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Inauguration Week 2019

This week has been interesting to say the least. Illinois has gone through the ceremonial changing of the guard, with Governor J.B. Pritzker coming into the fold and outgoing Governor Rauner leaving office. One of Governor Pritzker’s main campaign promises has been an issue near and dear to honest government officials, concerned citizens, and the Illinois Republican Party. Governor Pritzker promised to bring a unified, non-partisan redistricting commission to our State to fulfill our Constitutional requirement to redraw legislative maps every ten years after the U.S. Census. These candidates then have to file unrealistic pieces of legislation that normally force more regulations on small businesses and higher taxes for middle class Illinoisans.

I believe in independent redistricting reform, because I believe it is a critical first step to common sense reform for the future health of our State.  I campaigned on the promise of supporting the Fair Maps initiative, so I’m proud to announce I am joining 42 of my Republican colleagues in signing onto Leader Durkin’s bill, HJRCA 10, requiring that much needed reform. We need 71 votes on this bill to pass the House, and I am hoping Gov. Pritzker will stick to his word on supporting this initiative and veto any partisan drawn maps that are sent to his desk.  He vowed he would work to pass this initiative and to work together with the Republican Caucus, so this is a wonderful opportunity to prove he truly is a man of his word. Implementing fair maps will end politicians gaming the system and drawing maps to ensure they’ll never have to be accountable to the voters.  It empowers the voting public and fosters accountability.  I support Leader Durkin’s effort for this common sense reform, and I hope my colleagues on the other side of the aisle will join to make Illinois a better and more ethical place.
This week, Governor Pritzker signed into law a bill requiring State licensing of gun dealers.  I think this was an unnecessary bureaucratic move to regulate lawful gun dealers that are already being regulated by the Federal Government.  It is an attack on our Second Amendment rights, and an indication of what responsible gun owners will be up against in the next four years. Once it takes effect, SB 337 will create new licensing costs and regulations for small, independent gun dealerships. This piece of legislation was highly contested among gun owners and Second Amendment supporters in Illinois, drawing more than 4,000 opponents on the record when presented to the House Judiciary Committee. I am hoping Governor Pritzker will stick with his word about listening to Central and Southern Illinois residents in the future on these issues that matter to us.

Back In-District

Me and Miss Alexi Bladel
With all of the craziness happening in Springfield this week, it was great to be able to be in district using the opportunity of being home to get out and talk with constituents about my experiences so far in Springfield and talk about moving this State forward.  During the week, I learned about the interesting roles I get the honor of being a part of as a State Representative. Two young ladies, Miss Alexi Bladel of Winnebago County and Vermilion County’s own Megan Brown, came to my office for some help prepping for this weekend’s competition for the coveted title of Illinois County Fair Queen!  I admittedly know nothing about pageants, but I do take a great deal of pride in my public speaking and I enjoyed helping these young achievers be the best they can be.  Meeting these two young ladies reminds me of the high caliber of young people we have in this State.  The children are the future, despite the challenges we face, and they make me feel confident about our future and the hard work it will take all of us to make this a better place for them.  Good luck to both Alexi and Megan as they seek to represent agriculture on a state-wide level!

On Tuesday, I had the honor of meeting and eating lunch with the Danville Dental Society.  It was a wonderful conversation and they shared their concerns with me about their profession and the community that they do business in. Among their top concerns is the need for an improved business climate, access to care, the consolidation of the dental industry, and the struggles health professionals have understanding and dealing with the State’s Medicaid reimbursements.  I am so happy to be able to have this professional group of people who truly care about the health and wellbeing of our district, and was honored to be invited to listen to their valued ideas.

Leonard Wirges and Belynda Allen
The most rewarding experience that happened during my week back home was when I gave a speech to the Rantoul Exchange Club on Wednesday.  The speech went extremely well, but the real rewarding part of the event was handing out an official General Assembly certificate to a friend of mine, Mr. Leonard Wirges.  Leonard and his wife, Lorraine recently received the Rantoul Area Chamber of Commerce Lifetime Achievement Award and the certificate was to honor that accomplishment.  It was a special moment for me because Leonard is a good friend of mine.  We’ve gotten to know each other with our involvement with the Rantoul Republicans and Leonard truly is an amazing man.  Leonard is a WWII vet, and veterans of WWII hold a special place in my heart.  You see, growing up, my all-time hero was my Grandpa.  He had been a combat medic in WWII and I thought he walked on water.  He left a deep seated appreciation in me for ‘The Greatest Generation’ and the sacrifices they went through for our country.  WWII truly was a defining moment for our nation.  It defined our national character in a way that set a high standard.  It said that we are the good guys and America stands for honorable things like Truth, Justice, and Freedom.  The members of that generation and men like Leonard set a high mark for us to live up to and they should be honored for it, every chance we get.

