Today in Chicago, a joint meeting of the Appropriations-General Services and Appropriations-Human Services committees was held to discuss SB2042, a measure that would allow nearly $5 billion in federal funds to flow to Illinois agencies that provide critical human services, child services, public health services and student assistance during the budget impasse. The bill would not allocate any State dollars. The bill, which passed unanimously out of the Senate on August 4, immediately moved to the House for consideration.

As Minority Spokesperson for the House Appropriations-General Services Committee, State Representative Tom Morrison (R-Palatine) urged his committee colleagues during the 3 1/2-hour meeting to advance and approve the bill as it passed out of the Senate with no amendments.

"We have an agreed-upon bill that passed out of the Senate with unanimous, bipartisan support," said Morrison. "It is the minority party's position that we should approve the original bill as it came to us from the Senate and perhaps consider the other agencies that would like to be added in a separate piece of legislation."

An amendment that would add additional agencies and also include up to $600 million in State General Revenue Fund money is expected to be presented later today.
I would like to invite you to attend one of the four upcoming public meetings about the new runways and noise concerns around O’Hare Airport. You may have read about this issue in the news lately, or you may have noticed a change in the aircraft noise level in your neighborhood.

While this is not directly a state issue, I think it’s important for constituents in our district to be aware of it and to make their voices heard to the FAA, if they so desire.

If you are interested in voicing your support or opposition, these meetings will provide you with a way to do so. You will also have the opportunity to speak directly with aviation officials and get direct answers to all of your questions and concerns about future runway plans.

The workshops will take place from 1:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the following locations:
  • Monday, August 10: White Eagle Banquets, 6839 North Milwaukee Ave., Niles
  • Tuesday, August 11: Taft High School, 6530 West Bryn Mawr Ave., Chicago
  • Wednesday, August 12: Monty’s Elegant Banquets, 703 South York Rd., Bensenville
  • Thursday, August 13: Belvedere Events and Banquets, 1170 West Devon Ave., Elk Grove Village
If you are unable to make it to a workshop but still want to voice your opinion, the FAA is also accepting written comments. You can send them to

Ms. Amy Hanson

Federal Aviation Administration

2300 East Devon Ave.

Des Plaines, IL 60018

You can also fax them to 847-294-7046 or email them to omre-eval@faa.gov. They must be postmarked no later than midnight August 26, 2015.

If you would like to view a copy of the FAA’s environmental impact study, you can find it here.
This week State Representative Tom Morrison (R-Palatine), published a video where he outlines the reason for the budget impasse, and why Governor Rauner's plan will help Illinois' economy and create jobs.
A bill sponsored by State Representative Tom Morrison (R-Palatine) that will increase the frequency of actuarial reviews of the State’s five public pension systems was signed into law today by Governor Bruce Rauner.

HB422, now known as Public Act 99-0232, amends the Teachers’ Retirement System, State Universities’ Retirement System, State Employees’ Retirement System, Judges’ Retirement System and the General Assembly Retirement System by requiring that the actuary of each system conduct an investigation of the system every three years rather than five years as was previously written in the statutes. Each review will examine the mortality, retirement, disability, separation, interest, and salary rate assumptions used by the system for accuracy. The bill was approved unanimously in the House in March and unanimously in the Senate in May.

“A more frequent actuarial study ensures we are making the right payments to stay on track with our obligations, especially since we now have new Tier II employees in our pension systems,” said Morrison. “I was pleased to see that my bill was approved by every lawmaker in the House and Senate, and am also glad to know that Governor Rauner shares my feelings that we need to work with the most accurate financial data possible when it comes to our pension payments.”

The new law takes effect immediately. To hear more from Rep. Morrison about this new law, click here.