Dear Friend,

Another busy week has come and gone. This past week I split my time between the District and Springfield. Early in the week I met with members of the Franklin County Farm Bureau and then headed to Springfield for a full week of floor and committee action.

Before we get into the highlights from last week, I want to remind you that my 2017 Legislative Survey is now available online. This is a great way for me to learn where you stand on the important issues facing Illinois. Click here to take the survey.

Franklin Farm Bureau
On Tuesday night, I attended a meeting with the Franklin County Farm Bureau in Benton. It was a pleasure having an opportunity to meet with the current and future leaders of agriculture in the 117th District. Agriculture is incredibly important to our area, and I will continue to work closely with all of the ag community to learn how I can be of better service to them.

Tom Miller Interview
While in Springfield, I took some time to call in to Tom Miller’s radio show to discuss some of the latest news from the legislature. As usual we talked at length about the lack of a budget, but we also covered some of the developing legislation in regards to abortion, tougher penalties against DUI’s, and preparation for Zombie Apocalypse.


Deny Lawmakers a Pay Increase
On Thursday, I sat in on a meeting of the House Executive Committee to vote on House Bill 643 to deny lawmakers a pay increase. Earlier this year I filed an identical piece of legislation, HB 3790, so I was proud to support it. You can read my statement on this bill by clicking here.   

Legislative update
In an exciting development last week, three of my bills were assigned to House committees: 

House Bill 2895 Assigned to State Government Administration Committee
House Bill 2896 Assigned to Appropriations-Higher Education Committee
House Bill 2897 Assigned to Judiciary Criminal Committee

I encourage you to learn more about each of these bills and track them as they move through the legislative process. You can also explore other pieces of legislation by visiting the Illinois General Assembly’s website.

Stay Connected
My office in Marion is staffed Monday through Friday, from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. You can email me directly message through the Contact Form on my website at www.repseverin.com. My staff and I are here to serve you! So please feel free to share your opinions with us.


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Springfield….State Representative Dave Severin (R-Benton) voted to deny state lawmaker pay increases during a meeting of the House Executive Committee on Thursday morning. The Benton Republican and first-term lawmaker had filed an identical piece of legislation, HB 3790.

“House Bill 643 will deny lawmakers an increase in pay, based on a cost-of-living adjustment allowed by the Compensation Review Act,” Severin said. “Lawmaker pay is currently treated as a continuing appropriation and cost of living adjustments, or raises, are built in to that law. It’s completely ludicrous, but, each year the General Assembly has to actually take a vote to stop its own automatic pay raise. If you consider the utter failure of the legislature to produce balanced budgets for the last several years, the notion that automatic pay raises for politicians would be possible is just insane to me. That’s why today’s vote was so important.”

The bill applies only to the fiscal year 2018, beginning July 1, 2017.  The bill passed Committee unanimously and now heads to the full House for a vote.
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Illinois is facing incredibly difficult times, and it will require us to make some tough decisions. As your State Representative, it is important for me to know how you feel about these issues. I invite you to weigh in with your opinions and comments by taking my online survey. In the survey you will find questions ranging from the budget impasse to gun rights issues, as well as a short essay question where you can give us your ideas on what needs to change in Springfield. 

Please fill out all of the contact information so I can keep you in the loop on these issues throughout the year. Click here to fill out the survey or click on the 2017 Survey graphic on the right side of the page, under our E-Newsletter Signup. 

Thank you,

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Dear Friend,

Today is February 20th, and as you may also know it as President's Day. On this day we remember some of the greatest leaders in our country's history. The White House website has an informative webpage with information about all those to have served as President. Click here to learn more about the individuals that have held the post.

Now for what happened last week.

Visited SIH Headquarters

Last Monday, my fellow lawmakers and I visited the headquarters of Southern Illinois Healthcare. SIH employs more than 3,000 people all over Southern Illinois and is one of the best healthcare
providers in the area. It was pleasure getting the opportunity to meet good people and see how they go about providing such quality care. I am a major supporter of not-for-profit health care systems like SIH and quality healthcare providers everywhere.

