Rep. Jeanne Ives
SPRINGFIELD – State Representative Jeanne Ives released the following statement today after the passage of SB 9 in the Illinois Senate on Tuesday, legislation to increase taxes by $5.4 Billion through income tax increases on both individuals and employers in addition to a new “sugar tax” on sweetened beverages. SB 9 now goes to the House of Representatives, where Rep. Ives has pre-filed to be the bill’s sponsor.

“I want to be a part of the conversation when it comes to taxes and how any tax increase would impact hardworking Illinois families and job creators. Senate Bill 9 would give Illinois the highest taxes on employers of any state in the nation and make it more difficult for middle-income families to make ends meet. There is a bigger conversation that needs to be had before the state considers a tax increase; specifically on real property tax relief, responsible spending cuts and pro-business reforms to help create jobs in Illinois. I believe the best way for me to have a voice in that discussion is to control the bill in the House of Representatives as its sponsor.” 

Senate Bill 9 is expected to be assigned to a House Committee as early as Wednesday.

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The 'Straight Talk Tour', which included stops in Carol Stream, Wheaton and Naperville this spring, is coming to Warrenville on Tuesday, June 6 at 7:00pm. Mark your calendar and bring a friend!

DuPage Policy Journal


State Rep. Jeanne Ives (R-Wheaton)
Rep. Jeanne Ives (R-Wheaton) chastised the House for its lack of progress on a state budget estimate, calling it a failure of the chamber.

“The failure of this body, the House, to adopt a revenue number is a complete failure on all of us," she said. “We’re all responsible for pushing our leadership to bring forth a bill and a resolution to do such as that.”

She followed up on remarks by Rep. Keith Wheeler (R-Oswego), who urged Democrats and Republicans to work together and agree on one of his proposed revenue estimates.

“This body has the requirement to actually set forth the amount that we anticipate will be our estimated receipts," Ives said. "This is part of the [Illinois] Constitution. It’s under the state’s finance section. You can read it yourself. We have failed to do this for two years and 11 days...”
Representative Jeanne Ives (R-Wheaton) speaks during debate on the House Floor in opposition to Senate Bill 598, legislation that would allow undocumented immigrants to serve as student trustees at Illinois' public universities. The bill was placed on the Calendar for Postponed Consideration after it failed to receive enough votes to pass.

State Rep. Jeanne Ives
May 15, 2017

TOP STORY: Illinois’ Business Climate is Hostile, and it’s Getting Personal

**Important for everyone to know!

“Charleston legislator targeted by vandalism; union connection suspectedEast Central Reporter: Rep. Reggie Phillips (R-Charleston) is offering a $25,000 reward for information leading to the capture of vandals who raided one of his senior-assisted living construction work sites and damaged valuable equipment. Authorities are still investigating the incident, which Phillips told the East Central Reporter took place in late April… read the full story here

Update from Springfield

The clock is ticking. We are 16 days until the deadline to pass a state budget on May 31. If we go beyond May 31 yet again without a state budget, the threshold to pass anything goes from a simple majority of 60 votes in the House up to a three-fifths majority of 71 votes. This higher standard would require bipartisan agreement on spending levels, priorities and reforms; consensus which currently does not exist, making it much more difficult to pass a budget after May 31.


This week, an Illinois State Board of Elections hearing judge recommended that the state’s top taxpayer watchdog, Auditor General Frank Mautino, should be fined for willfully violating an order that he provide more information on his former legislative campaign committee's spending. Questions were first raised in early 2016 about why Mautino's campaign fund had reported spending more than $247,000 on fuel and car repairs. Since then, Mautino has been the subject of separate federal and state investigations, during which time he has refused to testify or provide an explanation.
Rep. Ives speaking to the Illinois
Professional Firefighters Association
On Friday I had the privilege of speaking at the Illinois Professional Firefighters Association Spring Pension Seminar in Addison about the profound crisis impacting pension systems at the state and local level. While the focus was on our hardworking and dedicated firefighters, I thought I would share the slides with you that I used, because this issue affects us all as taxpayers.

