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Decatur, IL – State Representative Bill Mitchell (R-Forsyth) issued the following statement Thursday in response to Governor Bruce Rauner’s call for Special Sessions of the Illinois General Assembly starting Wednesday, June 21 through the end of the month:

“It’s unfortunate that since the first of June, Speaker Madigan has not kept us in Springfield to do the job we’re elected to do. Speaker Madigan is once again negligent in his duties to the people of the state of Illinois.

I am glad that the Governor is calling us back for Special Session to pass a truly balanced budget. I’m hopeful that we will get a real balanced budget – no gimmicks – where expenses meet our revenue, so we can get Illinois back on track.

The people of Illinois are absolutely sick and tired of the shenanigans over in Springfield. I applaud the Governor for taking action. We need to stay in session, do our job and pass a balanced budget.”

Rep. Mitchell (third from left) takes the oath of office with House Colleagues
The members of the 100th Illinois General Assembly were sworn into office in Springfield last week.

State Representative Bill Mitchell (R-Forsyth) will again serve as an Assistant Republican Leader for the Illinois House of Representatives.

Representative Mitchell was reappointed to the position by House Republican Leader Jim Durkin (R-Western Springs).

“Bill Mitchell is a passionate advocate for downstate Illinois,” Leader Durkin said. “Bill stands up for the priorities and values of his constituents. He continues to provide me with a perspective that is much needed in the General Assembly. I am confident that Bill will serve the people well as a member of my leadership team.”

“I want to thank Leader Durkin for putting his trust in me to help lead our caucus,” Mitchell said. “It is an honor and privilege to again be appointed Assistant Republican Leader. This is an influential position that gives me a stronger voice in Springfield for Central Illinois families.”

Representative Bill Mitchell has served in the Illinois House since 1999. Mitchell has been a leader on the issue of job creation. In the 96th General Assembly, he served as the Republican Spokesman for the House Bipartisan Job Creation Task Force. He previously served as Chairman of the House Republican Task Force on Rural Economic Development.

Representative Mitchell took the oath of office Wednesday to represent the 101st House District, which includes all or portions of Champaign, DeWitt, Macon, McLean and Piatt counties.

Future Energy Jobs bill also supports renewable energy, energy efficiency, and invests in low-income communities

CLINTON – Governor Bruce Rauner today signed Senate Bill 2814, the Future Energy Jobs bill, at a ceremony at Clinton High School in Clinton. The bipartisan legislation ensures the Quad Cities and Clinton power facilities remain open for another 10 years, saving thousands of good-paying jobs, while protecting working families, seniors, and thousands of other high-quality, good-paying jobs throughout the state by capping residential and business energy rates.

“When this legislation was originally drafted, it was a Christmas tree loaded with special interest goodies that would have skyrocketed energy costs on families and businesses across the state,” said Governor Rauner. “So we needed to find a balance, because I was unwilling to gamble with these communities, gamble with thousands of good paying jobs and gamble with our energy diversity. While this legislation isn’t perfect, it allows us to protect jobs, ratepayers and taxpayers.”

Before Governor Rauner’s involvement, the legislature was poised to pass a massive bill with demand rates that could have skyrocketed energy bills for consumers. Governor Rauner laid out a pathway for a deal with his statement of principles which outlined any energy agreement should preserve jobs while protecting ratepayers and taxpayers.

“Thank you to those who negotiated in good faith to help make this bill a reality, and most importantly, thank you to the people of the Quad Cities and Clinton for your persistence, your patience, and hard work,” Governor Rauner added.

Senate Bill 2814 ensures the Clinton and Quad Cities power facilities remain open for another 10 years. It contains a guaranteed cap that energy prices cannot increase more than 25 cents on the average residential home, and cannot increase more than 1.3 percent on commercial and industrial users over the next ten years. Rates are projected to decrease for the first several years due to the utilities being able to amortize energy efficiency. It also promotes unprecedented wind and solar expansion and preserves zero-emission generation, maintaining Illinois’ status in leading the nation in zero-carbon generation.

“A joint study conducted by the Illinois Commerce Commission, the Illinois Power Agency, the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency and the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity found that allowing several nuclear plants to prematurely close would cause our electric rates to increase by as much as 26% during stress events while grid reliability and capacity would significantly decrease. Closing the plants would also cost Illinois approximately 7,800 jobs and $1.8 billion in economic activity,” said House Republican Leader Jim Durkin (R-Burr Ridge). “At the end of the day, had we failed to take action Illinois and Illinois consumers would suffer, and our electric rates would get dramatically out of hand.”

