State Representative Dave Severin's Summer Reading Club for K-4th Grade is coming to an end for this year. August 1st is the deadline to get your forms returned to the Marion district office to be eligible to receive your certificate of accomplishment and to give your local library credit to be considered for the pizza party for the library with the most summer readers.

Please return the completed forms to the legislative office at:

1301 Enterprise Way
Suite 40A
Marion, IL 62959

If you have any questions, please call 618-440-5090.

State Rep. Dave Severin (R-Benton) would like to remind residents that the Illinois State Treasurer's office will be at the West Frankfort Public Library and the Benton Public Library on Tuesday, July 31st to help research state records to see if there are any unclaimed dollars being held by the State of Illinois that belong to you.

9:30 AM – 12:30 PM             West Frankfort Public Library
                                                402 E Poplar Street

2:00 PM - 5:00 PM                Benton Public Library
                                                502 S. Main Street

These are both Check for Cash/I-Cash Events where a representative from the Treasurer’s Office will be set up to check their database and try to reunite people with their long lost cash or other property.

If you are unable to attend one of these events, you may learn more about this FREE service on-line at the Illinois State Treasurer's web site by clicking here.

State Representative Dave Severin is proud to support the Colt World Series coming to southern
Illinois in August!

"I encourage everyone to come out and support this international event right in our own backyard," said Rep. Severin. "Many of these young baseball players could end up playing in our professional leagues with teams like the St. Louis Cardinals or Chicago Cubs or White Sox."

The PONY Baseball Colt World Series is coming to Rent One Park in Marion from August 3rd to 8th, 2018, and the first two teams have qualified for the event from the European and Mexican regions.

In the European region, Holland A dominated in its semifinal and final games Sunday en route to its second-consecutive PONY European Zone title by an 11-0 final score in the title game against the Czech Republic. Naut Kragt pitched a complete game (five innings) shutout, allowing a hit and four walks, while striking out eight. Tyriq Kemp paced the Netherlands with three hits, while Ruendrick Piternella led the team with three RBI's. Overall, the Dutch offense took advantage of six walks and collected 10 hits on the day.

In the Mexican region, Mazatlán, Sinaloa took home the Colt Mexico Zone title. Liga Muralla will be making its third all-time appearance at the Colt World Series this summer, as well as its first since 2015.

Links to purchase tickets for the 2018 Colt World Series at Rent One Park are below:

Now in its 65th year, the Colt World Series is PONY Baseball's second-longest running World Series event. It is a ten-team tournament consisting of two, five-team double-elimination brackets, as well as ninth and tenth place games. The ten teams will be:

- Four (4) from the continental United States
one each from the West, East, South and North Zones

- Four (4) international teams
one each from the Asia-Pacific, European, Mexican, and Caribbean regions

- One (1) area host team from Southern Illinois
To Be Announced

- One (1) city host team from Marion, Illinois
To Be Announced

The Colt World Series will have a check-in date of August 2nd. There will be four games played on Friday, August 3rd, Saturday, August 4th and Sunday, August 5th. Three games will take place on Monday, August 6th, with two games contested on Tuesday, August 7th, and one to three contests on Wednesday, August 8th. There will also be opening ceremonies, as well as a Champions League game, which is the PONY Baseball League developed for special needs children.

State Rep. Dave Severin (R-Benton) is pleased that four communities in his district will receive Small Firefighting and Ambulance Service Equipment Grants as part of this year’s Small Equipment Grant Program announced this week. In Franklin County, both Valier Fire Department and Ziegler Fire Department will each receive $26,000; McLeansboro Fire Department in Hamilton County will receive $25,988.43; and the Carterville Fire Department in Williamson County will be awarded $25,824.76.

"These grants are vital for our more rural areas in Illinois to be able to provide life-saving services to our residents and visitors alike,” commented Rep. Dave Severin. “I encourage other fire protection districts and ambulance services to apply for these grants every year to keep equipment up-to-date and help protect those who protect us.”

One hundred fire departments and nonprofit ambulance services across the state received grants for the purchase of safety equipment, protective clothing, breathing apparatus and other needed tools. The money for this grant comes from the Fire Prevention Fund. The grants total $2.2 million, with each recipient receiving up to $26,000.

"This year we had over 400 fire departments from across the state apply for a grant," State Fire Marshal Matt Perez said. "The requests for grants totaled over $9 million. We had $2.2 million in funds to award and we ensured that the neediest stations across the state received the money to ensure the safety of the men and women that protect their cities. It is imperative that we continue to find ways to aid the men and women that respond first in a disaster and always put the lives of others before their own."