Upon being asked to give this presentation, I reached out to the Illinois Policy Institute, as they have done important work on the issue of pensions. They put together the slideshow presented HERE.

Here are some quick facts:

ü  Aggregate funding ratios for Illinois’ downstate police and fire pension funds have collapsed over the past 15 years, and are now just 50% funded. (“Downstate” for pension purposes means everything outside of the City of Chicago, which has their own pension systems).


ü  Meanwhile, taxpayer contributions to police and fire pensions have risen 9.3% a year over the past decade, while employee contributions have grown 3.7%.

ü  Despite hundreds of millions of dollars in additional taxpayer contributions over the past decade, police and fire pension debts continue to rise uncontrollably.

ü  Taxpayer contributions have not been able to keep up because police and fire accrued liabilities have grown 700% since 1987, or 8% annually.

ü  Benefits promised to police and fire workers have grown far faster than assets, the economy, inflation, population and taxpayers’ ability to pay for them.

ü  Over 30% of downstate pension funds have less than half the money they need on hand today to pay out future benefits. There are over 25 pension funds that are less than 25% funded.
State Rep. Jeanne Ives
May 3, 2017

Daily Herald: Why Your Tax Bill May Go Up If Homeowner’s Exemption Changes

This Daily Herald article gets this political pandering bill exactly right. Political gimmick. We need real property tax reform, not carve outs for special groups of people. This bill would allow wealthy veterans with homes worth $750,000 to receive tax breaks shifting the levy onto poorer middle class families and businesses. None of these breaks are "means tested" - a progressive "Holy Grail." Glad I voted NO - the only one to do so in the House. Other Republicans spoke against the bill, but voted for it - afraid of political mail pieces. This is entirely what is wrong in Springfield. Meanwhile the sponsors will pander in the next election that they passed a property tax reform bill, but the sponsor admitted on the House floor that the bill does not freeze taxes or ensure they will be lower.
DuPage Policy Journal

Rep. Jeanne Ives (R-Wheaton) reiterated her call for Illinois Auditor General Frank Mautino’s resignation in an interview after the State Board of Elections hearing on Mautino’s questionable campaign contribution spending recently.

Speaking to the Edgar County Watchdogs (ECW), a government oversight group that has covered the unfolding scandal, Ives joined Rep. Grant Wehrli (R-Naperville) in expressing her continued skepticism of Mautino’s ability to hold the state’s top auditing position.

“We’ve been the most vocal, Grant and I,” Ives said. “I called for his resignation over a year ago. We signed on to having him resign by mid-summer. We’ve definitely been trying to hold their feet to the fire.”

Those efforts have not gone unnoticed: Ives and Wehrli were the only two representatives among all 118 to have their campaign reporting brought to the table at the hearing...
State Rep. Jeanne Ives
April 27, 2017

WATCH LIVE: Illinois House Session

To say this week’s legislative session has been a disappointment thus far would be an understatement; unless you support taxpayer-funded abortion, regulating more aspects of the private-sector economy, passing more unfunded mandates on schools, or further undermining the men and women of Illinois’ business community. All the while, still no discernible progress toward a state budget.  If a Hollywood screenwriter wrote a script about real-life inside the Illinois Capitol, it would be an embarrassing farce.

While I wish I had better news to share, it is my responsibility to keep you informed about what’s happening in Springfield and how I’m voting. Please scroll below for more updates on specific issues.

The Illinois House of Representatives is back in session today. You can watch LIVE by clicking HERE and entering password “3rdreadingdeadline”. Session is scheduled to begin at 10:30am. 
Chicago…At a hearing in Chicago today before the State Board of Elections, Illinois’ embattled Auditor General Frank Mautino continued his refusal to answer questions concerning campaign expenses that have sparked criminal investigations at the Federal and State levels. State Representatives Jeanne Ives (R-Wheaton) and Grant Wehrli (R-Naperville) attended this morning’s hearing, and stressed that Mautino’s decision today to “plead the Fifth Amendment” to again avoid providing answers must result in his removal from office.
DuPage Policy Journal

The Edgar County Watchdogs reported recently that Illinois Auditor General Frank Mautino is being deposed in connection with a complaint filed by David Cook that led to an investigation by the State Board of Election (SBE) into Mautino’s campaign spending during his tenure as a state representative.

