WHEATON – Rep. Jeanne Ives (R-Wheaton) joined a group of sixteen Republican legislators today calling on State Comptroller Susana Mendoza to keep her promise of maintaining former Comptroller Leslie Munger’s policy of “No Budget No Pay’ in place with regard to payment of state lawmaker salaries.  Twelve State Representatives and Four State Senators sent a letter to Comptroller Mendoza today urging her to defend “No Budget No Pay” in the face of a lawsuit filed by six House Democrat legislators on December 2 suing the Comptroller for delaying payment of their salaries.

“Social service providers and many others who rely upon the state to meet its financial obligations are being adversely impacted, to put it mildly, by the General Assembly’s failure to pass a comprehensive budget,” Rep. Margo McDermed (R-Mokena) said. “We are calling on the new Comptroller to stand with us in support of the individuals and families whose lives are being irreparably harmed due to the lack of stability in our budget.”

“We do not believe that payment of legislator salaries should be prioritized over the funding of health care and social service providers or others enduring the long delay in state payments,” added Rep. Mark Batinick (R-Plainfield). “The principle of “No Budget No Pay” should be kept in place; and the General Assembly should come together immediately to pass a responsible state budget in order to prevent further erosion of our social safety net and damage to our economy.”
Karen Kidd | DuPage Policy Journal

Rep. Jeanne Ives (R-Wheaton)
State Rep. Jeanne Ives (R-Wheaton) wants more details before passing judgment on the state transportation secretary's plan to address congestion issues on the Eisenhower Expressway.

"At this time, I would need more information on the specific projects, the effect of the new constitutional amendment on transportation funds and what we can pay for," Ives told the DuPage Policy Journal. "I would want some reforms to workers' compensation and prevailing wages to make it cost-effective for taxpayers." 

The Illinois Transportation Taxes and Fees Lockbox Amendment ballot measure was approved by voters on Election Day. The measure prohibits the General Assembly from using transportation funds for non-transportation-related projects...
SB 2814 – An Overhaul of Illinois Energy Policy and a Bailout for Largest Nuclear Power Company in the U.S.
By Jeanne Ives
State Representative, 42nd District 

Merry Christmas from the Illinois General Assembly who could not focus on the task at hand - putting a balanced budget together - but had time to bailout a multi-billion dollar company.  Sitting in the Governor’s office is a rate hike bill wrapped up in ComEd red-and-white paper, an Exelon blue bow on top, and placed appropriately under the artificial green energy Christmas tree.  It will be a good Christmas for millionaire CEOs, certain highly skilled workers and renewable energy advocates.

SB 2814 contemplates significantly rewriting energy policy and returning our market-based energy policy instituted in 1998 back to a more regulated, government directed production and consumption model in a protectionist appeal from large energy companies.  Various energy proposals have surfaced over the last 18 months with the primary driver of the legislation coming from Exelon.  Exelon is a major supplier of power to both Illinois and the PJM base load capacity market through their operation of six nuclear power plants. 
By Hoang Tran | Sangamon Sun
Illinois is in a pension debt crisis, according to a report from Illinois' Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability (CGFA), which said the state is facing what could amount to $130 billion in unfunded pension liability, with only an estimated 37.6 percent of all pensions being funded.
State Rep. Jeanne Ives (R-Wheaton) said pension reform should be Illinois’ highest priority, especially in regard to taxpayers.
“In my opinion, getting pension reform in the state of Illinois is the most important thing we need to do for the budget of Illinois,” Ives said. “That is because until we solve the pension problem for the long term, taxpayers have no guarantee that any new money they send to Springfield is going for additional services.”
State Rep. Jeanne Ives
November 29, 2016

Five Bills To Watch

The Illinois House of Representatives returns to Springfield today with numerous important bills on the calendar. Session is scheduled to begin at 12:00pm.

You can watch the House session LIVE by clicking HERE, selecting “11-29-2016 House Floor Debate” and entering password “vetosession”. 

