State Rep. David Welter and his Legislative Aide Sue Castanier volunteered to ring the bell for the Salvation Army at the Morris Wal-Mart on Monday evening. To learn how you can make a difference this holiday season or any time of year, please visit the Salvation Army website by clicking HERE.

With the year-long Illinois Bicentennial celebration underway, let’s find out just how much you know about our state history.

Take this quiz and test your knowledge of Illinois' past. Click HERE to start the quiz.
MORRIS– State Representative David A. Welter, R-Morris, is offering a new online resource for Illinois veterans and their families to learn about the full range of state benefits and services they may be eligible for. Representative Welter’s new “Illinois Veterans’ Benefits” brochure is now available for constituents to view or download online via his official state website, 

Representative Welter’s “Illinois Veterans’ Benefits” brochure includes a description of the full range of state benefits and services veterans may be eligible for;  on issues including bonuses, educational opportunities, housing, burial benefits, automobiles, camping, fishing & hunting, employment, health care, and veterans homebuyer assistance. 

"One of my most important priorities is ensuring that our veterans have access to all the benefits they have earned in service to our country,” Representative Welter said. “Many veterans are not aware that some of these benefits are available to them, particularly with regard to employment, educational opportunities, and veterans’ homebuyer assistance. I hope that everyone who has a friend or loved one that has served in a branch of the U.S. Armed Forces will help us reach as many veterans as possible with this informational brochure.”
Rep. David Welter volunteered to serve food at the fifth annual Turkey Dinner in Diamond, joined by many other volunteers from the community. Over 1,000 guests were served at the dinner this year.

State Rep. David Welter (R-Morris) toured the Kendall County Forest Preserve with County Board members Matt Prochaska and Judy Gilmour. The Kendall County Forest Preserve District preserves and manages natural areas and open spaces, provides environmental education and offers recreational opportunities for Kendall County residents.
State Rep. David Welter (R-Morris) and his family attended the Veterans Day ceremony in Coal City on Saturday. Rep. Welter spoke at the event and expressed his deep appreciation to the men and women who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. The event also featured a military timeline of volunteers dressed in uniforms and carrying items representing each war and conflict in which United States servicemen and women have fought, from the Revolutionary War, Civil War, the Spanish American War, World Wars I and II, the Korean and Vietnam Wars and Desert Shield and Desert Storm.

State Representative David Welter joined Governor Bruce Rauner, State Senator Sue Rezin and local officials in Wilmington at the ribbon cutting for General Mills' expansive new 1.5 million-square-foot distribution center, which is expected to add up to 150 new jobs and achieve LEED silver certification.

As the newest addition to Will County’s sprawling 2,500-acre RidgePort Logistics Center, General Mills will ship cereals, snacks and other products to destinations across the U.S., furthering Illinois’ position as the nation’s logistics and distribution hub.

State Rep. David A. Welter
MORRIS– State Representative David A. Welter (R-Morris) announced today that his 2017 Legislative Session Wrap-Up newsletter is currently available for constituents to view or download online via his official state website by clicking HERE.  

Print copies of the newsletter will be mailed out to residents throughout the 75th District in mid-November. The 75th District includes portions of Grundy, Kendall, LaSalle and Will Counties. 

Representative Welter’s newsletter includes a recap of major issues addressed by the Illinois General Assembly this year as well as Welter’s specific advocacy on behalf of district residents on issues ranging from opposing tax increases to serving our state’s veterans.

“My first and most important priority is always to keep local residents informed of what is taking place in Springfield and how I am working every day to make their voices heard throughout the legislative process,” Representative Welter said. “I look forward to receiving feedback from constituents with their ideas for how we can improve the quality of life for every family, taxpayer, student and senior citizen on both sides of the I-80 corridor.”
Local residents are invited to attend the Tuesday, November 28 meeting of the Behavioral Health Alliance of Grundy County to learn more about MPD Cares, a new program of the Morris Police Department to help respond more effectively to crisis situations that involve individuals with special needs.  The meeting starts at 3 p.m. with a short business meeting, followed by the presentation.  The meeting will be held at the Canalport Conference Room, located at 518 W. Illinois Ave., Morris.

