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State Representative Rich Morthland's First Year Review PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Rich Morthland   
Tuesday, 27 December 2011 11:29

Thank you for allowing me the privilege of serving as your State Representative. I have been working to restore confidence in Illinois through fiscal responsibility in our State budget and through promoting sound policy in the Land of Lincoln. I look forward to our continuing partnership on the challenges that face our State and the 71st District. Here is a quick recap on some of our first year accomplishments.


Firearms Legislation


I passed House Bill 3500 in response to a ruling by Attorney General Lisa Madigan that declared the names of FOID cardholders to be public information subject to public release. The Illinois State Police, which oversees the program, opposed the Attorney General's ruling. The National Rifle Association also opposed releasing the names and addresses of FOID Card holders. This legislation that I sponsored protecting the privacy rights of Firearm Owner's Identification (FOID) Cardholders received overwhelming, bipartisan support and has been signed into law by Governor Pat Quinn.


I also sponsored or cosponsored several other measures in support of your Second Amendment freedoms. Three passed the House. I promise to continue these efforts, with the priority being passage of concealed carry legislation.


Jobs Package


During the lame duck session in January, when the previous General Assembly increased our income taxes by 67%, they also let the Research and Development Tax Credit expire. We restored that tax credit for five years with an additional five year carry forward. The R&D Tax Credit is an important tool for Illinois manufacturers such as John Deere and Caterpillar.


I am committed to repealing the job-killing 67% income tax increase. I have co-sponsored House Bill 175 to repeal the Democrats' tax hike.


We worked hard to raise the estate tax exemption to $4 million in an effort to protect small business owners and family farmers. Under the current law, when estates pass from generation to generation, they are hit with a huge estate tax if their assets are worth more than $2 million. Family farm and small business assets are generally invested in equipment and fixed assets like land, leaving tight cash flows and little ability to pay penalizing taxes. This provision was strongly supported by the Illinois Farm Bureau.


Dawn's Law


I passed HB 3522 out of the House, increasing penalties associated with fatal accidents for those driving under the influence of alcohol or other drugs.


My legislation was in response to the death of Moline resident Dawn Murrillo, who was seven weeks pregnant when she was killed in a hit and run collision by a serial drunk driver.


"Dawn's Law" increases the penalties for repeat drunk drivers involved in fatal accidents and provides for 85% truth in sentencing. This is a clear message to habitual DUI offenders that their actions endanger others and if the worst happens, the consequences will be severe.


10% pay cut


As my first act in office, I introduced House Bill 110, a 10% pay cut for all state legislators.


Looking Ahead


My wife of 32 years, Betsey, and I entered the political realm in 2007 because we understood the importance of bringing balance to our local political environment. We have helped restore political balance to our area, have taken more balance to Springfield, and have helped create the environment that produced a better Illinois budget process. We have seen successes both locally and in the General Assembly, but this work is far from completed.


We must continue to fight for responsible budgets that don't spend more money than the State takes in. We must improve the jobs climate to get Illinois working again. And we must continue the effort to reform Springfield, and restore the people's trust in their government.


If you have any questions or comments about the items I've discussed here, please call our office at 309/762-3008 or email me at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Best Regards,


Rich Morthland

State Representative

71st District



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Friday, 23 December 2011 16:14

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Governor Quinn Commends Illinois Retail Merchants for Delivering $36,000 in Holiday Assistance to Toys for Tots PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Andrew Mason   
Friday, 23 December 2011 16:13
Business Association Aids U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots Foundation

CHICAGO – December 20, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today thanked the Illinois Retail Merchant Association (IRMA) for its efforts in organizing Illinois businesses to help the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program deliver toys for thousands of needy children this holiday season.

“On behalf of the people of Illinois, I want offer my sincere thanks and appreciation to the Illinois Retail Merchants Association, CVS, Dominick’s, Macy's, McDonald’s, Sears, Target, Walgreens and Walmart for helping Toys for Tots in its time of need,” said Governor Quinn. “Thanks to their efforts, children all over the Chicagoland area will have a happy holiday. It is a great day in Illinois when we all work together to do good things.”

Following today’s reports of a Toys for Tots donor having financial difficulties, IRMA worked with representatives of some of Illinois’ biggest retailers to make sure that Toys for Tots has the resources it needs to be able to serve thousands more children. All told, support from IRMA members to the U.S. Marine Toys for Tots Foundation of Chicago has exceeded $36,000.

“Our members are proud to help ‘Toys for Tots’ during this time of need to make sure children have a joyful Christmas. ‘Toys for Tots’ helps the needy and disadvantaged children, and we’re happy our Members can help Santa deliver a few more gifts this year,” said David Vite, President/CEO, Illinois Retail Merchants Association.

“On behalf of the Chicago Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program, we would like to thank Governor Quinn and the Illinois Retail Merchants Association for their combined efforts in raising $36,000 for the Official Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program. Thank you, and remember "Every Child Deserves a Christmas,” said SSgt. Chad Falkos of the United States Marine Corps.

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Governor Quinn Takes Bill Action **Tuesday, December 20, 2011** PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Nafia Khan   
Friday, 23 December 2011 16:12

CHICAGO – December 20, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today took action on the following bill:

Bill No.: SB 1750

An Act Concerning: State Government

Amends the Illinois Procurement Code to make exceptions for certain procurements made by public institutions of higher education.

Action: Signed

Effective Date: Immediately


Quinn signs budget bill to keep facilities open PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Rich Morthland   
Friday, 23 December 2011 15:56

Rep. Morthland: "I voted to keep Dixon's Jack Mabley Center open..."


Moline, IL...Today, December 20, 2011, Governor Pat Quinn signed into law the state budget reallocation bill, Senate Bill 2412. State Representative Rich Morthland (Cordova-R), voted for the budget reallocation bill to keep the Dixon Jack Mabley Developmental Center open, along with other facilities that Governor Quinn had threatened to close.


"When I attended the facility closure hearing in Dixon, I had the opportunity to listen to the victims of Governor Quinn's Blagojevich-style budgeting methods," Rep. Morthland said. "My colleagues and I quickly assembled legislation that would reallocate funds in the budget to keep State facilities open for the developmentally disabled, our most vulnerable citizens."


"I commend the Governor for signing our efforts into law," Morthland added. "I voted to keep Dixon's Jack Mabley Center open with responsible budgeting methods, not revenue increases."



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