As tensions in the Middle East continue to escalate, State Representative Reggie Phillips this week led his House colleagues in reaffirming our solidarity with our friends and allies in the Nation of Israel. Phillips’s “Stand with Israel” resolution (HR173) was adopted unanimously Tuesday by the Illinois House.

“Violence and terror caused by ISIS and the serious nuclear threat posed by Iran’s growing influence in the Middle East make it more important today than ever before that we stand firm with our friends in Israel,” Phillips said. “Terrorists have targeted both our nations for attack because we stand for personal freedoms and opportunity – all of the things they despise.”

Phillips’s “Stand with Israel” resolution reaffirms Illinois’ friendship with and support for the people of Israel, our strongest allies in the Middle East region.

“The current administration in Washington may waiver and send mixed messages, but today the Illinois House today sent a clear message that we will continue to stand with Israel against threats to our nations and our shared values,” Phillips said.

State Representative Reggie Phillips Monday won unanimous House approval of an environmentally-friendly initiative to ensure used and waste tire storage facilities in our communities are run in a safe and responsible manner. House Bill 3819 is backed by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA). It ensures that prior to issuing a waste tire storage permit; the IEPA will determine whether the prospective owners/operators have a history of responsible management for such facilities.
“This is a public safety issue for our communities,” Representative Phillips explained. “Large scrap tire storage facilities, if not responsibly managed, are not only an eyesore, they can be a serious source of pollution. They can also shelter vermin and be very dangerous places for children who are attracted to the opportunity to climb and play among the tires,” Representative Phillips said. “The legislation we advanced this week simply helps ensure that those applying to operate large scrap tire storage and processing facilities have experience and a good track record with this type of business.”
Specifically, House bill 3819 directs the IEPA to evaluate applicants’ prior environmental management experience before issuing a used or waste tire storage permit. The agency may deny a permit to anyone who has been convicted of a felony or certain other crimes, has a history of violating environmental laws, or has shown incompetence or carelessness handling, storing or transporting waste tires or other regulated materials.
Having passed the House on unanimous vote, Phillips’ House Bill 3819 now advances to the Senate for concurrence.
On the morning of April 15, 1865 President Abraham Lincoln died from a gunshot wound he
sustained the night before at the hands of assassin John Wilkes Booth.

Today, Rep. Phillips remembered the former Illinois Representative, and one of our greatest Presidents, at Lincoln's statue at the Illinois Capitol in Springfield.