Statement from Representative Welter

“Today I voted in support of Senate Bill 2814 the Future Energy Jobs bill in an effort to create thousands of new jobs and preserve more than $1.2 billion in economic activity in our state. I made a commitment to fight for nuclear power jobs in our district and my vote today is to protect those good middle class jobs that employ our friends, family and neighbors.” 

“Three studies have shown that doing nothing will result in far greater increases for energy consumers from the everyday family to the large energy consumers such as manufactures. It is my belief that voting in favor of this legislation will keep rate increases to a minimum with caps to protect consumers.  It also provides for stability and reliability in energy production keeping all of Illinois’ nuclear plants running and producing clean energy to power Illinois for the next 10 years. My belief is that supporting this legislation will protect small, medium and large energy users greater than doing nothing.”

 

Wishing everyone a Happy Thanksgiving and cheerful time with family remembering what you are grateful for.

Ottawa, IL – The Illinois Department of Transportation announced today that the US 52-Illinois Railway
grade crossing in Serena will be closed on Monday, November 14, 2016. US 52 will be closed for
approximately five days to allow the Illinois Railway to rebuild their crossing. US 52 traffic will proceed as
follows:
US 52 eastbound traffic will proceed south on IL 23 to I-80; thence east on I-80 to IL 71;
thence north on IL 71 back to US 52.
US 52 westbound traffic will proceed south on IL 71 to I-80; thence west on I-80 to IL 23;
thence north on IL 23 back to US 52.
Motorists are urged to use caution and expect delays while traveling the detour route.
Please slow down and use extreme caution while driving through all work zones.
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Illinois Environmental Protection Agency
Public Notice Proposed Renewal of the Clean Air Act Permit Program Permit
 Morris Community Landfill in Morris
Morris Community Landfill has requested that the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (Illinois EPA) renew the Clean Air Act Permit Program (CAAPP) permit regulating air emissions from its Municipal Solid Waste Landfill located 1501 Ashley Road in Morris. Based on its review of the application, the Illinois EPA has made a preliminary determination that the application meets the standards for issuance and has prepared a draft permit for public review.
The Illinois EPA is accepting comments on the draft permit. Comments must be postmarked by midnight November 26, 2016. If sufficient interest is expressed in the draft permit, a hearing or other informational meeting may be held. Requests for information, comments, and questions should be directed to Brad Frost, Office of Community Relations, Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, 1021 N. Grand Ave. East PO. Box 19506, Springfield, Illinois 62794-9506, phone 217/782-7027, TDD phone number 217/782-9143, brad.frost@illinois.gov.
 The repositories for the draft permit documents are at the Illinois EPA's offices at 9511 West Harrison in Des Plaines, 847/294-4000 and 1021 North Grand Avenue East, Springfield, 217/782-7027 (please call ahead to assure that someone will be available to assist you). Copies of the draft permit and project summary may also be available at http://www.epa.gov/caa-permitting/region-5-electronic-permits. Copies of the documents will be made available upon request.
The CAAPP is Illinois’ operating permit program for major sources of emissions, as required by Title V of the Clean Air Act (Act). The conditions of CAAPP permits are enforceable by the public, as well as by the USEPA and Illinois EPA. In addition to implementing Title V of the Act, CAAPP permits may contain “Title I Conditions,” i.e., conditions established under the permit programs for new and modified emission units, pursuant to Title I of the Act. The permit contains T1 conditions in section 4.1.4 that were established in previously issued permits. The permit contains no T1 conditions that are being newly established or revised by this application.

 The beginning of this public comment period also serves as the beginning date of the USEPA 45 day review period, provided the USEPA does not seek a separate proposed period.
The JJC Morris Education Center Ribbon Cutting on October 26th.

 
 The new center is in the former Shabbona Middle School
 
 
 
 
Rep. Welter awarded a certificate to the First Christian Church of Morris for 50 years of service to our community.
Rep. Welter tour the church with Lead Minister Scott and Kerri Zorn. Pictured here in the new Rainbow Preschool indoor play area that just opened in 2016.
Rep. Welter honoring Ellen and John Hanson for 45 years in business at Hanson & Hanson law firm.
 Please join us in recognizing their hard work and dedication that has led to their success.
 
