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Surveys of prescription drug abusers tell us that a majority of those with opioid addictions started by stealing unused prescription medication from friends and family. 

The Illinois Medical Society (ISMS) has taken action to educate Illinois physicians and the public on ways to curb this epidemic. Last week, in partnership with ISMIE Mutual Insurance Company, ISMS distributed more than 11,000 kits promoting the importance of disposing of unused medications. The disposal kit contains information for doctors and patient materials highlighting the importance of proper disposal and what should be done with unused medications. The kit is also accessible for free download by anyone at ISMS has also teamed up with U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) to promote its semi-annual Drug Take-back day on October 22. 

This Take-back initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards. 

Help combat the opioid epidemic and keep your family safe by disposing of unused medication properly. Find a Take-Back location near you.
Rep. Jeanne Ives (R-Wheaton) joined Governor Bruce Rauner, Rep. Patti Bellock (R-Hinsdale) and College of DuPage Board Chairman Deanne Mazzochi today as the Governor announced a comprehensive plan to promote economic growth and job creation by cutting the red tape in Illinois. The Governor signed Executive Order 16-13 to review all agency rules and regulations by the newly-created Illinois Competitiveness Council.
To learn more about the initiative, please click HERE.  

By Dawn Geske
DuPage Policy Journal

When a union signs a contract with the state, in most instances, Illinois taxpayers are left in the dark until it is agreed upon.

HB 4583 aims to change this. It is being championed by state Rep. Jeanne Ives (R-Wheaton).

The bill, which Rep. Ives has introduced every year since she took office, seeks to have the terms of union contracts posted online for a period of 14 days to the public can view them before they are approved...
By Eric Schelkopf | Suburban Life 

College of DuPage officials said they are committed to addressing the concerns brought forth in an audit conducted by the Illinois Auditor General.
"I am very grateful to the board for pursuing this audit," COD President Ann Rondeau said during a Sept. 28 news conference about the newly released audit. "It is an examination of the college that I would have sought anyway. I can already say that it is going to be a very useful document for us, in addition to other self-examinations that we are conducting and have done."

Rondeau started July 1 as COD's sixth president. The Illinois House of Representatives in May 2015 asked the Auditor General to review the college's finances after the board approved a $763,000 severance package for then-President Robert Breuder. The audit was introduced as a legislative resolution by state Rep. Jeanne Ives, R-Wheaton. In October 2015, the board voted 4-1 to fire Breuder after voiding the severance package...
Robert Sanchez
The Daily Herald

Results of the state's performance audit of the College of DuPage will be released on Wednesday.

State Rep. Jeanne Ives, a Wheaton Republican, called for an investigation of the Glen Ellyn-based school's finances last year after the COD board approved a $762,868 deal for then-Present Robert Breuder to retire about three years earlier than his existing contract's expiration date...
WHEATON – State Representative Jeanne Ives (R- Wheaton) has been recognized with the "Guardian of Small Business" award by the National Federation of Independent Business/Illinois. The NFIB is Illinois' leading small business association, representing 11,000 businesses across the state. Every two years the organization scores legislators based on key small business votes they take in Springfield.

Rep. Ives received the award for her 100% positive voting record on legislation important to Illinois job creators and entrepreneurs during the 2015-2016 legislative session.

“I am proud to stand with the men and women of our small business community, here in DuPage County and across the state,” Rep. Ives said. “They are truly the backbone of the Illinois economy and I am committed to remain a strong advocate for them in Springfield.”

Representative Ives has also been recognized with the “Champion of Free Enterprise” award by the Illinois Chamber of Commerce for her 100% voting record “in defense of free enterprise and the furtherance of economic opportunities for Illinoisans” during the current 99th General Assembly (2015-2016).
By State Rep. Jeanne Ives (R-Wheaton) - 
Anyone paying attention in Illinois knows government operations are being held together with promissory notes, shoe laces and chewing gum. Most also probably know that all sorts of social service providers and parents of college students have been howling to get their funding. 
For perspective then, what’s the opportunity cost of $400 million?  
Here’s just a few examples of what $400 million can buy in Illinois, as verified by state agencies:

First, $400 million would fund MAP grants (monetary assistance for college) at 123% of the funding they received last year. Instead of giving grants to 347,613 students, we could more than double the number of students given assistance. 
Last year we spent $393.7 million on Early Childhood Education for 265,000 children. If you’re an advocate of this program, know that $400 million would more than double the number of children served.
Think we need more teachers? $400 million hires over 6,700 teachers at the state’s average pay rate, or over 10,700 new teachers at the state’s average starting pay rate.