State Representative Brad Halbrook (R-Shelbyville) reported that House Bill 40 narrowly passed the Illinois House on a vote of 62-55 that would create a new law to allow taxpayer funded abortions in Illinois even if ‘Roe v. Wade’ is overturned at the federal level. The bill also expands abortions to include Medicaid recipients and state workers on state-funded insurance plans.

“I know people of Faith can disagree on public policy, but my Faith tells me that abortion is murder and I will always fight for the innocent and defenseless in our society,” declared Rep. Brad Halbrook. “Today’s bill to expand access to abortions and pay for them with our public dollars is offensive and wrong! We cannot even pay for women’s shelters, seniors’ meals-on-wheels, or college grants for students, yet we apparently can obligate the unfunded, non-existent budget for a projected $60 million to kill an additional 30,000 babies. This is a sad day in Illinois,” added Rep. Halbrook.

According to the ‘Workers’ Action Guide published by the Illinois Department of Human Services, Medicaid provides medical coverage for pregnant women who make less than 213% of the federal poverty level. The latest numbers from the Guttmacher Institute, released in May 2016, indicate that 75% of women who receive abortions have income under 200% of the federal poverty level. Based upon this information, and published documentation from the Illinois Department of Public Health and the Department of Healthcare and Family Services about the cost and frequency of abortion procedures, the $60 million price tag would decimate the Illinois Medicaid budget.

State Representative Brad Halbrook has been traveling the 102nd district meeting with agriculture leaders, families, seniors, and small business owners about issues and concerns and the number one topic is the state budget. Without a balanced full state budget, schools and universities as well as services to those who really need help cannot plan their budgets and make decisions on what their programs will look like for the next fiscal year.

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The Illinois Department of Transportation, Illinois State Police and the Illinois Tollway were joined by industry partners and frontline construction workers to remind the public that construction season has arrived and extra caution will be required in work zones. In support of the effort, Gov. Bruce Rauner has proclaimed April 3-7 as “Work Zone Safety Week” in Illinois.

“If you are driving in Illinois this year, you will be driving in our work zones. We are striving to make this construction season the safest one ever and drive traffic fatalities in Illinois to zero,” said Illinois Transportation Secretary Randy Blankenhorn. “Please, if you are traveling through a work zone, slow down, avoid distractions in your vehicle and pay special attention to your surroundings. One life lost is one too many.”

The theme for this year’s National Work Zone Awareness Week is “Work Zone Safety is in Your Hands,” reinforcing the message that driving habits impact the well-being of other motorists, cyclists, workers, and pedestrians. When you choose to put aside distractions, you gain the ability to save a life, perhaps yours. (Read the complete story by clicking here.)

Pictured are front row (l-r): Abigail Bresnan, Natalie Kirkbride, Kyra Jackson, Sara Stephens, Braxton Vice, Morgan Braden, Ian Cornahan, Chase, Thies, McKenna Sanders, Lauren Bowers, and State Senator Chapin Rose. Top row (l-r): State Rep. Brad Halbrook, Jackson clark, Tyler McLain, Wyatt Henschen, Colby May, Garrett Fritz, Ben Althoff, Marshall Nohren, Zachary Wieland, and State Rep. Avery Bourne.

Rep. Brad Halbrook (R-Shelbyville), Senator Chapin Rose (R-Mahomet) and Rep. Avery Bourne (R-Raymond) hosted students from Shelby Electric Cooperative on March 29th at the State Capitol. The students were in Springfield as part of Illinois Electric and Telephone Cooperatives Youth Day. The Shelby Electric Cooperative serves Shelby, Christian, and Macon Counties.

For over 55 years, the electric and telephone cooperatives of Illinois have given tomorrow’s leaders the opportunity to learn from today’s public officials. Each year, nearly 300 outstanding students get an up close and first hand look at democracy in action when they meet their elected representatives during Illinois Electric and Telephone Cooperatives Youth Day. Over the years, thousands of students have learned how government works and why it’s important for every citizen to get involved in it. State senators and representatives have the opportunity to inspire and encourage the leaders of tomorrow during this annual event, held in Springfield.