By Justin Ritz | WCSJ News

Here are the trick or treat hours in the area for Tuesday, October 31st. These are the times that we have confirmation for:

Morris 5 to 7
Minooka 4 to 7
Channahon 4 to 7
Coal City 4 to 7
Gardner 4 to 6
Marseilles 5 to 7
Mazon 4:30 to 7
Dwight 4 to 7
Braidwood 4 to 7
Diamond 4 to 7
Braceville 4 to 7
Wilmington 4:30 to 7:30
Verona 4:30 to 6:30
Kinsman 5 to 6
Unincorporated Grundy County 4 to 6
State Rep. David Welter's Office participated in the 4th annual 8th Grade Career Expo at Morris High School's Rec Center on Tuesday, sponsored by the Grundy Area Vocational Center and The Community Foundation of Grundy County. At Rep. Welter's table, students were encouraged to match the names of Illinois elected officials with the corresponding photo of each official on a display, in order to help students identify the Governor of Illinois, Lieutenant Governor, Secretary of State, Attorney General, Comptroller, Treasurer, State Senator and State Representative.

By Shea Lazansky
Kendall County Record 

Two local lawmakers went back to school on Tuesday to act as “Principal for a Day” at P.H. Miller Elementary School in Plano.

State Rep. David Welter, R-Morris, and U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren, R-Plano, visited the school, and were led on a tour through several classrooms by Principal Laurel Mateyka.

The lawmakers started their day by helping first-graders from Renee Miller’s classroom to recite the Pledge of Allegiance over the school’s PA system, followed by a stop at the school’s collegiate reading corners, a program at the school of which Mateyka is especially proud...
The Illinois Department of Transportation is seeking input on the state's rest areas.

To enhance traveler safety and comfort, IDOT maintains a system of 30 rest areas and 11 welcome centers on highways throughout the state, which serve more than 36 million visitors annually. IDOT wants to make sure these service centers are kept clean, safe, and updated with travel-related amenities to enhance the travel experience for Illinois residents and visitors.

Illinois' rest areas and welcome centers are open 24 hours a day and feature restroom facilities, picnic areas, lighted walkways, maps, security cameras, parking for recreational vehicles, and commercial trucks, among other services.

Help shape the future planning of rest areas by completing IDOT's Illinois Rest Area Survey.

For a paper copy of the survey call 402-399-1405.
MINOOKA - State Sen. Sue Rezin is teaming up with other area lawmakers and local officials to host a “Coffee and Conversation,” an informal forum where constituents can talk to officials about topics important to them, ask questions, and receive updates on legislation, projects, and issues.  
Rezin is hosting her “Coffee and Conversation” Friday, Oct. 20 at Minooka Village Hall (121 McEvilly Rd.) from 5:00-7:00pm. She’ll be joined by State Rep. David Welter (R-Morris), Minooka Mayor Pat Brennan, and Dan Duffy, Minooka Village Administrator. 
“This is a great opportunity for constituents to speak one-on-one with their elected officials about issues important to them,” Rezin said. “This isn’t a formal town hall style event. It’s simply come whenever you can, stop in, and if you have a question or concern, then make sure you talk to us. I look forward to meeting more of my constituents and personally hearing what is important to them in their community.” 
Coffee and soft drinks will be provided at the event, which is free and open to the public.
State Representative David A. Welter (R-Morris) released the following statement today in response to Governor Rauner's announcement that he will sign House Bill 40 into law:

"In government as in life, your words are only as good as your deeds. Today, Governor Rauner reneged on a commitment he made this spring to veto House Bill 40. I share the deep and profound disappointment of mothers, fathers and families across Illinois who stand for the sanctity of life and the principle of limited government. We are dismayed by the Governor's action today to compel taxpayer funding of abortion without restriction."
State Representative David A. Welter's office participated in the Illinois Valley Flood Resiliency Alliance workshop in Ottawa on Tuesday sponsored by State Senator Sue Rezin. The workshop featured presentations on various flood-related issues by officials from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Illinois Association for Floodplain and Stormwater Management, Illinois Department of Natural Resources and the Illinois State Water Survey.

