State Representative John Cavaletto was joined on the House floor today by his fellow legislators to show off their Superman “S” t-shirts in a show of support for the recovery of 14-year old Weston McGhee of Salem who is fighting for his life after a tragic automobile accident in a dense fog several days ago. Weston is known for wearing his ‘superman’ t-shirt under his athletic gear for ‘good luck’ which is where the idea for these shirts came from. The on-line campaign uses the hashtag #WestonStrong to encourage Weston and support his family to stay strong. 

Pictured (l-r) are Representatives C.D. Davidsmeyer (100th Dist.), Adam Brown(102nd Dist.), Avery Bourne (95th Dist.), Terri Bryant (115th Dist.), John Cavaletto (107th Dist.), Charlie Meier (108th Dist.), Brandon Phelps (118th Dist.) and David Reis (109th Dist.).

State Representative John Cavaletto joined his colleagues today in passing an emergency budget solution to balance the $1.6 billion State budget shortfall that was created by former Governor Quinn.

“If immediate action was not taken, the State would be unable to make payroll for our correctional officers at our prisons, low-income working families would lose their child care assistance, court reporters would be laid off, and money for services for the developmentally disabled would run out,” said Rep. Cavaletto. “Inaction would have further delayed and possibly jeopardized critical categorical school funding.”

The budget fix passed by the Illinois House Tuesday provides Governor Rauner with the flexibility he needs to deal with to the unbalanced budget he inherited. And while education takes a minor funding reduction, the Governor will have discretionary funds available to ease the burden on schools that can least afford these cuts.

“A good number of people called and emailed my offices to express their opinions about the budget crisis and one school actually produced a video about the need to invest in our schools and students for their futures, and as always, I took all of those opinions into consideration,” added Cavaletto. “Now that this has passed the House, we can start talking about a realistic and balanced budget for Fiscal Year 2016.”
4-H Members from Marion and Bond counties visited Rep. Cavaletto at the Capitol as members of the Youth Leadership Team and Speaking for the Illinois 4-H program.

Thank you to the young men and women who visit the Capitol each year to help educate the legislators on the importance and impact of agriculture on Illinois. I was visited by Sandoval FFA and Greenville FFA this year.