Rep. Welter met with hundreds of middle school students on Monday at a career fair put on by the Grundy Area Vocational Center.
 
The students were able to speak with David about careers in public service and even get a few tips for their upcoming constitution tests.


Thank you GAVC for hosting such a successful event. I was honored to attend.
Illinois Environmental Protection Agency

Public Notice

Proposed Issuance of a Federally Enforceable State Operating Permit

A&R Logistics, Inc. in Morris

A&R Logistics, Inc. has applied to the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency for a federally enforceable state operating permit (FESOP) regulating air emissions from its grain handling and bulk dry material transfer facility located at 8440 South Tabler Road in Morris. The Illinois EPA has reviewed the application and made a preliminary determination that the application meets the standards for issuance and has prepared a draft permit for public review and comment.

The Illinois EPA is accepting written comments on the draft permit. Comments must be postmarked by midnight November 16, 2016. If sufficient interest is expressed in the draft permit, a hearing or other informational meeting may be held. Requests for information, comments, and questions should be directed to Brad Frost, Office of Community Relations, Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, PO. Box 19506, Springfield, Illinois, 62794-9506, phone 217/782-7027, TDD phone number 217/782-9143, brad.frost@illinois.gov.

The repositories for these documents and the application are at the Illinois EPA's offices at 9511 West Harrison in Des Plaines, 847/294-4000 and 1021 North Grand Avenue East, Springfield, 217/782-7027 (please call ahead to assure that someone will be available to assist you). The draft permit and project summary may also be available at http://www.epa.gov/caa-permitting/region-5-electronic-permits. Copies of the documents may also be obtained upon request to the contact listed above.

The 1990 amendments to the Clean Air Act require potentially major sources of air emissions to obtain federally enforceable operating permits. A FESOP permit allows a source that is potentially major to take operational limits in the permit so that it is a non-major source. The permit will contain federally enforceable limitations that restrict the facility’s emissions to non-major levels. The permit will be enforceable by the USEPA, as well as the Illinois EPA.
Coroner John Callahan will be participating in U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration's drug take-back day on October 22nd in conjunction with the Illinois State Medical Society.
 
From 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. weekdays, people can access the secure drop-off box in the lobby of Morris city hall, 700 N. Division St. After hours, they can use the call box located outside of the building to be connected to police dispatch to be given access to the lobby.

This is a safe way to dispose of unused prescription drugs to prevent them from getting into the wrong hands or our water supply. The coroner's office can be reached at 815-942-3792 or at 1320 Union Street in Morris. For more information on the semi-annual program visit www.isms.org/Take-Back.
 
Braceville: 4 to 7 p.m.
Carbon Hill: 4 to 7 p.m.
Channahon: 4 to 7 p.m.
Coal City: 4 to 7 p.m.
Diamond: 4 to 7 p.m.
East Brooklyn: 4 to 6 p.m.
Gardner: 4 to 6 p.m.
Kinsman: 5 to 6 p.m.
Mazon: 4 to 6 p.m.
Minooka: 4 to 7 p.m.
Morris: 5 to 7 p.m.
South Wilmington: 4 to 6 p.m. 
Unincorporated areas: 4 to 6 p.m.  

First Presbyterian Church "Trunk or Treat"
on Thursday, October 27th from 5 to 7 p.m. 

Downtown Morris on Thursday, October 27 
from 5 to 7 p.m.

Morris Community YMCA "Trunk or Treat" on Saturday, October 22 from 12 to 2 p.m. 
 
 
Here are a few pictures from our very busy week around the district.
My staff and I volunteering at Grocery Day at Saratoga Towers.
 
An informative visit to Dresden Station Exelon power plant. We received a behind the scenes tour and learned the import role Exelon plays in our local economy and in providing carbon free, base-load power. The station's scheduled outage for this fall will provide work for thousands of skilled contractors.
A new mural unveiled at the Kendall County Courthouse that reflects the historic events and features of Kendall County.
 
