Proponents of changing the way Illinois draws political maps had their moment Wednesday, but they appear no closer to getting the issue before voters.

Proposed constitutional amendments have been introduced in both the House and Senate that would take the remapping process away from politicians and put it in the hands of an independent commission.

Senate leaders allowed proponents of the amendment to make their case at a subcommittee hearing Wednesday. However, in the House, the proposals have been locked up in the House Rules Committee and time is quickly running out.

Both the House and Senate would have to vote by May 6 to put the issue on the ballot. The House is not scheduled to be in session the week of April 30 through May 4. Read the rest of the story.


Rep. David Welter stopped over at Immaculate Conception School in Morris to join local 4-H students as they packed food to benefit local pantries. Volunteering is one of the most rewarding things we can do to make a difference in the lives of local families in need.

Rep. David Welter, R-Morris, and his family enjoyed the celebration at the Newark FFA 80th anniversary banquet on Thursday evening. Newark has an impressive FFA program that the community strongly supports and can be very proud of.

Diamond, IL – State Sen. Sue Rezin (R-Morris) will be joined by State Rep. David Welter (R-Morris), State Rep. Lindsay Parkhurst (R-Kankakee), and several local officials for “Coffee & Conversation,” a free event open to the public March 1.

The event at Whistle Stop, 2080 Main St. in Diamond runs from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., although constituents can arrive at any time.

“Speaking to my constituents and hearing their thoughts, ideas, and concerns on state and local issues is incredibly important to me as their representative in Springfield,” Rezin said. “I’m excited to host this ‘Coffee & Conversation’ in Diamond so people from the area can interact with their local and state officials in an informal setting.”

“I welcome every local resident to attend our coffee and make their voice heard,” Rep. Welter said. “I look forward to sharing my perspective on the opportunities and challenges we face in Springfield this year, and listening to the concerns of local families and taxpayers.”

“The most important part of being a state representative is listening to my constituents and ensuring they are heard in Springfield,” Rep. Parkhurst said. “I am excited to participate so people in Diamond and the surrounding areas can sit down with their own elected officials.”

Joining Rezin, Welter, and Parkhurst will be Diamond Mayor Terry Kernc, Braidwood Mayor James Vehrs, Grundy County Sheriff Kevin Callahan, and Diamond City Administrator Don Labriola.

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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.