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Springfield, IL…Today, State Representative Mike Fortner (R-West Chicago) met with state legislators, Illinois energy producers and community leaders to discuss a bipartisan effort to draft legislation that would create a state Low Carbon Portfolio Standard in efforts to reduce carbon emissions with minimal consumer impact.

The legislation has been file in both the Senate as SB 1585 and in the House as HB 3293. As introduced, the legislation would help reduce carbon emissions, increase renewable energy and maintain affordable and reliable electricity for consumers and businesses.

“What we know is that Illinois has a diverse viable energy sector but there are things that we need to be working on to keep it that way,” said Fortner. “We need to make fixes to the renewable portfolio standard which generates jobs but over the past couple years, Illinois has been falling behind its neighboring states.”

This bill is a result of a recent federal mandate, which is part of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed Clean Power Plan. This mandate requires that all states reduce carbon emissions from existing power plants. Illinois is tasked with implementing a program that complies with the EPA’s Clean Power Plan by reducing the carbon emissions from existing power plants by 30 percent from reported 2005 levels by the year 2030. The plan must be in place to achieve these reductions by 2017.

“We need to have a plan to comply with the new federal rules for clean air. This will require coordination between renewable energy sources and carbon free sources like nuclear power. I think the bills filled last week and this week are an excellent starting places to move Illinois forward,” said Fortner.
 Springfield, IL…Today, Governor Rauner presented the annual Governor’s State of the State Address, giving his assessment of the state’s current status.

“It was refreshing to hear a real State of the State Address. The Governor made it clear that his priorities were competitiveness, job growth and education. His speech today was geared towards tackling the big issues that have kept Illinois from being its best,” said Fortner. 

“These are priorities that we have pushed for years. I recognize that this was merely a prelude to the proposals Governor Rauner plans to champion and I anxiously await his upcoming budget speech where we can expect to hear more in detail.”
West Chicago, IL – Following the inaugural ceremony to serve the 49th Representative District, Mike Fortner (R – West Chicago) filed a proposed amendment to the Illinois Constitution to limit how long any one person can serve in leadership roles in the Illinois General Assembly. The leadership roles are Speaker of the House, President of the Senate, House Minority Leader and Senate Minority Leader.

“The members of the General Assembly are directly elected by the people, but their leaders are not. The selected leaders are not directly accountable to the people of Illinois,” said Fortner. “I believe leadership term limits are an essential part of the process to ensure that the representation of Illinois is done fairly and responsibly.”

House Joint Resolution Constitutional Amendment 0007 (HJRCA0007) would make a change to the current rules of the state’s constitution, amending Article 5 by introducing term limits for the House Speaker, President of the Senate, and Minority Leader for each chamber. If passed, the amendment will allow a maximum of 8 years in any one leadership role, not to exceed an overall maximum of 12 years of service in any combination of the four leadership roles. Currently, the state does not impose term limits on the leaders of the legislature.

“Beginning in 2011 I have sponsored legislation in each General Assembly for leadership term limits. To allow any one person continuous control can be damaging not only to this institution but also to the state,” said Fortner. “We take an oath to serve the Illinois people to the best of our ability, not for power plays, and I think we lose sight of that. I strongly believe in the need for leadership term limits.”

This past Wednesday, when the 99th General Assembly convened for the inaugural ceremony, Rep. Michael J. Madigan was re-elected as Speaker of the House. At the completion of this term, he will have served 32 years as Illinois’ Speaker of the House, making him the longest serving Speaker in not just Illinois, but the entire nation.
SPRINGFIELD – Today, Mike Fortner (R – West Chicago), was sworn in for 5th term as State Representative of the 49th House District. Fortner, who formally represented the 95th Representative District prior to the remap, has vowed to continue to fight the uphill battle in Illinois.

“It is a privilege and honor to continue serving the people of the 49th District,” said Fortner. “Your continued support and faith in me to represent you in district and Springfield is an incredible feeling.”

Fortner took the oath of service alongside his colleagues at the inaugural ceremony held at the University of Springfield. Fortner will serve his 5th term as a member in the 99th Illinois General Assembly.

“I look forward to working with my new colleagues in the 99th General Assembly,” said Fortner. “We still face many fiscal issues but I will continue to work with my colleagues to provide lasting solutions.”

The 49th House District encompasses Kane, DuPage and a small part of Cook County. The district includes portions of Aurora, Batavia, Geneva, Bartlett, West Chicago, Elgin, Naperville, North Aurora, St. Charles, Warrenville, Wayne, and South Elgin.
State Rep. Mike Fortner and State Sen. Jim Oberweis will host two senior fairs next week to provide local seniors with helpful guides, literature and other resources from state, county and local governments. The event, which is free of charge, will also have booths from not-for-profit organizations, businesses and physicians who help improve the lives of senior citizens. Refreshments will be provided, and attendees will be able to sign up for a chance to win a door prize.

Tuesday's fair will be held at the Batavia VFW Post 1197, at 645 S. River Street, from 10 a.m. until noon.

Wednesday's fair is at the American Legion Post 300 at 123 Main Street in West Chicago from 10 a.m. until noon.
A new Illinois law aims to protect internet privacy for students. It was inspired by a similar law approved last year.

In 2012, the state raised some eyebrows when it adopted a law that bars employers from asking job applicants their social media log-in information. Starting in January, a new statue establishes similar restrictions for colleges and universities.

The bill's chief sponsor, House Democrat LaShawn Ford of Chicago, says the main goal is to protect prospective students during the screening process.

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