Marion…. State Representative Dave Severin (R-Benton) today issued the following statement on the signing of House Bill 40:
“I consider myself to be pro-life before an elected official, a Republican, or anything else, which is why I voted against House Bill 40 and co-sponsored House Resolution 620 encouraging the Governor to veto House Bill 40. I am extremely disappointed by today’s action to expand access to abortions and put tax payers on the hook for those expenses. Protecting the sanctity of life is my guiding principle and I will continue to fight for our shared values.”

Marion…. State Representative Dave Severin (R- Benton) has announced a new schedule for satellite office hours. The new schedule will take effect starting in October and will run through December. Rep. Severin’s staff will be available, throughout the district, three times a month at the following locations. 
Anne West Lindsey Library, in Carterville, on the first Wednesday of every month
Benton Public Library, on the second Wednesday of every month
McCoy Memorial Library in McLeansboro, on the third Wednesday of every month.
Rep. Severin knows the Marion district office is not necessarily convenient for everyone, so his office hosts these office hours to make the office’s services more readily available to everyone. Those that have constituent issues, opinions, or questions are encouraged to visit one of these office hours. Staff from the Illinois Comptroller’s office will also be available to answer any questions you may have for them.

The first Satellite office hours will be held Wednesday October 4th at Anne West Lindsey Library (N Division St. & Bryan Ave. Carterville, IL 62918) from Noon to 3:00 pm. If you have any questions, please contact Rep. Severin’s District Office at (618) 440-5090 or through the contact form on his website at
Marion…. On Friday, State Representative Dave Severin (R-Benton) visited a fourth grade music class at Lincoln Elementary School in Johnston City. The visit took place to bring awareness to National Keep Kids Creative Week, which occurs once a year during the third week of September.

After watching his son and now grandsons grow up, Rep. Severin knows that creativity comes easy to all kids.

“Being able to express your creativity is one the many fun aspects of being a kid.” Severin said, “As I have watched my son and now grandsons grow up over time, it makes me believe creativity just comes so naturally to children. From the art projects brought home from school to musical performances, you really see how they all are overflowing with creativity.”

Creativity may come natural to kids but Rep. Severin knows it is important that we are continually supporting and cultivating it in schools.
“It is important that our schools continue to foster creativity in our kids through music, art, and other creative programs, otherwise it will be lost on them sooner than we think.” Severin said “The best ideas come from dreamers, and as far as I am concerned you can never have too ma
ny good ideas. So it is important to recognize National Keep Kids Creative Week and promote creativity in all our kids.
 Marion…. State Representative Dave Severin (R-Benton) spoke to students and teachers at Unity Christian School on Monday as the school held a ceremony in honor of Patriot Day.
Rep. Severin talked about how incredible of a country the United States is and the importance of patriotism.

“There are still people in other countries that do not have electricity, running water, and other basic things we all take for granted have in our lives," Severin said. “God has truly blessed the United States and it takes patriots to protect it. We saw this when police officers and firefighters rushed into those burning towers 16 years ago on September 11."

The representative also spoke about his memory of 9/11 and what the day means to him.

“It is one of those days in our history where anyone you talk to will remember where they were when they heard the news. It was a terrible day, and one you cannot forget, but in the chaos we saw tremendous acts of patriotism which revealed the true character of our country."