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House Republican Leader Tony McCombie and members of the Caucus welcome two new Republican legislators who took the oath of office this weekend. Joining the ranks of the Illinois House of Representatives are State Representatives Jason Bunting and John Egofske. Both will be in Springfield on Tuesday to take up their legislative duties.
Even after voters overwhelming rejected the Governor’s 2020 plan to amend the state’s Constitution so he could raise taxes, Democrats remain steadfast in their efforts to try once again to raid our pocketbooks.

One new plan for 2023 reintroduces the Governor’s failed tax increase scheme. According to the Democratic senator promoting the progressive tax effort in a recent news story,  “…(R)evenue trajectories long-term don’t match our debt trajectories.” But what he doesn’t disclose is the skyward-bound debt trajectory was catapulted even higher this year when Democrats passed a 17% pay raise for lawmakers. Instead of aiming their sights on cutting costs to reduce debt, Democrats are hoping taxpayers will change their minds and vote to amend the Constitution to increase taxes and support reckless spending. 

BUDGET

Illinois House GOP Leader Tony McCombie and House GOP Budget Team Call for Bipartisan Budget Process. At a press conference in Springfield Tuesday, Illinois House Minority Leader Tony McCombie was joined by members of her newly appointed budget team to call on Democrats to engage in a truly bipartisan budget process and bring reform to the most important legislation passed at the Capitol each year. 

At a press conference in Springfield yesterday, Illinois House Minority Leader Tony McCombie (R-Savanna) was joined by members of her newly appointed budget team to call on Democrats to engage in a truly bipartisan budget process and bring reform to the most important legislation passed at the Capitol each year.

“Many people say Republicans want to vote no. That preconceived notion is false,” said Leader McCombie. “House Republicans are here to govern. We are here to give solutions. We want to help and are willing to share our ideas that address the budget shortcomings and provide tax reform policies that Illinois taxpayers and job creators need to stay in Illinois and need to grow in Illinois.
BUDGET

Hammond & Elik named heads of Illinois House Republican budget team. House Republican Leader Tony McCombie announced the House Republicans’ budget team on Friday, naming Deputy Leader Norine Hammond as Chief Budgeteer for the caucus for the 103rd General Assembly as well as announcing that Representative Amy Elik will be elevated to Deputy Budgeteer.

Deputy House Republican Leader Norine Hammond (left)
and State Representative Amy Elik (right). 
House Republican Leader Tony McCombie (89th District- Savanna) announced the House Republican’s budget team on Friday, naming Deputy Leader Norine Hammond (94th District- Macomb) as Chief Budgeteer for the caucus for the 103rd General Assembly as well as announcing that Representative Amy Elik (111th District- Alton) will be elevated to Deputy Budgeteer.
A new study in the journal of Pediactics urges healthcare providers to be prepared to treat a growing number of children who are accidentally ingesting edible cannabis. It also serves as a warning to parents and caregivers to keep edibles out of the reach of young children.

Over the past 5 years, there has been a substantial increase in the number of children ingesting edible cannabis, resulting in acute toxicity for some of the young patients who were treated. According to the study, between the years 2017 and 2021, there were 7,043 cases of pediatric edible cannabis exposures recorded in the National Poison Data System (NPDS). The number of cases rose from 207 in 2017 to 3,054 cases in 2021, a whopping increase of 1,375%.