The watchdog group also reported that the SBE hearing officer has issued a protective order so that information from the deposition is kept from the public.

The next hearing is scheduled for April 20 in Chicago and is open to the public.

The DuPage Policy Journal reached out to state Rep. Jeanne Ives (R-Wheaton) to get her take on the issue…
This is a Must Read.

This article gets this political pandering bill exactly right. Political gimmick. We need real property tax reform, not carve outs for special groups of people. This bill would allow wealthy veterans with homes worth $750,000 to receive tax breaks – shifting the levy onto poorer middle-income families and businesses. None of these breaks are "means tested" – a progressive "Holy Grail." Glad I voted NO - the only one to do so in the House. Other Republicans spoke against the bill, but voted for it – afraid of political mail pieces. This is entirely what is wrong in Springfield. Meanwhile the sponsors will pander in the next election that they passed a property tax reform bill, but the sponsor admitted on the House floor that the bill does not freeze taxes or ensure they will be lower.

Low-income seniors need real and substantial relief from property tax burdens – so does everyone else.  Veterans - and I am a veteran, as is my husband and we have two children on Active Duty – already have enough of a tax break on taxes in Illinois – and they are not means tested.

You may view my exchange with the sponsor here:  



Here's what the Illinois Manufacturers Association (IMA) a business group said about it: "While residents will receive a break, this will shift their tax burden to commercial and industrial taxpayers resulting in a nearly 2 percent hike in property tax bills for employers." You can read more at this link:  http://ima-net.org/springfield-highlights-april-7-2017/

It is a shift in burden - not a freeze or hard cap in property taxes.


Taxpayers could again end up holding the bag as a result of yet another bad decision by state lawmakers, who voted in committee Thursday to authorize the Illinois Treasurer’s office to invest in high-risk debt in the form of cash notes sought by the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) and the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA). This legislation, House Bill 3004, would also allow RTA to borrow more money for a longer period of time than allowed under current law.

The bottom line here is, the Illinois Treasurer’s office would be able to buy the CTA’s and RTA’s bad debts to bail out the CTA, RTA and their investors. The bill says that if the state treasury invests money in CTA’s interim financing notes and CTA is unable to pay back those debts, the treasury can skim the state dollars that are distributed to CTA. This has never been done before, due to the fact that this type of debt is considered very high-risk.
It is no secret that the State of Illinois is facing a massive burden in the form of more than $130 Billion in unfunded pension liabilities. Democrats and Republicans alike acknowledge the severity of this challenge, although we have significant differences on how to address it. The City of Chicago has its own separate pension debt problems which are similar, if not worse. Yet instead of working in a bipartisan manner to achieve comprehensive pension reform that respects taxpayers, Illinois lawmakers are moving forward with a plan to let Chicago raise taxes to put a band-aid on their own pension debt while ignoring the need for reform to state pension systems.

On April 6, an Illinois House committee approved the legislation in question, Senate Bill 14, which would make various changes to the Chicago municipal pension funds through a state-authorized increase on Chicago property tax payers. I am voting NO, in part because Chicago politicians created the problem that they are now asking the state for permission to fix on the backs of property tax payers; while the General Assembly fails to address much-needed reform to state pension systems. Enough is enough. We need to get serious about dealing with constitutional pension reform as a whole, not piecemeal.

Click below to watch me question the Democrat sponsor of the bill in Personnel & Pensions Committee on Thursday. SB 14 was passed out of committee by a vote of 8-6 and now goes to the full House of Representatives for consideration.

State Rep. Jeanne Ives
April 4, 2017

WATCH LIVE: Illinois House Session

Another week in Springfield produced yet more examples of a lack of priorities.  You would think that working toward a responsible bipartisan solution to the state budget impasse would be priority #1; yet once again last week, the House of Representatives frittered away precious time on less significant issues. Here are some examples, as cited in the Peoria Journal-Star:

“The House also approved a bill to designate cycling as the official state exercise. The bill now goes to the Senate. Oh, and the House previously approved bills to make milkweed the official state wildflower, and shelter dogs and cats the official state pet. It has yet to vote on a bill designating corn as the official state grain.”

