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Governor Rauner to chair public meeting with legislative leaders on Nov. 18.  The meeting is expected to examine the delayed FY16 budget process.  Although the FY16 fiscal year began on July 1, 2015, a constitutional balanced budget has not been enacted by the Democrat supermajorities in the Illinois House and Senate.  The State has continued to operate under consent decrees, court orders, continuing appropriations, and school appropriations, but this has created many operational problems.  Recipients of State services, and providers of goods and services to the State, have been affected by the lack of a legal budget document.  

Spokespersons for all four legislative leaders expressed positive interest in the meeting.  The gathering was requested by a consortium of nonpartisan advocacy groups.  Sponsors of the request included the Better Government Association, the League of Women Voters, and the Illinois Campaign for Political Reform. 

SPRINGFIELD – State Representative Adam Brown (R-Champaign) is pleased to announce that after the General Assembly’s unanimous approval to allow for a twelve year extension to crucial tax incrementally financed districts in Arcola and Paris, Governor Rauner has indicated he will sign the legislation into law. Senate Bill 1714 carried three TIF extensions, including two for Arcola adopted in 2004 and 1993, and one in Paris adopted in 1999.

Rep. Brown stated, “I was proud to bring this legislation on behalf of Paris and Arcola. Now these municipalities have the ability to allow for further economic developments within these extended districts.”

Senate Bill 1714 awaits the Governor’s approving signature.

Springfield…With the State of Illinois yet to pass a balanced budget for Fiscal Year 2016, State Representative Adam Brown (R-Champaign) was pleased to see Senate Bill 2042 unanimously pass the Illinois House of Representatives. The legislation authorizes the spending of a total of almost $5.4 billion in federal money for programs that help domestic violence victims, low-income seniors and disabled people.

Rep. Brown stated, “This bill appropriates vital federal funds to vulnerable individuals and agencies during the state’s budgetary impasse, and as they are usable federal dollars that cannot be adjusted, I’d like to see these funds pass quickly through the process, and not be held further by any state budget issues.”

On August 19, the Senate will reconvene, and hopefully quickly pass the vital federal dollars on to Governor Rauner’s desk.

Springfield…State Representative Adam Brown (R-Champaign) was announced as the recipient of the 2015 ILCAE Jim Guilinger Legislative Award for contributions supporting, improving, and expanding Illinois Agricultural Education. Rep. Brown has sponsored many initiatives in support of agriculture and property rights. His latest measure created the Wind Energy Facilities Construction and Deconstruction Act, requiring that wind energy facilities located on private property must resolve agricultural impact mitigation agreements with the Department of Agriculture and the landowner, before development.

Rep. Brown stated, “It is such an honor to receive the Jim Guilinger Legislative Award. As a fifth-generation family farmer, I understand agricultural issues and I have tried to help the industry as much as I can during my time as a state legislator. I am very thankful to the people that have found me deserving of this award, as it could not be received by a more appreciative person to all that it represents.”

Rep. Brown graduated from the University of Illinois with an undergraduate degree in Agribusiness, and a Master’s in Public Administration.

Springfield…In further support of property rights to local landowners and farmers, State Representative Adam Brown (R-Champaign) is happy to report that House Bill 3523 became law today.

The law establishes the Wind Energy Facilities Agricultural Impact Mitigation Act. It requires that operators of commercial wind energy facilities located on private property must outline construction, deconstruction and abandonment plans to help preserve the integrity of land that is impacted. Agreements must be made with the landowner and also the Department of Agriculture.

Representative Brown stated, “We maintained great support from state agencies with this legislation, including the Illinois Farm Bureau, as the law’s main intent is to promote the welfare of landowners during the construction and deconstruction of wind energy facilities. It does not in any way impede local control, but it does guarantee to local governments and constituents that any wind energy facility plans take into consideration the safekeeping of not only the land used by the facility, but land nearby the facility. I am happy to bring this assurance to local landowners and farmers.”

After being signed by Governor Rauner, the law is listed as Public Act 99-0132.

Springfield – State Representative Adam Brown (R-Champaign) has expressed his gratitude to the Missouri landowners that successfully blocked a multistate transmission line that would affect farming and property values across all states it would run through, including Illinois. The Missouri Public Service Commission’s 3-2 vote to deny the project’s route can halt the entire line, which had already won approval in Kansas and Indiana. Regulators indicated during a meeting last month that they would deny the project, and Clean Line Energy’s final effort to build more support did not change the vote.

Rep. Brown stated, “I, and all landowners in Illinois that could be affected by this private company’s projected gain, stand with Missouri landowners in their effort to deny this project. Farmers and rural landowners, especially those in the project’s pathway in Shelby County, are adamantly opposed to granting eminent domain to private companies that could harm regional farming and property values. Private property rights are at stake here, and at this time those rights have been protected.”

The massive infrastructure project is not completely dead, as Clean Line has hinted they may seek authority through federal law in their efforts across multiple states.