Here are five of the most important bills you may want to keep an eye on:
“A Week in Review”
Rep. Ives Weekly Recap
November 14th – November 20th 


“From my family to yours, wishing you all the blessings of joy, health and happiness this
Thanksgiving season and every day throughout the year.” – State Rep. Jeanne Ives, 42nd District


The First Presidential Thanksgiving Proclamation

President George Washington – Thanksgiving Proclamation, 1789 
By the President of the United States of America, a Proclamation.
Whereas it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor; and—Whereas both Houses of Congress have, by their joint committee, requested me “to recommend to the people of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness:” …read President Washington’s full message here


Rep. Ives: Keeping You Informed

"October Jobs Report: +2,200 Jobs, But Workforce Dropout and Unemployment Rise” Illinois Policy Institute: Though Illinois showed a net gain of 2,200 payroll jobs in October, the state’s workforce shrank for the sixth month in a row, according to a Nov. 17 economic release from the Illinois Department of Employment Security, or IDES. The state unemployment rate rose to 5.6 percent from 5.5 percent because the number of unemployed Illinoisans increased by 6,100… read the full story here
Representative Ives was proud to stand in support of the Illinois business community receiving the Illinois Chamber of Commerce's Champion of Free Enterprise Award in recognition of her efforts. Pictured here recieving her award with Senator Mike Connelly (R-Naperville) and Tyler from the Illinois Chamber,

Cutting the Red Tape
Rep. Jeanne Ives (R-Wheaton) joined Governor Bruce Rauner, Rep. Patti Bellock (R-Hinsdale) and College of DuPage Board Chairman Deanne Mazzochi on Monday, October 17 as the Governor announced a comprehensive plan to promote economic growth and job creation by cutting the red tape in  Illinois. The Governor signed Executive Order 16-13 to review all agency rules and regulations by the newly-created Illinois Competitiveness Council. To learn more, please click HERE.

Surveys of prescription drug abusers tell us that a majority of those with opioid addictions started by stealing unused prescription medication from friends and family. 

The Illinois Medical Society (ISMS) has taken action to educate Illinois physicians and the public on ways to curb this epidemic. Last week, in partnership with ISMIE Mutual Insurance Company, ISMS distributed more than 11,000 kits promoting the importance of disposing of unused medications. The disposal kit contains information for doctors and patient materials highlighting the importance of proper disposal and what should be done with unused medications. The kit is also accessible for free download by anyone at www.isms.org/Take-BackThe ISMS has also teamed up with U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) to promote its semi-annual Drug Take-back day on October 22. 

This Take-back initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards. 

Help combat the opioid epidemic and keep your family safe by disposing of unused medication properly. Find a Take-Back location near you.
Rep. Jeanne Ives (R-Wheaton) joined Governor Bruce Rauner, Rep. Patti Bellock (R-Hinsdale) and College of DuPage Board Chairman Deanne Mazzochi today as the Governor announced a comprehensive plan to promote economic growth and job creation by cutting the red tape in Illinois. The Governor signed Executive Order 16-13 to review all agency rules and regulations by the newly-created Illinois Competitiveness Council.
To learn more about the initiative, please click HERE.  

By Dawn Geske
DuPage Policy Journal

When a union signs a contract with the state, in most instances, Illinois taxpayers are left in the dark until it is agreed upon.

HB 4583 aims to change this. It is being championed by state Rep. Jeanne Ives (R-Wheaton).

The bill, which Rep. Ives has introduced every year since she took office, seeks to have the terms of union contracts posted online for a period of 14 days to the public can view them before they are approved...
By Eric Schelkopf | Suburban Life 


College of DuPage officials said they are committed to addressing the concerns brought forth in an audit conducted by the Illinois Auditor General.
"I am very grateful to the board for pursuing this audit," COD President Ann Rondeau said during a Sept. 28 news conference about the newly released audit. "It is an examination of the college that I would have sought anyway. I can already say that it is going to be a very useful document for us, in addition to other self-examinations that we are conducting and have done."

Rondeau started July 1 as COD's sixth president. The Illinois House of Representatives in May 2015 asked the Auditor General to review the college's finances after the board approved a $763,000 severance package for then-President Robert Breuder. The audit was introduced as a legislative resolution by state Rep. Jeanne Ives, R-Wheaton. In October 2015, the board voted 4-1 to fire Breuder after voiding the severance package...
Robert Sanchez
The Daily Herald

Results of the state's performance audit of the College of DuPage will be released on Wednesday.

