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Springfield – State Representative Randy Frese (R-Paloma) commended the launch of a new not-for-profit Illinois Fairgrounds Foundation which will build capital improvements at the Springfield and DuQuoin fairgrounds. Governor Bruce Rauner helped unveil the foundation on Agricultural Day at the Illinois State Fair.
The Illinois Fairgrounds Foundation, established by leaders within the agricultural community, will be overseen by a volunteer board representing a diverse cross section of the agriculture industry. In conjunction with the Department of Agriculture, board members will build relationships with private sector businesses and individuals to develop strategies that raise private funding for the State fairgrounds, which combined carry $180 million in deferred maintenance costs.
Rep. Frese stated, “This foundation will be a great benefit to Illinois’ taxpayers and agricultural industry, as it will make the fairgrounds less reliant on state money while giving the care of its agricultural legacy to people that take great pride in that legacy. I applaud this move to keep the fairgrounds in good shape so that generations of Illinoisans will have a venue to enjoy Illinois’ best products.”
The Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield includes more than 170 buildings spanning 360 acres of land, with buildings as old as 124 years. The Du Quoin State Fairgrounds includes more than 20 buildings spread across over 1200 acres of land, with buildings as old as 93 years. Many of the buildings on both fairgrounds are in dire need of restoration, including paint, plumbing, roofing, and structural repairs.
Rep. Frese with local Members of the FFA on the House Floor in Springfield.
Springfield – Honoring a commitment to Illinois’ veterans, including those at Quincy Veterans Home, State Rep. Randy Frese (R-Paloma) announced that Governor Rauner signed his legislation that creates a new revenue stream to supplement funding for Veterans Homes, and also better staff them.
The legislation will allow Illinois Veterans Homes to issue decals for special license plates. Currently there are many special decals that support Veterans, but none that specifically support Veterans Homes. All costs and fees for the new decals shall go toward additional funding for Illinois Veterans Homes.
Additionally, the Governor signed legislation that provides educational grants for eligible registered professional nurses working in Veterans Homes. Each year an individual receives a grant under the program, called the Nurse Loan Repayment Program, he or she must complete a 12-month period as a registered nurse in a State Veterans Home.
Rep. Frese stated, “I introduced and passed this legislation to increase funding for Veterans Homes and to increase the pool of applicant nurses looking to work at these Homes. Together these new laws should better equip our Veterans with the resources they need and help the staff that serves them.”
House Bills 6149 and 5938 were signed into law on Sunday, during a ceremony to honor Illinois’ Veterans at the State Fair, and are now Public Acts 99-0814 and 99-0813.
Springfield – State Rep. Randy Frese (R-Paloma) is pleased to announce that bipartisanship has finally won a day in Springfield, and schools in Illinois can expect to see the funding they require in order to educate Illinois’ students come this fall. A historic investment to education will fund schools at 100% for the first time in seven years, which means a majority of school districts will receive more than they did the past year.
The plan also includes $75 million for early childhood education, a new statewide $250 million grant for the poorest school districts, $151 million for students that rely on MAP grants for their college costs, $742 million in vital funding to human service providers that care for Illinois’ most vulnerable, and a large investment in road programs to ensure that over 800 active projects continue uninterrupted, thereby keeping 25,000 workers on the job.
Rep. Frese stated, “This bipartisan funding plan will provide important state services in order to bridge us toward a full balanced budget. From day one I have been working for responsible compromise, and today that persistence paid off, and Illinois’ taxpayers have seen victory. While this is only a stopgap measure, and not a full compromised budget, it heads off Chicago politicians’ attempts to pass a budget that would again make broken promises to Illinoisans, and send spending plans to the Governor that would overspend the State’s revenues and expect Illinois’ families to foot the bill.
Instead, this measure responsibly sees that vital state services remain operating, including educational institutions, infrastructure, Quincy Veterans Home, mental health centers, state police, and state parks. We have seen real compromise today, and I hope it continues as we push towards the most necessary goal, a full balanced budget.”

During the House Floor debate on Friday with only 4 days left in the regular session, Rep. Randy Frese stood up to join House Republicans in calling for a commitment towards a budget solution and compromise. 
The General Assembly has a few days left to get a budget passed, and needs to continue to work towards a bipartisan compromise to our State's budget impasse. Rank and file members have been in working groups aimed at bridging the gap and coming up with both reforms and budgetary compromises. Speaker Madigan dismissed these inclusive groups, saying they haven't made progress. He's wrong. They're making progress, they're working in good faith, and regardless of Speaker Madigan's efforts to keep the legislature divided, rank and file members need to continue their work.
For over a year, Illinois has needed bipartisan negotiations to produce a balanced budget that meets the needs of all of the Illinoisans that it serves, while enacting reforms to set the state on a brighter economic path forward. While this effort has seemed uneasy in Springfield, at this time rank and file legislative members from both sides of the aisle are meeting, and my hope is that we will all see effective budgeting with political games taken out of the formula. 

Illinois’ typical political games are no longer acceptable at this time, as agencies and individuals have been calling my office daily for the funds they deserve and desire. We haven’t had a budget in over a year, and it’s time for any compromises to get real results. Illinoisans called for reforms in Springfield, and they should be given those reforms with an effective budget, right now.

It is my hope that the Chicago Democrats that have controlled the House and Senate for a long time, and that have to this day brushed aside reforms as unnecessary to their typical process, take the negotiations that have been taking place into honest consideration.

Uncompromised control of the budget will obviously not be signed into law. Illinois needs reforms to grow jobs so that more people are paying the taxes Chicago Democrats crave. And the more people paying taxes, in effect less taxation will be needed.

We just have to see the reforms we all know Illinois needs in one effective, compromised budget.
-State Representative Randy Frese


Chicago Democrats Bring Spending Plan that Ignores Bipartisan Budget Compromises

House Republicans took to the press corps to explain the rules that were broken by House Democrats who cut short debate on a 500 page, $40 billion spending plan that was dropped an hour before it was called.  The process in Springfield is broken.  We need to #reformIL

SPRINGFIELD – State Representative Randy Frese (R-Paloma) approved of a stopgap measure that will get many vital social services, from autism research to community services, appropriated to their due recipients. Senate Bill 2038 sends almost $700 million worth of social services.

Rep. Frese stated, “I was pleased to vote for this measure because it removes important social services from the rough processes occurring in Springfield, and I hope this can begin bipartisan negotiations that will make Illinois’ state government more serviceable to its people. While I was disappointed that critical funding for human services facilities and prisons were omitted from the bill, I remain hopeful that the legislature will enact bipartisan negotiated reforms going forward.”

Senate Bill 2038 awaits further consideration from the Senate.