Representative Welter is committed to working with local, state and federal emergency management officials on flood preparedness and response issues to protect families and communities throughout the Illinois River Valley.
View from Eagle Cliff at Starved Rock
State Park in Utica. Photo credit: Kathy
Casstevens-Jasiek, Starved Rock Lodge
Looking for fun, family-friendly fall activities close to home? The Ottawa Times has published "Things To See & Do: Sept. 22 - Nov. 12"! Highlights include the Grundy County Corn Festival September 27-October 1; Ottawa's annual Scarecrow Festival on September 30 and much more!

To view the full list of upcoming local events, please click HERE.

Together let's celebrate all that makes the Illinois River Valley such a great place to live, work, play and raise a family -- especially in the autumn!

State Rep. David A. Welter (R-Morris) hosted an ice cream recognition party in Morris on Thursday for students and their families who completed his "Readasuarus" Summer Reading Program. Students in first through fifth grades were challenged to read 8 books during their summer break. Rep. Welter presented each summer reader with an official certificate from the Illinois House of Representatives at Thursday's celebration for the students and their families.
MORRIS– State Representative David A. Welter (R-Morris) invites local families to attend a free Children’s Health & Safety Fair at from 9:00am – Noon on Saturday, September 16 at Saratoga Elementary School, located at 4040 N. Division Street.

The event features over 30 state and local agencies, non-profit organizations and businesses covering a wide range of educational, health and child care, recreational and community services for families and children. Special attractions include the Traveling World of Reptiles Show and the popular Touch-A-Truck exhibit featuring over 15 trucks and a medical helicopter located in the parking lot. 

Admission to the event is FREE with complimentary refreshments and a drawing for giveaways. Information will be available on topics such as bicycle safety, after-school programs, nutrition, internet safety, the Illinois State Treasurer’s I-Cash program and more.  

“As parents, my wife and I value the many outstanding individuals and organizations in our community who offer programs and services that help kids to grow, learn, and explore many interests,” said Representative Welter. “Our Children’s Health & Safety Fair showcases the tremendous local resources and activities available to kids right here in our own backyard. I encourage every local family to stop by and check out all that our community has to offer.” 
The Illinois House of Representatives approved bipartisan compromise legislation on school funding reform on August 28 by a vote of 73-34-3. I was among those voting Yes. While far from perfect, this bill represents concessions from lawmakers from both parties in the Illinois House and Senate to ensure that all Illinois public schools are able to remain open and receive their fair share of state funding.

No school district will lose money under this plan. Yet unlike previous measures, there are no special deals for one school district. In response to concerns expressed by myself and others, Chicago Public Schools’ normal pension costs will be paid in the same manner as all other school districts. All 852 school districts in Illinois will now be treated the same. Also included in the bill is a reduction of unfunded state mandates on our local schools.  This is a significantly positive aspect.

One feature of the reform bill that has received mixed reaction from constituents like you who have reached out to me to share your feedback is the creation of a new system of Illinois income tax credits.  The tax credit scholarship program included in the law will help students who come from low- and middle- income families to enroll in Illinois private schools. Those children who move from a public school to a private school save the public school resources to reinvest, which is good for all.

It is encouraging that Republicans and Democrats have come together on a compromise that prioritizes the best interests of school children in every part of the state to lift up families regardless of their income.  While I did not agree with every aspect of the bill, the positive aspects far outweighed the shortcomings in my estimation. The Governor signed the bill into law on August 31. 
Preprinted brochures are available at the district office for those who wish to participate.

Thank you to everyone who came out to my Town Hall meeting in Plano to discuss to the state's
SPRINGFIELD– State Representative David A. Welter (R-Morris) held town hall meetings in Seneca on June 15 and Plano on June 21 in advance of the 10-day special session of the Illinois House of Representatives which begins today. At the town halls, local residents expressed their desire to have the state pass a balanced budget without tax increases and to provide property tax relief.

Representative Welter also announced today that he will decline his salary and per diem during the 10-day special session. Per diems alone will cost taxpayers an additional $24,237 per-day for the House of Representatives and State Senate to be in special session during the final 10 days of June.

“I appreciate everyone who took time out of their evening to attend one of my recent town hall meetings,” Representative Welter said. “I heard the voices and concerns of local residents loud and clear. They want us to pass a balanced budget and prove that the state will be responsible stewards of their hard-earned tax dollars. They also want us to enact meaningful property tax relief so that working families and seniors on fixed incomes can afford to stay in their homes.”
MORRIS– State Representative David A. Welter (R-Morris) has announced that his upcoming town hall meetings scheduled in Morris and Wilmington have been postponed following today’s proclamation from Governor Rauner calling the Illinois General Assembly back to Springfield for a 10-day special session starting on June 21 with the goal of passing a balanced state budget.

