State Rep. Jeanne Ives (R-Wheaton) released the following statement today in response to the Governor's decision to sign HB 40:

"The Governor's decision to break his promise and sign taxpayer funded abortion on-demand is a profound and unprecedented betrayal beyond words. This is a tragic day for everyone who values the sanctity of life. The Governor's action today makes Illinois the first state in the country to mandate taxpayer funding of abortion under Medicaid at any time, for any reason as a result of signing legislation into law. This is a total failure of leadership."
State Representative Jeanne Ives (R-Wheaton) was honored to represent the City of Wheaton on Wednesday at an event held at the Pritzker Military Museum & Library in Chicago where it was announced that Wheaton’s World War I Memorial Obelisk at Northside Park has been chosen one of the first 50 awardees for the 100 Cities/100 Memorials matching grant challenge. 

The grant will go toward the restoration of the limestone obelisk at the entrance of Northside Park as well as restoration of the two bronze plaques honoring 500 Wheaton citizens that served in World War I, which the United States entered in April 1917. The war ended on November 11, 1918.

Rep. Ives' grandfather
Representative Ives, a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and Army veteran, was invited to represent Wheaton at the announcement by Mayor Michael J. Gresk. 

 “I am tremendously honored to represent the residents of Wheaton, particularly our veterans, on the occasion of our local World War I Memorial being chosen for this well-deserved grant,” Representative Ives said. “The people of Wheaton have a long and proud history of serving in the U.S. Armed Forces for generations that continues to this very day. Earlier this year I was proud to help recognize the 100th anniversary of the First Division Museum at Cantigny. Today’s grant announcement is another opportunity for Wheaton to pay tribute to those who served in World War I and honor their legacy in our community.”

For the ceremony on Wednesday, Representative Ives wore her grandfather's WW I dog tag. He was from Iowa and served in the 349th AEF during WW I. 

For questions or more information, please contact Representative Ives at (630) 384-9719.

WHEATON – State Representative Jeanne Ives (R-Wheaton) will hold mobile office hours to meet with constituents from throughout the 42nd District on select Tuesdays and Saturdays from October to December at the Wheaton Public Library, located at 225 N. Cross Street.

The 42nd District includes all or portions of Wheaton, Winfield, Warrenville, West Chicago, Carol Stream, Naperville and Lisle. 

“Being accessible to local families and taxpayers is my highest priority,” Representative Ives said. “In just the past few weeks I have met with constituents about adding a new test to newborn screenings, property tax appraisals, increasing penalties for dog fighting, paid assessment letters on condos, the new tax credit scholarship program, longwall mining, and more.  I take the ideas and feedback I receive from constituents back to Springfield to work on making common-sense changes and reforms to state law that improve the quality of life for local families.”

Representative Ives’ mobile office hours will be held at the Wheaton Public Library on the following dates and times:
Greetings from the heart of DuPage County! I hope this update finds you and your family well, ready for the official start of autumn and enjoying the new school year and family activities. I am coaching the Cross Country team for grades 5th-8th at St. Michael Parish School in Wheaton again this year, one of the most rewarding experiences I’ve ever had in our community. Very proud of both our boys’ and girls’ teams and especially the 8th grade  teams which are undefeated!

I would like to say a quick “thank you” to all of you who attended one or more of my town hall meetings throughout the district. We held town hall meetings this year in Carol Stream, Wheaton, Warrenville, Naperville and Lisle to update local families and taxpayers on major issues in Springfield, from the state budget to school funding and much more. I look forward to meeting more of you at future events and listening to your feedback and concerns. Together we can restore the promise of Illinois and improve the quality of life for every family here in DuPage County. 
Case to be argued in U.S. Supreme Court on October 3
WHEATON – State Representative Jeanne Ives (R-Wheaton) has formally signed an amicus brief in Gill v. Whitford, a case to be argued in the U.S. Supreme Court on October 3 on whether to invalidate the practice of partisan gerrymandering, whereby state politicians draw legislative maps favorable to winning and maintaining control of state government for their own political party after each decennial census.

Ives is one of five members of the Illinois House of Representatives to sign the brief in support of ending gerrymandering once and for all.

“It is long past time that we restore government to the people of Illinois and indeed throughout the country by ending the practice of gerrymandering,” Rep. Ives said. “Republicans and Democrats alike are guilty of perpetrating this cynical and self-serving practice. Few states are as prime examples as Illinois of the devastating impact of politicians choosing their voters by drawing maps that cater to their own political self-interest. The financial ruin and corruption wrought on Illinois taxpayers and families over the past 15 years is a byproduct of allowing career politicians to remain entrenched through their control over the mapmaking process.”
By Justin Stoltzfus | DuPage Policy Journal
State Rep. Jeanne Ives

Rep. Jeanne Ives (R-42nd) was one of 34 House members to vote against the new state school funding formula contained in Senate Bill 1947 because its evidence-based model won't work, she said.

In a written response to the bill’s passage, Ives said that the formula directs property tax relief to 32 specific school districts, and Chicago Public Schools (CPS) benefit disproportionately because of the complexities in the funding equation. 

“The bottom line is that Chicago has enough property wealth to pay for its own schools,” Ives told Prairie State Wire. “It’s outrageous.”

Ives accused Chicago’s leadership of skewing the numbers on property tax to put CPS into “Tier 1” status, which will give it more state assistance. One way to do that is through tax increment financing (TIF) districts, which allows districts to put money into a pot earmarked for specific infrastructure improvements. Ives said that TIF money is exempt from analysis under the new formula.

“It’s a way for them to hide their wealth,” Ives said. “You can hide it from the school funding formula that way...”