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Session Alert –Taxpayer Funded Abortion Bill (HB 40)
State Rep. Jeanne Ives
February 16, 2017

WATCH LIVE: Illinois House Session

The Illinois House of Representatives returns to session this morning.  The controversial House Bill 40 may be considered today. This bill would remove all bans on using taxpayer funding for abortion for basically any reason throughout all nine months of pregnancy under Medicaid; and would remove the ban on state employees’ insurance policies paying for abortions. House Bill 40 passed the Human Services Committee last week and is now on the House Floor.

You can watch today’s House session LIVE clicking HERE and entering password “capitol”. Session is scheduled to begin at 10:00am.  
Session Alert – Governor’s Budget Address
State Rep. Jeanne Ives
February 15, 2017

WATCH LIVE: Governor Rauner Delivers Budget Address

Governor Bruce Rauner will deliver his annual Budget Address to a joint session of the 100th General Assembly in Springfield at Noon today.  You can watch the speech LIVE from the floor of the House of Representatives by clicking HERE and entering password “budget”. Session is scheduled to begin at 11:30am. 
Session Alert – State Employee Pay, Abortion, Immigration
State Rep. Jeanne Ives
February 9, 2017

Members of the House of Representatives recently received their new committee assignments for the historic 100th General Assembly (2017-2019). I am pictured here presenting a bill in committee. For my complete list of committee assignments, please scroll below.

House to Consider Bills on State Employee Pay & More

The Illinois House of Representatives returns to session on Thursday. Several controversial bills have been introduced, distracting from what should be our top priority: working together to achieve a resolution to the ongoing state budget impasse; finding a solution that respects taxpayers and enacts long-overdue reforms to state government that are holding back our economy. Here is a synopsis of a few of the new bills certain to generate heated debate:

House Bill 1787 / House Bill 1798 – State Employee Pay 
Competing versions of legislation to continue paying state employees in the absence of a budget. House Bill 1787 is a Democrat-sponsored bill, whereas House Bill 1798 is a Republican-sponsored measure.

House Bill 40 – Taxpayer-funded abortion
Would remove all bans on using taxpayer funding for abortion for basically any reason throughout all nine months of pregnancy under Medicaid; and would remove the ban on state employees’ insurance policies paying for abortions.

House Bill 426 – Immigration “Safe Zones” 
Would grant illegal immigrants refuge from state and local law enforcement personnel in Illinois schools, places of worship, and medical treatment and health care facilities; creating so-called “safe zones”. This bill in intended to prevent state and local law enforcement agencies from assisting federal authorities with enforcing U.S. immigration law.

You can watch the debate LIVE from the floor of the House of Representatives by clicking HERE and entering password “grandbargain”. Session is scheduled to begin at 1:00pm. 
Week in Review
State Rep. Jeanne Ives
February 6, 2017

I was pleased to speak at a press conference at the State of Illinois Building in Chicago
on January 31 to unveil a state budget proposal with the Illinois Policy Institute. 

Rep. Ives Unveils State Budget Plan with IPI

I joined Illinois Policy Institute CEO John Tillman to unveil a state budget proposal in Chicago last Tuesday. This plan would balance the state budget without tax increases, reform pensions in a way that complies with the Illinois Constitution, and offers property tax relief to struggling homeowners in Illinois. The plan closes Illinois’ $7.1 billion budget deficit by enacting very specific spending reforms and calls for other changes to state government that will put Illinois on a better economic path going forward. 

You can watch the full press conference by clicking HERE and clicking on “Rep. Jeanne Ives propose Illinois budget reform package”.   
By Karen Kidd | DuPage Policy Journal

With the so-called "Grand Bargain" compromise budget deal expected on the Senate floor next week, an Illinois House representative from Wheaton says it's harder to get people to understand an alternative proposal than it is to get it to the House floor. 

"You talk about our struggle," Illinois State House Rep. Jeanne Ives (R-Wheaton) told the DuPage Policy Journal during a phone interview. "Our struggle is just getting people to understand what we're trying to do and actually report on it in a reasonable way. That's our struggle."

Ives has thrown her support behind legislation derived from a proposal developed by a Chicago-based conservative think tank that -- unlike the Senate's Grand Bargain -- would reduce spending, provide property tax relief and implement needed reforms. However, Ives said, she also has no illusions about the chances of an alternative budgetary proposal: it will have a tough fight just to be heard...
Commentary by Rep. Jeanne Ives
Published in the Chicago Tribune

Rep. Jeanne Ives
Sick of the status quo, Illinoisans are leaving our state in record numbers. But politicians continue to peddle the same old snake oil.

The reasons for the exodus aren't a mystery. Public polling shows the No. 1 reason Illinoisans want out is high taxes. So what's the response from the Illinois Senate? Raise taxes again, forcing the families that stay in our state to pay more for the sins of the political class. It's insanity. Illinoisans deserve better. 

The Senate plan now on the bargaining table in Springfield has been branded a "grand compromise." A grand compromise with whom? Taxpayers clearly don't have a seat at that table. The multibillion-dollar tax-hike plan is a handshake between politicians and special interests that does nothing to fix our state's structural overspending. In fact, another tax increase will be the final nail in the coffin for Illinois.
Session Alert – State of the State Address
State Rep. Jeanne Ives
January 25, 2017


WATCH LIVE: Governor Rauner Delivers “State of the State”

Governor Bruce Rauner will deliver his annual “State of the State” address to a joint session of the 100th General Assembly in Springfield at Noon today.  You can watch the speech LIVE from the floor of the House of Representatives by clicking HERE and entering password “100thgeneral”. Session is scheduled to begin at 11:30am. 

House Votes to Impose Speaker Madigan’s Rules

On Tuesday, as expected, the House of Representatives voted to impose Speaker Madigan’s rules for the next two years. The resolution containing Madigan’s Rules, HR 46, was adopted by a vote of 63-53, with only Democrats voting in favor of maintaining the Speaker’s 100% control of the legislative process.

You can watch my remarks on the House Floor during the Rules debate by clicking HERE. I will continue to stand up and fight for the residents and taxpayers of the 42nd District in spite of the Speaker’s undemocratic and onerous Rules.