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Illinois State Representative Dwight Kay (R-Glen Carbon) spoke about the need for job creation and his plan to create jobs at the Council of Owners and Construction Associates, Inc. (COCA) meeting held Thursday at the Gateway Center in Collinsville.

According to a report released today by the Illinois Department of Employment Security, job growth is still below the national average, with Illinois -46,400 jobs short of its peak employment level reached in September 2000. In fact, as of August 2016, Illinois lost 4,400 manufacturing jobs.

“It’s time the legislature wake up and address the issue our State has been plagued with for over a decade,” said Rep. Kay. “We need to grow our economy and that starts with job creation legislation being approved by the General Assembly. We need jobs now, as a businessman I understand the problem and I have the remedies to fix it.”

State Representative Dwight Kay’s jobs plan includes the following:

  • Make the Research and Development Tax Credit permanent in order to increase business confidence in investing in the state
  • End constant tax increase proposals that create uncertainty for job creators and kill jobs while costing Illinois citizens more
  • Reduce the cost of setting up an LLC in Illinois from $750 to $39, resulting in more small businesses opening in the State
  • Establish reasonable standards for receiving workers’ compensation, similar to Missouri and Indiana laws that will make the system more fair and competitive with the Nation

Rep. Kay added, “If the legislature can reach an agreement on a jobs plan similar to the one I have outlined, then Illinois will be well on its way to create thousands of jobs and bring back the manufacturing jobs our State lost to our neighboring states.”

Secretary of State Jesse White announced today that his office has reinstated the mailing of vehicle registration reminder notices to Illinois drivers. To offset the cost of the mailings, White is drafting legislation allowing his office to offer advertising space on the mailings. In addition, White is urging the public to sign-up for email notices to further reduce mailing costs.

The Secretary of State’s office discontinued mailing reminders in October 2015 due to the lack of funding as a direct result of the state budget impasse. The stop-gap budget recently passed by the legislature and signed into law by the Governor allows White’s office to reinstate the notices.

Vehicle owners can sign up for email notifications by visiting the Secretary of State website, To register for the program, vehicle owners will need their assigned registration ID and PIN, which can be found on their current vehicle registration card. If that information is not available, they can call the Secretary of State public inquiry division at 800-252-8980 to obtain the Registration ID and PIN.

The one-time registration process will allow vehicle owners to receive a series of three email notices per vehicle each year highlighting the upcoming vehicle expiration date.
Illinois State Representative Dwight Kay (R-Glen Carbon) released the following statement after Auditor General Frank J Mautino yet again refused to cooperate with the State Board of Elections:

“Auditor General Frank Mautino ignored yet another deadline to file a report with the Illinois State Board of Elections pertaining to questionable expenditures made by his campaign committee – “Committee for Frank J Mautino.” It is obvious Auditor General Mautino is not going to cooperate with the State as he continues to ignore deadlines required by the State Board of Elections. His refusal to comply leads me to believe there is something he does not want the public to know. Frank Mautino should resign as Auditor General as his refusal to respond to public questions surrounding his ethical conduct has demonstrated that he is unfit to remain in office.”
Illinois State Representative Dwight Kay (R-Glen Carbon) to co-host a free property tax appeal seminar with a member of the Madison County Board of Review for property owners. The property tax appeal seminar will educate property owners who feel their property tax assessment is incorrect, how the appeal process works, and how to appeal their property tax assessment.

The free property tax appeal seminar will be held on Thursday, July 28, 6:30 p.m. at the Collinsville Memorial Library located at 408 W. Main Street in Collinsville.

For more information call Representative Kay’s office at 618-307-9200.

Collinsville, Ill., (July 14, 2016) – Crews worked yesterday afternoon and throughout the evening to restore more than 70,000 outages from the more than 100,000 outages at the peak. As of 8:00 this morning, numbers are down to less than 33,000 customers out with a majority of outages impacting the Metro East area including Belleville, Centralia, East St. Louis, Maryville and Sparta.

While Ameren Illinois field crews and contractors have been actively engaged in restoration services since storms hit early yesterday afternoon, workers from multiple utilities are being dispatched to provide additional assistance. Mutual Aid resources are coming from other state utilities including Mississippi, Ohio, Tennessee, Texas, and Wisconsin. Ameren Illinois activated the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) at 4:45 p.m. on Wednesday due to a line of storms that caused outages throughout the entire territory.

Crews will be working throughout the day to restore outages, with a high concentration of workers in the Metro East area. Detailed safety and outage information is available at, on Facebook and Twitter. Information includes outage maps, what to do during an outage, cold and frozen food tips and generator safety guidelines.

Specific restoration estimates for individual customers are available through our outage alert system. Ameren Illinois customers without power should call 800-755-5000 to report an outage, log onto the website at, or report their outage using the mobile phone app. Customers who report their outage are able to sign up for outage alerts to receive text or email restoration updates. Learn more at
Illinois State Representative Dwight Kay (R-Glen Carbon) is offering a FREE Paper Shredding event for local residents from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 16 outside his district office located at 101 Southpointe Suite B in Edwardsville.

Paper documents will be accepted for shredding (up to two boxes per person). Guests are instructed to follow the marked pathway through the parking lot and remain in their vehicle while the documents are unloaded. Parking is available for those who wish to personally watch documents being shredded.

The event is free and open to the public. For questions or more information, please call Rep. Kay’s office at 618-307-9200.

In response to the failure of Illinois Auditor General Frank Mautino to answer questions amidst the ongoing federal and state investigations into his campaign spending irregularities while a member of the Illinois General Assembly, State Representative Dwight Kay (R-Glen Carbon) announced the filing today of House Joint Resolution 158 aimed at removing Mautino from office, a measure with over 20 co-sponsors.

“Auditor General Mautino is not able to perform his duties with the trust and confidence that Illinoisans deserve,” Rep. Kay said.  “The Auditor General’s Office is a position where transparency is at the very heart of the job itself.  Illinoisans deserve a clean government and Auditor General Mautino, by his refusal to respond to public questions surrounding his ethical conduct, has demonstrated that he is unfit to remain in office.”

At issue is more than $200,000 Mautino spent over 10 years on gas and vehicle repairs at a Spring Valley service station owned by a city alderman, as well as $259,000 in payments made to a local bank since 1999.