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SB 2814 – An Overhaul of Illinois Energy Policy and a Bailout for Largest Nuclear Power Company in the U.S.
By Jeanne Ives
State Representative, 42nd District 

Merry Christmas from the Illinois General Assembly who could not focus on the task at hand - putting a balanced budget together - but had time to bailout a multi-billion dollar company.  Sitting in the Governor’s office is a rate hike bill wrapped up in ComEd red-and-white paper, an Exelon blue bow on top, and placed appropriately under the artificial green energy Christmas tree.  It will be a good Christmas for millionaire CEOs, certain highly skilled workers and renewable energy advocates.

SB 2814 contemplates significantly rewriting energy policy and returning our market-based energy policy instituted in 1998 back to a more regulated, government directed production and consumption model in a protectionist appeal from large energy companies.  Various energy proposals have surfaced over the last 18 months with the primary driver of the legislation coming from Exelon.  Exelon is a major supplier of power to both Illinois and the PJM base load capacity market through their operation of six nuclear power plants. 
By Hoang Tran | Sangamon Sun
Illinois is in a pension debt crisis, according to a report from Illinois' Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability (CGFA), which said the state is facing what could amount to $130 billion in unfunded pension liability, with only an estimated 37.6 percent of all pensions being funded.
State Rep. Jeanne Ives (R-Wheaton) said pension reform should be Illinois’ highest priority, especially in regard to taxpayers.
“In my opinion, getting pension reform in the state of Illinois is the most important thing we need to do for the budget of Illinois,” Ives said. “That is because until we solve the pension problem for the long term, taxpayers have no guarantee that any new money they send to Springfield is going for additional services.”
State Rep. Jeanne Ives
November 29, 2016

Five Bills To Watch

The Illinois House of Representatives returns to Springfield today with numerous important bills on the calendar. Session is scheduled to begin at 12:00pm.

You can watch the House session LIVE by clicking HERE, selecting “11-29-2016 House Floor Debate” and entering password “vetosession”. 

Here are five of the most important bills you may want to keep an eye on:
“A Week in Review”
Rep. Ives Weekly Recap
November 14th – November 20th 


“From my family to yours, wishing you all the blessings of joy, health and happiness this
Thanksgiving season and every day throughout the year.” – State Rep. Jeanne Ives, 42nd District


The First Presidential Thanksgiving Proclamation

President George Washington – Thanksgiving Proclamation, 1789 
By the President of the United States of America, a Proclamation.
Whereas it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor; and—Whereas both Houses of Congress have, by their joint committee, requested me “to recommend to the people of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness:” …read President Washington’s full message here


Rep. Ives: Keeping You Informed

"October Jobs Report: +2,200 Jobs, But Workforce Dropout and Unemployment Rise” Illinois Policy Institute: Though Illinois showed a net gain of 2,200 payroll jobs in October, the state’s workforce shrank for the sixth month in a row, according to a Nov. 17 economic release from the Illinois Department of Employment Security, or IDES. The state unemployment rate rose to 5.6 percent from 5.5 percent because the number of unemployed Illinoisans increased by 6,100… read the full story here
Representative Ives was proud to stand in support of the Illinois business community receiving the Illinois Chamber of Commerce's Champion of Free Enterprise Award in recognition of her efforts. Pictured here recieving her award with Senator Mike Connelly (R-Naperville) and Tyler from the Illinois Chamber,

Cutting the Red Tape
Rep. Jeanne Ives (R-Wheaton) joined Governor Bruce Rauner, Rep. Patti Bellock (R-Hinsdale) and College of DuPage Board Chairman Deanne Mazzochi on Monday, October 17 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, please click HERE.

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 www.isms.org/Take-BackThe 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.