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.”

West Frankfort…. Wednesday, State Representative Dave Severin (R-Benton) met with his Law Enforcement and First Responders Advisory Committee in West Frankfort. This was the first meeting for the committee, which is made up of local leaders in their respective fields. The group covered a range of issues from asset forfeiture to general suggestions on how to make working with state agencies more efficient.

“I enjoyed meeting with leaders from law enforcement and first responder communities. I received excellent feedback. I have a better understanding of the issues they face and how I can better serve them,” Severin said. “Advisory committees help me do my job better.  I look forward to meeting with this committee and others from a number of different fields.”

West Frankfort…. On Wednesday Representative Dave Severin (R-Benton) held his first Satellite office hours at the West Frankfort Public Library. As a token of his appreciation, Rep. Severin presented Library Director Pam Sevenski with a copy 2017-2018 Legislative Blue Book, the Bicentennial edition, for those interested in learning more about the 100th General Assembly.

“It was great getting the chance to talk with constituents at the satellite office hours in West Frankfort," Rep. Severin said. “I know my office in Marion is not convenient for everyone, so satellite office hours are a good way to listen to the concerns of people across the district.”

Rep. Severin will be holding satellite office hours throughout the summer, with the next one being held at Crab Orchard Public Library (20012 Crab Orchard Rd, Marion, IL 62959) on June 20th from 10:00 am to 12:30 pm.

This summer State Representative Dave Severin (R-Benton) will be holding a series of traveling office hours throughout the 117th District.

The first traveling office hours will be held on June 7th from 1 402 E Poplar St, in West Frankfort. 10:00 am to 1:00 pm at the West Frankfort Public Library, located at

Throughout the summer Rep. Severin will hold several traveling office hours every month, all over the district. Dave and his staff will be available to take your opinions about what is going on in Springfield, and help you with any related issues you may have. Watch Rep. Severin’s website (www.repseverin.com), local newspapers, and other outlets throughout the summer for more times and locations.

Rep. Severin will also have information for you on various different state agencies and programs that may be of some assistance to you. Anyone with questions on the traveling office hours is encouraged to call the District Office at (618) 440-5090 or use the contact form on his website at www.repseverin.com. 

Springfield…. With session coming to an end on Wednesday, House Democrats rushed a vote on a new school funding formula, Senate Bill 1, which Representative Dave Severin (R-Benton) opposed. Severin says the bill would provide Chicago Public Schools with a bailout while offering hollow promises to the rest of the state. Some schools in Severin's district may be set to gain financially from a new funding formula; however language in SB 1 does not include appropriations or define any methods of paying for the spending.
"Without money, this bill is an empty promise," Severin said. "SB 1 has been debated and worked on for months in the Senate, but was amended and dropped on my desk on the last days of session. In the short time I had to consider the legislation, I learned that the bill would provide Chicago with a more than $500 million windfall that will only continue to grow over the years. With the state already owing schools more than $1 billion this year and no way identified to pay for this new bill, I simply can't support this Chicago bailout.
"This is not the way to go about changing the funding formula for the whole state. SB 1 disproportionately funds Chicago and relies on magic math and money with empty promises. There has been a lot of misleading information about this bill but I voted no because it simply cannot keep the promises it makes."
Springfield…. State Rep. Dave Severin (R-Benton) today released following statement after the General Assembly failed to pass a balanced budget by the May 31st deadline: 

“I went into this week hoping we could achieve a full-year, truly balanced budget along with real reforms to grow the economy. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen.

“It’s extremely disappointing that instead of focusing on working with us to pass a balanced budget, House Democrats would rather point their fingers at Republicans for their failures. The fact is Democrats have been in charge of both the Senate and House for the past 12 years and in those years they increased spending, raised taxes, raided pensions, and used one-time revenue generating gimmicks to pass these unbalanced budgets. On top of that our revenues have not matched our expenditures for more than 15 years.

“The state is feeling the cost of these failures. We have $130 billion in unfunded pension liabilities, the fifth highest tax burden in the nation, and have lost more residents than any other state for three straight years.

“My Republican colleagues and I have reached across the aisle numerous times, asking for House Democrats to work with us on a balanced budget that will move our state forward. Democrats have flat out ignored our requests.

“It is time we stop the games, time to stop the politics, and stop hurting the people we are sworn to serve. I am looking forward to getting back to the 117th district to meet with constituents and talk about the many concerns they have surrounding the way session ended in Springfield.”