State Representative Dave Severin (R-Benton) today visited Christopher Elementary School to help promote safety on the roads to the 2nd Grade students. Through their “Trucker Buddy” event, the students learned about the dangers of texting while driving and the importance of wearing seat belts while in a moving vehicle.

“Second graders are old enough to begin to understand the consequences of good and bad decisions and this is the right age to reinforce these kinds of safety issues for them and their families,” said Rep. Dave Severin, a member of the Appropriations-Elementary & Secondary Education Committee.

An organization called Trucker Buddy International gives students a glimpse into what life is like on the road. The Alabama-based nonprofit group matches classes of students with professional truck drivers, who share news about their travels with kids throughout the school year.

Ameren Illinois is partnering with the Crosswalk Community Action Agency in West Frankfort to host a bill payment assistance event this week. It will be held on Wednesday, September 12th from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the West Frankfort Mall just off I-57.

One-time grants of up to $150 will be available to income-qualified customers who live in Franklin, Jefferson and Williamson counties. These grants are limited and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

You will need to bring with you a current copy of your Ameren Illinois bill, proof of 30-day income (pay stub) and a photo ID.

State Representative Dave Severin (R-Benton) supports Governor Bruce Rauner’s proclamation to declare a ‘harvest emergency’ to help farmers dealing with rain-related delays get commodities harvested. The decision is meant to speed crop transportation on state highways.

“I applaud this decision to allow trucks hauling agricultural commodities to obtain a free permit to exceed the gross vehicle weight limit by 10 percent and help farmers harvest their crops more efficiently,” said Rep. Dave Severin, a member of the Agriculture and Conservation Committee.

This is the second year that a statewide harvest emergency has been declared under a law, which was signed by Governor Rauner in 2017. The permit issued by the Illinois Department of Transpiration is not available for interstate highways.

The emergency declaration begins Friday, September 7 and will remain in effect for the next 45 days.

To sign up for a Harvest Season Emergency overweight permit you may go online to the Illinois Department of Transportation at