I did not vote for any of these ridiculous bills. There has also been controversy regarding legislation urging Congress to grant U.S. statehood to Puerto Rico, HR 164. As if we don’t have much more important issues to be focusing on right now.

The Illinois House of Representatives returns to session today. You can watch the action LIVE by clicking HERE and entering password “prairieland”. Session is scheduled to begin at 12:00pm. 
State Rep. Jeanne Ives (R-Wheaton) and Sen. Michael Connelly (R-Naperville) held their third and final Town Hall Meeting of the month of March 2017 at Naperville City Hall on Monday evening. Over 150 local residents attended to participate in a discussion of the state budget and other state issues. Rep. Ives and Sen. Connelly held similar town hall meetings in Carol Stream and Wheaton earlier this month. A copy of the PowerPoint slides shown at the meeting can be viewed HERE.
State Rep. Jeanne Ives (R-Wheaton) spoke on the House Floor on Tuesday to recognize Mr. Bob Adams, a U.S. Navy combat veteran of the Vietnam era and co-founder of the Midwest Shelter for Homeless Veterans in Wheaton. The shelter is celebrating their 10th anniversary serving the needs of veterans in our community.

Midwest Shelter for Homeless Veterans mission is to provide veterans and their families with housing and supportive services that lead to self-sufficiency. They work to ensure that no veteran is left behind due to homelessness, joblessness, poverty and/or mental-health issues. Click below to watch the video of Rep. Ives' remarks as she welcomes Mr. Adams to Springfield.

To learn more about this organization or to get involved, please visit www.helpaveteran.org/.

Session Alert – Watch Illinois House Session LIVE
State Rep. Jeanne Ives
March 21, 2017

WATCH LIVE: Illinois House Session

Another week in Springfield produced yet more examples of a lack of priorities.  You would think that working toward a responsible bipartisan solution to the state budget impasse would be the highest priority, yet once again last week, the House of Representatives frittered away precious time on issues that illustrate bureaucracy at its worst. Here are two examples:

The House debated a bill that would spend an estimated $1.5 million to translate the Illinois General Assembly website into Spanish. My colleagues, Representative Keith Wheeler and Representative Mark Batinick got up to speak and demonstrate how we can already provide this service to our constituents for FREE, not only in Spanish, but in up to 57 different languages! When asked to withdraw the bill from consideration in light of this fact, the bill’s sponsor, Chicago Democrat Rep. Silvana Tabares, stubbornly refused, insisting that spending taxpayer dollars on something we can do for free is necessary. Click HERE to read the story and watch the video.

Less egregious, but still an example of absurd bureaucracy, was a bill to provide that from December 3, 2017 through December 31, 2018, a United States flag bearing 21 stars will be flown from the flag pole of the Illinois State Capitol in celebration of Illinois' bicentennial as the 21st state to join the Union. You would think a decision like this should be an administrative one, not something that requires the time of the state legislature to debate and approve, especially when we still don’t have a budget.

The Illinois House of Representatives returns to session today. You can watch the action LIVE by clicking HERE and entering password “zephyr”. Session is scheduled to begin at 12:00pm.
ILLINOIS NEWS NETWORK

Rep. Jeanne Ives
There’s a new proposal in the House to reform the long-debated school funding formula, but one state lawmaker says it’s only throwing money at a problem and offering little that will actually improve schools...

State Rep. Jeanne Ives, R-Wheaton, said the measure tells school superintendents how to spend certain dollars, removing local decisions on where resources should be spent.

“They can tell superintendents how many janitors they need per square foot. Now, if that’s not central planning on steroids, I don’t know what is,” Ives said.

