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Inauguration of the 101st General Assembly in Springfield.

State Representative David Allen Welter, R-Morris, was sworn in for his second full term on Wednesday, joining all 118 members of the Illinois House of Representatives for the inauguration of the 101st General Assembly held at the Sangamon Auditorium. Welter has represented Illinois’ 75th District since July 2016 serving portions of Grundy, Kendall, LaSalle and Will Counties.

“In this new year, I will work to find common ground with our new Governor on needed changes to create jobs, strengthen schools and enact meaningful and lasting property tax relief,” Welter said. “Illinois presently ranks second in the nation for people leaving for lower taxes and better opportunities elsewhere. Our first and most immediate priority in 2019 should be to reverse this trend by making Illinois more competitive for job creators and more affordable for families and seniors.” 

“We also need to do a better job of keeping our best and brightest students in Illinois after graduation,” Welter added. “Whether they choose to pursue a college education, attend a trade school, or are starting their career in today’s job market, we have to make Illinois a place of opportunity for everyone.”

Immediately upon ringing in the New Year, 253 new laws will become effective in 2019 that have wide raging impact. Here are few of those laws families should know about:

  • Children under the age of 2 years old must be restrained in rear facing car seats unless they weigh 40 or more pounds or are 40 or more inches tall. (PA100-0672)
  • Every Illinois school will be required to conduct at least one law-enforcement led active shooter drill a year. School safety drills must be conducted within 90 days of the start of the school year. (PA100-0996)
  • Nursing mothers upon request will be exempt from jury duty. (PA100-0696)
  • Stalking laws expanded to include messages sent through social media. Additionally, businesses, places of worship and schools can seek restraining orders against stalkers.
  • The Lyme Disease Prevention and Protection Act was enacted opening the door in Illinois for new treatments for Lyme disease and other tick-borne diseases. (PA100-1137)
  • All children in kindergarten and the second, sixth, and ninth grades of any public, private or parochial school shall have a dental examination. (PA100-829)

Congratulations to the Newark High School Girls Volleyball Class 1A state championship team! I had the privilege of presenting the team with an official House Resolution honoring their achievement. Go Lady Norsemen!

To read the full text of House Resolution 1306 honoring the team, please click HERE.

The Illinois Secure Choice Retirement Savings Program is officially launching this fall. Secure Choice is a retirement savings program for private sector workers who lack access to an employer-sponsored plan. Secure Choice enables employees to easily save for their own retirement through automatic payroll deductions that flow into individual retirement accounts managed by a professional private sector investment manager.

Secure Choice was enacted into law in 2015 and since then, the seven-person, bi-partisan Board overseeing the Program has been working diligently on implementation. The pilot program launched last spring and Secure Choice staff have been working with a small group of employers and employees over the last few months. So far, 250 workers have saved over $50,000 for their retirement.
The State of Illinois is honoring 200 veterans as part of the state's upcoming Bicentennial celebration on December 3. Read about this special recognition and the veterans being honored by reading the press release HERE. The honorees include local veterans from Kendall, Grundy, LaSalle and Will Counties.