“I am glad the Governor is calling us back to Springfield next week to work toward passing a balanced state budget,” Representative Welter said. “We are rapidly approaching a tipping point as a state beyond which the damage may be irreparable – unless we come together at this critical juncture to pass a balanced budget. I am eager to work with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to achieve this goal together.”

Representative Welter’s previously scheduled Town Hall Meetings at White Oak School in Morris on Wednesday, June 21 and at Wilmington Middle School in Wilmington on Thursday, June 22 have been postponed until further notice. Welter’s Town Hall Meetings in Seneca on June 15 and Plano on June 19 will continue as scheduled.

“I look forward to communicating directly with local residents and listening to their feedback at our town hall meetings in Seneca and Plano before next week’s special session; and keeping constituents from throughout the district informed of progress while I am in Springfield during the last ten days of June.”

MORRIS– State Representative David A. Welter (R-Morris) is calling on Governor Bruce Rauner and House Speaker Michael Madigan to bring legislators back to Springfield for an immediate special session to pass a balanced state budget:
“Every day when I meet with constituents and listen to feedback from our community, I hear the same request – enough with all the politics. Get back to Springfield and pass a budget,” Rep. Welter said. “I have been ready and willing since the day I took office last summer to do exactly that. The Governor and the Speaker should call a special session so that we can pass a balanced budget before the end of June. Without a balanced budget, we will find ourselves right back in this same position in the very near future, with the state making commitments it cannot afford; putting our schools and social service providers in further jeopardy. I want to be a part of the solution in Springfield, which means coming together and passing a balanced budget now.”
“Illinois families and taxpayers are rightfully tired of all the excuses,” Rep. Welter added. “Democrat, Republican or independent, we all share the same stake in the future of our kids and our community. We need to do right by them and pass a balanced budget.”
Both the Governor and the Speaker of the House have the ability to call the Illinois House of Representatives back into special session at any time. Illinois has been operating without a comprehensive state budget since July 1, 2015.
PLAINFIELD More than 90 local and regional employers covering a wide range of manufacturing, labor, health care, educational, retail, community services and more are set to participate in a free Jobs Fair hosted by State Representative Mark Batinick (R-Plainfield) and State Representative David Welter (R-Morris) from 9:00am – 12:30pm on Friday, June 23 at Troy Middle School in Plainfield, located at 5800 Theodore Street. Admission to Jobs Fair is free and open to the public.

The Jobs Fair features employers that are looking to hire right now. Job seekers are encouraged to bring plenty of resumes.
Rep. David Welter
MORRIS– State Representative David A. Welter (R-Morris) will hold a series of Town Hall Meetings throughout the 75th District over the next two weeks, giving constituents in Grundy, Kendall, LaSalle and Will Counties an opportunity to ask questions and share their concerns. Representative Welter will answer questions from the public and give a brief presentation on current state issues, with an emphasis on the state budget.

“Keeping constituents informed and listening to their feedback is my most important priority,” Representative Welter said. “I welcome every local resident to attend this town hall meeting and make their voice heard. I look forward to sharing my perspective on what is happening in Springfield and listening to the concerns of local families and taxpayers.” 

The town hall meeting schedule includes:
These bright young students came to join Rep. Welter for lunch last Friday. It was a great opportunity to hear what they are learning in their classes as well as all the local activities they are involved in!
The students were so excited to share their plans for the summer and what they will be doing after graduation. 

I was honored to join my colleagues Representative Lindsay Parkhurst, Senator Sue Rezin and Congressman Adam Kinzinger at the Grundy Economic Development Council Legislative Breakfast.
We are very focused on building the economy and jobs in 75th District and its surrounding areas.
I was honored to hand out Illinois State Scholars Certificates last week at Morris High School. This was such a large group of talented students I am sure will go far.
To see all the State's Scholars and to read about the criteria for this lofty accomplishment visit the Illinois Student Assistance Commission website here.

