State Representative Charlie Meier (R-Okawville) officially announced his re-election to the Illinois House of Representatives on Saturday before family and friends. Rep. Meier will seek his third term for the State House in 2016.
Since Charlie Meier was first elected State Representative in 2012 he has been faced with many challenges while representing the 108th district. His first challenge before and after he first took office was battling former Governor Pat Quinn’s attempt to close the Warren G. Murray Developmental Center in Centralia. After more than a 3 year battle with the Quinn administration and the court system, as it stands today, Murray Center will remain open thanks to the hard work of the Friends of Murray Center, Murray Parents Association, Governor Rauner, and Rep. Charlie Meier.
“Fighting to keep Murray Center open was my focus before and after my first election in 2012,” said Rep. Meier. “We accomplished the unthinkable, we never gave up. As State Representative I will never give up representing the people I represent in the State of Illinois. I have more I want to accomplish which is why I am announcing my intentions to run in 2016.”
Today, the legislature and Rep. Meier is faced with another monumental challenge, approving the Fiscal Year 2016 state budget which began July 1. The State of Illinois will be approaching its eighth week without a state budget. However, some progress was made on August 12th when Rep. Meier and the General Assembly reached a bipartisan agreement to appropriate spending nearly $5 billion in federal funding for services such as meals for senior citizens, health and wellness screenings for women and children, help for crime victims, and community and rehabilitation services for disabled individuals.
Rep. Meier added, “I am ready to go back to Springfield and continue representing the interests of my district by supporting a balanced budget, sponsoring legislation to bring jobs to our region, and overall working to improve the effectiveness of state government.”
Charlie Meier is a lifelong resident of Washington County, residing on his family’s Centennial Farm. In 2009 Charlie was awarded the State of Illinois Conservation Farm Family of the Year, which recognizes leaders in land conservation that uphold the responsibility to restore its natural productive beauty for future generations. The 108th District includes portions of Clinton, Madison, St. Clair, and Washington counties.