On April 27, State Rep. Jeanne Ives (R-Wheaton) sat down with Carol Marin of Chicago Tonight for a bipartisan discussion about Illinois' budget crisis. You can watch the full interview here.
Legislation sponsored by State Representative Jeanne Ives (R-Wheaton) that limits the size and scope of community college buyout packages/severance agreements and which limits the length of employment contracts has been approved unanimously in the Illinois House.

In response to the $763,000 contract buyout approved by College of DuPage Trustees for President Robert Breuder, Ives carried HB3593, which would limit the amount of future agreements to no more than one year of salary and benefits. “The agreement that the majority of the COD trustees approved for their underperforming president was excessive and not in the best interest of the taxpayers who fund the college,” said Ives. “I would have liked to have been able to roll back his agreement, but at least moving forward there will be taxpayer protections in place.”

The bill also provides that employment contracts entered into with a community college employee may not exceed three years if it is a rolling contract, with a rollover term limited to one year. Additionally, the bill limits employment contracts with a set start and end date to no more than four years with no provision for any automatic rollover clauses. “Long-term contracts have become problematic in instances where an employee is underperforming and a change needs to be made,” Ives said. “My bill also provides that any contract renewal or extension discussion must take place in an open meeting.”

Ives has been the leading force in the House of Representative in responding to allegations of malfeasance at the College of DuPage. In addition to HB3593, Ives is also the Chief Sponsor of HR55, which directs the Illinois Auditor General to conduct a thorough performance audit of all State moneys provided to the College of DuPage for fiscal years 2011-2014.
In June of this year, the first naval vessel since 1897 which carries the State of Illinois’ name will launch from a harbor in Connecticut. On April 29th, crew members for the new USS Illinois and members of the submarine’s commissioning committee will be in the Capitol Rotunda to meet with lawmakers and the public.

“The USS Illinois is the 13th Virginia Class nuclear submarine to be built,” said State Representative Jeanne Ives (R-Wheaton), who helped coordinate the USS Illinois display at the Capitol. “She is only the second U.S. Navy ship to be commissioned with the name ‘USS Illinois’ since a battleship with that name was commissioned in 1897.”

According to Ives, the Capitol display will feature an eight-foot model of the submarine, and the crew members and commissioning committee representatives will provide information about the upcoming commissioning of the ship, which is scheduled for December 20 of this year. The submarine is currently under construction at Electric Boat shipyard in Groton, Connecticut.

“Representative Keith Wheeler and I helped coordinate the visit and we are pleased that visitors to our State Capitol on the 29th will be able to stop at the booth and learn about Illinois’ newest namesake ship.”

The booth will be set up in the rotunda on April 29 from 8:00 AM until 5:00 PM. Additional information about the USS Illinois can be found at www.ussillinois.org.