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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 November 15th from 12:00 – 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 address for the McCoy Memorial Library is 118 S Washington St, McLeansboro. 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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Orient… Monday night, State Representative Dave Severin (R-Benton) presented a House Certificate to Orient city officials honoring the city’s 100th birthday. Rep. Severin presented the certificate to Orient’s Mayor Pete Witkewiz at city hall prior to the City Council’s monthly meeting.
“It is incredible to think that Orient, Illinois is celebrating its 100th birthday,” Rep. Severin said. “The small Southern Illinois town has been a great addition to Franklin County over the years and it has been an honor for me to represent its constituents in the General Assembly.”

The City of Orient was incorporated on September 11th 1917. It was formed in connection to Orient #1 coal mine which at its peak production was the top producing coal mine in the world. Mayor Witkewiz expressed gratitude for the recognition the city received from Rep. Severin.

“It was very thoughtful of the Representative to honor the City of Orient for its land mark birthday” Mayor Witkewiz said, “It is a small town but we are very proud of the long history our small community has had in Southern Illinois.”
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Marion…. State Representative Dave Severin (R- Benton) announced that his office will be holding Satellite Office Hours at the Benton Public Library on Wednesday November 8th from 12:00 – 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 address for the Benton Public Library is S Main St & W Hudelson St, Benton, IL 62812. 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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Springfield…. State Representative Dave Severin (R-Benton) voted against House Bill 4117, which failed to pass the House on Thursday. The bill would have outlawed all trigger modification devices intended to accelerate a firearm’s rate of fire.
“House Bill 4117 was an attempt to trample on the rights of Illinois’s law abiding gun owners," Severin said. “The bill sought to outlaw the sale, purchase, and ownership of all ‘trigger modification device’. The language in the bill was vague and quite frankly poorly written. It basically would have made felons out of many law abiding gun owners.”
Proponents of the bill acknowledged that the legislation was drafted in response to the events that took place in Las Vegas.
“The sponsor admitted that this was a knee jerk reaction to what occurred in Las Vegas a few weeks ago. Everyone agrees those acts were despicable but sticking it to gun-owners is simply the wrong response. I will always stand opposed to legislation that targets our second amendments rights as HB 4117 did.”
The bill needed 2/3rds majority in order to pass and failed 48-54.

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Marion…. State Representative Dave Severin (R- Benton) will be holding Satellite Office Hours at the Anne West Lindsey Library on Wednesday November 1st from 12:00 – 3:00 pm. Rep. Severin’s staff will be on hand to take your opinions and assist with any constituent related issues you may have.
Staff from Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza’s office will also be on hand and will be happy to work with you on any outstanding payments you may have with the State, as well as answer any questions you have for them.
The address for Anne West Lindsey Library is N Division St. & Bryan Ave. Carterville, IL 62918.  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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Marion…. State Representative Dave Severin (R-Benton) met with members of his Tourism advisory committee on Thursday to discuss some of the biggest issues facing local tourism.
Among the issues discussed were the plans for reopening both Rend Lake Resort and the Tourism Information Center which has been closed down due to construction on the north and south bound rest stops on I-57.
“It has been frustrating having both the Rend Lake Resort, and the Tourism Information Centers closed for as long as they have,” Severin said. “That being said we are working closely with state agencies on both of these issues and keeping an open dialogue with the committee and others involved in tourism that have been impacted by the closures.”
Shannon Johnson, CEO of visitSI, heads up the advisory committee and has enjoyed the improved communication the committee has helped provide for tourism throughout the district.
“Southern Illinois as a whole has so much to offer as a tourist destination,” Shannon said. “We have to be using all our resources though and make sure they are complimenting each other. I think the committee has done a good job of opening lines of communication between groups that otherwise would not be working together as they are now.”
The group meets on a quarterly basis with the most recent meeting held at Walkers Bluff. Their next meeting will be in January.
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Marion…. On Tuesday State Representative Dave Severin (R- Benton) announced dates for Satellite Office Hours during November. As in October, the office will be in Carterville the first Wednesday, Benton the second Wednesday, and Mcleansboro the third Wednesday of the month. Location, Date, and Time are listed below.
Anne West Lindsey Library, N Division St. & Bryan Ave, Carterville, November 1st, 12:00-3:00 pm
Benton Public Library, S Main St. & W Hudelson St, Benton, November 8th,  12:00-3:00 pm
McCoy Memorial Library, 118 S Washington St, McLeansboro, November 15th, 12:00-3:00 pm
Staff from Rep. Severin’s district office will be on hand to take your opinions and help you with any constituent related issues you may have. If you would like to learn more about the office hours please visit Rep. Severin’s website at www.repseverin.com, or contact the District Office at (618) 440-5090.
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