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State Representative David Allen Welter, R-Morris, has filed House Bill 3797, legislation to provide $2.6 million to the Village of Coal City for debt incurred for its cleanup and recovery efforts from an EF-3 tornado on June 22, 2015 after state officials chose not to seek federal disaster relief funding from the U.S. government. 

State Representative David Allen Welter, R-Morris
Even though the tornado resulted in damage to nearly one-third of the village’s total housing stock and required the complete reconstruction of 160 residential structures, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency did not recommend that then-Governor Bruce Rauner pursue federal participation in the relief effort. Due to this failure to act, Coal City was forced to sell alternate revenue bonds in 2015 to raise the funds necessary to reestablish impaired infrastructure, maintain security throughout the response, and renovate impacted neighborhoods. 

“The state’s inaction denied Coal City the ability to obtain federal assistance for tornado cleanup and recovery,” Representative Welter said. “Coal City taxpayers should not be on the hook for paying these costs on their own. The community has worked hard over the past four years to rebuild and support families who lost their homes. We can help our neighbors in Coal City by approving this funding now.”
State Representative David Allen Welter, R-Morris, has signed on to co-sponsor House Resolution 153 today, legislation stating opposition to any measure that would allow for the creation of a graduated income tax on Illinois residents. Representative Welter issued the following statement after the Capitol press conference introducing the resolution: 

“It is frustrating that the conversation in Springfield is always about how to raise taxes without ever considering reforms to state policies that would help attract jobs and grow our economy. Studies have shown that states with a graduated income tax create even more of a burden on the middle class and dissuade economic prosperity. While it is promoted as a means to provide fairness, the graduated income tax in reality punishes hard-working, middle-class families and small businesses that make up the majority of the tax base. The fact that Illinois has a flat tax is one positive we have going for us in terms of attracting new jobs to this state. A flat tax is a fair tax that treats all earners equally and ensures that upper earners carry a heavier burden. That’s why I oppose a Graduated Income Tax.” 

All 44 members of the Illinois House Republican Caucus are co-sponsors of HR 153.

Representative Welter serves the 75th District, which includes portions of Kendall, Grundy, LaSalle and Will Counties.

State Representative David Allen Welter, R-Morris

State Senator Sue Rezin, R-Morris, and State Representative David Allen Welter, R-Morris, have sent a letter to Exelon Corporation requesting a meeting to discuss the company’s statement in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission that they may close their generating stations at Dresden and Braidwood. In the letter, Rezin and Welter emphasize the importance of protecting local jobs and the region’s energy infrastructure.

“The news of a potential shutdown of two of our nuclear power plants is extremely concerning to me and no doubt to the individuals and families who would be directly impacted,” said Sen. Rezin. “Not only do these facilities stimulate Illinois’ labor income and employment, but they also provide huge amounts to the local property tax base, supporting our school districts, higher education and local government. It is my hope that Exelon answers our call for a meeting so that we can begin the process of establishing a path forward.” 

“Just over two years ago, the state approved a multi-billion dollar package for Exelon to keep their nuclear power plants in the Quad Cities and Clinton open,” Representative Welter said. “The potential closure of Dresden and Braidwood jeopardizes thousands of jobs critical to families.  Our local nuclear plants are an integral component of Illinois’ energy infrastructure. I am deeply concerned by Exelon’s statement and will fight to protect the future of workers at the Dresden and Braidwood stations.”
Rep. David Welter discusses legislation with a colleague on
the floor of the House of Representatives.
Serving three nuclear power plants and a natural gas facility in the most energy-oriented legislative district in Illinois, State Representative David Allen Welter, R-Morris, has been appointed Republican Spokesperson on the Energy & Environment Committee for the 2019-2021 legislative term. Welter’s district includes Exelon’s LaSalle County Generating Station, Dresden Generating Station in Grundy County, and Braidwood Generating Station in Will County as well as Dynegy’s natural gas generating facility in Kendall County.

The Spokesperson is responsible for leading the efforts of the minority caucus within each committee; including questioning witnesses who provide testimony at committee hearings, being the lead advocate for caucus positions on legislation assigned to that committee, and negotiating with the Committee Chairperson to reach bipartisan consensus on as many bills as possible. 

“Serving as Spokesperson on the Energy & Environment Committee will enable me to play a leading role in legislation that impacts our local energy industry and the thousands of jobs they support in our community,” Welter said. “On the environment, I will work to preserve and strengthen the quality of our natural lands and state parks including Starved Rock in LaSalle County, Silver Springs in Kendall County, Channahon State Park in Will County, William G. Stratton in Morris, and the Des Plaines State Fish and Wildlife Area in Wilmington. I will also be a fierce advocate to ensure the state remains a responsible steward of clean air and safe water throughout our local ecosystem. We can achieve a lot over the next two years working with the new Governor and his administration on a bipartisan basis.”
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)