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By Angela Underwood | DuPage Policy Journal


State Rep. Jeanne Ives
Rep. Jeanne Ives (R-Wheaton) had some pointed questions for the House during debate on Tuesday.

“We have been told there are 27 complaints over the last three years that have not even been looked at,” Ives said regarding the ongoing sexual harassment scandal that has embroiled the Capitol. “If any of those are sexual harassment in nature, will this law allow for those to be acted on?”

Her question was addressed to House Majority Leader Rep. Barbara Currie (D-Chicago) and referenced Senate Bill 402, which mandates annual sexual harassment training for every Springfield lawmaker, state employee and lobbyist. It was introduced by House Speaker Michael Madigan (D-Chicago) after activist Denise Rotheimer accused Sen. Ira Silverstein (D-Chicago) of sexually harassing her a year ago...
Rep. Jeanne Ives discusses legislation with a colleague on the
floor of the Illinois House of Representatives.
I would like to take this opportunity to share two pieces of legislation with you; one that I am very proud to have initiated (HB311), one that I contributed significantly to (HB189 , section 15 of Act) and both of which I helped pass into law from the Illinois House of Representatives this year. Being a member of the minority party in the state legislature makes it more difficult to pass legislation, unless you are willing to work across the aisle to build bipartisan support for good public policy.

On his desk in the Oval Office, President Reagan kept a small plaque inscribed: “There is no limit to what a man can do or where he can go if he does not mind who gets the credit.” That motto has always been my guidepost as your State Representative. With that principle in mind, here is an update on two bills I worked hard to pass this year, both with strong bipartisan support.
Former members of the Guard and Reserve who do not have any periods of active duty other than their initial active duty for training and annual training are now eligible to receive “Veteran” on their driver’s licenses."

This bill ensures that every man and woman who has served this state and nation is recognized,” said Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs Director Erica Jeffries. "Our veterans have given so much for us, and I am glad Illinois is taking this step to expand designations."  

Last year, the Governor signed Senate Bill 2173 to allow National Guard members and reservists to obtain the veteran identifier on their Illinois driver's license. Read more: