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The Illinois House of Representatives returns to Springfield today. Session is scheduled to begin at 12:00pm. You can watch or listen LIVE online by visiting the Illinois General Assembly website HERE. House Committees will meet this afternoon following session.
Next Friday, April 27 is the 3rd Reading deadline for all House bills, meaning that all legislation which originated in the House of Representatives must be called by that day unless an extension is approved, typically granted to a small number of bills each year.
After that, the House is adjourned until Tuesday, May 8, from which point we will remain in session nearly every day until our scheduled adjournment on May 31, the deadline to pass a new state budget for FY 2019, which begins this summer on July 1.
To let me know what YOU think the State’s budget and spending priorities should be, please click on the CONTACT tab on the menu toolbar above or call my Springfield Office at (217) 558-1037.  I look forward to hearing your feedback.
Sincerely,

Jeanne Ives
State Representative, 42nd District


Rep. Ives Statement at Press Conference in Harvey, Illinois
April 16, 2018

The Illinois political ruling class has been scamming people for generations into believing that math is an opinion.

Like all scams, this one is coming undone as the truth and the inexorable math can no longer be denied.

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Last week, the truth of decades of scamming people to prop up Ponzi schemes caught up to the City of Harvey when officials announced their intent to layoff about half of their firefighters and police officers. 

In Illinois it appears there is nothing more important than elections. That’s why the Illinois House of Representatives has not met in over a month. The Primary Election was held on March 20, yet the politicians who control the legislative calendar saw fit to give themselves plenty of time off to campaign – and then even more time to vacation in the nearly three weeks since. Who cares about the state budget? Who cares about the crushing tax burden on Illinois families? Who cares about reforms that would increase jobs, growth and opportunity in Illinois? Judging based on the legislative calendar, apparently not the politicians in charge.  

The consequences of taking so much time off this spring means we have a condensed time period in which to hold hearings on literally hundreds of bills in committee and to pass a state budget by the end of May. This Friday, April 13 is the deadline for House bills to be heard in committee. That’s right, after taking more than a month off we’re being given one week to consider hordes of new bills, intentionally rushing them all through the legislative process. Incredibly, many committees have not held hearings at all yet this spring! Now they are expected to complete all their work in one week.

Yesterday the Illinois House of Representatives took a number of votes related to the regulation of guns.  None of the bills are directly related to making schools safer, government more accountable, or addressing the problem of disaffected and troubled people intent on committing atrocities.

The Parkland shooter was a troubled teen with numerous behavior problems that schools ignored, local law enforcement ignored, and even the FBI dropped the ball on despite being provided specific credible threats about the shooter, which they failed to investigate. 

Our natural reaction in the wake of a tragedy is to take action. Action can and should be taken to better protect our schools and to keep guns out of the hands of those who suffer from mental illness. I believe we can do so without infringing upon the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding gun owners in the State of Illinois. There must be a greater emphasis on access to mental health services and intervention by family and law enforcement agencies BEFORE a tragedy occurs. School safety must also be our utmost priority.
The Governor's annual Budget Address is taking place at Noon today in Springfield. You can watch or listen LIVE online by visiting the State of Illinois website HERE or the Illinois General Assembly website HERE

To let me know what YOU think the State’s budget and spending priorities should be this year, please visit the CONTACT page on this website on the menu toolbar above or call my Springfield Office at (217) 558-1037.  I look forward to hearing your feedback.

Sincerely,

Jeanne Ives
State Representative, 42nd District
Greetings from snowy Wheaton! 2018 is off to a busy start as I prepare to file a series of new bills and re-file previously introduced bills aimed at making our state government more accountable and less intrusive while taking concrete steps toward enacting meaningful property tax relief and constitutional pension reform.

2018 may well prove to be the fork in the road for Illinois; a choice between continuing down the path of fiscal recklessness or the difficult-but-necessary decisions that must be made to restore stability to the Illinois budget and growth to our economy.  With that in mind, the Illinois House of Representatives is scheduled to return to Springfield for the start of the 2018 legislative session on Tuesday, January 23. 

If you and your family are as busy as mine this time of year, I will sign off for now and let you scroll below for more updates. As always, please don’t hesitate to call me at (630) 384-9719 with any questions or to schedule an appointment. Your feedback is always welcome and appreciated.

Sincerely,
Jeanne

Rep. Ives: Keeping You Informed

New legislation would ban taxpayer-funded harassment settlements in Springfield” Illinois News Network: With a wave of harassment accusations in Springfield, lawmakers want to ensure their colleagues accused of misconduct aren’t bailed out by Illinois taxpayers… read the full story here

Illinois Losing 1 Resident Every 4.6 Minutes to Other States” Illinois Policy Institute: New data from the U.S. Census Bureau are revealing the severity of Illinois’ people problem. From July 2016 to July 2017, Illinois saw a net loss of nearly 115,000 people to other states on net, or 1 person every 4.6 minutes… read the full story here

ISBE Doubles Budget Request, Seeks $15B to Fund Evidence-Based Model” WTTW/Chicago Tonight: Approving a new evidence-based funding model for public education last year was the first step in improving Illinois’ long-broken formula. Now the state has to find a way to pay for it. The Illinois State Board of Education on Wednesday unanimously approved its fiscal year 2019 budget request, seeking nearly twice as much funding from the state – approximately $15.7 billion – in order to help districts across Illinois find equity and meet their adequacy targets…read the full story here

Op-Ed: Medicaid work requirements for able-bodied, childless adults make sense” Illinois News Network: Helping people when they're down is admirable. Helping people who are down learn how to help themselves is both admirable and far more sustainable, financially, in the long term. That's why the Trump administration's decision last week to allow U.S. states to develop work-requirement programs for healthy, childless Medicaid recipients is a smart one. Under the new guidelines, individuals with disabilities and small children, women who are pregnant, and the elderly would be exempt from the work requirements…read the full story here
Christmas greetings from the Ives family to yours! We have been busy decorating the house for the holidays and celebrating our family traditions this time of year. At the same time, my work as your voice in state government and shining a light on issues important to families and taxpayers never slows down. In this week’s update, I share some recent news articles I thought you might find interesting.

A quick reminder that tomorrow, Tuesday, December 12 is your last chance this year to meet with me in-person at the Wheaton Public Library to ask questions and discuss state legislative issues of concern at my final Mobile Office Hours of 2017. I will be at the Wheaton Public Library from 9:00am – 10:00am Tuesday morning if you would like to stop by. The Library address is 225 N Cross Street in Wheaton.

Thank you to everyone who has offered your input and took time out of your mornings to meet with me at any of my Mobile Office Hours this fall, which have been held every other Tuesday and one Saturday each month since the first week of October. It has truly been a pleasure sitting down with constituents face to face, listening to your concerns and answering your questions about legislation and state policy.