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.”