 
A visit to the Center for Disability Services (CDS). CDS has been serving the region for over 60 years and continues to provide a unique and special niche of service for severely disabled children and adults and supporting their families.
 
The JJC Business Department is coming to the Morris Education Center.
Fall classes begin on October 17th.
You can earn certificates in Entrepreneurship/Small Business Management and Business Core.
Fall classes include Introduction to Business, Principles of Business and Principles of Marketing.

For more information visit www.jjc.edu/business-education or call 815-280-2228.
Illinois Student Assistance Commission and Partners Support Students in Filing College Applications and FAFSA Completion

In Illinois, October is College Changes Everything® (CCE) Month, a campaign launched by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission(ISAC) to address the change to “early FAFSA” and assist students who will be completing college applications at the same time they are filing financial aid forms. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the form used to apply for all federal and some state financial aid; filing it is an important first step to maximizing financial aid. This year, students will be able to file their 2017-18 beginning October 1, 2016, instead of having to wait until January, as in previous years.

Because some financial aid programs—including the state's Monetary Award Program (MAP grant)–are awarded on a first-come first-served basis, eligible students should file their FAFSAs as soon as possible after October 1st in order to have the best chance of receiving funding. Students should check with their college for all school-specific deadlines.

During CCE Month, ISAC will partner with schools and communities to help students navigate these changes, and will offer support for students and families with both college application and FAFSA completion. (Learn more here.)
Google has a great opportunity for Illinois students. If you’d like to spread the word to your constituents, please see below for templates you can use on social media.
Google is currently accepting submissions for its annual Doodle 4 Google competition. Art-loving K-12 students from across the U.S., Guam and Puerto Rico are invited to bring their imagination to life in a doodle of the Google logo, using any medium they choose. The winning masterpiece will be displayed on the Google homepage for a day, where millions will enjoy it.
Google is asking kids to imagine what awaits them in the years to come and represent that vision of this year’s theme: “What I see for the future…” That can mean anything they see — even if it includes flying dogs, living on a shooting star, the trip of their dreams, or a distant world filled with dazzling new technology of all shapes and sizes.
In addition to the homepage showcase, the winner will receive $30,000 towards a college scholarship, and the opportunity to work with the Doodle team at the Googleplex in Mountain View. As an added bonus: Their home school will get to spend $50,000 on technology to help foster the next generation of professionals—possibly even future Googlers.
Students can submit their artwork now through December 2, 2016.
Here are a few sample posts:
Twitter

  • What do you see for the future? Submit your answer to the @Google Doodle 4 Google competition: https://goo.gl/4k4Utm

  • Illinois students are creative! Share your ideas for the future via the @Google Doodle 4 Google competition: https://goo.gl/4k4Utm

  • Time to get sketching! @Google Doodle 4 Google is open for submissions: https://goo.gl/4k4Utm
Facebook
What do you see for the future? Submit your answer in the form of a doodle to the 2016 Doodle 4 Google competition. Students from Illinois are so creative. Represent Illinois with you submission to Google’s Doodle 4 Google competition. Make sure you submit these by December 2nd, 2016! If you need inspiration, check out this quick video. And get those art supplies ready!
 Newsletter
Calling all artists! The 2016 Doodle 4 Google competition is open for submissions. All K-12 students are invited to create a Google doodle for the opportunity to win a $30,000 college scholarship and a $50,000 Google for Education technology award for his or her school or community organization. The opportunity gives students across the U.S. the chance to display their own Google doodle on www.google.com. This year’s theme is “What I see for the future…” Students can submit doodles until December 2nd, 2016.
Teachers and community organizations can also bring Doodle 4 Google into their classroom in a number of ways, including utilizing  free classroom activities and inspirational videos.
Entry forms can be downloaded from Google’s Doodle 4 Google site and completed doodles can be submitted by mail or online. For more details, including full contest rules and entry forms go to https://doodles.google.com/d4g/
The Illinois agriculture industry employs one in four people either directly or indirectly. For over 32 years, the Treasurer's office has been providing opportunities for Illinois farmers through the Ag Invest Linked Deposit Program.
 
Through Ag Invest the Treasury partners with approved financial institutions to provide qualified farmers and agriculture professionals below market rate loans to start or enhance farm operations.
 
