EDITOR’S NOTE: This is Report to the People No. 17 by Madison County Board District 3 representative Philip W. Chapman.
The purpose of this report is to ensure transparency and to provide information on my efforts on the Madison County Board.
New Douglas issues, town hall: On Monday, April 17, I visited New Douglas and provided a report on my efforts to solve flooding issues along Rockwell Road and Fifth Street. I fielded questions from office holders and citizens. We discussed the condemned Habitat for Humanity House.
Community development visit: On Tuesday, April 18, I met with Ms. Kristen Poshard, director of community development, Mayor June Ridel, Village Clerk Lisa Michnmeyer and Trustee Barbie Bassett to discuss; (1) grants, (2) flooding issues in the southern portion of town and (3) several properties to include the Habitat for Humanity House. Ms. Poshard provided information on how best to acquire grants for flood control in town and from the USDA for farm field flooding around drainage ditches southeast of town.
Worden issues: On April 20, I met with Mayor Prentice Hall of Worden and Mr. James Arnold of Madison County Community Development to discuss possible projects to bring needed jobs to Worden. Recent information provided at the Model Innovative County event I attended helped me understand Worden’s situation.
Carpenter issues: I followed up with Director Matt Brandemeyer and Assistant Director Mr. Chris Doucleff of Planning and Development about concerns voiced by citizens on several properties in the Carpenter area.
Prairietown issues: I responded to several citizens’ calls reference concerning a zoning and variance issue. I provided information about what recourse they have as citizens to any proposed variance.
Highland issues: On Tuesday, April 18, I responded to a citizen’s request to visit the citizen’s property due to storm water issues. I met with Mr. Doucleff of Planning and Development, who provided answers to the homeowner’s questions and then provided them to the homeowner.
Grants for District 3: On Wednesday, April 19, the County Board approved grants impacting District 3 totaling $53,037. I voted “yes” on each of the following grants: village of Grantfork, $4,680; village of Hamel, $15,000; village of New Douglas, $15,000; New Douglas Township, $5,057; and city of Highland, $13,300. Many thanks to Clint Jones, chairman, and the entire Grant Committee for ensuring needs were met.
Philip W. Chapman
County Board District 3
Voters of Illinois: there is an important vote that will take place soon in the Illinois statehouse, bill House Joint Resolution 32. This bill calls for an Article V convention to limit power of the federal government, control spending and set term limits. Commonly it is called Convention of States, which is a nonpartisan organization working to bring the 50 state legislatures to impose reforms on Washington, D.C. The way to make these reforms take place is called Article V Convention of the States.
Most people know when an amendment is passed by a two-thirds majority in the House and Senate and then three-fourths of the states ratify the amendment, it becomes part of the U.S. Constitution. People may not realize that our state legislatures have this power as well. States can call a special meeting, Article V Convention, but to do this three-fourths of the state legislatures need to pass a resolution similar to HJR32. The first step to get this resolution is to pass HJR32.
Currently there are many House members who have not decided how to vote on this bill. You, the voter, are encouraged to contact your state representative to vote for this bill. A study has shown that 76 percent of Americans believe money has become a issue in politics, 70 percent are frustrated with the federal government, and 86 percent feel the people do not have any say in the government. However, passing this bill will help you have some say in our government. As of today, 10 states have passed similar bills, but to call this convention, we need a total of 34 states passing similar bills.
To learn more about the Illinois House bill HJR32, you can read the bill at openstates.org/il/bills/100th/HJR32. If you need more information on how to contact your Illinois state representative, you can go to this website and get their number and address, ilga.gov/house. In District 111, the state representative is Daniel Beiser, (618) 465-5900, located at 528 Henry St. in Alton. To learn more about the Convention of States, visit this site at conventionofstates.com or feel free to contact me, Rodger Jennings. I am the district captain for the Convention of States in Illinois in District 111. My email address is email@example.com.
District Captain, District 111, Roxana