Guest Editorial: Give Illinois Students a Choice

-By Representatives Jeanne Ives (R-Wheaton), Tom Morrison (R-Palatine) and Joe Sosnowski (R-Rockford)

This academic year we are sending 258,580 Illinois children into schools that will fail to bring 60 percent of them to grade-level by June. Of those who do graduate from high school in four years, fewer than 20 percent will be considered "college ready." And that's with funding to public schools in excess of $13,000 per student (not including state funding for after-school programs, construction grants, targeted initiatives or pension payments). Is that acceptable to you?

Frighteningly, these statistics only represent students enrolled in 10 percent of the state's lowest-performing schools. But they're not outliers. The next tier of ranked schools shows similar results: Fewer than half of the students perform at grade level.


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Ives to Host Second Annual Fitness and Health ‘Boot Camp for Kids'

Ives_JPEG_Page_1_cropped.jpgRepresentative Jeanne Ives (R-Wheaton) is organizing a Health and Fitness Boot Camp for children in her district ages 8-12. REGISTER HERE, and provide the child's name, age, and a phone number.

Last year, the event was a great success and this year Ives has expanded the program to promote fitness throughout the summer.

This year, recruits will be able to pick up a fitness pass book at their local library, community center or at Ives’ District Office. Recruits will use the pass book to track their fitness level over the summer by completing four fitness activities each week, which parents will sign off on in the passbook. Each completed week will be a raffle entry for prizes from local businesses. Parents are also encouraged to administer an optional initial fitness test at the beginning of the summer. On August 15, those who have taken the initial assessment will re-test and if a recruit shows a 20% improvement in their fitness level they will be entered into a grand raffle.

Children can join the contest and fun at any time over the summer or just show up to participate in the Boot Camp on August 15 at Cantigny Park.

At Ives’ Fitness and Health Boot Camp, recruits will participate in a variety of health and fitness events, including:

• Complete an Obstacle Course by FTX Crossfit
• Scale a Climbing Wall
• Participate in a Fitness Test
• Earn personalized, commemorative dog tags
• Receive BMI testing and learn safe stretching from Advanced Healthcare Associates
• Take part in basic First Aid Instruction from Cadence Health and Edward Hospital 
• Participate in activities from FORWARD of DuPage County
• Receive samples of healthy snacks 
• First aide provided by Superior Ambulance
Raffle Sponsors include: 
• Eagle Martial Arts 
• MOVES Dance Studio
• Sports Authority
• Sox tickets from Dan Proft, WLS-AM 
• More to come!

Boot Camp is free and open to all who wish to attend.

To receive a set of commemorative dog tags, recruits must RSVP by August 10 to or 630-384-1108.

Rep. Jeanne Ives Discusses General Assembly's Inappropriate Role in Local Issues

Ives_Newsmaker.jpgState Representative Jeanne Ives (R-Wheaton) recently sat down with Comcast Newsmakers' Paul Lisnek to discuss the General Assembly's inappropriate role in adopting legislation that is best left to local levels.

Click here to view a video of her interview.

Editorial: Growth or Equality?

head_shot.jpg"When politicians get fixated on closing income gaps rather than creating an overall climate conducive to prosperity, middle- and lower- income groups suffer most and income inequality rises. The past five years are a case in point. Through... a raft of President Obama's policies - such as expanding the earned-income tax credit and food stamps, and extending unemployment benefits - have been designed to more fairly distribute wealth, inequality has unambiguously risen on his watch. Those at the top have seen gains, especially from the booming stock market, while middle-class real incomes have fallen by about $1,800 since the recovery started in June 2009. 

This is a reversal from the 1980s and '90s when almost all income groups enjoyed gains. The Gini coefficient for the United States has risen in each of the last 4 years and was higher in 2012 (.476) than when George W. Bush left office (.469 in 2008), though Mr. Bush was denounced for economic policies, especially on taxes, that allegedly favored "the rich." 

Our view is that John F. Kennedy had it right that a rising tide lifts all boats. It would be better for low- and middle-income Americans if growth and not equality became the driving policy goal in the states and Washington, D.C.”

Just in the past legislative session alone, the ILGA passed the following bills that further injure businesses already battered by Illinois hostile business climate:

- SB 3287 – Allows an employee to sue in civil court for the negligent act of an outside service organization that is retained by the employer. The purpose of immunity for these organizations under the Workers’ Comp Act is to promote industrial safety inspections. This legislation undermines work place safety and opens businesses up to the prospect of large civil damage verdicts.

- SB 2664 – Provides that the purchaser of a condominium unit at a judicial foreclosure sale, other than a mortgagee, or a purchaser of a condominium unit from a mortgagee who acquired title through a judicial foreclosure, a consent foreclosure, a common law strict foreclosure, or the delivery of a deed in lieu of foreclosure (instead of the purchaser of a condominium unit at a judicial foreclosure sale, other than a mortgagee, who takes possession of a condominium unit pursuant to a court order or a purchaser who acquires title from a mortgagee) shall have the duty to pay to the association an amount not to exceed the total of the regular monthly assessments for the condominium unit for the 9-month period immediately preceding the relevant event. Provides that the amount due may include any attorney’s fees and court costs, but may not exceed 9 months of regular assessments due over the same 9-month period. SB 2664 is not a reform initiative. It is a PENALIZATION for owners who are victims of individuals who foreclosed on their units, leaving all owners responsible for that unit owner’s neglect.

- HB 3814 – The minimum wage act. Read more about the benefits of work vs. welfare here:


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