Governor’s Budget Address

On Wednesday, Governor Rauner addressed the General Assembly and presented us with a balanced budget. This is the third time the Governor has done this since he assumed office. We have been without a budget for too long and I strongly urge my colleagues to consider the Governor’s proposal. You can read my full statement on the Governor’s Address by Clicking Here.

St. Clair County Judge denies motion to block state workers’ paychecks

On Thursday, a St. Clair County Judge ruled against the Attorney General’s motion to block pay checks to state workers. This was a very responsible decision by the judge. I have said from the beginning, state workers provide important services and need to be paid for this state to function properly. Read my full statement on the judge’s decision here.      

Stay Connected


My office in Marion is staffed Monday through Friday, from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. You can email me directly message through the Contact Form on my website at www.repseverin.com. My staff and I are here to serve you! So please feel free to share your opinions with us.


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"Today the St. Clair County Circuit Court made a responsible decision to deny the Attorney General’s request to block paychecks to state workers amidst the current budget impasse. From the beginning I felt this was a political stunt. It is a waste of time and tax payer money to create these legal battles that distract everyone from our root problems.

Now it's up to the General Assembly and the Governor to come together pass a balanced budget. However, to avoid future threats to state employees, I am supporting a bipartisan effort that would keep them from being used as political pawn permanently by guaranteeing their pay checks even in the absence of a budget."

Springfield….State Representative Dave Severin (R-Benton) today said the Governor showed great leadership and gave guidance to the General Assembly in his Budget Address on Wednesday. Severin also expressed an eagerness to work out a compromise.

“The Governor really stepped up today,” Severin said, “He gave the General Assembly direction and leadership, by outlining parameters to the Senate’s compromise. This sort of direction has been desperately needed. Now it is time for us to put partisan politics aside, roll up our sleeves, and get to work on a long-term balanced budget.”

In the end, Severin was happy to see that the Governor’s top priorities are job creation, keeping taxes down and economic growth. Severin believes having a budget that enables those things is a must.

“At the end of the day, we cannot expect to tax our way out of our financial woes. We have to get more high paying jobs coming to Illinois. By doing this there is no doubt that this state will see a tremendous amount of economic growth.” Severin said, “That’s why I believe any balanced budget has to be a bargain for taxpayers and job creators alike."



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Dear Friend,

Welcome to the Weekly Newsletter for the week of February 10, 2017. This week I split my time between the district and Springfield. The first half of the week was spent in district where I was busy meeting with constituents, visiting with Tom Miller, and welcoming the Governor on his visit to the 117th district. The second half of the week I traveled up to Springfield, as the House reported for session. While we still lack a budget there were some big developments with other legislation. Here is the recap.

Ounce of Prevention Fund
Last Friday, I visited the Educare facility in West Chicago to learn more about the Ounce of Prevention Fund. The group believes that the first five years of a child’s life is the most important to the future of their education. As a result the Ounce has created teaching models to boost program quality across the state and at the national level. This ensures that more children have to the programs best suited for their future success. It is a great group of people, and I look forward to seeing the impact of their work in our district.



Visited with WJPF Tom Miller

On Tuesday I sat down with Tom Miller of WJPF Radio to talk discuss some of the latest developments in Springfield.

Tom and I discussed my new committee assignments and how the committees are all in areas relevant to the district and Southern Illinois as a whole. We also touched on the Senate's “Grand Bargain” budget plan, what to expect with taxes, and a recent proposal to make Illinois a sanctuary state.






Governor Rauner Visits Herrin Junior High

Also on Tuesday, the Governor came to visit Herrin Junior High School. He went on a tour of the school with the Principal and later addressed students and faculty in the gym. The Governor spoke about how education is the most important thing we do as a community because we are preparing the future generation and thus preparing for the future. He also thanked the teachers for all their work, as their job is one of the most difficult but also the most important to our community.

The Governor told me he was very impressed with the students, faculty, and facilities at Herrin Junior High. I let him know that it is simply one of many great public schools we have here in the 117th District.





House Bill 40
This week the House Committee on Human Services heard House Bill 40. The bill aims to expand benefits for Medicaid and the State Employee Insurance Act to cover all abortions, as opposed to just cases of rape, incest, or health of the mother as the law currently does.  This is a measure I strongly disapprove of because it contradicts our principles and values.


