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Rep. Stuart’s small business town hall brings local representatives, businesses together 3281825811-stuarttownhall.png COLLINSVILLE – State Rep. Katie Stuart, D-Edwardsville, and the Metro East Small Business Development Center partnered for a small business town hall meeting to provide Metro East small business

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Conroy Supports Hospital Assessment Program, Funding for Illinois Hospitals

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Last week, State Rep. Deb Conroy, D-Villa Park, voted to pass legislation ensuring hospitals receive vital funding to provide quality care DuPage County residents.

“I hear from residents all of the time who are worried about the future of healthcare and are concerned about maintaining quality services and affordable prices,” said Conroy. “This bill is one step of many that must be taken to ensure that our hospitals have the resources they need serve every community and sure make their services available to those who need it most.”

Senate Bill 1773 maximizes federal matching dollars to generate additional non-state funds for hospitals throughout Illinois. The current hospital assessment formula is based on decade-old data. The new formula will also bring in an additional $85 million dollars for mental health services.

“The hospital assessment is a crucial part of Medicaid funding for hospitals in Illinois,” said Kelley Clancy, Chief Advocacy Officer of AMITA Health. “AMITA Health appreciates the support of Representative Conroy and all legislators who voted for the assessment which provides the needed resources to ensure access to all those in need of healthcare services.”

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Stuart, Mendoza visit Wood River Refinery Brandon Phelps and Jim Watson. “The refinery is one of the biggest employers in our area, and while I have driven past it more times than I can count …

State Rep. Linda Chapa LaVia – Calling on Gov. Rauner to Propose a Balanced Budget

State Rep. Linda Chapa LaVia – Calling on Gov. Rauner to Propose a Balanced Budget

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Beiser cosponsors buy Illinois, buy U.S. Legislation

ALTON – State Rep. Dan Beiser, D-Alton, is putting Illinois and American made products first by co-sponsoring legislation that would prioritize local purchasing. Both of these bills would ensure state agencies prioritize the purchasing of products in Illinois and U.S. before buying products from other states or countries.

“We have a strong manufacturing base in this state and especially here in Madison County,” Beiser said. “There is no reason that our state should be purchasing products that are made outside of the United States or Illinois, when the same product can be found here. This legislation would help ensure that jobs remain local and help protect them from being shipped overseas.”

The legislation would require state agencies to prioritize future purchases to be products made in Illinois. If products are not available in the Illinois, then it would require the state to look for the same products that are made in the United States, with minimal exceptions.

“We need to be doing everything that we can to keep jobs in the United States and prevent the outsourcing of jobs, especially in the Metro East,” Beiser said. “This legislation would require our state to use products that come from local jobs that support our families. With legislation in place that supports our local businesses and their products, we can have a stronger state economy and help grow more jobs here in Illinois.”

For more on upcoming legislation, please contact Beiser’s full-time constituent service office at 618-465-5900.

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