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Marion – State Representative Dave Severin (R-Benton) attended a House Appropriations – Public Safety Committee hearing, on Tuesday, December 5, that focused on the recent spike in violence at Illinois Youth Centers and adult correctional facilities across the state.
While Rep. Severin is not a sitting member of the committee, he requested to take part in the hearing because the Illinois Youth Center sits just outside the boundaries of Severin's 117th District.
 “I have heard from Department of Corrections employees, and have read in multiple news reports, that the Illinois Youth Center in Harrisburg has seen an increase in violence between juveniles and staff,” Severin said. “Harrisburg IYC is not technically in my district but I do have constituents with ties to the IYC and adult facilities throughout Southern Illinois, so I felt it was important for me to attend the hearing. The number of incidents resulting in serious injuries is increasing, so this hearing was an important step to determine what needs to be done to reduce the violence that the men and women serving as public safety officials in these facilities face. These assaults have not just been a problem for Harrisburg but for correctional facilities throughout the state.”
The rise in staff assaults is a major issue, and Rep. Severin felt like progress was made at the committee meeting.

“I am encouraged that communication between the state, the facilities, staff, and other groups is improving,” Severin said. “However, there is much work left to be done. I hope to be a part of further discussions in the weeks and months to come until we find a comprehensive solution that addresses these serious issues to reduce assaults on staff.”
Marion…. State Representative Dave Severin (R- Benton) announced that his office will be holding Satellite Office Hours at the McCoy Memorial Library in McLeansboro on Wednesday, December 20, from 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm.

“Satellite office hours are a good way for me to make my office and its resources more accessible to the whole district,” Rep. Severin said. “Staff will be on hand to take your opinions and assist with any constituent-related issues you may have.”

The McCoy Memorial Library is located at 118 S. Washington St., in McLeansboro. If you would like to learn more about Rep. Severin’s office hours, please contact his district office at (618) 440-5090 or through the contact form on his website at www.repseverin.com.

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Marion, IL - State Representative Dave Severin (R-Benton) and his colleagues in the legislature were invited by Alliance Resource Partners to tour Hamilton County Coal Mine #1, on Thursday, December 7. Those attending with Rep. Severin were Sen. Dale Fowler (R-Harrisburg), and Rep. Brad Halbrook (R-Shelbyville).

“I had a great time touring the coal mine, and I think my colleagues did as well,” said Rep. Severin. “Everyone in Illinois knows how important coal is to Southern Illinois, but the industry has obviously been changing. I felt it was important to have some of my colleague’s tour a mine to show the continued importance of coal to the region and economy.”

Representative Severin visited the same coal mine a year ago and was impressed with the mine’s growth over the past year.

“Since the last time I visited Hamilton County Coal, the company has grown from 186 to 346 employees,” said Severin. “The staff were pleasant and it is my understanding that they are well compensated with good benefits. I think we all were very impressed with the operation as a whole, and it was good to see the mine is expanding.”

Rusty Ashcraft, of Alliance Resource Partners appreciated the state officials making time to visit and show support for the industry.

“It was a pleasure having Sen. Fowler, Rep. Severin, and Rep. Halbrook all come by and visit the Hamilton County Coal mine,” said Ashcraft. “We always enjoy having our public officials visit our facilities to show their support for the coal industry. We have a lot of great things going on here at Hamilton County Coal and we are proud of the men and women who work here and make it a special place to be.”


Hamilton County Coal operates Mine #1 for parent company Alliance Resource Partners, and is annually one of the top producing coal mines for the company. Mine #1 is an underground mine that produces roughly three million tons of coal per year.
Friday, December 8, 2017… State Representative Dave Severin (R-Benton) today presented Herschell Meadows with a Certificate of Recognition from the Illinois House of Representatives in honor of his retirement from Pepsi MidAmerica. He had worked for the company for 38 years. Pictured from left to right are Christine Meadows (daughter), Harry L. Crisp II, CEO of Pepsi MidAmerica, Herschell Meadows, Kimberlee Parry (daughter), and Rep. Severin. 
Marion…. State Representative Dave Severin (R- Benton) announced that his office will be holding Satellite Office Hours at the Benton Public Library on Wednesday, December 13, from 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm.

“Satellite office hours are a good way for me to make my office and its resources more accessible to the whole district,” Rep. Severin said. “Staff will be on hand to take your opinions and assist with any constituent-related issues you may have.”

The Benton Public Library is located at 502 S. Main Street, in Benton. If you would like to learn more about Rep. Severin’s office hours, please contact his district office at (618) 440-5090 or through the contact form on his website at www.repseverin.com.
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 Marion… State Representative Dave Severin (R-Benton) would like to remind constituents of Williamson, Franklin, and Hamilton County to shop small and shop local in honor of Small Business Saturday on November 25th. Small Business Saturday has turned into a national tradition and has continued to grow each year.

“Sometimes we forget that small business owners are our neighbors, friends, or other people with ties to our community,” Severin said. “These business owners hire local workers, as well as support our local charities and other organizations. The weekend after Thanksgiving is the biggest shopping weekend of the year. That makes it even more important for people to be shopping and supporting local businesses.”

As the owner of a small business in Benton, Rep. Severin knows firsthand how important small businesses are to local communities.

“Illinois is home to 1.2 million small businesses, which makes up about 90% of the state’s overall exports,” Severin said. “Small businesses bring entrepreneurship and innovation, giving a unique and energetic feel to our towns and villages. Most importantly, when they are supported, local businesses turn around and invest back in the community, providing jobs and other valuable resources.”

To learn where you can go to support local business visit the Shop Southern Illinois page on Facabook and follow on Twitter @shopsouthernIL.

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Marion…. State Representative Dave Severin (R- Benton) has announced his December schedule of Satellite Office Hours. Like in November, staff from Representative Severin’s Office will be made available on the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Wednesday of the Month from 12:00 – 3:00 pm at various locations throughout the district.

Rep. Severin hopes to make his staff and office resources more readily available to constituents, by holding Satellite Office Hours at least once a month in each county. Anyone that needs help with constituent issues or would like to express their opinions, are encouraged to stop by one of the following office hours.

December 6th 12:00 – 3:00 pm Anne West Lindsey Library, N. Division St. & Bryan Ave. Carterville, IL 62918

December 13th 12:00 – 3:00 pm Benton Public Library, S Main St. & W. Hudelson St. Benton, IL 62812

December 20th 12:00 – 3:00 pm McCoy Memorial Library, 118 S. Washington St. McLeansboro, IL 62859

The next Satellite Office Hours will be at the Anne West Lindsey Library in Carterville on December 6th. If you would like to learn more about our office hours please contact Rep. Severin’s District Office at (618) 440-5090 or through the contact form on his website at www.repseverin.com.

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