"Gov. Rauner continues to be an advocate for downstate Illinois, and without his help, this bill would still be languishing in committee and thousands of good paying jobs would now be lost," said State Sen. Chapin Rose (R-Mahomet), who represents Clinton. "Moreover, this new law protects energy consumers from massive rate hikes, ensures reliable, clean, and cheap power for years to come, prevents the construction of more power lines, and, as mentioned, protects a vital sector of Illinois' economy. I was honored to host then candidate-Rauner for a tour of the Clinton plant back in 2014 - and now, to have a Governor who spends so much time in downstate Illinois and cares about what is important to us is incredibly refreshing."

“This is a great day for Central Illinois and the state as a whole. We have fought for several years now to save the Clinton Power Station, the economic engine of DeWitt County,” said State Rep. Bill Mitchell (R-Forsyth). “This legislation will preserve our nuclear plants and protect thousands of good-paying jobs for working families. I want to thank our local leaders for their tremendous efforts and I especially want to thank Governor Rauner and Leader Durkin for their support and leadership. This was not an easy bill to pass and they moved mountains to help get it done.”

Springfield, IL – State Representative Bill Mitchell (R-Forsyth) filed legislation Friday to create an “In God We Trust” Illinois license plate. The idea was suggested to Mitchell by local Cub Scout Aidan Baker.

The Baker family accompanied Rep. Mitchell Friday at the Capitol to file House Bill 6617 on the floor of the Illinois House of Representatives. The legislation would create an “In God We Trust” license plate with proceeds going to assist Illinois Veterans’ Homes.

“Aidan and his father approached me with the idea of creating the ‘In God We Trust’ license plate at a recent town hall I was hosting,” Rep. Mitchell said. “I think it’s a great idea and I’m especially pleased that proceeds from the sale of these plates will help fund our Veterans’ Homes. I’d like to thank Aidan and the Baker family for coming to Springfield to file the bill with me.”
For the second year in a row, the Illinois General Assembly missed its deadline to pass a balanced state budget. However, unlike last year, no budget for elementary and secondary education has been passed, threatening the opening of schools across Illinois this fall.

State Representative Bill Mitchell (R-Forsyth) is blasting the Democrat majority’s failure to pass an education budget and is urging Governor Rauner to call a special session of the General Assembly to resolve this crisis.

“I am sending a letter to Governor Rauner, Speaker Madigan and Senate President Cullerton urging them to call a special session to debate education funding and pass a budget that will ensure our schools open on time this fall,” Rep. Mitchell said. “While the House is currently scheduled to be in session once a week in June, that is not enough time to find a workable solution to this crisis. The Governor should demand lawmakers return to Springfield and work around the clock to pass a balanced budget that takes care of our schools.”

The budget passed by Illinois House Democrats two week ago weighed in at approximately $40 billion in spending with only $33 billion in estimated revenue. The Democrats unbalanced, unconstitutional proposed budget was $7 billion out-of-balance and would require a 47% tax hike to pay for all the additional spending. Their fellow Democrats in the Illinois Senate refused to pass such a massively unbalanced budget and the General Assembly adjourned on May 31 without any approved budget for Fiscal Year 2017, which beings July 1.
“Illinois continues to be the laughingstock of the nation with its fiscal mismanagement by the Chicago politicians,” Rep. Mitchell said. “We’ve gone almost 12 months without a balanced budget and have gone way past the breaking point. The Democrats who control the General Assembly couldn’t even agree amongst themselves on a spending plan for next fiscal year. The lunatics are truly running the asylum.”
Exelon Corporation today announced it will move forward to shut down the Clinton nuclear power plant, given the lack of passage of important Illinois energy legislation.

State Rep. Bill Mitchell (R-Forsyth), who represents Clinton and DeWitt County, spoke to the media at the Clinton Chamber of Commerce this afternoon and issued the following statement:

“I am deeply saddened by Exelon’s decision to close the Clinton Power Station next year. We must all keep fighting to prevent this closure from happening. The Illinois General Assembly will be in continuous session throughout the month of June. There is still time to pass energy legislation that would place our nuclear plants on a level playing field with renewables such as wind and solar, which are heavily subsidized by ratepayers. Crain’s reported today that progress has been made on legislation to keep our nuclear plants at full operation. I am working with local leaders to redouble our efforts in Springfield to reach an agreement to keep Clinton open. We simply cannot afford to lose 700 good-paying jobs and $13 million in annual tax revenues used to support our schools and units of local government. This is a crisis that must be addressed by the General Assembly this month. I will keep fighting to make that happen.”
Tom Kacich

SPRINGFIELD — "Gabby's Law," the legislation named for a 5-year-old Monticello girl who died from sepsis four years ago, is on its way to Gov. Bruce Rauner's desk.

The Illinois House voted 115-0 for HB 2403, which will require Illinois hospitals to adopt, implement and periodically update protocols for the early recognition and treatment of patients with sepsis or septic shock.