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Zeigler…. Tuesday, State Representative Dave Severin (R-Benton) stopped by Zeigler-Royalton High School to present House Resolution 379 and honor the High School’s Coaches v. Cancer program. The group started during the 2009-2010 school year, and has since raised over $110,000 in support of the American Cancer Society for research and patient services. That is the most of any high school in Illinois and one of the top in the nation.

Representative Severin was inspired by how the community has rallied around this cause, and thought Zeigler-Royalton was a great example of how a small town can make a big difference.

“Zeigler-Royalton Coaches vs. Cancer is an incredible group.” Rep. Severin said, “Zeigler-Royalton community is neither the biggest nor the wealthiest but somehow, year after year, they are one of the top fundraisers in all of Illinois. The numbers speak for themselves and what Zeigler-Royalton has been able to do is nothing short of amazing.”

Randall Risley, who started Zeigler-Royalton Coaches v. Cancer, is very proud of how the group has grown and is happy to receive recognition from Rep. Severin for it.

“The Zeigler-Royalton community is small but we are proud to say we have had a bigger impact than any other high school in the state since we started,” Risley said. “I really appreciate the recognition from Representative Severin as we are all so proud of what we have been able to accomplish.”


Marion…. State Representative Dave Severin (R-Benton) made the following statement on the Governor’s speech tonight.

“I echo the Governor’s call for unity in both chambers as we enter the special session starting tomorrow. It has been far too long since Illinois has had a balanced budget and we are all hurting because of it. A fully balanced budget with reforms to help grow the economy is what Illinois needs. As legislators, we owe it to the people we serve to come together in a bipartisan manner to work through the budget impasse. It is going to take 71 votes to get a budget through the House, which means both sides will need the others help in overcoming this crisis.”

Marion…. Today, State Representative Dave Severin visited the Veterans Affairs Department in Marion, to honor several Veterans Service Officers and volunteers for the work they do for Veterans. Ed Humphrey of AMVETS, Gregory L. Strong of the VFW, William Slider of American Legion, and Denton Vaughn of DAV all received an Illinois House of Representatives certificate of recognition from Rep. Severin for their work.

“I know each of these Veterans Service officers work incredibly hard for the veterans they serve.” Rep. Severin said, “While it often goes unrecognized, the work they do makes a world of difference for countless veterans. These certificates were simply my way of showing a little appreciation for the important services they provide.”

Caleb, and Charles Humphrey were also honored, they will be receiving the Daughters of the American Revolution National Youth Volunteer Service Award for Veterans on July 1st. Kathie Coates works for AMVETS and interacts with the Service Officers and volunteers on a regular basis and brought their work to Rep. Severin’s attention.

“These gentleman are truly awesome and a one of a kind group even though they work for different organizations.” Said Ms. Coates, “The veteran is what is most important to each of them, so they help each other out to make sure they are doing everything possible for each veteran."

Marion…. Today Governor Rauner issued a special session proclamation, ordering the Illinois General Assembly to return to Springfield to work on the budget impasse. State Representative Dave Severin (R-Benton) issued the following statement on the Governor’s decision.

“I applaud Governor Rauner for taking the initiative to call a special session and bring the General Assembly back to Springfield.” Severin said, “We adjourned at the end of May into a supposed ‘continuous session,’ and have been waiting to be called back into session by Speaker Madigan. The House has yet to meet since May 31st. This is an important action taken by the Governor, because there are only 17 days left in this fiscal year and we are running out of time. I look forward to getting back to work and bring Illinois a truly balanced budget with reforms to grow our economy.”

The special session will begin Wednesday June 21st and go through the end of June. Both chambers will be meeting every day until a balanced budget is passed. 
Benton…. On Wednesday Representative Dave Severin (R-Benton) released the following statement on the announcement that Rend Lake Resort is seeking a new operator.

“It is very exciting to hear that the Illinois Department of Natural Resources has decided to take the first step to reopening Rend Lake Resort by seeking a new operator.” Severin said, “Rend Lake is a beautiful area and the resort brings so much to the local tourism industry. The renovated resort will also provide much needed jobs and revenue for Southern Illinois. I have been in weekly contact with the IDNR since the closing of the resort. Let’s keep up the momentum, and finish off this process that will once again make Rend Lake Resort an awesome tourist destination.”