Instead, there needs to be an expansion of charter schools and tax credits for school choice, Ives said, as well as other efforts to produce competition and better results to boost outcomes...
Session Alert – Watch Illinois House Session LIVE
State Rep. Jeanne Ives
March 14, 2017

WATCH LIVE: Illinois House Session

I would like to report that the Illinois House of Representatives is hard at work focused on passing a responsible state budget solution that respects taxpayers and makes long-overdue reforms that contribute to economic growth and opportunity for families. Unfortunately, the House spent a great deal of its time last week on legislation that names milkweed a noxious weed; and passing a bill to make the official state pet a generic shelter pet. This absurdity has to be seen to be believed.

I recently held two town hall meetings on the state budget; in Carol Stream on March 2 and in Wheaton on March 4. None of the very critical budget issues facing the State of Illinois have been addressed in Springfield. In fact, the House of Representatives has not even taken the first step, which is to adopt a revenue estimate. We need to agree on how much revenue the State will take in this year before we can pass a budget. Meanwhile, the situation continues to get worse. The nonpartisan Commission on Government Forecasting & Accountability (COGFA) released a report last week noting the State’s revenue forecast has been reduced by an additional $657 million.

The Illinois House of Representatives returns to session today. You can watch the action LIVE by clicking HERE and entering password “mackie”. Session is scheduled to begin at 12:00pm. 
WATCH LIVE: Illinois House Session

The Illinois House of Representatives returns to session today as the pace of legislative activity picks up.

You can watch the action LIVE by clicking HERE and entering password “cubswin”. Session is scheduled to begin at 11:00am. 

House Committees to Hold Hearings on Bills

Illinois House committees are holding hearings on dozens of bills this week. For a complete list of bills that I have introduced or am co-sponsoring this year, please click HERE.

I will keep you informed throughout the spring session on my legislation and the priorities I am fighting for on behalf of DuPage County families and taxpayers as your voice in Springfield.
By Amanda Robert | Madison-St. Clair Record

Can the average Illinoisan identify the opportunity costs when the state sends 25 percent of general revenues to its massively under-funded public pension systems?

Rep. Jeanne Ives
Illinois State Rep. Jeanne Ives, R-Wheaton, one of the most fiscally conservative members of the General Assembly, believes there are two ways law makers can help citizens understand the ongoing financial crisis in Illinois.

One is by pointing out that the $400 million needed just for teachers’ pensions could fund a lot of other needs in Illinois, including Monetary Award Program (MAP) grants for nearly 700,000 college students, more than 10,700 new teachers or 320 miles of resurfaced four-lane highway.
“Or, secondly you can just wait for the collapse when government cannot borrow any more money and folks lose their jobs, then maybe the electorate wakes up,” Ives said...
WHO:                        State Senator Michael Connelly (R-Naperville)
State Representative Jeanne Ives (R-Wheaton)

WHAT:                      Straight Talk Tour: a set of town halls giving constituents straightforward answers to all their state-related questions.

WHEN/WHERE:      Thursday, March 2 at 7pm
Carol Stream Park District Fountain View Rec Center
910 N Gary Ave, Carol Stream, IL 60188

Saturday, March 4 at 9am
Wheaton Park District Community Center
1777 S Blanchard St, Wheaton, IL 60189

Monday, March 27 at 7pm
Naperville City Hall, Council Chambers
400 S Eagle St, Naperville, IL 60540
Session Alert –Taxpayer Funded Abortion Bill (HB 40)
State Rep. Jeanne Ives
February 16, 2017

WATCH LIVE: Illinois House Session

The Illinois House of Representatives returns to session this morning.  The controversial House Bill 40 may be considered today. This bill would remove all bans on using taxpayer funding for abortion for basically any reason throughout all nine months of pregnancy under Medicaid; and would remove the ban on state employees’ insurance policies paying for abortions. House Bill 40 passed the Human Services Committee last week and is now on the House Floor.

