Session Alert – Watch Illinois House Session LIVE

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. 

Ives Accountability Bills Pass House Committee

The Illinois House committee on State Government Administration has passed two bills that I introduced; House Bill 3385, which will make government more responsive and accountable to citizens under the Freedom of Information Act;  and House Bill 3326, which strengthens the Open Meetings Act by requiring that any answers to questions from the public asked during the open meeting be provided by the public body within 45 days. Both of these bills have now gone to the House floor for final consideration.

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.

Ives Appointed to New Education Funding Task Force

I have been appointed to serve on the new House Education Funding Task Force to look at school funding reform. This task force was created by Speaker Madigan to continue work that was started two years ago but left unresolved. As a member of this task force, I will remain a fierce advocate for our local school districts to ensure that we maintain our fair share of education funding. Local tax dollars should stay with our local schools and not be redirected to Chicago or other parts of the state. I will keep you informed of my work on this task force moving forward.

Rep. Ives: Keeping You Informed

Commentary: Do the Democrats in Springfield Really Need a Bargain?” Chicago Tribune: For almost two years, we've heard a litany of excuses for why Illinois does not have a state budget. Rauner is holding the budget hostage for his extreme agenda! Bipartisan gridlock! The governor got in the way! Just last week, lawmakers feigned outrage after they went home without passing a budget "grand bargain" (more on this monstrosity later). Senate President John Cullerton said his chamber would resume voting on the plan when "we get word there is Republican support." But here's the thing: This whole narrative about needing bipartisan agreement to "end the impasse" and "Republicans and Democrats working together" … it's all a sham… read the full story here

January Jobs Growth Weak, Illinois Labor Force in 10-Year Decline” Illinois Policy Institute:  Illinois’ January jobs data showed continued weakness in jobs growth, coupled with a significant one-month increase in the labor force size. However, new multi-year revised data show that Illinois’ job creation has been weak for years, and its labor force size is in a long-term decline…read the full story here

You’re Invited: ‘Straight Talk Tour’ Comes to Naperville

Sen. Connelly, Rep. Ives continue ‘Straight Talk Tour’

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.

Monday, March 27 at 7pm
Naperville City Hall, Council Chambers
400 S Eagle St, Naperville, IL 60540

Senator Connelly and I will be providing constituents with the latest information on the budget and efforts to reform the business climate in Illinois. All constituents are invited to attend this town hall to give their input and to ask questions about state government.

Keeping constituents informed and listening to their feedback is my most important priority. I encourage every local resident and taxpayer to attend our town hall meeting to make your voice heard and learn how Senator Connelly and I are fighting for you in Springfield.

Rep. Ives’ New District Phone Number

I have switched to a new District phone number, 630-384-9719. This new phone number will enable constituents to have increased connectivity with me, including the ability to text me. Texting will allow you to voice your support or opposition to legislation and other policy issues, or simply to ask me a question. Please make a note of this new phone number, 630-384-9719. I look forward to hearing from you and continuing to serve you and your family during this historic 100th General Assembly, which coincides with Illinois’ upcoming Bicentennial Celebration in 2018.

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