Marion… State Representative Dave Severin (R-Benton) would like to remind constituents of Williamson, Franklin, and Hamilton County to shop small and shop local in honor of Small Business Saturday on November 25th. Small Business Saturday has turned into a national tradition and has continued to grow each year.

“Sometimes we forget that small business owners are our neighbors, friends, or other people with ties to our community,” Severin said. “These business owners hire local workers, as well as support our local charities and other organizations. The weekend after Thanksgiving is the biggest shopping weekend of the year. That makes it even more important for people to be shopping and supporting local businesses.”

As the owner of a small business in Benton, Rep. Severin knows firsthand how important small businesses are to local communities.

“Illinois is home to 1.2 million small businesses, which makes up about 90% of the state’s overall exports,” Severin said. “Small businesses bring entrepreneurship and innovation, giving a unique and energetic feel to our towns and villages. Most importantly, when they are supported, local businesses turn around and invest back in the community, providing jobs and other valuable resources.”

To learn where you can go to support local business visit the Shop Southern Illinois page on Facabook and follow on Twitter @shopsouthernIL.

Marion…. State Representative Dave Severin (R- Benton) has announced his December schedule of Satellite Office Hours. Like in November, staff from Representative Severin’s Office will be made available on the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Wednesday of the Month from 12:00 – 3:00 pm at various locations throughout the district.

Rep. Severin hopes to make his staff and office resources more readily available to constituents, by holding Satellite Office Hours at least once a month in each county. Anyone that needs help with constituent issues or would like to express their opinions, are encouraged to stop by one of the following office hours.

December 6th 12:00 – 3:00 pm Anne West Lindsey Library, N. Division St. & Bryan Ave. Carterville, IL 62918

December 13th 12:00 – 3:00 pm Benton Public Library, S Main St. & W. Hudelson St. Benton, IL 62812

December 20th 12:00 – 3:00 pm McCoy Memorial Library, 118 S. Washington St. McLeansboro, IL 62859

The next Satellite Office Hours will be at the Anne West Lindsey Library in Carterville on December 6th. 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

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
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.”