By offering reduced interest rate loans, the Treasury aims to lower the overall cost of improving a farm or alternative agriculture business. The loans provided through an approved financial institution can be used for the purchase farm equipment, construction related expenses, or costs related to traditional crop production and alternative activities.
 
Please contact the Treasurer's office for more information about the loan possibilities for your farm at (217) 557-6436.
 
For information about our Annual AG program, click here.
For information about our Long Term Ag program, click here.
 
Program History
The Treasurer’s Ag Invest loan program is the nation’s most expansive agriculture deposit program. Since 1983, Ag Invest has loaned more than $1 billion in annual and long-term loans.
 
In addition to the Annual Agriculture Loan Program, the Illinois State Treasurer’s Office began the Long-Term Loan Program in 2000. Agricultural professionals across the state have taken advantage of our below-market rates to help grow their farm operations.
 
In 2012, the Treasurer’s office introduced a fast track version of the Ag Invest program, which helps eligible financial institutions serve their Ag Invest clients more effectively by shortening the approval process from 10 business days to just 24 - 48 hours.
MORRIS—State Representative David Welter (R-Morris) will be holding a district wide art competition. Welter will display local artists’ pieces in his district office at 1421 N. Division St. in Morris. Constituents who visit the office will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite piece and the one with the most votes will be displayed during the month of May in Welter’s Capitol office in Springfield.
Artists must reside in or be a student in an educational facility within the 75th district to qualify.  Artwork should be appropriate for all ages. Pieces should be scenes from Illinois, the 75th district or have a patriotic theme. All mediums are welcome.
Artwork can be dropped off for display or viewed Monday through Thursday 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Friday 9 a.m. until noon. Please call in advance to deliver or view artwork.
For more information please call 815-416-1475 or fill out a contact form at www.repwelter.com.

MORRIS—State Representative David Welter (R-Morris) is seeking members for his new legislative advisory committees.
Welter will be hosting regular meetings that will allow these advisory boards to provide input he can use when presenting and voting on legislation in Springfield.
“Advisory boards are key to representing our district well,” said Welter. “This provides opportunity for members of the community to not only bring in ideas, which I always welcome, but it allows for a sounding board when discussing legislation that is presented by other parts of the state. I want to know how this will impact our community so I can represent our district well.”
The first round of advisory communities will include Education, Agriculture, First Responders and Disability Advocates.

Individuals interested in serving on any of these advisory groups should call the office at 815-416-1475 or fill out the contact form at www.repwelter.com.
Congratulations to our 75th District Summer Readers
 
Those who participated in our summer reading program were honored at an Ice Cream Party.
Join us next summer for great reads and cool treats.






SPRINGFIELD—Today State Rep. David Welter (R-Morris) joined Governor Bruce Rauner in announcing the formation of a new not-for-profit, Illinois Fairgrounds Foundation, to emphasize capital improvements at the Springfield and Du Quoin fairgrounds.
“We need Illinois agriculture to flourish and the Illinois State Fair is a big part of promoting the Illinois farming community,” said Welter.
The Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield includes more than 170 buildings spanning 360 acres of land, with buildings as old as 124 years. The Du Quoin State Fairgrounds includes more than 20 buildings spread across more than 1,200 acres of land, with buildings as old as 93 years. Many of the buildings on both fairgrounds are in dire need of restoration, including paint, plumbing, roofing, and structural repairs. Combined, the fairgrounds carry $180 million in deferred maintenance costs.
“I am in full support of the Governor’s choice to make a non-for-profit for the Illinois State Fair,” said Welter.  “Agriculture is Illinois’ number one resource and the state fair provides an amazing opportunity to not only showcase agricultural advancement, exports, and Illinois products but also provides a unique playing field for businesses both big and small.”

Charitable organizations provide a lawful way to supplement State funding with private donations. The Illinois General Not-for-Profit Corporation Act permits the incorporation of non-profit organizations for charitable purposes. Charitable organizations are tax-exempt pursuant to Section 501(c)3 of the federal tax code.
Donors to charitable organizations may receive tax-exempt status on their donations to these organizations.

