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.