You can watch today’s House session LIVE clicking HERE and entering password “capitol”. Session is scheduled to begin at 10:00am.  
Session Alert – Governor’s Budget Address
State Rep. Jeanne Ives
February 15, 2017

WATCH LIVE: Governor Rauner Delivers Budget Address

Governor Bruce Rauner will deliver his annual Budget Address to a joint session of the 100th General Assembly in Springfield at Noon today.  You can watch the speech LIVE from the floor of the House of Representatives by clicking HERE and entering password “budget”. Session is scheduled to begin at 11:30am. 
Session Alert – State Employee Pay, Abortion, Immigration
State Rep. Jeanne Ives
February 9, 2017

Members of the House of Representatives recently received their new committee assignments for the historic 100th General Assembly (2017-2019). I am pictured here presenting a bill in committee. For my complete list of committee assignments, please scroll below.

House to Consider Bills on State Employee Pay & More

The Illinois House of Representatives returns to session on Thursday. Several controversial bills have been introduced, distracting from what should be our top priority: working together to achieve a resolution to the ongoing state budget impasse; finding a solution that respects taxpayers and enacts long-overdue reforms to state government that are holding back our economy. Here is a synopsis of a few of the new bills certain to generate heated debate:

House Bill 1787 / House Bill 1798 – State Employee Pay 
Competing versions of legislation to continue paying state employees in the absence of a budget. House Bill 1787 is a Democrat-sponsored bill, whereas House Bill 1798 is a Republican-sponsored measure.

House Bill 40 – Taxpayer-funded abortion
Would remove all bans on using taxpayer funding for abortion for basically any reason throughout all nine months of pregnancy under Medicaid; and would remove the ban on state employees’ insurance policies paying for abortions.

House Bill 426 – Immigration “Safe Zones” 
Would grant illegal immigrants refuge from state and local law enforcement personnel in Illinois schools, places of worship, and medical treatment and health care facilities; creating so-called “safe zones”. This bill in intended to prevent state and local law enforcement agencies from assisting federal authorities with enforcing U.S. immigration law.

You can watch the debate LIVE from the floor of the House of Representatives by clicking HERE and entering password “grandbargain”. Session is scheduled to begin at 1:00pm. 
Week in Review
State Rep. Jeanne Ives
February 6, 2017

I was pleased to speak at a press conference at the State of Illinois Building in Chicago
on January 31 to unveil a state budget proposal with the Illinois Policy Institute. 

Rep. Ives Unveils State Budget Plan with IPI

I joined Illinois Policy Institute CEO John Tillman to unveil a state budget proposal in Chicago last Tuesday. This plan would balance the state budget without tax increases, reform pensions in a way that complies with the Illinois Constitution, and offers property tax relief to struggling homeowners in Illinois. The plan closes Illinois’ $7.1 billion budget deficit by enacting very specific spending reforms and calls for other changes to state government that will put Illinois on a better economic path going forward. 

You can watch the full press conference by clicking HERE and clicking on “Rep. Jeanne Ives propose Illinois budget reform package”.   
By Karen Kidd | DuPage Policy Journal

With the so-called "Grand Bargain" compromise budget deal expected on the Senate floor next week, an Illinois House representative from Wheaton says it's harder to get people to understand an alternative proposal than it is to get it to the House floor. 

"You talk about our struggle," Illinois State House Rep. Jeanne Ives (R-Wheaton) told the DuPage Policy Journal during a phone interview. "Our struggle is just getting people to understand what we're trying to do and actually report on it in a reasonable way. That's our struggle."

Ives has thrown her support behind legislation derived from a proposal developed by a Chicago-based conservative think tank that -- unlike the Senate's Grand Bargain -- would reduce spending, provide property tax relief and implement needed reforms. However, Ives said, she also has no illusions about the chances of an alternative budgetary proposal: it will have a tough fight just to be heard...
Commentary by Rep. Jeanne Ives
Published in the Chicago Tribune

Rep. Jeanne Ives
Sick of the status quo, Illinoisans are leaving our state in record numbers. But politicians continue to peddle the same old snake oil.

The reasons for the exodus aren't a mystery. Public polling shows the No. 1 reason Illinoisans want out is high taxes. So what's the response from the Illinois Senate? Raise taxes again, forcing the families that stay in our state to pay more for the sins of the political class. It's insanity. Illinoisans deserve better. 