State Rep. Jeanne Ives, a Wheaton Republican, called for an investigation of the Glen Ellyn-based school's finances last year after the COD board approved a $762,868 deal for then-Present Robert Breuder to retire about three years earlier than his existing contract's expiration date...
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...
WHEATON - Despite the inclement weather, dozens of families turned out for Rep. Ives' annual Kids' Health & Fitness Boot Camp at Cantigny Park on Friday, August 12. Thank you to our partners: the Illinois National Guard, FTX Crossfit, and Chick-fil-A for providing activities and healthy nourishment; and to Cantigny for hosting this fun, family-friendly event. We hope to see you all next year!
Governor Bruce Rauner on Sunday took action on several bills as part of Veterans Day at the 2016 Illinois State Fair. The bills strengthen Illinois’ commitment to our veterans and their families by providing needed assistance and honor to those who have sacrificed so much for our country and our state.

“The selflessness of our American heroes can never truly be repaid, but here in Illinois we are making it easier for our men and women to return home and have prosperous futures,” said Governor Rauner. “We are investing in our veterans’ futures while never forgetting those we have lost along the way.
This week Illinois Auditor General Frank Mautino refused to comply with the State Board of Elections’ deadline to amend campaign reports and clarify questionable campaign expenditures.  His failure to provide this information after receiving multiple time extensions to gather the details is further evidence that he should be removed for cause. State Representative Jeanne Ives stressed again today that it is time for the General Assembly to move forward with his removal from office.

“For months the General Assembly and now the State Board of Elections have demanded answers, but Auditor General Mautino has continually refused,” said Rep. Ives (R-Wheaton). “The Auditor General is essentially the taxpayers’ top financial watchdog in Springfield.  If Auditor General Mautino won’t provide answers to inquiries about his own finances, and he won’t resign, then it’s time to remove him from office. Taxpayers must have confidence that their Auditor General has followed the law and has the utmost integrity. Additionally, Mr. Mautino must step down as he clearly has a conflict of interest as his responsibilities as Auditor General require him to investigate a state agency that is now investigating him.  Only in Illinois would this situation not call for a universal bipartisan call for him to step aside immediately.”
Today Rep. Ives and a group of fellow House Republicans filed HJR 158, a joint resolution that removes Frank Mautino from the office of Illinois Auditor General.

"We deserve an Auditor General beyond reproach and with the highest ethical standards," Rep. Ives stressed at a Chicago press conference. “Frank Mautino cannot effectively do his job as Auditor General while defending himself against potential criminal charges and a State Election Board investigation. If he will not do the right thing on his own and step aside, we have a responsibility as the people’s elected representatives to hold him accountable.”

Auditor General Frank Mautino has for months been under both state and federal investigations and has repeatedly refused  to answer questions.
Rep. Ives discusses the state budget (lack thereof), school funding and more on Against The Current with  Dan Proft and Chicago Tribune Editorial Board member Kristen McQueary. Watch here.
"Thank you Sauk Valley News for highlighting my bill that would let taxpayers see these contracts before a vote is taken. I especially want to thank your editor, Larry Lough, who testified on the need for my bill in 2014. I have ran this bill for four years in a row and each year the Democrats killed it in committee even after amending the bill at their chairperson's suggestion." - Rep. Jeanne Ives

From the Sauk Valley News:

"...We renew our call for the Illinois General Assembly to approve legislation, along the lines of a bill backed by state Rep. Jeanne Ives, R-Wheaton, in 2014, that would require newly negotiated contracts between public employee unions and public-sector employers to be posted online for at least 14 days before any action is taken." Read more here.
"Thank you Illinois Policy for highlighting my bill and helping with it in committee, unfortunately to no avail. Perhaps after the debacle of the Palatine D15 contract, this bill will get some attention and passage." -  Rep. Jeanne Ives

From the Illinois Policy Institute:

"As students around the state break for summer, many local school districts are wrapping up new contract negotiations with teacher unions. And with that comes the secrecy that shrouds those negotiations. But that secrecy could be averted by legislation requiring transparent negotiations between school districts and teachers’ unions..."  Read more here.
From the Daily Herald:

"...Rauner's office says he's reviewing a plan that would give local elected officials access to records about closed sessions that happened before their tenures.

"The movement to greater transparency and certainly access by elected officials to important information will continue as voters and taxpayers look to hold their elected officials accountable for a myriad of decisions," Ives said at the U-46 board meeting on Monday night."