 
MORRIS-- Don't miss the Traveling World of Reptiles Show, Touch-a-Truck exhibit, interactive safety demonstrations and more at this year's Children's Health and Safety Expo hosted by State Representative David Welter (R-Morris) August 13th from 9:00 a.m. to Noon at Saratoga Elementary School, 4040 N. Division Street. in Morris.
 
"I am extremely excited to be able to provide this free children's health and safety event to our community," said Welter. "This year's Safety Expo offers children and parents an  opportunity to learn about issues such as cyber bullying, nutrition, bicycle safety, college saving programs, as well engage in fun interactive activities!"
 
Admission is free. There will also be free giveaways at the event, and lots of information.
Demonstrations at this year’s expo include: Traveling world of Reptiles show at 9:15a.m., Forte Arts Center at 10:30 a.m., Chang Lee’s Taekwon Martial Arts at 11 a.m. and Donna Mueller’s School of Dance at 11:30 a.m. Also, a medical helicopter will be there from 9:30am - 11:30am.
 
More than 20 "Touch-a-Trucks" will be at the Safety Expo, and kids are invited to see, touch and get behind the wheel of their favorite vehicle. Local professionals will be available to answer questions about the equipment and the work they do.
 
“This is a great event for the whole family and a wonderful destination for your weekend,” said Welter.

For more information, contact Rep Welter’s office at 815-416-1475, or check out the handy flyer at http://www.repwelter.com/

MORRIS – Rep. David Welter (R-Morris) announced his committee assignments today for the remainder of the 99th Illinois General Assembly, with a focus on his district’s agricultural and energy-driven economy and education issues.

Rep. Welter has been appointed to serve on the following committees: Agriculture & Conservation, Energy; Appropriations – Public Safety; Elementary & Secondary Education: Charter School Policy; Judiciary – Criminal; Special Needs Services; the Firearms and Firearm Safety Subcommittee and the Criminal Justice Reform Subcommittee; taking over all of former Rep. John Anthony’s assignments.

“My committee assignments will enable me to be an effective advocate on the issues that matter most to local families,” Rep. Welter said. “Our agriculture and energy industries are the heart of our state and local economy. We are going to protect and strengthen ag and energy jobs in our district.”

“I am also very excited to serve on the committee on Special Needs Services,” Rep. Welter added. “I want parents of kids with special needs to know that their child’s education is just as important to us as that of every other child. Students with special needs must be embraced, not overlooked. Together we are going to make sure we fulfill our responsibility to them and every student in the State of Illinois.”

Rep. Welter can be contacted through this website or by calling the District Office in Morris at (815) 416-1475. The District Office is located at 1421 N. Division Street in Morris. 
Representative Welter and Senator Rezin visiting with the employees at Cennex Harvest States Elburn in Newark, IL
 
 
 

MORRIS – David Allen Welter (R-Morris) was sworn in as the new State Representative of Illinois’ 75th District today in the top floor courtroom of the Grundy County Courthouse surrounded by family, friends and community leaders; filling the vacancy created by the resignation of former State Rep. John Anthony. The 75th District is comprised of portions of Kendall, Grundy, LaSalle and Will Counties.

“I am eager to get to work for the families and taxpayers of the 75th District,” Rep. Welter said. “I look forward to listening to the needs and concerns of local residents and advocating for them in Springfield. Together we can strengthen the quality of life for everyone in our community and help put Illinois back on the path to growth and prosperity.”

Prior to his appointment to the Illinois General Assembly, Representative Welter served as Chairman of the Grundy County Board, where he was first elected in 2010. At the time of his appointment, David served as Operations & Human Resources Manager for Illinois Truck & Equipment, one of the nation’s largest independent construction dealers in addition to his role as Board Chairman. He will now bring his valuable private sector experience and knowledge of local government to the Illinois General Assembly.

Representative Welter is maintaining former Representative Anthony’s District Office in Morris located at 1421 N. Division Street. Representative Welter can be contacted by phone at (815) 416-1475 and online at www.repwelter.com.

Representative Welter and his wife, Ashley, reside in Morris with their two young children.