This week in Springfield, the House of Representatives debated a bill sponsored by two Chicago Democrats which would extend by six weeks the deadline by which the City of Chicago would have to make a mandatory $634 million pension payment for Chicago teachers. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel had stated recently that the City does not have the money to make the mandatory payment and that a deadline extension was needed. The legislation, SB437, failed in a 53-46-2 vote.

After the vote State Representative Jeanne Ives spoke about the need for the City of Chicago to address its financial crisis. You can listen to her comments here.
State Representative Jeanne Ives is offering residents an opportunity to learn about Governor Rauner's Turnaround Agenda and how it would affect Illinoisans at at June 24 forum in Wheaton.

The event will be held at the Wheaton Community Center, 1777 Blanchard Road, in Wheaton from 7:30-8:30 PM, and a question and answer session will be included. Ives will join representatives from the Illinois Policy Institute and the Illinois Opportunity Project for an informative panel discussion followed by the Q & A session. The event is free and open to the public.

For additional information, please visit www.illinoisopportunity.org/JeanneIves, or call (630) 343-9435.

State Representative Jeanne Ives (R-Wheaton), a West Point graduate and former U.S. Army Officer, will represent the Illinois General Assembly on October 3, when the USS Illinois nuclear submarine is officially christened in Connecticut.

Ives is part of a 20-member delegation from the Illinois General Assembly who will travel to Groton, Connecticut, for the ceremony. The christening and celebration will be held at the shipyard of General Dynamics Electric Board, and First Lady Michelle Obama will break the ceremonial bottle of champagne on the bow, proclaiming the ship’s identity.

“This new submarine will join the US Navy fleet as the nation’s first ship since 1897 to bear the name ‘Illinois,’” said Ives. “It is a distinct honor to have been chosen to represent our State at this momentous event.”

Ives, along with State Representative Keith Wheeler (R-Oswego), sponsored HR200 this year, which applauded the upcoming commissioning of the vessel and congratulated Commander Jesse Porter and his crew on their appointment to the new ship. Ives and Wheeler also worked with crew members and commissioning team members for the USS Illinois earlier this year to bring a display to the State Capitol. On April 29, crew and commission team members met with lawmakers and with the public and were recognized on the House floor.

“This 13th Virginia Class nuclear submarine will be a real asset to the US Navy fleet,” Ives said. “The submarine is said to be deadly quiet, and I look forward to seeing this vessel as she is commissioned into active service for the US Navy.”

Additional information about the USS Illinois can be found at www.ussillinois.org.

Last week in Springfield majority party Democrats approved a partial pension holiday for Chicago's Police and Fire pension systems. During the debate, State Rep. Jeanne Ives accused leading Democrats of not owning up to a mess they created, and of only making the problem worse by taking a partial pension holiday from required pension payments.