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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.”
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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.

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SPRINGFIELD — Not only would the closing of the Clinton nuclear plant west of Champaign damage the central Illinois economy, legislators said Thursday, but it also would result in higher electric bills.

About a dozen community leaders from DeWitt County and the surrounding area met Thursday morning with Gov. Bruce Rauner at the governor's Capitol office, explaining how the loss of 700 jobs and the nuclear plant's assessed valuation would be harmful to the region.

Rauner was unavailable for comment but state Rep. Bill Mitchell, R-Forysth, said Rauner listened and said he is studying a Senate bill that would give Exelon, the owner of the Clinton plant and a second endangered nuclear plant near the Quad Cities, financial assistance to continue operating the units.

"It's a large bill and they're looking at it," Mitchell said of the 613-page proposal. "That's all that we could hope for."

Springfield – Legislation to protect patients from life-threatening sepsis infections is making its way through the Illinois House of Representatives.

Senate Bill 2403, aka “Gabby’s Law,” is named in honor of Gabriella Giada Galbo of Monticello, who passed away from sepsis at the age of 5. Sepsis is a potentially life-threatening complication of an infection. Anyone can develop sepsis; however it is most common and dangerous in older adults and those with weakened immune systems. 

“Gabby’s Law” requires Illinois hospitals to implement evidence-based protocols for the early recognition and treatment of patients with sepsis. It further requires the Illinois Department of Public Health to establish a sepsis information collection and reporting procedure.

State Representative Bill Mitchell (R-Forsyth) is sponsoring “Gabby’s Law” in the House and presented the bill Wednesday to the Human Services Committee, where it was unanimously passed. Gabby’s parents, Tony and Elisabeth Galbo, were with Rep. Mitchell at the committee hearing and Mr. Galbo gave heart-wrenching testimony about the medical complications and lack of action taken early that could have prevented Gabby’s death.

“I am thankful to the Galbo family for bringing awareness to this issue and for showing great strength in their testimony to the committee today,” Rep. Mitchell said. “Illinois hospitals need to implement sepsis protocols to help ensure that no other family has to go through the pain and loss the Galbos suffered. Senator Rose and I are hopeful that our legislation will help advance medical treatment to prevent sepsis deaths.”

Senate Bill 2403 (Rose/Mitchell) is modeled after legislation in New York, which is the first state to require all hospitals to adopt best practices for the early identification of sepsis. Illinois does not currently have a sepsis reporting law for hospitals.
Monticello, IL – With last month’s announcement that the State of Illinois has overpaid $168 million in tax revenue to local governments since 2014, State Rep. Bill Mitchell (R-Forsyth) is sponsoring legislation to forgive the overpayments.

A recent tax system modernization initiative at the Illinois Department of Revenue (IDOR) has uncovered a misallocation to the Personal Property Replacement Tax (PPRT) Fund that began under the Quinn administration. The error has resulted in overpayment of an estimated $168 million to the taxing districts that receive PPRT disbursements. Approximately 6,500 districts are impacted by the misallocation that began in 2014. Monticello CUSD 25 owes the State $830,884. The City of Monticello owes $153,806 and Piatt County owes $222,537.

Representative Mitchell was in Monticello Monday to announce his legislation with local school officials.

“Today is the 300th day of the State of Illinois not having a budget. We have $7 billion in unpaid bills, owe 50,000-plus vendors and are pro-rating funding for our schools. We have no business demanding repayment of millions of dollars from local governments and schools already facing financial difficulties. The State messed up and misallocated PPRT funds, through no fault of our local officials. My legislation forgives the overpayment, allowing local districts to keep the funds, rather than having to repay the State,” said Rep. Mitchell.

With the future of the Clinton Power Station in question, area legislators and local officials met in Clinton Thursday to discuss efforts to protect the continued safe operation of the nuclear plant.

State Rep. Bill Mitchell (R-Forsyth) is backing legislation that would provide a market-based solution to protect the future of the Clinton Power Station and other nuclear plants in Illinois.

“The Clinton power plant is a major economic engine for Central Illinois,” Mitchell said. “Families throughout the area depend on it for good-paying jobs and our schools and other units of local government receive significant tax revenues from the plant. Not only are the jobs important, but with Illinois’ nuclear plants producing about half of our state’s power, this is about maintaining our energy independence.”