Thank you to everyone who attended our Property Tax Assessment Workshops this weekend.
We appreciate everyone coming and learning how to understand and appeal their property tax assessments.
If you missed the event please contact our office through our contact form to get more information.
On Wednesday, the Illinois House of Representatives passed legislation to expand the State’s promise of equal pay for equal work in Illinois. State Representative David A. Welter (R-Morris) voted in favor of the bill.

"Despite the laws already on the books, too many people, especially women and minorities, are paid less for doing the same work as men," said State Representative Welter. “So today's vote was a step in the right direction to level the playing field and ensure for equal pay for equal work for all Illinoisans."

Illinois passed the Equal Pay Act in 2003, but some studies suggest females still earn less than their male employee counterparts. House Bill 2462 adds further protections to existing law by prohibiting an employer from seeking the salary history of a job applicant and prohibits discrimination against job applicants based on their wage or salary history. It also requires employers to justify gender pay disparity. 

House Bill 2462 passed the Illinois House with a 92-24 vote. It now moves to the Illinois Senate for consideration.

On April 26, the Will County Emergency Management Agency and the US National Weather Service will host a FREE two hour class to educate attendees on how to spot severe storms and tornadoes. The class will be held at Lincoln Way West High School's Performing Arts Center from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. To pre-register, click here.
April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month. In a press conference today, the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police announced their coordinated effort to crack-down on distracted driving this week.

Every State Police district and nearly 30 county sheriff's departments are participating in Distracted Driving Awareness Week. The campaign aims to enforce distracted driver laws, educate drivers and to encourage driver responsibility.

The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) is committed to helping the 284 municipalities of  the seven counties of the northeastern Illinois region plan for a better future. But we need your help to get the word out.  As you reach out to constituents during the brief recess, we ask that you share the following information about two of CMAP’s most popular initiatives – a program to help your municipal and county leaders and a leadership development program for high school students.

Does your community need some assistance with planning for the future? Join regional leaders at a symposium on the Local Technical Assistance program.

For those of us who choose to recycle, the process may be tricky now that the State of Illinois no longer operates recycling facilities. If you have electronics that you would like to discard, please visit the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency's website to see the local retailers who are willing to recycle your e-waste.
The Illinois Department of Transportation announced Friday that the IL 113-BNSF Railway grade crossing in Coal City will be closed on Friday, April 21, 2017. IL 113 will be closed for approximately one day to perform maintenance and repairs.
IL 113 eastbound traffic will proceed north on Broadway Street to North Street; thence east on North Street to First Avenue; thence south on First Avenue back to IL 113
IL 113 westbound traffic will proceed north on Fifth Avenue to North Street; thence west on North Street to Broadway Street; Thence south on Broadway back to IL 113.
In February, Governor Bruce Rauner signed a proclamation declaring April as Illinois Child Abuse Prevention Month. In his proclamation, he encourages citizens to support child abuse prevention programs and report suspected cases of child abuse to the Illinois Child Abuse Hotline at (800) 25-ABUSE.

There are several opportunities to volunteer. One way is through Big Brothers and Big Sisters. According to the organization, little brothers and little sisters are 27% less likely to use alcohol and 52% less likely to skip school. For a complete list of volunteer opportunities, please visit the DCFS website.

On Friday, State Representative David Welter (R-Morris) passed his first piece of legislation out of the Illinois House of Representatives. House Bill 466 amends the Mobile Home Local Services Tax Enforcement Act to bring uniformity between the Act and the Property Tax Code in regards to the period to file petitions for tax certificates of title. The proposed changes will provide greater clarity to county tax collectors and tax purchasers.

“This bill simplifies the filing process for taxpayers and for county treasurers,” said Representative Welter. “Should this become law, it will provide a common-sense change for everyone involved in the filing process.”

Under current law, mobile home purchasers have from 3 to 5 months to give notice of a tax filing to interested parties.  However, in the Property Tax Code, purchasers have from 3 to 6 months to give notice to owners and interested parties.  This change will make the filing and notice timeframes consistent between the two statutes, effectively bringing the process of filing taxes for a mobile home in-line with that of filing taxes for a traditional house.

HB 466 passed the Illinois House unanimously and now moves to the Senate.