House Bill 1798
House Democrats are trying to rush through a bill to guarantee pay for state workers. This is a poorly written piecemeal deal that simply kicks the can down the road.  Instead, I am co-sponsoring House Bill 2803 that also secures pay for state workers, has bi-partisan support, and is a permanent solution to this issue.


House Bill 426
House Democrats are seeking to make Illinois a sanctuary state. This would put Illinois at odds with the federal government, and with the current financial situation this state is in, it is silly to be biting the hand that feeds us as this bill does.


Stay Connected

My office in Marion is staffed Monday through Friday, from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. You can email me directly through the Contact Form on my website www.repseverin.com. You can also sign up for the E-Newsletter which will send the weekly newsletter and more straight to your email! My staff and I are here to serve you! You can reach the District office at (618) 440-5090 and the Springfield office at (217) 782- 1051. Please feel free to reach out and share your opinions with us.
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Springfield…. This week the House Committee on Human Services will hear House Bill 40. The bill aims to expand benefits from Medicaid and the State Employee Insurance Act to cover all abortions, as opposed to just cases of rape, incest, or health of the mother as the law currently does.    

Representative Dave Severin (R-Benton) said the situation with the budget has contributed to the lack of attention paid to HB 40. Yet he insisted on the importance of opposing this bill and protecting the lives of those most vulnerable

“It is clear that everyone in Springfield has their mind on the budget, and rightfully so, it is a big issue that needs to be addressed.” Severin said, “That being said, the fight for life is important. We cannot allow attacks on innocent life to slip past us while we are distracted.”




Dear Friend,

Welcome to the Weekly Newsletter for the week of February 3, 2017. The House did not hold session this week but there was still plenty going on both in Springfield and the 117th District. From meeting with constituents at the district office to supporting new legislation to protect state employee paychecks, there is a lot to catch you up on. 
HB 1787 – Keep Paying State Employees
This week I signed on as a sponsor of HB 1787. The bill would create a continuing appropriation for state employee pay. HB 1787 was filed in response to the Attorney General’s motion last week to stop paying state employees as long as the state does not have a budget.

As I said last week, the Attorney General’s motion is simply a political stunt. However this stunt has real life consequences for thousands of hardworking Illinoisans. The services state employees provide are crucial, and like any other job we cannot expect them to continue if they are not paid on time and in full. I am proud to be a sponsor of HB 1787. State employees should be protected from political stunts like this, especially while negotiations on a balanced budget with reform continue.

Rotary Club of Marion
On Thursday, I was invited to attend the Rotary Club of Marion’s meeting. I really enjoyed having the opportunity to meet some of the members and learn more about the community service projects they’re working on. I also had the chance to talk to the club about what is going on in Springfield. The Rotary Club of Marion is a great group of community leaders and I look forward to visiting them again soon.

Committee Assignments
Also on Thursday, I learned what committees I will be sitting on for the 100th General Assembly. I will be serving on the following committees: Appropriations – Elementary & Secondary Education, Business Incentives for Local Communities, Agriculture & Conservation, Tourism, Appropriations – Human Services, and Mental Health. I am excited to work on all the legislation that comes to these committees, since they all have relevance to the 117th district.


Stay Connected
My office in Marion is staffed Monday through Friday, from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. You can email me directly through the Contact Form on my website www.repseverin.com. You can also sign up for the E-Newsletter which will send the weekly newsletter and more straight to your email! My staff and I are here to serve you! You can reach the District office at (618) 440-5090 and the Springfield office at (217) 782- 1051. Please feel free to reach out and share your opinions with us.


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Benton…State Rep. Dave Severin (R-Benton) today announced that he has received his committee assigning for the 100th General Assembly. Rep. Severin will be serving on the following committees: Appropriations – Elementary & Secondary Education, Business Incentives for Local Communities, Agriculture & Conservation, Tourism, Appropriations – Human Services, and Mental Health.

“I am honored to have received these committee assignments for the 100th General Assembly. I have years of experience in education, human services, and fighting for our most vulnerable, so I look forward to sitting on the two appropriations committees that align with this experience as we craft a balanced budget. I am excited for the 117th District because Agriculture and Tourism are large parts of our economy. As a small business owner I am thrilled to be able to work extensively on creating development opportunities for our communities.”






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