ForbyDear Neighbor,

Welcome to my legislative website. Here you can find more information about me, learn about the latest news surrounding the Capitol, and look at legislation I am working on to help put people back to work, pay our bills and fix the state budget. I am proud to represent the residents of Southern Illinois, and I assure you that I will continue to fight for your concerns in Springfield. If you have any concerns or ideas, please do not hesitate to contact me through this website, or by calling my Springfield and Benton offices.

Best Wishes,                                                     

Gary Forby

State Senator, 59th District

052814CM0193HARRISBURG – Communities in Saline and Williamson counties are next in a long line in Southern Illinois to see added construction funding, thanks to State Senator Gary Forby (D-Benton).

The project is part of the Illinois Jobs Now! Program, intended to help counter unemployment and aging facilities throughout the state. For local upcoming projects, the state dedicated $27.9 million to the repair of US Highway 45. The well-worn road will receive a much-needed resurfacing near the communities of Stonefort and Eldorado.

Previous state funded construction efforts took place near Crainville, with $24.1 million for the interchange of Route 13 and Wolf Creek Road as well as $700,000 for construction of a new 50-bed facility addition to the Anna Veterans’ Home. A total of $1.5 billion has been allocated for projects for infrastructure, higher education funding and economic development plans in the area.

“Some areas of my district were hit hardest by the economic downturn, but we still see a lot of tourism for our natural resources as well as visitors to Southern Illinois University,” Forby said. “As a result of these upcoming construction projects, the infrastructure in our neck of the woods gets a much needed upgrade that will put people to work and go a long way to ensure travelers a pleasant experience while in Southern Illinois.”

hunterA new law sponsored by State Senator Gary Forby (D-Benton) cuts certain fees to $1 or completely eliminates them for Illinois seniors 75 or older on hunting and fishing licenses.

“After a lifetime of buying licenses and stamps, we are making it easier for seniors to afford hunting and fishing. Every senior should be able to enjoy the outdoors regardless if they’re on a fixed income,” Forby said.

The law reduces the fees on sports fishing licenses and all-species hunting licenses to $1 and completely waives the cost of salmon, inland trout, migratory water fowl, pheasant and habitat stamps.

The law, House Bill 4329, takes effect immediately.

SPRINGFIELD – In 2004, the Fire Truck Revolving Loan Program (FTRLP) was created to provide zero-interest loans of up to $250,000 to fire departments to help cover the cost of purchasing a new fire truck. The price tag of a new truck has increased over the years and lawmakers believe the amount the program can loan should follow suit.


Forby donates $11,400 to Pat’s Kids charity

032113br0206BENTON – Illinois State Senator Gary Forby (D–Benton) once again is working to ensure Southern Illinois children get a visit from Santa and have a present to open this Christmas. On Wednesday, Senator Forby joined Pat Benton on his morning radio show to present a check for Pat’s charity, Pat’s Kids. For the past five years, Forby has donated to Pat’s Kids from funds raised at his annual bocce ball tournament, totaling more than $60,000 during that time span.

“Every child should have a present to open on Christmas,” Forby said. “I am proud of the work that Pat’s Kids has done for our area over the years and I believe Southern Illinois is a better place because of it. I hope that the people in our district will realize the impact Pat’s Kids has on children’s lives.”


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