On April 5, Mayor Schumacher addressed a room of residents and local civil servants to recap 2016 and laid out the town's goals for the year ahead. Channahon, Ill. was named the 56th safest city in the United States and 4th safest in Illinois. The Channahon police department added a new member last year. His name is "Hutch" and he is the new canine tasked with searching suspects for drugs and weapons. Also, the address awarded the 2017 Police Officer of the Year Award to Officer John Blough, Citizen of the Year to Rich Vanasdlen, and Business of the Year to Doka, USA.

In the coming year, Mayor Schumaker expressed optimism that Channahon will exceed last year's new home owner permits. They have created a balanced budget for the fiscal year and are excited to begin construction on an expansion of the wastewater plant and a new bike path.
OTTAWA — The Ottawa-Naplate Long Term Recovery Team is compiling information to create initial needs assessments from residents affected by the Feb. 28 tornado.

Residents are asked to call the hotline, (800) 451-1954, between noon and 6 p.m. from now through Friday.

While this is an 800 number, callers will reach someone in Ottawa. The information will be shared with agencies that may provide further assistance.

For more information, visit the North Central Illinois Council of Governments, 613 W. Marquette St., Ottawa between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
From the Morris Herald-News:

MAZON – Frank Sereno of Mazon is one of the few to be honored for 70 years of membership at an American Legion, and the only one at Mazon Post 352.

"Most of our members have reached 60 years, and one is at 50 years, but this is the first time anyone has reached 70 years," Jim Sterba with the Mazon post said.

He said he never thought he'd see anyone hit that 70 year mark let alone someone as active and as important to the Mazon group as 92-year-old Sereno.

"We are deeply honored to have veterans like that," Sterba said. "He's always been active at the post."

Sterba said Sereno few in aircraft as a gunman in World War II and he's sure he saw a lot of action and has a lot of history to share.

Sereno, a humble veteran said he didn't want the attention or anyone to make a big deal out of it.

"He's our hero more than anything," Sterba said.

As an active member he participates every Wednesday night in the American Legion Post 352 bingo, and still participates in funerals of fellow members, recently holding the post flag at the funeral of a fellow legion member.

Sterba said for being 92 years old and being as active as he is, he is a model member that any Legion would be proud to have.

This month, the General Assembly adopted House Resolution 25 offered by Representative Bennett (R-Pontiac) which designates June 15, 2017 as Illinois Elder Abuse Awareness day. The Center for Disease Control estimates that 1 of every 10 people over the age of 60 will experience some form of maltreatment. This Resolution draws attention to the fact that seniors are vulnerable to financial exploitation, abuse and neglect.

Children's Health & Safety Expo
Saturday, September 16th
Saratoga School
4040 N. Division
9am - Noon

State Representatives David Welter & Mark Batinick will be hosting a free Jobs Fair from 9 a.m. to 12:30p.m. on June 23rd at Troy Middle School 5800 Theodore Road in Plainfield.
The Christian Motorcyclist Association will host the 3rd annual Motorcycle Blessing. All are welcome to attend.

The event will take place Sunday, April 30, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at Peace Chapel. The chapel is located at 852 School Street, Morris, IL 60450 (behind Bedford Sales).

In Illinois, tornadoes most often occur between April and June or late in the summer. Now is the time for homeowners to begin preparing themselves. The Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) advises homeowners to create their own Family Emergency Plan.
I would like to offer the following links which allow constituents to read all legislation on the state website in the language of their choice.
Starting March 14, 2017, State Representative David Welter's office will be hosting traveling office hours at the Coal City library from 10:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. with Representative Parkhurst's office. The two offices' Legislative Aides will be on-hand to answer policy questions and help constituents navigate state agencies.
The Contractor's Association of Will and Grundy Counties is excited to once again offer scholarships to students who will study a construction-related area in college.

Interested applicants must be the son or daughter of a full-time employee of a CAWGC member company or Will/Grundy union building tradesman. The student must be attending college full-time in the Fall of 2017. The application form is available on the CAWGC website here.
The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for the Grundy County area until later this afternoon. Please visit for the most up-to-date forecasts and weather information.

For more information about what to do before and after a natural disaster, please visit The site provides instructions for preparing disaster plans and survival kits. The site also contains links to local, state and federal agencies that are your resources in the event of an emergency.
Please feel encouraged to participate in this 2017 survey. The ten question survey is a quick way for you to show how you feel about certain issues in Illinois government and it is easy to complete. Simply click the image to begin!