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Greetings from the heart of DuPage County! I hope this update finds you and your family well, ready for the official start of autumn and enjoying the new school year and family activities. I am coaching the Cross Country team for grades 5th-8th at St. Michael Parish School in Wheaton again this year, one of the most rewarding experiences I’ve ever had in our community. Very proud of both our boys’ and girls’ teams and especially the 8th grade  teams which are undefeated!

I would like to say a quick “thank you” to all of you who attended one or more of my town hall meetings throughout the district. We held town hall meetings this year in Carol Stream, Wheaton, Warrenville, Naperville and Lisle to update local families and taxpayers on major issues in Springfield, from the state budget to school funding and much more. I look forward to meeting more of you at future events and listening to your feedback and concerns. Together we can restore the promise of Illinois and improve the quality of life for every family here in DuPage County. 
Case to be argued in U.S. Supreme Court on October 3
                                                                                                  
WHEATON – State Representative Jeanne Ives (R-Wheaton) has formally signed an amicus brief in Gill v. Whitford, a case to be argued in the U.S. Supreme Court on October 3 on whether to invalidate the practice of partisan gerrymandering, whereby state politicians draw legislative maps favorable to winning and maintaining control of state government for their own political party after each decennial census.

Ives is one of five members of the Illinois House of Representatives to sign the brief in support of ending gerrymandering once and for all.

“It is long past time that we restore government to the people of Illinois and indeed throughout the country by ending the practice of gerrymandering,” Rep. Ives said. “Republicans and Democrats alike are guilty of perpetrating this cynical and self-serving practice. Few states are as prime examples as Illinois of the devastating impact of politicians choosing their voters by drawing maps that cater to their own political self-interest. The financial ruin and corruption wrought on Illinois taxpayers and families over the past 15 years is a byproduct of allowing career politicians to remain entrenched through their control over the mapmaking process.”
By Justin Stoltzfus | DuPage Policy Journal
State Rep. Jeanne Ives

Rep. Jeanne Ives (R-42nd) was one of 34 House members to vote against the new state school funding formula contained in Senate Bill 1947 because its evidence-based model won't work, she said.

In a written response to the bill’s passage, Ives said that the formula directs property tax relief to 32 specific school districts, and Chicago Public Schools (CPS) benefit disproportionately because of the complexities in the funding equation. 

“The bottom line is that Chicago has enough property wealth to pay for its own schools,” Ives told Prairie State Wire. “It’s outrageous.”

Ives accused Chicago’s leadership of skewing the numbers on property tax to put CPS into “Tier 1” status, which will give it more state assistance. One way to do that is through tax increment financing (TIF) districts, which allows districts to put money into a pot earmarked for specific infrastructure improvements. Ives said that TIF money is exempt from analysis under the new formula.

“It’s a way for them to hide their wealth,” Ives said. “You can hide it from the school funding formula that way...”
The School Funding Bill Passed and the Result is…
CPS Got Bailed Out and We Made Promises We Can’t Keep
I Voted NO – Here’s Why

State Rep. Jeanne Ives
In typical Illinois fashion, Mike Madigan and Mayor Rahm Emanuel got everything they wanted in the new school funding bill – and more.  Madigan got more dollars for the unions, he got the pretense of ending the long debate over education equity funding (this bill won’t end the debate), and most importantly he got to use suburban tax money to bail out CPS. To highlight the bail out, I present these two statements coming out of Chicago leadership: 

From DNAInfo August 24, 2017 – “Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Thursday evening that a bipartisan agreement reached by state lawmakers to fund Illinois' schools would give the Chicago Public Schools everything — "and more"”

From CapFax August 28, 2017 – “School board President Frank Clark said on Monday that Chicago Public Schools may see as much as $450 million from a pending state accord on education funding, about $150 million more than the district had anticipated.”

On top of that Madigan got all the political theater he is known for.  There were three separate votes, the first was a test vote and virtue signal to the unions by Democrat members.  Then, came the fake veto override vote on SB1 to show the unions they would have to settle for the other bill.  And then after more drama, the compromise bill came back on reconsideration and passed.  House members knew before the votes were taken what would pass and what wouldn’t – leadership worked their roll calls and structured their votes – because that’s the way it always happens when taxpayers are about to get their pocket picked and the policy can’t stand on its own.
Today State Representative Jeanne Ives called for an investigation by the Illinois Department of Revenue (IDOR) of all 102 counties to determine their compliance with state property tax assessment and valuation laws.  

Her request was made amidst an ongoing debate over how more than $6.7 billion in state tax dollars will be distributed to K-12 schools.  Community property wealth is the predominant variable used to determine how much money each school receives from Springfield. Poorer districts get more, wealthier districts get less.

Property valuations are conducted by Illinois townships and counties and governed by state statute to ensure all taxpayers are treated uniformly and fairly.