State Rep. Tom Demmer (R-Dixon) works for a hospital, and used to lobby for one.
So when considering a bill in Springfeld last week that would have allowed Illinois surgeons to set up their own independent facilities, effectively competing with hospitals like his employer, Demmer was emphatically opposed.
At an April 11 meeting of the House Appropriations Human Services Committee, Democrats questioned redacted emails and Freedom of Information Act (FOA) requests related to the Quincy Veterans Home, but two Republicans kept their questions to budget requests.
Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner is publicly preaching party unity on the campaign trail. But behind the scenes, Rauner is quietly leading an effort to purge conservatives from the Illinois Republican State Central Committee, which governs the party and has elections this month.
Reps. Patricia Bellock (R-Hinsdale) and Tom Demmer (R-Dixon) praised fellow lawmakers on the House floor last week after two health-care related bills they had worked on for over six months were approved.
Sen. Chuck Weaver (R-Peoria) and Rep. Tom Demmer (R-Dixon) have taken child health care under their wing. Working with Sen. Julie Morrison (D-Deerfield) and Rep. Camille Lilly (D-Chicago) on children’s health care reform, the two GOP lawmakers kicked off the Children’s Health Caucus at a Wednesday press conference in Springfield.
Rep. Tom Demmer (R-Dixon) defended the work and compromise that went into the state's public school funding bill before its House passage on Aug. 28. Some of his Republican colleagues didn't agree that the results lived up to expectations.
Rep. Tom Demmer (R-Dixon) recently called out Democrats in the House for attempting to coerce passage of the state's public school funding bill, arguing that they believe stalling will end up persuading Republican legislators in siding with them in an override of Gov. Bruce Rauner's veto of SB1.