Session Alert – Watch Illinois House Session LIVE

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. 

Rep. Ives: Keeping You Informed

Why Are Illinois Democrats Preparing to Bail Out Bankers and Cash-Strapped Local Governments?” Illinois Policy Institute: Illinois Democrats have started talking tough about financiers, proposing a new “privilege tax” on investment income that would drive much of the financial sector out of the state. But the same Democrats who are publicly cheering for a tax on investors are quietly working to pass legislation that would bail out bankers and cash-strapped local governments. Democrats are moving at least five bills in the General Assembly that would encourage more borrowing by local governments and would make sure banks and bondholders get paid first – ahead of social service agencies, pensioners and anyone else owed money – if those governments go broke… read the full story here

How Chicago’s Largest Pension May Run Out of Cash in As Little As 4 Years” Zero Hedge:  Chicago's pension funds, along with several other large public pensions around the country, are in serious trouble…The problem is that the pending doom surrounding these massive public pension obligations often get clouded over by complicated actuarial math with a plan's funded status heavily influenced by discount rates applied to future liability streams…read the full story here

Wisconsin and Indiana Hit New All-Time Highs for Number of People Working” Illinois Policy Institute:  Illinois had 350,000 more people working in the state than in Indiana and Wisconsin combined just 10 years ago, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. But today fewer people are working in Illinois than in Indiana and Wisconsin combined…read the full story here

Rep. Ives’ “Straight Talk Tour” brings out hundreds

Sen. Connelly, Rep. Ives host Straight Talk Tour Town Hall” Chicago Tribune: State Senator Michael Connelly (R-Naperville) and State Representative Jeanne Ives (R-Wheaton) spoke to a large overflow crowd Monday night at Naperville City Hall during the final town hall of their Straight Talk Tour, which provided constituents with the latest information on the budget and their efforts to reform the business climate in Illinois…  Sen. Connelly and Rep. Ives said they were both pleased with the turnout at all the events. Approximately, 30 people attended the town hall in Carol Stream, 150 in Wheaton, and 175 in Naperville. Constituents who participated had a wide range of questions, mostly related to the state budget impasse… read the full story here

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