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State Representative Charlie Meier (R-Okawville) would like to see Amazon call Illinois home by choosing the Metro East as their second headquarters in North America (HQ2).

Earlier this month, Amazon announced plans to open its second headquarters by a Request for Proposal (RFP) from state and local government leaders. The RFP from government leaders is due by October 19, 2017.

On Thursday, Rep. Charlie Meier sent a letter and e-mail to both Madison and St. Clair County Board Chairman Kurt Prenzler and Mark Kern offering his support to both counties if they need assistance from the State of Illinois to help attract Amazon’s second corporate headquarters.

“I think the Metro East can meet the needs of Amazon and I think it’s safe to say we can agree on this,” said Rep. Meier. “Our region desperately needs more jobs and opportunity. If we are successful in bringing Amazon’s second corporate headquarters to the Metro East, it would certainly prove positive for our region.”

According to Amazon’s announcement on September 7, 2017, “Amazon expects to invest over $5 billion in construction and grow this second headquarters to include as many as 50,000 high-paying jobs. In addition to Amazon’s direct hiring and investment, construction and ongoing operation of Amazon HQ2 is expected to create tens of thousands of additional jobs and tens of billions of dollars in additional investment in the surrounding community.”

The official letter Representative Charlie Meier sent to Chairman Prenzler and Chairman Kern can be found here.
I am writing to inform you that my office is available to assist with anything your county may need from the State of Illinois to help the Metro East attract Amazon’s second corporate headquarters.

If we are successful in bringing Amazon to the Metro East, we have an opportunity to gain up to 50,000 new full-time jobs with average salaries exceeding $100,000 over the next ten to fifteen years. Plus, the Amazon project is expected to have over $5 billion in capital expenditures invested in our region.

Amazon’s ideal site and building requirements are as follows:

30 miles from a population center
Within 45 minutes of an International airport
1-2 miles from major highways and roads
Access to on-site mass transit (i.e. direct access to rail, train, subway/metro bus routes)
500,000 square feet of building space for Phase 1 in 2019 and up to 8,000,000 square feet beyond 2027
Amazon recently announced plans to open a second headquarters in North America. Their Request for Proposal "RFP" can be found here.

According to Amazon, "Amazon HQ2, a second company headquarters in North America. Amazon expects to invest over $5 billion in construction and grow this second headquarters to include as many as 50,000 high-paying jobs. In addition to Amazon’s direct hiring and investment, construction and ongoing operation of Amazon HQ2 is expected to create tens of thousands of additional jobs and tens of billions of dollars in additional investment in the surrounding community. Amazon is opening the Amazon HQ2 Request for Proposal (“RFP”) now, and local and state government leaders interested in learning more about how they can bring Amazon to their community can visit www.amazon.com/amazonHQ2."
Equifax, an Atlanta based credit-rating agency, suffered a security breach on July 29th that exposed sensitive information of millions of Americans.   Such information included social security numbers, driver’s license numbers, credit card numbers, birthdays, and addresses. It has been determined that 5.4 million Illinois residents have been affected by the breach.

The company has set up a website where you can check if your personal information was affected by the breach: www.equifaxsecurity2017.com.

Attorney General Lisa Madigan has opened an investigation into the recent security breach, and called on Equifax to provide free credit freezes to all Illinois residents in the wake of the breach. She urges Illinois residents to take the Equifax breach seriously and take steps to protect themselves from the possibility of identity theft:

· Seriously consider placing a credit freeze on your credit reports with all 3 consumer reporting agencies: TransUnion, Experian, and Equifax;
· Regularly request your free credit reports, inspect them closely, and promptly dispute any unauthorized accounts;
· Inspect all financial account statements closely and promptly dispute any unauthorized charges;
· Consider placing alerts on your financial accounts so your financial institution alerts you when money above a pre-designated amount is withdrawn;
· Beware of potential phishing emails; don't open any email messages or attachments from unknown senders and do not click on any unknown links. Fraudsters will frequently send coercive and misleading emails threatening account suspension or worse if sensitive information is not provided. Remember, businesses will never ask customers to verify account information via email. If in doubt, contact the business in question directly for verification and to report phishing emails; and
· Be on the lookout for spoofed email addresses. Spoofed email addresses are those that make minor changes in the domain name, frequently changing the letter O to the number zero, or the lowercase letter l to the number one. Scrutinize all incoming email addresses to ensure that the sender is truly legitimate.

With questions on the data breach, you can contact Equifax at 866-447-7559, or the Illinois Attorney General’s Identity Theft Hotline at 1 (866) 999-5630.

"Thank you to Beckemeyer's Village President Josh Mensing for inviting me to his meeting where they honored Jim Nettles and Josh Schniers for their heroic actions during a house fire. Thank you Jim and Josh for your fast action in saving lives from this fire. I always say we have the greatest people living in the 108th District and here are two of the fine examples." -Rep. Charlie Meier

State Representative Charlie Meier (R-Highland) released the following statement after the House of Representatives approved historic education funding reform:

“I voted in favor of the bipartisan compromise to provide fair and equitable funding for K-12 schools. The education funding reform plan approved secures historic funding levels for all 852 Illinois school districts. No school in my district will lose funding under this education funding plan. I anticipate the education funding compromise we sent the Senate will be approved and signed into law quickly.”