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WHEATON – State Representative Jeanne Ives (R- Wheaton) has been recognized with the "Guardian of Small Business" award by the National Federation of Independent Business/Illinois. The NFIB is Illinois' leading small business association, representing 11,000 businesses across the state. Every two years the organization scores legislators based on key small business votes they take in Springfield.

Rep. Ives received the award for her 100% positive voting record on legislation important to Illinois job creators and entrepreneurs during the 2015-2016 legislative session.

“I am proud to stand with the men and women of our small business community, here in DuPage County and across the state,” Rep. Ives said. “They are truly the backbone of the Illinois economy and I am committed to remain a strong advocate for them in Springfield.”

Representative Ives has also been recognized with the “Champion of Free Enterprise” award by the Illinois Chamber of Commerce for her 100% voting record “in defense of free enterprise and the furtherance of economic opportunities for Illinoisans” during the current 99th General Assembly (2015-2016).
By State Rep. Jeanne Ives (R-Wheaton) - 
Anyone paying attention in Illinois knows government operations are being held together with promissory notes, shoe laces and chewing gum. Most also probably know that all sorts of social service providers and parents of college students have been howling to get their funding. 
For perspective then, what’s the opportunity cost of $400 million?  
Here’s just a few examples of what $400 million can buy in Illinois, as verified by state agencies:

First, $400 million would fund MAP grants (monetary assistance for college) at 123% of the funding they received last year. Instead of giving grants to 347,613 students, we could more than double the number of students given assistance. 
Last year we spent $393.7 million on Early Childhood Education for 265,000 children. If you’re an advocate of this program, know that $400 million would more than double the number of children served.
Think we need more teachers? $400 million hires over 6,700 teachers at the state’s average pay rate, or over 10,700 new teachers at the state’s average starting pay rate.
Illinois News Network

Illinois Realtors recently reported that home sales in July were down 6.8 percent from the same month last year.
State Rep. Jeanne Ives (R-Wheaton)

The statewide median price in July was $199,000 — 4.7 percent higher than the median price of $190,000 in July 2015.

State Rep. Jeanne Ives, R-Wheaton, said with more than 30,000 jobs lost in July, she believes the drop in home sales this year can be linked to the state’s turbulent economy.

“I think there’s a correlation there between home sales plummeting and people leaving the workforce,” she said...
Thank you to all the families who came out to participate in our annual Kids’ Health & Fitness Boot Camp at Cantigny Park in Wheaton. We all had fun despite the rain! Special thanks to our partners; the Illinois National Guard, FTX Crossfit and Chick-fil-A for helping make this year’s event a success.

Rep. Ives: Keeping You Informed

“Illinois Workforce Shrinks by 33,600 in July” Illinois Policy Institute: July marked the third consecutive month in 2016 in which the Illinois labor force shrank, according to a preliminary jobs report from the Illinois Department of Employment Security, or IDES… read the full story here

“Munger calls for no-budget-no-paycheck bill to rein in lawmakers” Illinois News Network: Illinois’ comptroller said Wednesday that if lawmakers don’t pass a budget, they shouldn’t get a paycheck. Comptroller Leslie Munger said earlier this year that she would put lawmakers’ pay at the back of the line of unpaid bills. The rhetoric heated up recently when State Rep. Robert Martwick (D-Dist. 19) said delaying lawmakers’ pay is extortion… read the full story here
By Claudia Balthazar
DuPage Policy Journal

Rep. Jeanne Ives
Following the passage of the stopgap budget this summer, Rep. Jeanne Ives (R-Wheaton) said it was a major compromise but the positive side is the funding for education, given that this is the most money ever spent on K-12 education in the state of Illinois.

“It’s a total of $11.1 billion,” Ives said. “That’s just over a billion more than we had in FY16, all going for K through 12. So he (Gov. Bruce Rauner) added additional funds even above what he wanted for education.”

Politicians fought for months to pass a comprehensive budget that would at least allow Illinois schools to open up in time for the fall. After long deliberation, they came up with this temporary agreement that would also continue funding for prisons and disabled programs through January...
By Kerry Lester
Daily Herald

There's a bit of mystery surrounding an Illinois Auditor General's report on the College of DuPage. "The Auditor General's report came in today, so we're going to look into that," new President Ann Rondeau said at the board's Aug. 18 meeting.

But Board Chairwoman Deanne Mazzochi tells me that Rondeau's statement was "an error" and that "there is no final report that exists."...
The Daily Herald Editorial Board

Two years ago, State Rep. Jeanne Ives of Wheaton introduced legislation to require school boards and other local governments to give the public a minimum of two weeks to review details of labor contracts before taking action on them. 

It was a sound proposal to curb the current secrecy of collective bargaining of public contracts. At least it would have given the public the opportunity to see these agreements in time to respond to them...

To a great extent, you could say that Ives' bill would have placed taxpayers on a footing somewhat closer to the employees themselves...