The Senate plan now on the bargaining table in Springfield has been branded a "grand compromise." A grand compromise with whom? Taxpayers clearly don't have a seat at that table. The multibillion-dollar tax-hike plan is a handshake between politicians and special interests that does nothing to fix our state's structural overspending. In fact, another tax increase will be the final nail in the coffin for Illinois.
Session Alert – State of the State Address
State Rep. Jeanne Ives
January 25, 2017


WATCH LIVE: Governor Rauner Delivers “State of the State”

Governor Bruce Rauner will deliver his annual “State of the State” address to a joint session of the 100th General Assembly in Springfield at Noon today.  You can watch the speech LIVE from the floor of the House of Representatives by clicking HERE and entering password “100thgeneral”. Session is scheduled to begin at 11:30am. 

House Votes to Impose Speaker Madigan’s Rules

On Tuesday, as expected, the House of Representatives voted to impose Speaker Madigan’s rules for the next two years. The resolution containing Madigan’s Rules, HR 46, was adopted by a vote of 63-53, with only Democrats voting in favor of maintaining the Speaker’s 100% control of the legislative process.

You can watch my remarks on the House Floor during the Rules debate by clicking HERE. I will continue to stand up and fight for the residents and taxpayers of the 42nd District in spite of the Speaker’s undemocratic and onerous Rules.
Session Alert – House Rules Debate
State Rep. Jeanne Ives
January 24, 2017

WATCH LIVE: House Vote on Speaker Madigan’s Rules

The Illinois House of Representatives returns to Springfield today, with a critical vote set to take place on the House Rules, the procedures by which legislation is considered. This has very important implications for every Illinois family and taxpayer.  

Every two years, the people of Illinois elect representatives from 118 districts across the state to serve as their voice in Springfield. Once sworn in, these representatives have the opportunity to take two important votes. The first is to elect a Speaker of the House, which typically goes to the leader of the majority party. The second important vote, which will occur today, is to adopt a set of procedural rules to govern the House for the subsequent two years.

For 32 of the last 34 years, those rules have been drafted in a manner that consolidates control with one individual - Speaker Michael Madigan - allowing him to circumvent our representative democracy and make the House subject to the power of one. For a good synopsis of how these rules are detrimental to our democracy, please click HERE.

Today we have the opportunity to return representative democracy to the people by rejecting Speaker Madigan's rules and making reforms to restore fairness that will allow legislators of both parties to advocate for the people of their districts.You can watch the debate LIVE from the floor of the House of Representatives by clicking HERE and entering password “100thgeneral”. Session is scheduled to begin at 1:00pm. 

ILLINOIS NEWS NETWORK

The controversial Economic Development for a Growing Economy (EDGE) tax credit for select Illinois businesses could be extended beyond its expiration if the governor signs on, but opponents say there’s no way to determine the program’s success...

...state Rep. Jeanne Ives, R-Wheaton, said EDGE is a failed program. “This state has spent $1.3 billion to bring in 34,000 jobs through this tax credit since 2001, but overall Illinois is still down 100,000 jobs on net during this same time period,” she said.

Ives said EDGE should be reformed to include credits for all businesses — not a select few...

State Rep. Jeanne Ives
January 11, 2017
WATCH LIVE: Inauguration of 100th General Assembly

The 100th Illinois General Assembly begins today, with new and returning members of the Illinois House of Representatives and Illinois State Senate gathering in Springfield to take the oath of office surrounded by family and friends. I would like to say “Thank You” to the families and taxpayers of the 42nd District for once again giving me the privilege of serving as your voice in our state capital for the next two years. Since 2013, I have fought for our shared values and common-sense reforms to state government.

You can watch the swearing-in ceremony for the House of Representatives LIVE by clicking HERE. The ceremony is scheduled to begin at Noon.

This 100th General Assembly will coincide with Illinois’ Bicentennial celebration next year. We will be sharing memorable historical facts throughout the year to commemorate Illinois’ 200th birthday in 2018, giving you an opportunity to learn about the men and women who have shaped our state over the years and whose legacy we inherit. It is up to us to preserve and strengthen that legacy, and to pass on to our children a State of Illinois where all our citizens can live, work and raise a family in liberty and prosperity. 

