Legislative News from Senator Don DeWitte

DeWitte to host mobile DMV event in West Dundee on April 26
This week on Tuesday, April 26, I am bringing the Secretary of State’s mobile drivers’ services team to West Dundee for a four-hour mobile event that will be held at my district office.

Services available include:

  • Driver’s License/State I.D. Cards (renewal, replacement, corrections)
  • Free State IDs for seniors age 65+
  • License Plate Renewal Stickers
  • Organ/Tissue Donor Registration
  • Voter Registration
  • Vision Screenings

 

Seniors age 75+ must visit an established Secretary of State Driver Services facility to renew a driver’s license, and no Real IDs can be obtained at the event. Payments for services must be made by check, credit card, debit card, or money order. No cash will be accepted.

Residents are encouraged to pre-register for this event and can secure their spot by visiting https://www.ilsenategop.org/sen_dewitte_west_dundee_sos_mobile_unit. Before coming to the event, residents can visit www.cyberdriveillinois.com to learn about identification requirements for specific services. This is an important step because you don’t want to show up without the proper identification for the service you need. For additional information or help with pre-registration, please contact Hannah at hseaver@sgop.ilga.gov.

 

Pritzker signs big government budget, temporary tax relief
Governor JB Pritzker signed the Fiscal Year 2023 budget into law last week, cementing the Majority Party’s choice to deliver temporary, election-year relief to Illinoisans rather than the long-term, sustainable tax relief residents need and deserve.

For months prior to the filing of the budget, Republicans offered plans that would have provided more permanent tax relief for taxpayers. Despite our repeated efforts, Democrat budgeteers did not include any of those ideas in their $46.5 billion spending plan.

I am particularly disheartened by the bungled handling of the Unemployment Insurance (UI) Trust Fund in this year’s budget process. I believe Majority Party legislators shirked their fiscal responsibilities by not fully paying Illinois’ $4.5 billion UI trust fund deficit. Late in March, they approved a partial payment of $2.7 billion, leaving a $1.8 billion debt. Instead of using the once-in-a-lifetime flood of federal American Rescue Plan Act COVID-19 funds to fix the state’s UI deficit, Democrat leaders spent it on pork projects and programs in their own districts.

The Governor has used the influx of federal money, more than $16 billion, as an opportunity to try and tout his so-called “fiscal responsibility.” Just this week, he held a press conference praising a recent credit upgrade that puts Illinois just one notch above junk status but failed to mention that Illinois still ranks dead last of all 50 states.

The Fiscal Year 2023 budget signed last week covers year that runs from July 1, 2022, through June 30, 2023.

 

Pritzker updates mask guidelines
Gov. Pritzker says he will revise mask guidelines for the State of Illinois to align with a federal court ruling that ends the enforcement of the federal mask mandate on public transportation.

Pritzker’s Executive Order 2022-06 will be amended to state that masks will no longer be required on public transit, in public transit hubs, or in airports. The Administration notes, however, that local municipalities have the right to establish their own mitigations, including masking requirements on public transportation.

 

IDOT: Watch for maintenance teams
The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) is reminding the public to be on the lookout for maintenance teams picking up litter along the roads, as part of its ongoing Think Before You Throw! campaign.

IDOT’s Adopt-A-Highway program resumed normal operations last year after they were suspended due to COVID-19. Volunteers logged 766 hours while participating in 1,317 cleanup activities. Almost 1,600 bags of garbage were collected. Visit the Adopt-A-Highway page to fill out an online application and “adopt” a two-mile section of highway in Illinois.

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