Read the rest here in the Daily Herald.
From the Chicago Tribune:

"If a delay is genuinely necessary and not a stalling tactic, why were Mautino's attorneys so late in requesting it?"

"..Twenty-one Republicans signed a letter June 2 urging Mautino to take an unpaid leave of absence from the auditor general's office 'until the various federal and state investigations into your past financial conduct are concluded.'..State Rep. Jeanne Ives, R-Wheaton, went a step further and called for his resignation." 

Read the full editorial from the Chicago Tribune here.
Statement of State Representative Jeanne Ives:

"In the wake of the confirmation of a federal investigation into financial wrongdoing by Frank Mautino, I once again call on the Illinois Auditor General to resign immediately.   Should he fail to do so, the Illinois General Assembly who hired Mautino, should fire him. Yesterday’s call by Democrat State Senator Laura Murphy for Frank Mautino to take a leave of absence is an inadequate response given the importance of his position as the financial watchdog for taxpayers.  Asking him to step aside for 2 or 3 years ignores the preponderance of evidence pointing to violations of campaign finance laws.

In a state known for corruption and two of the last three past governors jailed, taxpayers deserve nothing short of a full resignation by Mr. Mautino immediately."  

 

 

 

"This morning I took my own field trip to Camp Butler.  If you have never been there, I highly recommend it.  It is on the National Registry of Historical Places and it dates back to 1861 when the War Department dispatched General William Tecumseh Sherman to Springfield to select a site for a military training camp.  Illinois Governor Yates tasked the state treasurer William Butler with assisting General Sherman.  The men selected the area outside of Springfield because of its high ground for camping and a lower, more level area for drills and training, as well as space for a cemetery. 

The first troops arrived at Camp Butler in August 1861 and numbered 5000 within a month.  Camp Butler also became a POW camp housing 2000 Confederate soldiers captured when Fort Donelson was surrendered.  Almost immediately, because of little food, smallpox, typhus and pneumonia POWs died at a rapid rate.  Many of them are buried there.  Along with soldiers who fought for both the Union and the Confederate sides during the Civil War, veterans who lost their lives in the Spanish-American War, the two World Wars, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War are buried at Camp Butler National Cemetery.


All the men and women who died in service to our country are notable.  But the Camp Butler website mentions two that are unique in other ways.  One is John Hugh Catherwood, who was awarded a Medal of Honor for his bravery as a Seaman with the US Navy during the “Action against Phillipine Outlaws” in 1911.  Part of the citation for is MOH says, he charged 20 enemy coming out of from concealed positions, he was struck down instantly by outlaws deadly fire, unable to rise he still came to the defense of his leader and fought desperately to beat off the hostile attack.  He actually lived through that attack and died 19 years later.  His son Alfred, who also served in the Navy, is buried next to him.
 
Also, buried at Camp Butler is Lt. Col. Otis Duncan.  He is the highest ranking African American to serve in the American Expeditionary Forces in Europe in WWI.  Duncan came from a prominent black family in Springfield.  His father was Abraham Lincoln’s barber and friend.  He joined the Illinois National Guard as an Infantry Officer and served with his regiment during the US Mexican expedition against Pancho Villa in 1916.

In a letter to his mother 'We had a fine time Thanksgiving day. Held services at regimental headquarters. Singing, preaching and prayer, and I tell you mother, we had much to be thankful for. To have survived this war in which we have been engaged, is nothing else but a blessing from God and we realize it fully. General Vincendon, French commander of our division, was present and after the religious services, we presented him with our regimental colors and I made the presentation speech. Will tell you all about it when I get home.'

In addition to his military service, Duncan worked for more than 20 years in the office of the Illinois Superintendent of Public Instruction. He also was active in Republican politics in Springfield, running twice (in 1898 and 1906) for alderman in the First Ward.

Camp Butler is a national veteran cemetery, but Memorial Day is a commemoration of those who died during war.  On my visit to the cemetery today, I walked past many a headstone with dates of death in the middle of wartime.  Their stories are unknown to us.  But the date of death, June 6, 1944, on headstone of F1C Leonard Janowicz tells us he most likely lost his life during the Normandy invasion.  And CPL William Challender who died on January 9, 1945 probably lost his life fighting at the tail end of the Battle of the Bulge.

It is important we always keep Memorial 'Decoration” Day' as a national holiday commemorating those who made the ultimate sacrifice to keep up free."