Wrapping up the week, I filed my first bill. The legislation was originally Rep. Chad Hays’ idea. The bill would provide for property tax relief after natural disasters.  It was a good feeling thinking of the prospect of potentially getting something positive enacted for the district.  That, after all, is why we are in office. Weeks like this one, are what truly make this job rewarding.  I realize that there will be challenging times ahead, but spending time with my constituents and representing my home town is truly an amazing honor. I love going out and talking to you, hearing your ideas and concerns, and seeing the fruits of those initiatives we push together start to come to life. You the people of the 104th, make this job amazing! Thank you and have a great weekend! Be safe with all this snow!   

Monday January 7, 2019 was our first day of Lame Duck Session. I was extremely excited and also a bit curious to see what the Speaker had in store for us. I got up early to drive to Springfield in order to prepare, because the Speaker has the potential to call any bill that was proposed during the last two years. Speaker Madigan typically keeps the information to himself until the day of Session. I studied hard all morning, reading over potential legislation, and I felt well prepared as we commenced to the floor for the start of the session scheduled to begin at noon.  The schedules here in Springfield are a bit of a shock to this farm boy, who is used to eating breakfast at 5 AM every morning and off to make every minute of the day count! I am determined to utilize every part of the day to be productive here in the Legislature. 

Me and my new colleagues on the floor.

We gaveled into Session around Noon on Monday, and everyone was dismissed to head into their respective Caucus meeting to discuss the upcoming legislation. There were only two bills up for discussion for Monday and Tuesday’s Session. The first one pertained to the Illinois Tollway Authority, which allowed for a change in the appointment schedule for new Board members. The current board is set to retire in May of 2019, and this piece of legislation would allow the incoming governor the opportunity to start the appointment process this winter. I voted in favor of this legislation to give the new governor the ability to appoint a new Tollway Board.

The second bill aimed to authorize a 15 percent pay increase for State Agency Bureaucrats in the administration.  After a short caucus, we retired to our offices for the afternoon.  The next day, I voted NO on this bill that was ultimately passed by the majority Democrats in both the House and Senate. I came to Springfield to work hard with all of my colleagues across the aisle to clean up this State’s financial challenges.

At the request of Governor-elect JB Pritzker, who has not even been inaugurated yet, the General Assembly voted for pay increases for the same bureaucrats that have been a part of the problem in Springfield for decades. They have remained complicit watching the hard working tax payers of the great State of Illinois continue to get the worst deal imaginable year after year. I do believe we need to attract highly qualified candidates into administrative positions, but with the State broke and with likely proposals for new tax increases coming down the pike, it is the wrong time and it sends a bad message. Priority one is to get our fiscal house in order before we spend more money. 

Leader Durkin and I discussing policy.

My time preparing for Veto Session is always time well spent and you can’t go wrong educating yourself, but as I mentioned in my last newsletter the challenge posed by the Speaker’s strategy is figuring out what to prepare for.  One small but important goal as I go forward is to be able to better anticipate what may come up and ultimately become more efficient at preparation. I used the balance of the afternoon discussing items with colleagues and calling constituents.  I truly believe that this is a team effort and I want the input of the people in the district.  The best ideas for fixing problems come from you.  Monday, I began a process of calling constituents and asking for their input on what I can do to make things better for the 104th.  I am committed to continuing these calls.  Hopefully I’ll be talking to you.

My wonderful family came to support me.
The week took a positive turn on Wednesday.  That day was Inauguration Day.  The day contained a series of highs as we celebrated the incoming General Assembly and the hope that we’d be able to work together to forge a better Illinois.  The pomp and circumstance of the occasion mixed with friends and family who came to celebrate the special day and made it a memory I’ll not soon forget.  

Even though I have served since September, on Inauguration Day it hit home about what a truly special honor it is to represent the 104th District!  My hope is that the congenial rhetoric of the celebration actually translates into all of us working together for Illinois.  Call me the eternal optimist, but despite my reservations from earlier in the week, I believe it can happen.

