Statement of State Representative Tom Bennett (R-Gibson City) on Governor Rauner’s State of the State Address:

“I share the Governor’s optimism that working together we can make Illinois a better place for our families, and that needs to start with passage of a responsible budget that funds our priorities within our means,” said Representative Bennett. “I was glad to hear the Governor’s focus today on jobs and education. Illinois is in dire need of a transformation and improving our schools and our jobs climate is where we need to start.”
Governor Rauner visited Watseka Tuesday to survey the damage from late December rains and to announce the additions of Iroquois and Vermilion Counties to his state flood disaster declaration.
Governor Rauner Adds 11 Counties to State Disaster  Proclamation for Flooding

State Continues Supporting Communities Dealing with Flood Impacts
Governor Bruce Rauner today added 11 counties to the state disaster declaration for widespread flooding. Those counties include Cass, Cumberland, Iroquois, Lawrence, Marion, Menard, Moultrie, Pike, Richland, Sangamon and Vermilion. 

 Last week, Gov. Rauner declared Alexander, Calhoun, Christian, Clinton, Douglas, Jackson, Jersey, Madison, Monroe, Morgan, Randolph and St. Clair counties state disaster areas after heavy rains caused several rivers and waterways to surge to record or near-record levels.  Today’s announcement brings the total number of declared counties to 23.

“The impacts of this flood event have been felt in many communities across the state,” said Gov. Rauner. “We’re continuing to provide personnel and resources communities need as they battle flood waters and begin their recovery process.”