SPRINGFIELD – State Representative David Welter, R-Morris, issued the following statement today in response to Governor Rauner’s State of the State address delivered to a joint session of the Illinois General Assembly:

"Families in my district are tired of all the finger pointing and political gridlock in Springfield. Illinois is facing very critical challenges this year with the budget and billions in unpaid bills. Changing the culture in Springfield starts with individual legislators like me, on both sides of the aisle, seeking each other out in a spirit of goodwill and mutual respect to find common ground on resolving the state’s most pressing issues. We cannot leave it to the Governor and the Speaker of the House alone. That approach hasn’t worked the past three years. We’re all in this together. I am ready and willing to negotiate with all sides with the goal of passing a budget on-time this year, one that meets the state’s basic priorities while living within our means and enacting reforms that will attract jobs and opportunity back to Illinois.”

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Morris Community High School seniors were recognized with peers across the state as Illinois State Scholars. To earn the recognition, a student must achieve on criteria involving a state calculation derived from their requirement to complete either the ACT or SAT, and school must have reported high school curricular success.

Each student received a certificate from the state board of education and were given an additional certificate by State Rep. David Welter, 75th District. Welter commended each of them for their hard work, and he challenged them to put in the work that will allow them to achieve their dreams...

David Welter discusses his position on the House Energy Committee and how having a number of nuclear power plants in his district gives him a unique perspective into the state’s energy needs. In addition, the representative from Morris explains that an incident at a local county board meeting when he was still in high school provided the initiative to get into politics, being elected to that county board at age 19 and becoming its chairman at 23.