After one more day of session on Thursday to cover parliamentary issues, we headed back to our district offices.  I’ve got two big weeks ahead of me, traveling the district, talking to constituents, and gathering more input from you, so that we are primed to make this Session a success.  When I’m not busy talking to you, I’ll be reaching out to my fellow House members working on building a bipartisan consensus for the initiatives that we are working on for the 104th.  I love this part of the job.  There is nothing like learning from listening, whether it’s someone in an important part of the 104th or a legislator from Chicago.  I know there will be stressful days ahead, but we are off to a good start and I’m confident we’ll make good things happen.  

News from
State Representative Mike Marron

For Immediate Release:                                                         Contact: Mike Marron @ (217) 477-0104
January 9, 2019                                                                       Email:

Rep. Marron Sworn in as 104th District State Representative
Springfield…Former Vermillion County Board chair and State Representative Mike Marron (R-Fithian) is set to be sworn in to the 104th district as State Representative on Wednesday January 9, 2019 in Springfield, Illinois.

Marron replaced retiring State Representative Chad Hays (R-Catlin) in early September 2018, and was re-elected in November 2018. Marron says he is excited about starting a new term and is hopeful that the incoming administration will work across party lines.
“I am looking forward to working together with my colleagues to tackle the immense challenges that we all face here in Illinois,” Marron said.  “I am hopeful for good faith discussions and a willingness to make the tough decisions that lay ahead of us this Session.”
Rep. Marron started his legislative tenure during Veto Session this fall and has been busy prepping for the new session, meeting with area leaders for ideas, and molding those ideas into a legislative agenda that will be beneficial to the 104th District.
“If and when you have ideas for measures that I can push for the 104th, please let me know,” Marron said.  “We will make a great team together, and use that momentum to make this Session a positive one for the residents of Vermilion and Champaign Counties.”

This week, I am arriving in Springfield to conclude the 100th General Assembly and participate in the Inauguration ceremony to commence the new 101st General Assembly. I am looking forward to working together with my colleagues to tackle the immense challenges that we all face here in Illinois. I am hopeful for good faith discussions and a willingness to make the tough decisions that lay ahead of this session. Below is my perspective on this ceremonial transition week and some top policy priorities that I am hoping to get accomplished as we start the New Year.

Lame Duck sessions make me nervous because they are generally associated with bad policy that the Speaker wants to ram through the chamber, by members who can take bad votes because they will not be there when the new General Assembly is sworn in on Wednesday.  The fall veto session taught me a great deal about the legislative process under Speaker Madigan.  Among other things, I’ve learned that the Speaker likes to keep our caucus in the dark on issues that will be called up for a vote until the last minute, so we have little time to adjust or strategize.  With the sheer volume of pending bills that can be called, it is next to impossible to fully prepare for every bill that could be up for a vote. This holds true for the Monday and Tuesday Lame Duck session, however instead of being frustrated, I choose to view this parliamentary gamesmanship as a challenge. Despite the speed and intensity of my first legislative session during Veto week, I kept my head above water and I feel I did a good job making decisions and representing the 104th district on some important votes.

I am very excited for Wednesday and the beginning of the 101st General Assembly.  My time since the end of veto session has been spent prepping for the new session, meeting with area leaders for ideas, and molding those ideas into a legislative agenda that will be beneficial to the 104th District.  I’ve had the pleasure of meeting with municipal leaders around the district, County Officials, education professionals, and many others.  Among other things, we’ve talked about economic development, agriculture, and two of my campaign priorities: Education and Infrastructure.  Through these productive discussions, we have developed a practical plan for legislation in the new GA.

The first bill I intend to file is an important measure that Representative Hays pushed in his last term.  It is an adjustment to the property tax code, which would allow agricultural buildings that have been destroyed in a natural disaster to be rebuilt without penalizing the owner with a large jump in their property tax assessment that would prohibit the reconstruction of the lost building.  This allows for the owner to better manage the extra cost associated with rebuilding after a catastrophe and for tax increases associated with rebuilds to be implemented over a manageable time frame.  The credit for this measure belongs completely to Rep. Hays, and I hope to get his measure across the finish line.

Number two on my legislative agenda is drafting a resolution for the equitable distribution of infrastructure improvements geographically throughout the State.  With the swirl of talk about a pending Capital Infrastructure Bill, we need to make sure that the infrastructure projects are equally distributed through the entire State.  Downstate has more miles of roads, scarcer local resources, and many great demands.  I intend to bring attention to the General Assembly that when the infrastructure funds are distributed, downstate needs its fair share.

