February 2022 Newsletter

Welcome to the February Newsletter!

Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow this year which means we have a long winter. 

The Spring Session continued this month and the Governor gave his Budget Address.

Below are some updates!

Fighting For You!

DCFS Failures

My colleagues and I on the House Human Services Appropriations Committee held a hearing on the failures of DCFS, but so much more needs to be done to address the critical issues within the agency. Our children cannot wait.


Comments of the Governor’s State Budget

After the Governor’s Budget Address, it’s safe to say that he will continue to be dishonest with Illinoisans. Please see my full statement below.

Back in Session

The House is back in session! We are scheduled to be in Springfield until the middle of April. I look forward to presenting my bills in committee and, hopefully, on the floor. Follow along with committee activity and floor debate live at https://ilga.gov/houseaudvid.asp

Legislative Press Conference

On February 17th, with Jim Rowe, Kankakee County State’s Attorney and Sheriff Mike Downey, I had a press conference regarding the package of legislation I have introduced to support law enforcement and deter crime. This package was assigned to the Judiciary Criminal Committee, but the Democrats who control the committee process refused to call them and give them a fair hearing. I hope that members on both sides of the aisle can come together to get this package passed into law.

Legislative Press Conference

Introducing Legislation on Crime

Click below for more information about the package of legislation I introduced to deter crime and protect our police.


Status on House Bill 4545

I am pleased to say that my bill, HB 4545, passed out of committee unanimously and then passed the House with 103 “yes” votes. This bill will require HFS to look into procuring technology to make the MEDI and MCO portal systems in sync with each other. This will increase efficiency and effectiveness across the industry! I look forward to continuing to work with all stakeholders on this bill!

Around the District & Under the Dome

Black History Month

February 1st marked the first day of Black History Month and a celebration of the achievements and contributions of Black Americans in our nation’s history.

Wear Red Day

February 4th was Wear Red Day, a movement to raise awareness about heart disease in women. Heart disease and stroke can affect a woman at any age, making it vital for all women to understand their personal risk factors and family history. Learn more at: 


Remembering my Dad It’s been a long and difficult month with the sudden passing of my dad, Jim LaMotte. I’m grateful to everyone who has reached out with such kind words and support. My dad was a tireless advocate for the fire service, public safety and the community as a whole. He was an exemplary role model and public servant. We are so proud of him, his lifetime of service and accomplishments. He will be greatly missed. Heaven gained one of the best and although our hearts may be heavy, our lives and memories are full❤️ Take a minute and read this wonderful article written in honor of my dad💙


Valentines for Veterans

Thank you to everyone who participated in my Valentines for Veterans drive! The number of Valentines we have received is absolutely incredible. I am sure our veterans will feel how much we appreciate and love them!

Presidents Day

I hope everyone had a great President’s Day!

Illinois Farm Bureau Legislative Reception

This month I attended the Illinois Farm Bureau Legislative Reception. It was great to see my local Farm Bureau friends down in Springfield!

Mark Your Calendar:

  • Come stop by my Spring Job Fair!
    • When: Wednesday, April 20th, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
    • Where: Knights of Columbus (187 S Indiana Ave, Kankakee, IL 60901)
    • For more information visit: rephaas.com or my Facebook page!

Contact Me: 

As always, I encourage you to reach out to my office to express your views and opinions on legislative matters. I promise to be approachable, accessible, and accountable. I will fight for you, your family, and your business!