive will bring to southern Illinois.”

On Friday, May 18th, Governor Bruce Rauner announced 327 census tracts were submitted by the State of Illinois to the U.S. Treasury Department for consideration as Opportunity Zones. The U.S. Treasury Department approved the recommendations, as permitted by the Federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. 1,305 qualifying low-income census tracts were available for selection, of which only 25% could be nominated by the Governor for inclusion in the program. The zones cover more than 85 counties throughout the state and aim to support the future of Illinois through economic growth and investment.

For more information on Opportunity Zones, please visit the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity’s (DCEO) website here.

On Thursday, the Illinois House of Representatives adopted a resolution honoring our veterans by designating Old US 50 in Clinton County, Illinois as the “Clinton County Veterans Memorial Road”. House Joint Resolution 100 (HJR 100) sponsored by State Representative Charlie Meier (R-Okawville) passed unanimously in the House of Representatives.

“It is highly fitting that we pay honor and respect to the truly great individuals who have served our country and, in doing so, have made the ultimate sacrifice for our nation,” said Rep. Meier. “Their sacrifice and service is a reminder that freedom is not free but comes at a cost. We should always remember the men and women who helped preserve the freedoms that we all enjoy.”

HJR 100 now heads to the Senate for approval. Upon passage in the Senate, the Illinois Department of Transportation will be directed to erect at suitable locations, consistent with state and federal regulations, appropriate plaques or signs giving notice of the name “Clinton County Veterans Memorial Road” along Old US 50 in Clinton County.
State Representative Charlie Meier (R-Okawville) announced today that $52,627 in state-sponsored per capita grant money has been approved for libraries located in the 108th Legislative House District.

According to State Representative Charlie Meier, “Libraries serve the community in more ways than one.  Today’s library is not just about books, libraries offer computer and internet access, this can be helpful if you want to apply for a job online but don’t have access to a computer or internet at home. I’m happy to announce that eight libraries in my district will receive grant funding to help improve the service to the communities they serve.”

The Public Library Per Capita Grants Program was established to assist public libraries to improve and increase library services within their service areas. Grant amounts of up to $1.25 per person served are available, on an annual basis, to all Illinois local public libraries through an application process. The Equalization Grants Program was established to help public libraries with a low library tax base. By providing additional funding, these grants help ensure a minimum level of funding for library services.

Libraries within the 108th Legislative House District that will receive funds include; Breese Public Library for $5,552.50; Case-Halstead Public Library for $4,101.25; Germantown Public Library District for $2,403.75; Louis Latzer Memorial Public Library for $12,398.75; Nashville Public Library for $4,072.50; New Baden Public Library for $4,186.25; Trenton Public Library for $3,393.75; Tri-Township Public Library District for $16,518.75.

Per Capita Grant funding allows resources for expenses such as materials, personnel, equipment, electronic access, telecommunications and technology.