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Davis, Bustos Introduce Bill to Protect Our Locks and Dams

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Davis and Bustos serving on a bipartisan agriculture panel at the 2017 Farm Progress Show

PRESS RELEASE | U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) today released this statement on the introduction of H.R. 5688, the Navigation Workers Protection Act, a bill to clarify that operations and maintenance work at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers navigation projects are inherently governmental work. Davis and U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-Ill.) introduced this bipartisan bill earlier this week. Davis and Bustos serve together on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

The locks and dams along our waterways are critical to our economy and getting corn, soybeans, and other ag products our farmers produce to market and we must ensure they remain a priority. Our Founding Fathers understood the important role our government should play in our nation’s infrastructure and this bill continues to protect this important role of managing our locks and dams and commerce along our waterways. I’m proud to join Representative Cheri Bustos in introducing this bipartisan bill that has the support of business and labor groups alike and I look forward to working together to move this important legislation forward.”

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SJ-R writers march for a contract

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2007 was the year President George W. Bush sent the “surge” of troops to Iraq, the iPhone was released, and the subprime mortgage bubble popped. It was also when writers at the State Journal-Register (SJR) last got a raise. Even after forming a union in 2012, the newsroom writers are still fighting to get their first contract with GateHouse Media. GateHouse Media is part of the New Media Investment Group, which acquired the SJR in 2007. They are based in Fairport, New York,

Today, members of the local United Media Guild marched to demand a labor contract. Those negotiations are ongoing in St. Louis, and have made some progress. A deal struck last year will guarantee a one percent raise in September of this year, and a 1.75 percent raise in October of next year. The marchers were joined by members of other local labor unions including AFSCME.

The local United Media Guild is part of The NewsGuild-CWA which represents 25,000 journalists and media workers across the nation.

You can see our interviews with Union representatives in the video player above, and watch some of the march in the player below.

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Davis seeks travel arrangement changes inspired by the family of Petty Officer Logan Palmer

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The loss of any service member in the armed forces is a tragedy. When a service member dies in a combat zone, their remains are either flown home or to Dover Air Force Base. If the family needs transportation to Dover, the Department of Defense (DoD) handles the arrangements. But if the death occurred outside of a combat zone, that does not always happen. Waivers are often granted in these cases, but only by request. Congressmen Davis (R-13) wants to change that.

This issue was highlighted in August 2017, when the USS John McCain struck a merchant ship in the Singapore Strait. Ten US service members died in that accident, including Petty Officer Logan Palmer of Harristown, Illinois. The Palmer family struggled with the DoD bureaucracy, and ultimately relied on outside organizations to arrange travel to Dover.

Davis’ bill, H.R. 5848, would require the DoD to cover the travel arrangements for non-combat deaths without the red tape. Davis said that, “The Department of Defense has assured me that they are working to change this policy now, but a law is necessary to ensure this change remains permanent.”

H.R. 5848 is an amendment to the Fiscal Year (FY) ’19 National Defense Authorization Act, which is expected to pass the House later this week.

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LIVE | Village of Chatham, IL Board Meeting – May 22nd, 2018

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LIVE | Village of Chatham, IL Board Meeting – May 22nd, 2018

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