"In 1812, Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm first published their collection of stories known as the Grimm’s Fairy Tales. Most of their stories began with “Once Upon a Time” and ended with 'Happily Ever After.'

In 2016 Speaker Madigan published his Fairy Tale in a budget bill. It doesn’t end happily ever after. It ends as a horror story where taxpayers are destroyed. There’s no fair maiden locked in a room spinning straw into gold.

This is just the latest chapter in the story where the Democrats pass a budget out of balance and at the last minute. It’s been happening for 15 years now. And they never get tired of hearing the story again. But taxpayers are tired of paying for their forays into fairyland.

Instead of his promised 'compromise,' instead of working together for the people of Illinois, Speaker Madigan proposed the largest unbalanced budget in state history.

Rep. Ives joined fellow House Republicans talking to  the press about rules that were broken by Democrats who pushed through the House a 500 page, $40 billion spending plan that was dropped an hour before it was called.  We need to #reformIL.
"As the ongoing budget standoff in Springfield slowly moves toward a year of financial gridlock, state legislators from DuPage County and state Comptroller Leslie Geissler Munger said they are frustrated yet hopeful..." Read the full story here from Suburban Life.
The Chicago Tribune and the Daily Herald  have editorialized that legislation sponsored repeatedly in the House by Rep. Ives would provide much needed sunlight in the public contract process by making sure local taxpayers can review public employee contracts they'll be on the hook to pay for before the contracts are approved.

"...Here's a novel idea: Draw up the contract, dot the i's and cross the t's, then release it to the public before voting. State Rep. Jeanne Ives, R-Wheaton, has been trying for several years to make that the law..."  Read the Tribune editorial here.

"...All this reinforces the need for legislation filed four years ago -- but stalled in committee -- by Republican state Rep. Jeanne Ives of Wheaton that would give the public time to review public employee contracts and contracts of highly paid public officials before they are approved."  Read the Daily Herald editorial here.
Local Residents will have an opportunity this month to learn more about Illinois finances and the state budget stalemate at a special Budget Town Hall hosted by State Representative Jeanne Ives that will feature State Comptroller Leslie Geissler Munger.

Representative Ives’ Budget Town Hall will be held on Tuesday, April 26th from 7:00pm to 9:00pm in room 411 of Goodwin Hall on the Benedictine University Campus located at 5700 College Road in Lisle. Representative Ives and Comptroller Munger will both provide updates on the budget, and will take questions from those in attendance.

“We’re in our tenth month without an adopted state budget. Local taxpayers have a right to know what’s going on, and to be able to ask questions and to let us know how they’re being impacted. That’s the purpose of this town hall, and we’re very fortunate to be getting an update directly from Comptroller Munger. No one has a better understanding of our day-to-day financial situation,” Representative Ives said. “I hope everyone with concerns or questions will join us on the 26th.”

Representative Ives stressed that the Budget Town Hall is open to the public and no registration or RSVP is required.

For more information, contact Representative Ives’ office at 630.384.1108.
Representative Ives was proud to help cheer-on a high school management team from the culinary program at Technology Center of DuPage to an impressive 3rd Place finish in the Restaurant Concept Design Competition at the 2016 Illinois ProStart Student Invitational.

Each team developed a restaurant concept from scratch, developed a business proposal, then, after weeks of fine-tuning, pitched their plan to a panel of industry professionals. Their presentations included the rationale for the concept, menu, target market and promotional strategy.

Representative Jeanne Ives offered the following response to today's State of the State Address:

"Like Governor Rauner, I arrived in Springfield to find serious challenges waiting. The test has been
whether we answer them in a serious way, without trying to buy time, or to sidestep obvious problems that need to be dealt with right away. Putting off problems is certainly not what I had in mind in seeking this office. I think Governor Rauner would say the same of the position he holds. No one ever said this would be easy.

In my district, almost everyone I talk to eventually leans in and confesses their “Exit Strategy” – their plan for moving out of Illinois.

These are people who have built businesses, raised families, paid taxes, invested time and talent in charitable organizations, given back in their communities – and we’re losing them. After 40 years of bad public policy, political corruption and bureaucratic mismanagement, the state has made it too hard for them to stay. To me, this is unacceptable.

Governor Rauner went to Springfield to turn that around. No one ever said that 40 years of bad decisions could be easily undone in 12 months.