This year, research conducted by the Illinois Fire Service Institute (IFSI) Research Center led OSFM to evaluate new needs. The research on cardiovascular and chemical exposure risks faced by firefighters prompted the inclusion of gear washers as acceptable purchases in this year's grant application cycle. Most Illinois fire departments, fire protection districts, township fire departments, and stand-alone, nonprofit ambulance service providers were eligible to apply. All fire department, fire protection district and township fire department applicants were required to have participated in the National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) for a minimum of two years prior to applying.
State Representative Dave Severin (R-Benton) reacted to the signing of two pieces of legislation that put additional regulations on Second Amendment rights. Rep. Severin opposed both bills when they came before the Illinois House Chamber.

Senate Bill 3256 establishes a ’72-hour waiting period’ while background checks are performed on gun purchasers.

“This three-day waiting period bill does nothing to stop criminals from obtaining a gun or any other kind of weapon to hurt someone or commit a crime,” said Rep. Dave Severin. “Criminals have never waited on the legal morality of a law to break the law. This waiting period only impacts law-abiding citizens in Illinois.”

House Bill 2354 would allow family members to get court approval to remove firearms from other family members they claim could hurt someone or themselves.

“HB 2354 unfairly limits our due process and could make criminals out of law abiding citizens. I feel this legislation goes too far and allows for actual confiscation of legally owned weapons and will hurt gun dealers as well as gun trade shows,” declared Rep. Severin. “I will continue to fight to protect our constitutionally guaranteed Second Amendment rights her in Illinois.”

Presented continuously from 1983 to 2014 and then 2017 to present, the Governor’s Hometown Award​s (GHTA) program gives formal recognition to those who contributed to projects that improved their community’s quality of life. These projects are sponsored by local units of government t​​hat had strong volunteer support, met a need, and made a definitive impact, thereby generating a positive outcome in the community and by extension, the state. The program is administered by the Serve Illinois ​Commission, the Governor’s Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service.
Serve Illinois, the Governor’s Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service, is excited to be able to tie GHTA to its mission to improve Illinois communities by enhancing volunteerism and instilling an ethic of service throughout the State. In order to nominate your community, please complete the application at the link below:
Joe Ragusa of WSIL Channel 3 reports that Illinois state officials want to reopen the Rend Lake Resort.

Representatives with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources met with several companies Thursday, hoping to find someone capable of running the place.

The facility closed due to mold problems in Dec. 2016, right after Rep. Dave Severin (R-Benton) won his seat.

"There was actually one building, it was called 'The Wind Jammer,' it was razed," Severin said. "They tore it down just a couple weeks ago and they found that not only was there mold in that building, but the walls, you could put your hands through them. It was in terrible shape."

Loris Elston of Marion is considering a bid with his son-in-law.

"We need flooring. We need pads. We need the carpet," Elston said. "The bathrooms need to be sheet-rocked. In some cases, new tubs, new toilets."

Thursday's meeting was the fourth meeting officials have held since the Rend Lake Resort's closure, according to another prospective buyer whom did not wish to be named.

"It's a beautiful, beautiful facility. Beautiful resort," Elston said. "But it's just sat too long and too much needs to be done."

Elston said he isn't sure just how much the repairs will cost but the work won't end anytime soon.

Bidders have until Aug. 9 to submit their proposals. An IDNR spokeswoman said there is no timetable after that to reopen the facility, it just depends on the bids.

The contract would last 18 years with an extension possible for another 25 years.

View the WSIL Channel 3 report by Joe Ragusa by clicking here.
Benton….State Representative David Severin (R-Benton) is voicing his support for a newly introduced bill by his House colleague Barbara Wheeler of the 64th legislative district. HB 5928 would create the “Pyrotechnic Use Act”, thereby legalizing fireworks in Illinois for the first time since the 1930s.

“I’m proud to say on this 4th of July week that I am a supporter of re-legalizing fireworks in our state,” Severin said. “Rep. Wheeler’s bill not only legalizes fireworks, but lays out important safety guidelines as well. Safety should always come first when using fireworks.”

During the recent legislative session, Severin filed legislation (HB 5630) that would have legalized fireworks, but the bill was never allowed for a vote. Severin says he believes the public is in favor of legalizing fireworks and that Southern Illinois is losing out on revenues to other states.

“Right now the situation is, folks are using fireworks in Illinois, but they're buying these items in places like Kentucky and Missouri where fireworks are legal,” Severin said. “If people are willing to travel to buy fireworks then surely they would be willing to spend their money closer to home if Illinois were to legalize fireworks. I’m strongly in favor of legalizing fireworks and making it as safe as humanly possible at the same time. I think HB 5928 would accomplish those goals.”