Illinois State Representative Charlie Meier (R-Okawville) was recently inducted into the Illinois 4-H Foundation Hall of Fame. The 4-H Foundation presented the award to Rep. Meier on Ag Day at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield on Wednesday, August 15.

“I am honored and very much appreciate the recognition from 4-H,” said Rep. Meier. “As a farmer I recognize the important role 4-H has in educating our next generation in a variety of skillsets.” I am proud to support 4-H and will continue to help inspire our youth.”

Illinois 4-H Hall of Fame inductees have a track record of exemplary service to 4-H or outstanding career and community achievement and were nominated by either county University of Illinois Extension staff or by the Illinois 4-H Foundation Board.

According to the Illinois 4-H Foundation, “Charlie represents 4-H in everything he does. He uses his head, heart, hands and health daily and his only goal is to make our county and world a better place. As busy as Charlie is he continues to make the time to bond with the youth of Washington County during fair season while manning the food stand for the livestock shows/auction and still remains active with the Washington County Federation. Charlie is responsible for the County Wide 4-H Pork Chop Fundraiser which is responsible for paying the enrollment fees for all traditional 4-H club members – thereby benefiting all 4-Hers in the county.”

Rep. Meier congratulated three constituents from the 108th
District that were also honored with a 4-H Hall of Fame Award at the State Fair on Wednesday. Sheila Lueking from Centralia (Clinton Co.) and Jim and Elaine Thurnau from St. Jacob (Madison Co.).

State Representative Charlie Meier (R-Okawville) will host his fifth annual Senior Citizen Health fair Wednesday, August 29 at the Weinheimer Community Center, located at 1100 Main Street in Highland, from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. The fair is free and open to the public.

Attendees at this year’s free Senior Fair will receive helpful guides, literature, and other
resources from various government agencies and local businesses. Staff from the General Assembly
will be available to talk with constituents about their questions. Refreshments will be provided and
attendees are encouraged to sign–in for a chance to win a door prize at the end of the event.

Who: State Representative Charlie Meier
What: Senior Citizen Health Fair
When: Wednesday, August 29 9am -11am
Where: Weinheimer Community Center, located at 1100 Main Street in Highland

Space is still available for local businesses, government and non-profits interested in setting up a free booth at the Senior Fair. For more information, contact Rep. Meier’s office at 618-651-0405.

Legislation sponsored by Illinois State Representative Charlie Meier (R-Okawville) to provide more transparency when a state designated agency visits Community Integrated Living Arrangements (CILAs) a.k.a. “group homes” was signed into law by Governor Bruce Rauner on Friday, August 3. Currently, 3,097 Community Integrated Living Arrangements (CILAs) operate in the State of Illinois.

“This new law will help determine what is going on in the CILAs and how our most vulnerable is cared for,” said Rep. Meier. The Auditor General’s report released on July 19th confirmed lack of inspections for CILAs. Now, every CILA visit by Equip for Equality will be made public. I look forward to working with Equip for Equality to make this happen.”

The new law P.A. 100-0694 (HB 5636) requires the State of Illinois’ current designated agency (Equip for Equality) to submit a report to DHS detailing how many visits the agency made, which facilities were visited, and the nature of each visit, so that DHS and the public can be sure that the designated agency is being diligent and effective in the protection of the State’s most vulnerable population. The new law also adds CILAs to the facilities the designated agency has access to.