Share Your Feedback: Ives 2017 Constituent Survey

It is vitally important for me to receive input from constituents like you. Your feedback helps me to know where residents of our district stand on a wide range of policy questions of concern to Illinois families and taxpayers. For that reason, I have posted a 2017 Survey on my website, www.jeanneives.org. Please take a few moments at your convenience to complete the survey and share your questions and comments directly with me.

All of the issues covered in the survey have been considered by the state legislature in the past; and are likely to be again in 2017. To take my survey, please click HERE. Thank you in advance for your feedback. It is sincerely appreciated.  

Lame Duck Session: Bills To Watch

The Illinois House of Representatives returns to Springfield today for a two-day “lame duck” session. Lame ducks are legislators who are retiring at the end of this term, which expires this week on Wednesday, January 11. Of the 16 lame ducks, three have resigned their seats early, meaning they are no longer eligible to vote on legislation.

Several important bills are on the calendar for this week’s lame duck session, scheduled to begin at 12:00pm today. You can watch the House session LIVE by clicking HERE, selecting “01-09-2017 House Floor Debate” and entering password “99thgeneral”. 

Here are four of the most important bills you may want to keep an eye on:

HB 4013 – Taxpayer Funded Abortion
Would remove all bans on using taxpayer funding for abortion for basically any reason throughout all nine months of pregnancy under Medicaid; and would remove the ban on state employees’ insurance policies paying for abortions.

SB 1824 – Mandatory Sentencing Guideline for Firearm Offenses
Would establish mandatory minimum sentencing guidelines for those convicted of one or more firearm offenses.

SB 1919 – Property Tax Freeze
A property tax freeze proposal that fails to include any underlying reforms to mitigate the impact on local governments

SB 2901 – House Democrat Workers Comp Reform Proposal
Would make minor, insignificant changes to the workers compensation system in Illinois
Happy New Year!

From our family to yours, we wish you a successful 2017.  The start of a new year usually brings forth new plans, an optimistic attitude and an internal appeal for self- discipline in a quest for achieving those midnight resolutions.  For Illinoisans, there is little reason for optimism in a state that long ago showed no budget discipline and now finds itself on the brink of fiscal calamity.  In Illinois, 2017 will require much more than midnight resolutions.  It will require new plans, new ideas about government responsibilities and new ways of delivering services.

I thank you for the opportunity to serve you as state representative and I invite you to be part of the solution.  I believe, one barrier holding us back from making the difficult choices needed to take this state from bottom 5 in the nation - on job growth, property taxes, pension funding, state school funding, and credit worthiness - to just middle of the road, is miscommunication about the nature of our fiscal problems, the depth of the problems, and the various solutions and their consequences.  During this Spring legislative session I, along with Senator Connelly, will host a number of town halls in the district to let you know what is happening in Springfield.  This is a continuation of our “No Easy Answers – Straight Talk” town halls we have done in the past.  These town halls will begin after the Governor’s Budget address currently scheduled for February 15th.  Once we confirm locations, a full schedule of our town halls will be posted on our websites and noted in our email newsletters.  We want you to attend and bring a friend or neighbor along.
191 new laws take effect January 1, 2017. Here is a preview of 26 Illinoisans should know about:

Social media right to privacy
Public Act 99-610, House Bill 4999
Amends the Right to Privacy in the Workplace Act to make it illegal for an employer or prospective employer to request or require an employee or applicant to access a personal online account (such as Facebook) in the presence of the employer. It is also illegal to request or require that an employee or applicant invite the employer to join a group affiliated with any personal online account of the employee, or applicant, or join an online account established by the employer. 

Employee Sick Leave Act
Public Act 99-841, House Bill 6162
Under the new law, employees may now use personal sick leave benefits for purposes dealing with a child, spouse, sibling, parent, mother-in-law, father-in-law, grandchild, grandparent or step parent. The employee can use such time as may be necessary on the same terms that employee would use the time for their own illness or injury.