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State Rep. Jeanne Ives (R-Wheaton) spoke on the House Floor on Tuesday to recognize Mr. Bob Adams, a U.S. Navy combat veteran of the Vietnam era and co-founder of the Midwest Shelter for Homeless Veterans in Wheaton. The shelter is celebrating their 10th anniversary serving the needs of veterans in our community.

Midwest Shelter for Homeless Veterans mission is to provide veterans and their families with housing and supportive services that lead to self-sufficiency. They work to ensure that no veteran is left behind due to homelessness, joblessness, poverty and/or mental-health issues. Click below to watch the video of Rep. Ives' remarks as she welcomes Mr. Adams to Springfield.

To learn more about this organization or to get involved, please visit www.helpaveteran.org/.

Session Alert – Watch Illinois House Session LIVE
State Rep. Jeanne Ives
March 21, 2017

WATCH LIVE: Illinois House Session

Another week in Springfield produced yet more examples of a lack of priorities.  You would think that working toward a responsible bipartisan solution to the state budget impasse would be the highest priority, yet once again last week, the House of Representatives frittered away precious time on issues that illustrate bureaucracy at its worst. Here are two examples:

The House debated a bill that would spend an estimated $1.5 million to translate the Illinois General Assembly website into Spanish. My colleagues, Representative Keith Wheeler and Representative Mark Batinick got up to speak and demonstrate how we can already provide this service to our constituents for FREE, not only in Spanish, but in up to 57 different languages! When asked to withdraw the bill from consideration in light of this fact, the bill’s sponsor, Chicago Democrat Rep. Silvana Tabares, stubbornly refused, insisting that spending taxpayer dollars on something we can do for free is necessary. Click HERE to read the story and watch the video.

Less egregious, but still an example of absurd bureaucracy, was a bill to provide that from December 3, 2017 through December 31, 2018, a United States flag bearing 21 stars will be flown from the flag pole of the Illinois State Capitol in celebration of Illinois' bicentennial as the 21st state to join the Union. You would think a decision like this should be an administrative one, not something that requires the time of the state legislature to debate and approve, especially when we still don’t have a budget.

The Illinois House of Representatives returns to session today. You can watch the action LIVE by clicking HERE and entering password “zephyr”. Session is scheduled to begin at 12:00pm.
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Rep. Jeanne Ives
There’s a new proposal in the House to reform the long-debated school funding formula, but one state lawmaker says it’s only throwing money at a problem and offering little that will actually improve schools...

State Rep. Jeanne Ives, R-Wheaton, said the measure tells school superintendents how to spend certain dollars, removing local decisions on where resources should be spent.

“They can tell superintendents how many janitors they need per square foot. Now, if that’s not central planning on steroids, I don’t know what is,” Ives said.

Instead, there needs to be an expansion of charter schools and tax credits for school choice, Ives said, as well as other efforts to produce competition and better results to boost outcomes...
Session Alert – Watch Illinois House Session LIVE
State Rep. Jeanne Ives
March 14, 2017

WATCH LIVE: Illinois House Session

I would like to report that the Illinois House of Representatives is hard at work focused on passing a responsible state budget solution that respects taxpayers and makes long-overdue reforms that contribute to economic growth and opportunity for families. Unfortunately, the House spent a great deal of its time last week on legislation that names milkweed a noxious weed; and passing a bill to make the official state pet a generic shelter pet. This absurdity has to be seen to be believed.

I recently held two town hall meetings on the state budget; in Carol Stream on March 2 and in Wheaton on March 4. None of the very critical budget issues facing the State of Illinois have been addressed in Springfield. In fact, the House of Representatives has not even taken the first step, which is to adopt a revenue estimate. We need to agree on how much revenue the State will take in this year before we can pass a budget. Meanwhile, the situation continues to get worse. The nonpartisan Commission on Government Forecasting & Accountability (COGFA) released a report last week noting the State’s revenue forecast has been reduced by an additional $657 million.

The Illinois House of Representatives returns to session today. You can watch the action LIVE by clicking HERE and entering password “mackie”. Session is scheduled to begin at 12:00pm. 
WATCH LIVE: Illinois House Session

The Illinois House of Representatives returns to session today as the pace of legislative activity picks up.

You can watch the action LIVE by clicking HERE and entering password “cubswin”. Session is scheduled to begin at 11:00am. 

House Committees to Hold Hearings on Bills

Illinois House committees are holding hearings on dozens of bills this week. For a complete list of bills that I have introduced or am co-sponsoring this year, please click HERE.

I will keep you informed throughout the spring session on my legislation and the priorities I am fighting for on behalf of DuPage County families and taxpayers as your voice in Springfield.
By Amanda Robert | Madison-St. Clair Record

Can the average Illinoisan identify the opportunity costs when the state sends 25 percent of general revenues to its massively under-funded public pension systems?

Rep. Jeanne Ives
Illinois State Rep. Jeanne Ives, R-Wheaton, one of the most fiscally conservative members of the General Assembly, believes there are two ways law makers can help citizens understand the ongoing financial crisis in Illinois.

One is by pointing out that the $400 million needed just for teachers’ pensions could fund a lot of other needs in Illinois, including Monetary Award Program (MAP) grants for nearly 700,000 college students, more than 10,700 new teachers or 320 miles of resurfaced four-lane highway.
“Or, secondly you can just wait for the collapse when government cannot borrow any more money and folks lose their jobs, then maybe the electorate wakes up,” Ives said...
WHO:                        State Senator Michael Connelly (R-Naperville)
State Representative Jeanne Ives (R-Wheaton)

WHAT:                      Straight Talk Tour: a set of town halls giving constituents straightforward answers to all their state-related questions.

WHEN/WHERE:      Thursday, March 2 at 7pm
Carol Stream Park District Fountain View Rec Center
910 N Gary Ave, Carol Stream, IL 60188

Saturday, March 4 at 9am
Wheaton Park District Community Center
1777 S Blanchard St, Wheaton, IL 60189

Monday, March 27 at 7pm
Naperville City Hall, Council Chambers
400 S Eagle St, Naperville, IL 60540