After working to address local infrastructure needs as Vermillion County Board Chairman and discussing those needs with local officials by holding extensive meetings, one of the largest challenges our communities face is the ability to rebuild and maintain critical public work infrastructure such as water/wastewater and sewer systems.  I am very excited to be able to work on this issue because it is something that is completely needed throughout this State. Most communities have old, outdated systems that are starting to have significant problems.  Many communities don’t have the capital available or the political ability to raise the revenue needed to address these serious issues.  Our legislative staff is working on legislation for me that will propose a water/wastewater funding formula for municipalities.  The idea is to encourage upgrades in systems that will keep them safe and viable for the public, encourages efficiency, promotes maintenance investments in the future, and creates systems that are environmentally friendly.  The idea would be to assist a village like Catlin to rebuild its sewer system and encourage planning for maintaining the system long into the future, providing means for a Village like Bismarck to finally build a wastewater system, and assisting in government consolidation by joining smaller entities together to create one large regional water/wastewater facility where it makes sense to do so.  This would provide the formula for levy consolidation, and thereby relief, environmental stewardship, and work for the health and well-being of our communities no matter what their size.

I appreciate everyone’s support, because this has always has been a team effort.  My job is to represent you and try to bring our best ideas to fruition.  I’m excited about the prospect of accomplishing great ideas and achievements to propel the 104th District forward! I intend to be aggressive as a legislator to stand up for all of us in the 104th, but I will need your help.  You are the boots on the ground and will always have the best feel for what changes need to be made to make our government work better and more efficiently.  If and when you have ideas for measures that I can push for the 104th, please let me know.  We will make a great team together, and use that momentum to make this session a positive one for the residents of Vermilion and Champaign Counties! Thank you all for the opportunity to be your State Representative.

Thank you and Happy New Year!

Representative Mike Marron
104TH District

Office Information
Springfield Office:
220-N Stratton Office Building
Springfield, IL 62706
(217) 782-4811

District Office:
7 E. Fairchild Street
Danville, IL 61832
(217) 477-0104

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To mark National Teen Road Safety Week State Representative Mike Marron today recognized the Danville High School Future Problem Solvers for their continued work to promote safe driving by young adults throughout our area. At a special ceremony at Danville High School, Representative Marron presented the group and their sponsor with a special House of Representatives Certificate of Recognition along with his thanks and praise.

“Roadway accidents claim more teen lives than any other cause; but that doesn’t have to be the case,” said Representative Marron (R-Danville). “Lives can be saved through increased awareness and safety initiatives geared to young drivers, and I am very proud of the Danville High School Future Problem Solvers for tackling this issue with their ‘Project Ignition’ safety program.”

Representative Mile Marron has signed-on to sponsor his first pieces of legislation, all of which work together to protect taxpayers.

Representative Marron is co-sponsoring a pair of bills to reform the state budget process to help ensure taxpayers and local agencies that serve them will be protected and respected each year. House Bill 1815 requires the General Assembly to begin the budget process each year by adopting a realistic revenue estimate.

“When working out your family’s budget you start with figuring out how much money you have to spend and then you plan how to spend it. That’s how you live within your means. Those in control of the General Assembly, however, do just the opposite…they begin with how much they want to spend then plan which taxes and fees they will raise to pay for it. That’s why we’re in the financial mess we’re in,” Rep. Marron said. “We need to put common sense back into the process, beginning with the adoption of a realistic revenue estimate every spring.”

Fresh off his recent swearing-in, new 104th District State Representative Mike Marron has announced a series of traveling office hours that he is referring to a “listening tour”.

 “Meeting my constituents in their communities is the best way I can think of to live up to my promise to be open and accessible to the citizens of the 104th district,” Marron said. “This listening tour will give me a great deal of street-level perspective from the hardworking men and women of east central Illinois. I have lived here all of my life, but as a new State Representative, I feel a responsibility to meet the folks I represent where they live, and to represent the best interests of everyone.”

Rep. Marron and a member of his staff will be available in several communities throughout the 104th district in the coming months. Area residents that wish to make a separate appointment to meet with Rep. Marron or his staff should call his district office located at 7 E. Fairchild Street in Danville. The telephone number is 217-477-0104. Please find dates, times, and locations below:

 Savoy - Tuesday, September 25, 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. at the Robert C. McCleary Municipal Center located at 611 North Dunlap.

 Rantoul - Tuesday, September 25, from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. at the Rantoul Chamber of Commerce located at 120 East Sangamon Ave.

Tilton - Tuesday, October 2, from 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. at the Tilton Village Hall located at 1001 Tilton Road.

Catlin - Tuesday, October 2, from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. at the Catlin Village Hall located at 109 S. Sandusky.